Peter Karpin

Peter's career began in the record industry in the early 1970's at Festival Records. Originally employed as the Assistant Promotions Manager, he was quickly promoted to the newly created position of 'National Promotions Manager, Australian Artists' working closely with such iconic Australian acts as Split Enz, Skyhooks and Sherbet.

After leaving Festival, Peter went on to work at CBS Records Australia, CBS Records International in New York & CBS Records London. Some of his many achievements included the ‘breaking' of Billy Joel's ‘Piano Man' in Australia, being heavily involved in launching the Australian multi-platinum careers of Air Supply and Dragon, working on the US releases of The Clash, Nina Hagen, Heatwave and signing Men At Work.

After moving to the Head of A&R at EMI Music Australia, Peter signed multi-platinum act Pseudo Echo as well as multi-platinum comedian Rodney Rude. Peter also A&R'd already signed band The Church's gold album 'Seance'; Australian Crawl's platinum 'Semantics' album and the Little Heroes gold album 'Count By Numbers' (which included the No.1 Australian single 'One Perfect Day').

Following EMI, Peter became the Head of A&R at Sony Music Australia. Here Peter signed and A&R'd multi-platinum artists such as Tina Arena, Rick Price, Daryl Braithwaite, Company Of Strangers and The Comedy Company. He A&R'd multi-platinum artists Human Nature, The Black Sorrows and Noiseworks, and he helped mastermind and set up Sony Music Australia's 'indie-style' label murmur, and was part of the team responsible for the signing of Silverchair to that entity.

His next stop was at Mushroom Records Australia as General Manager, A&R where he A&R'ed much of the existing Mushroom roster acquired by News Limited, which included such artists platinum selling artists as Christine Anu, Peter Andre, Kate Cebrano, The Rockmelons and Deni Hines. He also signed and A&R'd Sister to Sister and Invertigo who were then signed to Columbia U.S. and Atlantic U.S.

More recently, Peter spent 6 years as Managing Director at BMG Music Publishing Australia with a strong focus on the local Australian writers' roster, acquiring such writers as Powderfinger, Bernard Fanning and the Rogue Traders.

Late 2007 saw a new role for Peter, and he is currently the General Manager A&R / Head of Mercury Records (Universal Music Australia). Signings to date are Dash & Will as Mercury's first signing and Australian Idol (Series 4) contestant Carl Riseley to Universal. Peter's A&R responsibilities for the following already signed artists on the Universal label: Vanessa Amorosi, Kate Ceberano and Mark Sholtez.

In addition to everything else Peter was elected to the AMCOS (Australiasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Limited) Board of Directors in 2001 and re-elected in 2004 after an initial three year tender. He was also elected to the APRA (Australiasian Performing Right Association) board for the first time in 2004.

Peter Karpin

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