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In his two decades in the music business, Martin Kierszenbaum has become one of the top A&R execs in the industry, while also being a successful record producer and songwriter. As an executive, Kierszenbaum (who is based in Los Angeles) currently holds three top positions: Chairman of Cherrytree Records (distributed by Interscope Records), President of A&R, Pop/Rock at Interscope, and Head of International for Interscope-Geffen-A&M.
DK: How did you get started in the music business?
Kierszenbaum: I started out as a musician and songwriter. My mom is a piano player and my sister is a professional violinist. We always had a piano in the house, and when I was eight, I began taking classical piano lessons. Later on, I learned to play guitar and bass. I also learned about music theory and started to write songs. During high school I had a rock band and our rehearsals were in our living room. Eventually, I learned about programming, multi-tracking and producing, but songwriting was what I loved most. Then for college, I went to the University of Michigan (in Ann Arbor). I had a band there and we played a lot of clubs.
Check out the full interview over on SongwriterUniverse.com