Zack Zalon has shifted and grown along with a transforming music industry. He began as (and still is) a musician, then blossomed at the Troubadour before launching into websites, marketing, Farm Club, Virgin, and through that Moment of Mojo into taking his background and the now-possible world of artificial intelligence into Super Hi-Fi. We wrap up with advice to his younger self after this intriguing journey across music and digital transformation.
Guest: Zack Zalon, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Super Hi-Fi
Zack Zalon is co-founder and CEO of Super Hi-Fi, a Los Angeles-based music technology company that is creating transformative listening experiences for the world’s largest music experience providers. Current partners include Peloton, iHeart, The Associated Press, Universal Music Group, Napster, and Target Spot. Zack also is a musician, with a recent release in 2018 of “Into the Great Divide.”
Prior to Super Hi-Fi, Zalon served as co-founder and managing partner for We See Dragons, a “S.W.A.T.-style” digital agency that developed consumer platforms for brands including National Geographic, Johnson & Johnson, Ticketmaster, Comcast, Citibank, Experian, and Madison Square Garden. Earlier, Zalon was Managing Partner at Wilshire Media Group; President of Virgin Digital, the global digital platform for the Virgin Group; President of The Factory Network; and general manager of Doug Weston’s Troubadour.
- URL: http://superhifi.com/
- LinkedIn: Zack Zalon - https://www.linkedin.com/in/zack-zalon-04b49/
- LinkedIn: Super Hi-Fi - https://www.linkedin.com/company/superhifi
- Co-Founder: Brandon Cassidy: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brendon-cassidy-6b07873
- Not mentioned: YouTube interview about “Into the Great Divide” 2018 “instrumental progressive rock novel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnpFd9-X_yw
- Troubadour: https://www.troubadour.com
Your Host: Gigi Johnson, EdD
I run transformative programs, speak/moderate, invest, advise, and produce multimedia on creativity and technology. I taught for 22 years at UCLA, where I ran the Center for Music Innovation and the podcast "Innovating Music," built four industry-connecting programs, and taught undergraduates, MBAs, and executives about disruption in creative industries. Before UCLA, I financed media M&A at Bank of America for ten years.
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