Senior Marketing Director, Epic Records
Ahn is currently senior marketing director at Epic Records, where he leads marketing initiatives for a growing staff that includes the BIA, DDG, Flipp Dinero, Oxlade, and more. Over the past few years, Ahn has worked on BIA’s double Platinum “Whole Lotta Money” (plus a Nicki Minaj remix), DDG’s Gold certified “Hood Melody” and “Elon Musk” campaigns featuring Gunna.
Ahn began her career in the music industry working with Scott Storch’s management in 2006 and then moved to Universal Motown to work as an assistant with then-President Sylvia Rhone. In 2013 he shifted his skills to the spirits industry where he joined the culture and partnerships team at Diageo, which supports initiatives from renowned brands such as Don Julio, Ciroc, Ketel One, Johnnie Walker and Tanqueray. In 2018, Ahn re-entered the music industry as director of marketing at Def Jam, then quickly jumped to PIVTL Projects, TuneCore’s newly formed artist services division, where he was head of marketing, overseeing strategy and launch for its independent artists. . .
Have you seen progress as far as AAPI representation in the music industry?
When I first joined the music industry, there was hardly any AAPI representation, especially at major labels. Culturally, we were not brought up to achieve such creative roles or careers, but with the advancement of technology and the emergence of various social media platforms more opportunities have presented themselves and new positions have been created.
At the same time, awareness and advocacy for the representation of AAPI artists and musicians increased. There are more organizations supporting the community, providing resources, mentoring programs, and networking platforms to help individuals collaborate with AAPI artists and industry professionals. Additionally, there has been a shift in the broader cultural landscape, with increasing recognition of the need for diverse representations, not only in the music industry, but across all entertainment verticals.
What do you think is the most pressing issue facing the AAPI community?
Discrimination and stereotyping are pressing issues – not just for the AAPI community. It is important to recognize that these issues affect individuals from all backgrounds. These stereotypes and prejudices limit opportunities, stifle creativity, and perpetuate inequality in all areas.
However, recognizing that these issues affect us all, regardless of our background, we can work together to challenge them and create a more inclusive and equitable music industry. In an effort to create a collective movement for change, I firmly believe it is essential to foster collaboration and dialogue among our communities in order to build strong networks and foster alliances. Ultimately, the responsibility rests with all of us—industry professionals, artists, fans, and organizations—to advocate for inclusion and drive meaningful change.