The Blue Élan Records team has vast and varied experience in the music industry.
President and Co-Founder
Mr. Calm, Cool, and Collected. Meet our President, Connor Pasich. Connor is a musician and producer with recording credits on guitar, creative credits on a hip-hop video production, and production experience in rock, hip-hop, and electronic music. Did you know he also produces EDM? With a bachelor’s degree in economics from Rice University, where he also taught a specialized course on the music business and its digital formats, Connor is the digital guru of the label. He has also participated in the MEMES music business institute at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.
Meet Kirk Pasich. Blue Élan’s co-founder has been named by Variety as one of the Top 50 Entertainment Lawyers in the U.S., by Daily Journal as one of the Top 100 Attorneys in California, and by Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the city’s Top 10 Litigators. Again, all while owning and operating a record label described by Forbes at the most artist-friendly indie label around. With 30 years of experience advising clients in the entertainment industry, representing major motion picture studios and record companies, actors and musicians, from Woody Herman to Chris Cornell, as well as directors, producers, and authors, one may think being a personal manager and music critic is out of the question. Not for Kirk. Kirk’s hands-on and engagement at every level of the label is what makes Blue Élan so artist-friendly. Did we mention he is a trained classical organist too? Or that he started in the music business managing artists or that he also serves as a producer, with multiple recordings to his credit? Kirk has served on the boards of the National Academy of jazz, the Woody Herman Foundation and the Alliance for Children’s Rights.
General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer
Kim Umanoff keeps the trains running on schedule. She is the former managing associate from the law firm Liner LLP and has an entertainment law background with extensive experience in contracts and transactional law. She received her Doctor of Law from USC Gould School of Law and her B.A. from Cornell, where she focused on music history. Kim also completed coursework in publishing, music business and music law at UCLA. In addition to overseeing all legal aspects of the label, Kim ensures that the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, human resource procedures, and financial strategy are implemented.
Chief Business Officer
Mary knows the ropes. She came to Blue Élan from Triple 8 Management, where she was the Director of Finance. Previously, she had long stints at New West Records and Playing In Traffic Records as Director of A&R Coordination/Production and General Manager, respectively. At Loophole Management she managed Grammy winning artist Los Lonely Boys, and she honed her A&R chops under the legendary John D. Kalodner at Columbia Records, after beginning her career assisting 5-time Grammy winner Mary Chapin Carpenter. Mary also served as Project Coordinator for the multi-platinum series Live From Austin, TX. Mary project manages several artists at Blue Élan and is heavily involved in each aspect of their day-to-day campaigns. Her 20-years of industry experience means she has seen the industry shift, several times, and is uniquely situated to guide Blue Élan and enhance its ability to serve each artist, across multiple genres, from baby bands to legacy superstars.
Chief Product Officer
The Sales Guru himself, Eddie Eastabrooks, is an accomplished music industry professional with over 20 years of experience working with labels, publishers, managers, artists, music supervisors, physical and digital retail accounts, and distributors. Before joining Blue Élan, Eddie oversaw domestic sales, sync licensing and royalties at Side One Dummy Records. In that position Eddie fostered artists including Flogging Molly, The Gaslight Anthem, Gogol Bordello, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Chuck Ragan, Bedouin Soundclash, Audra Mae, as well as the annual Warped Tour Compilation series. Eddie oversees all manufacturing, worldwide distribution and sales activities, as well as tour marketing. Somehow, he also finds the time to project manage several acts on the label.
Executive Director of A&R
Niels Schroeter has over 20 year’s experience in artist management and independent label operations. Niels previously served as General Manager of Warner-distributed label, Surfdog Records. In this position, Niels was an integral part of the company’s evolution from unfunded start-up to generating millions of dollars in annual revenue, propelling the careers of such revered artists as Brian Setzer, Dave Stewart, Jason Newsted, Slightly Stoopid, and others. At Blue Élan, Niels brings insight from his past to train the present. Niels provides strategic oversight for artist campaigns and acts as a resource to train and support project managers across all aspects of artists’ campaigns.
Chief Social Initiative Officer & Project Manager
Kacy Swain is the coolest. And, Kacy has been a fundamental part of Blue Élan’s growth since she joined the Blue Élan Records team in 2016. After graduating from UCLA with a passion for music, she worked her way up the ranks to Chief Social Initiative Officer, where she implements policy and oversees campaigns to manifest the label’s commitment to human, civil and equal rights, and works to provide access to those underrepresented in the music industry. In addition to leading social initiatives, Kacy project managers a handful of artists and brings an expertise with DSPs, ToneDen, NoiseTrade, and many other social media campaigns that drive artist growth. Her skillset is extremely hands-on, and the proof is in the pudding. She’s not done there! Kacy also coordinates private concerts, special appearances, showcases, and other special events put on by Blue Élan.
Director of Marketing
Need to build a brand? Theresa is at hand. Her unique talents must be magic or voodoo. Theresa Lopez is an innovative digital marketer with varied experience in the entertainment and advertisement world working across Fortune 500 brands. She holds a M.A. in Music Industry Administration from Cal State Northridge, and a B.S. in Advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before her time with Blue Élan, Theresa led global catalog streaming marketing strategy at Universal Music Group for iconic artists, including Nat King Cole, R.E.M., Peggy Lee, INXS, Guns N’ Roses, KISS, and Queen. She remains at the forefront of all digital marketing campaigns at Blue Élan and offers stimulating insight for not only up-and-coming social media driven acts, but for legacy acts as well.
Yes, this Irish heartthrob is a member of our staff! Try to remain calm. Colin Devlin is a critically acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter and member of the band The Devlins, whose songs have been featured everywhere from HBO promotional campaigns, to the soundtrack for Batman Forever. Colin brings an artist’s perspective to the Blue Élan team. He helps guide and advise artists in navigating and implementing their own creative visions, as well as co-writing and producing.
Visual Content Manager
D’Andrée “Dee” Galipeau joined the Blue Élan family in September 2017 after graduating from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco with a degree in Communications and Digital Technology. Her multi-faceted role encompasses visual content production and creation and creating graphic media for artist and label campaigns. Not only does she create, but she directs! Having a multi-talented creative brain such as Dee on board allows Blue Élan to tell stories from a very personal point of view. Through collaboration and trust, Dee creates an environment where our artists feel comfortable to share with a raw, real, and rugged frame of mind.
Manager of Retail and Consumer Relations
Connie Cham has the magic touch. She joined the Blue Élan team after her graduation from UC Irvine in 2017, where she obtained a degree in business economics. Connie has over 4 years of customer service experience with a focus on E-commerce. As retail coordinator Connie manages and develops Blue Élan’s online direct to consumer store, and provides the personal customer service experience and care that brings so many of Blue Élan’s customers back. As the Blue Élan mantra states, “It’s about the music, it’s about the artist, it’s about collaboration,” and if one could add a fourth line, “It’s about Connie Cham’s desire to foster relationships with fans worldwide.”
Aaron was born and raised into a musical family – this industry is in his blood. He spent years playing keyboards and trumpet in numerous bands and orchestras. After graduating from UCSB with a degree in Communication, and after months training with an internationally recognized social media engineer, Aaron came to Blue Élan eager to apply his knowledge and personal experience to the world of music and artist development. With two years of indie experience under his belt, Aaron now project manages for several Blue Élan artists, and runs the company’s official social channels. Feel free to @ him on our socials!
Melissa Dragich-Cordero – Mad Ink PR
Melissa Dragich-Cordero, head of the renowned publicity firm, Mad Ink PR, has 25 years of experience in publicity, promotion and imaging for many high profile and indie musical acts. Melissa works with longtime clients Jeff Beck, John Fogerty, X, Joe Satriani & Phil Collen (Def Leppard) in addition to consulting on a plethora of Blue Élan initiatives. Previously, Melissa spent six years at Epic Records, heading national press campaigns for the likes of Incubus, Oasis, Jeff Beck & Tenacious D. She began her career at Relativity Records, followed by a four-year stint at Rick Rubin’s Def American Recordings, where she worked on campaigns for the Black Crowes, Johnny Cash, Slayer and Sir Mix-A-Lot. Not only does Melissa crank out the good stuff on all things press, but she is a vital contributor on Blue Élan marketing initiatives, where ideas are buffed out before campaigns come to life.