Prior to joining Concord Music Publishing, DeSavia was A&R/Head of Creative Services for SONGS Music Publishing, where he managed a large portion of the pubco's roster. He spent many years at ASCAP where he served as SVP of Membership, heading up the PRO’s pop/rock staff, managing offices in LA, NYC, and Chicago. DeSavia also spent six years as VP of A&R at Elektra Entertainment where he signed and developed talent and worked on projects with many iconic artists on the label’s historic roster. He has served on the board of directors for the Songwriter's Hall of Fame (West Coast), the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). In 2016 DeSavia co-authored "Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk" with punk rock legend John Doe, which spent eleven weeks on the L.A. Times non-fiction bestseller list; the audiobook version received a 2017 Grammy Nomination in the "Best Spoken Word" category. Doe and DeSavia's 2019 follow-up book, "More Fun in the New World," also spent many weeks on the bestseller charts and received great acclaim. The paperback edition of "More Fun..." was released by Hachette in June of 2021.