Wax Audio Group is an offshoot of Wax Record Fair.

Wax Record Fair, is an event concept entity and joint venture between Capitol Music Group, Caroline Records, Harvest Records and co-founder Jeff Bowers, which is focused on vinyl, music retail and consumer marketing.

The inaugural event was held at the iconic Capitol Records Tower, in Hollywood, California- October 24th and 25th, 2015.

More than 100 record labels, record stores, music distributors and music hardware companies were represented- with special sponsorship consideration from DTS, Record Store Day and Crosley Turntables.


The event hosted more than 2000 event ‘walk up’ attendees.

The average spend per attendee was estimated at $150.00 a person.

Special attendees included Blue Note President Don Was, Grammy winning mastering engineer Bernie Grundman, and art directors Josh Kosh (The Beatles, ELO); Andy Engel (Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson); Josh Van Hamersveld (The Beatles, Rolling Stones).

“The Caroline team couldn’t be more excited about the vinyl renaissance and what it’s doing for the independent artist, label and record store community. As a co-founder of WAX, our primary motive is to continue fostering the relationship between all those integral in the record community and bring that passion and discovery to this iconic venue for the general public to share, celebrate and consume,” said Matt Sawin, VP at Caroline.

Jeff Bowers of Federal Prism Records who co founded WAX with his Capitol Music Group partners, is one of the principals credited with building the international Record Store Day phenomenon. “Without Jeff Bower’s enthusiasm and passion for music in general, and vinyl in specific, we would not have been able to launch Record Store Day,” said RSD co-founder Michael Kurtz in a statement. “In doing so, Jeff helped the indie record store community take vinyl sales from a few thousand dollars the first year to millions by the seventh year.” -Billboard 9/16/2014

Jeff Bowers

Marketing and music industry professional with over 20 years of business and creative experience. Creative Marketing and Sales Consultant to the President and Chairman at Warner Bros Records, Atlantic Records, and Rhino Entertainment (2007-2014).

Has been featured in Fast Company, Billboard, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, and Rolling Stone Magazine, among others.

During his consultant tenure at Warner Music Group, he developed and curated one of the most ambitious special projects campaigns in contemporary major label music; the relaunch of the vinyl format.

The vinyl concept to market strategy focused on quality product development and branding, combined to produce the number one market share in the industry- the only growth sector in physical musical sales for the period, a continual metric of 40% to 60% growth year over year (2008-2014).

Additionally, he consistently produced 1 million to 2 million plus in single day revenue for the Warner Music Group, on targeted marketing and product initiatives in support of the global independent retail event, Record Store Day.

Jeff was a founding partner of three record labels contracted for sales and distribution at Warner Music Group, and Capitol Music Group- with a primary focus being centered on licensing, marketing, business development and A&R:

Original Recordings Group (Warner Bros Records)

Org Music (Alternative Distribution Alliance)

Federal Prism Records with Dave Sitek, producer and founding member of TV on the Radio (Alternative Distribution Alliance and Capitol Music Group/ Caroline Distribution).

Co-founder of the event “Wax Record Fair” with Capitol Music Group.

Jeff has more than a decade of business development experience specializing in contract negotiation, A&R and business development, inclusive of agreements with- Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony Music, and 4AD.

David Bason

His life was saved by rock ‘n’ roll. With one foot in the practical and the other firmly on the creative tip, Canadian born David Bason epitomizes the sometimes paradoxical term, “music business.” Equally at home playing guitar on a demo for the New York Dolls or serving as President of an indie label, Bason is one of the few people whose artistic passion can co-exist with an understanding of the bottom line. He talks the language of artists and executives alike.

The son of an English Cambridge grad who worked in the Canadian telecommunications business and a mother who sings in the Ottawa Choral Society, the entrepreneurial teenager got his start working at one of his country’s best music venues, a frequent tour stop for world-renowned artists. All the while, he kept his own musical dreams alive playing in a series of local garage bands.

“I did everything from pick up Jonathan Richman at the Greyhound station and share a beer-and-cheese soup with him to hanging out with Desmond Dekker,” said Bason, who eschewed the prospects of law school to study the music business in Toronto. He would eventually serve as a road manager for a popular Canadian band before taking an internship in RCA Records’ New York offices, which would complete his requirement to graduate the music business school.

“I was living off conference room pizza, crashing with 13 acting students in a one bedroom apartment on the Lower East Side, walking a mile-and-a-half to work,” said Bason. “But I was happy.”

While working as an A&R coordinator, Bason recorded his own music. His producer friend simultaneously recorded David and another band from the neighborhood called The Strokes. As Bason proceeded on a one-man campaign to get them signed, blasting them from his office cubicle, a senior executive took notice and the two led a charge to sign the band.

Upon the success of that signing, Bason was suddenly very much in demand, and took a job running the music-publishing arm of Roadrunner Records. After running the publishing company for four years, he was asked to start and alternative division of the label. His first signing was The Dresden Dolls – whose lead singer Amanda Palmer went on to become a Kickstarter cover girl and with her indie success and eventually a New York Times Best-Selling author. He also penned The Cult and his beloved New York Dolls, even playing on the demos that led to the band’s celebrated 2006 comeback album, One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This. During this time he founded the Universal Music-distributed Stay Gold Records where he signed punk rock records and produced several dub reggae remixes.

After seven years at Roadrunner, 18 months running his own management company, A&R consultancy stints with both Red Bull Records, Decca Records and Century Media records (where he signed Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba and an AFI side project) Bason was recruited to join the LA-based boutique firm The MGMT Company. While there, Bason managed Atlanta-based group The Constellations (Virgin Records), guided indie-pop band Blondfire to a bidding war deal with Warner Bros. and inked infamous N.Y. black punk band Cerebral Ballzy to Julian Casablancas’ Cult Records label.

Bason spent the next several years overseeing the day-to-day management responsibilities for multi-platinum sellers Thirty Seconds to Mars, and building a successful management stable of Grammy-winning, platinum producer/engineers, including David Kahne (Lana Del Rey, Sublime), Dennis Herring (Elvis Costello, Counting Crows), Jon Kaplan (Cage the Elephant, Gavin DeGraw) and James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins, A Perfect Circle), David Bendeth (Paramore, Bring Me The Horizon), Elvis Baskette (Slash, Incubus) Chris Shaw (Public Enemy, Bob Dlyan).

In 2014 was asked by Jordan and Phil McGraw to take the Presidency at Hundred Handed Records, whose roster also Coheed and Cambria’s most recent albums.

A man of many hats, David Bason is a man who can hang with high profile artists as well as industry’s leading executives. Bason knows artists because he is one, writing and recording four solo albums featuring Airborne Toxic Event’s Anna Bulbrook, Sub Pop’s Chad Van Gaalen, Jesse Malin, James Iha, among others.

This was someone who had Amanda Palmer record a version of Leonard Cohen’s “Dance Me To the End of Time” for his wedding, who has shared a stage (or recording studio) with the likes of Ian Astbury, Bad Brains’ HR, James Iha, Nicole Atkins, Hard Drugs, Sylvain Sylvain and other childhood heroes Doughboys’ John Kastner and Asexuals’ Sean Friesen.

He hosts a popular podcast, The Storytelling Show, in which he and guests like Side One Dummy’s Joe Sib, Matt Pinfield and the Mowgli’s relate their own music business sagas. He co-writes with an animator friend a monthly graphic novel/comic strip for legendary Heavy Metal Magazine’s online site. Finally, he recently recorded a new performance art piece with Minny Pops, the Dutch experimental art-noise-band originally signed to Factory Records.

A hybrid performer/executive, David Bason is living the dream while at the same time successfully turning art into commerce, or, as another of his heroes once put it…making cash from chaos.