Our President.

A leader, not a boss.

Meet Wágner dos Santos.

Once upon a time, there was something called the record business.

At the age of 7 Wágner dos Santos was accepted at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music in New York City where he studied classical piano, flute, violin, conducting, performance, and music theory. In the early eighties and at the heart of New York City’s new wave and punk rock scene, Wágner began composing more synth and electronic music leading to him cutting his first single at the age of 15. Two years later, he would record and release an EP entitled A Way of Life which enjoyed some success on new wave radio stations and dance clubs and seems to have returned to the scenes at new wave and goth clubs throughout the country.

Shortly after his EP release, Wágner began producing other artists and releasing them on his first record label, Novus Records. Five years later in 1990, a young and promising BMG-distributed record label by the name of Imago Records recruited him and helped launch his career. He worked with such artists as Henry Rollins and The Rollins Band, Baby Animals, Paula Cole, Aimee Mann, Love Spit Love, John Waite, Basehead, and Modern English.

Records to Cassettes.

Cassettes to CDs.

From Imago he moved to one of the largest independent record labels at that time, TVT Records, known for Nine Inch Nails, Sevendust, Ja Rule, and Lil Jon. There he produced a highly acclaimed compilation series containing digitally remastered live performances from The Ed Sullivan Show under the imprint 1001 Sundays. Most notable in the collection was The Best Of Broadway: The Sullivan Years, Rock ‘N’ Roll Pioneers, The Sullivan Years – Rhythm & Blues Revue, and The Sullivan Years: An Evening With Rodgers And Hammerstein.

Nice boy turns rude boy.

In 1994, Wágner joined the team at Continuum Records as their Director of A&R. His artists included Kid Rock, Ron Wood, The Charlie Watts Quintet, Bobby Womack, and Roger Daltrey. He was the executive producer of Ska: The Third Wave, a compilation of performances from popular third wave ska bands of the early nineties that made Billboard’s Top Reggae Albums chart. The success from that album attracted the attention of several record labels and in 1995 Wágner inked a production deal with Shanachie Entertainment to continue the ska compilation series along with other new productions under his own imprint, Beloved Recordings.  But when Shanachie turned down his request to sign Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, who he had discovered during the production of Ska: The Third Wave and had been courting ever since, he soon parted ways with the company the following year and formed Beloved Entertainment Group.