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Nabil Ayers

Nabil Ayers

General Manager U.S., 4AD

Nabil Ayers is the US General Manager of Beggars Group label 4AD where he has run campaigns for The National (GRAMMY® award winner in 2018), Big Thief (GRAMMY® award nominee in 2020 & 2021), Grimes, Future Islands and St. Vincent as well as reissue campaigns including Pixies’ album Doolittle, which was certified Platinum in 2019. He has served as an elected Governor of the New York chapter of the Recording Academy since 2018 and also sits on the Chapter's Membership and Nominating Committees. Ayers was named one of Billboard magazine's "Indie Power Players” in 2021, 2020 and 2019.

After opening Seattle's Sonic Boom Records store at age 25, Ayers sold it to a longtime customer in 2016. As both an executive and an artist who began his career as a musician, Ayers has performed on several albums on both independent and major labels. On his own label, The Control Group, Ayers has released music by Lykke Li, The Killers, PJ Harvey and his uncle, the jazz musician Alan Braufman.

Ayers has written about race and music for The New York Times, NPR, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and GQ and he will publish his memoir with Viking Books in 2022.

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