Roadrunner Boss Quits

Jonas Nachsin has stepped down after 20 years at the label. With most Roadrunner staff losing their jobs this year, is it the same pioneering label any more?

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Roadrunner president Jonas Nachsin has stepped down after 20 years at the label.

Within hours of the announcement, sources told Billboard that at least nine other people had been laid off from the label, including publicist Amy Sciarretto.

It follows the mass of Roadrunner cuts in April, when most international Roadrunner offices were closed and many staff let go.

Nachsin was respected for his hard-rock experience, and oversaw the success of acts including Slipknot and Nickelback. The label will be under pressure to replace him with someone of a similar calbre.

"I am so proud of what we have accomplished to showcase Roadrunner as not only a 'record company' but as a lifestyle and cultural beacon for fans around the globe", Nachsin wrote to staff in his final memo. "The chemistry of groundbreaking artists worked by a world-class group of truly committed employees has made Roadrunner a name with no equal over the years. That will continue."

Today, Roadrunner's share of US album sales stands a 0.76%, down from a peak of 1.58% in 2009.

With all these cuts, and now the loss of their long-term leader, will Roadrunner ever be the same? Has it just become a rock-friendly brand for its new owns at Warner Music Group? Share your opinion on how it stands in the comments.

47 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Drm316
    Disney will probably buy it now.
    Maiden-Canada
    Donald Duck should front a band.
    Shredder666
    Haven't you seen Megadeth live recently? Donald Duck fronts that band! Too bad their most recent album was their last on Roadrunner.
    iommi600
    Megaquack?
    evanstark
    I would say that Wile E. Coyote should be in a band, but then I remembered Roadrunner records
    pwrmax
    Daffy Duck did it first, go to Youtube and look up "Dave Mustaine Duck Dodgers"
    Ometh
    The same label that fired all their DM bands in the mid 90's. I don't care nor I feel bad about it.
    BigVaden
    He quit from regret of signing Nickelback.
    staceap
    Yeah, because signing one of the most successful rock bands out there would be a massive regret in the corporate world. Perceived popularity means nothing compared to $$$
    paulohd2
    You just made fun of nickelback. You must be a very creative person.
    Logan_B
    It never ends does it? Everyone hates success don't they? I actually listen to a wide variety of music not just Nickelback and I must ask, what is it that everyone hates? The fact they hear their "radio friendly sellout songs" Have you listened to their whole albums before??!! There's plenty of heavy songs and big riffs...I just don't get it. I guess some people are always haters no matter what
    vppark2
    I liked Roadrunner for some of the metal bands they signed, but overall, the quality of their music videos, and everything else is just lacking.
    thejay2
    This sounds like the beginning of the end for Roadrunner....i sincerly hope it's not though....
    danielkeeling
    I don't hate Nickelback and I even quite like Theory of a Deadman, but the true masters of Roadrunner Records are Black Stone Cherry
    CultofSG
    talk about a s**t sandwich...
    danielkeeling
    I merely voiced my opinion. I've seen BSC live and I can honestly say that they put 100% of themselves into their shows and that it was one of the best nights of my life. So you can take your "funny" quip and shove it up your arse you arrogant d!ck.
    Logan_B
    I am a big fan of BSC and I must agree. Ive never seen them live, but they are such a dynamic group. Their songs, even the heavy stuff, just feel like they've got lots of outside of the box thinking and stuff. And their singer...the guy has so much soul to it, it's amazing. I wish they were as big as some of their label mates. They don't go to Canada for shows unfortunately
    rockisalive
    Nickleback was a means for the label to funnel money to support itself.. I say good move financially even if you don't like the music. If I were running the label I would sign 5-10 Nicklebacks to cover my death metal bands who don't bring in enough money to sustain a label such as what Roadrunner used to be. It finance people nothing more nothing less.
    paulohd2
    To be honest Nickelback was signed to Roadrunners since they were a sort of grunge band in Canada that no one really knew about.
    Logan_B
    You are correct. They did used to have a sort of grungy alternative sort of sound with the odd faster song. Nowadays they've still got the odd fast song but sprinkled with pop rock mainstream stuff and the other half of their album tuned way down and heavier sounding. That's kinda the new formula. Seriously though I say even if you think you hate them because of their mainstream songs, give the heavy stuff a try. They've got some pretty cool stuff and they're actually a REALLY good live band. Yes, I just admitted Im a Nickelback fan lol
    paulohd2
    I remember seeing Nickelback opening for Kiss here in Vancouver in 1999. Great performance. I admit I'm a Nickelback fan too. Their live concert just blew me away.
    Logan_B
    Course I saw them in 2010 and 2012 so that's quite a time difference haha. But they play a lot of their older songs so yeah..
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    Machine Head's and Slipknot's debut were amazing, but the label has gone down in recent years.
    Logan_B
    It never ends does it? Everyone hates success don't they? I actually listen to a wide variety of music not just Nickelback and I must ask, what is it that everyone hates? The fact they hear their "radio friendly sellout songs" Have you listened to their whole albums before??!! There's plenty of heavy songs and big riffs...I just don't get it. I guess some people are always haters no matter what.
    Flying Afros
    posting the same opinion twice doesn't make it more valid.
    acidthrasher
    Good, hopefully this will contribute to one less record label producing shitty pop metal bands.
    paulohd2
    People just hate Nickelback to feel accepted. It gives them the false feeling of having music knowledge and credibility.
    Jakinov
    Ok good. Now please give us back the metal bands we love that you ruined and void Nickelback's contract somehow.
    Burkz
    Mustaine has a injury, so thats just mean. sorry if my grammar is wrong