Partner & Chief Digital Strategy Officer
Rob began his music career in marketing and rose to General Manager at Ruffhouse Records, a pioneering Sony Music record label that has sold over 100 million albums worldwide with artists Lauryn Hill, The Fugees, Cypress Hill, Wyclef Jean, Kris Kross, and others. He has an extensive history working in the music industry from marketing and promotion to publishing, management, and merchandising.
Rob served at Warner Music Group’s distribution arm, W.E.A. Corp., developing retail and account-based marketing initiatives for WMG artists including T.I., Linkin Park, Metallica, Missy Elliot, Sean Paul, and others.
Dippold became Partner & General Manager of Trustkill Records, an independent industry-leading entertainment company partnered with Sony and Universal Publishing. Trustkill was instrumental in launching and breaking influential bands in the metal and hardcore rock scene including Bullet For My Valentine, Eighteen Visions, Poison The Well amongst others. Under the Trustkill brand, Rob was actively involved in the digital & mobile technology space including developing and launching “MobileThreat” the first-ever mobile content destination platform dedicated to the metal & punk music genres, as well as other lifestyle branded websites and virtual reality communities.
In 2010, he became a Partner & President of Digital Strategy & Marketing at Primary Wave Music where he is charged with developing creative digital marketing campaigns, strategic partnerships, as well as building e-commerce, and direct to fan initiatives. In addition, Dippold also actively seeks, signs, and develops talent and new business opportunities. Most recently Rob’s work on Def Leppard’s 30th Anniversary of Hysteria album was named “Best Music Marketing Campaigns” by Music Ally’s Sandbox. In 2019 Rob was featured in Billboards “Digital Power Players” list.
Dippold attended The Pennsylvania State University and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Business in Marketing & Management.
Director, Streaming & Playlist Marketing
Mike Fordham launched his music business career while studying radio at Hofstra University. When he wasn’t on air at WRHU, writing album reviews for the school paper or booking bands on campus, Mike worked for Sony Music’s famed college marketing program. Here, he promoted artists at college campuses and independent retail. This led to an internship at ATO Records, a sales gig at Legacy Recordings and later a marketing position at the respected indie label Razor & Tie. He worked his way up from an assistant to product manager over the course of three years (honing such skills as artist development, radio promotion and tour marketing).
Senior Manager, Digital Marketing
Born and raised in Delaware (yes, he’s seen Wayne’s World), James graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Music Industry. He began his career at Paid, Inc. in Boston managing artist websites, social media and D2C marketing before moving to New York to join Missing Piece Group as the Product Manager, Digital Marketing. At MPG he would oversee digital marketing strategies for agency clients, release campaigns for the company’s label imprint and manage day-to-day duties for the management roster. From there, James joined Hard Head Management and Evil Teen Records running digital operations and tour marketing for the roster while handling the day-to-day management for Tyler Ramsey and DJ Logic. He has been with Primary Wave since 2020.
Digital Marketing Manager
With her expertise and passion for pop culture, fashion and urban music, Shauna brings years of creative development experience to our team. In 2014 she graduated from Hampton University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and Marketing. Her undergraduate studies brought her all the way to Salamanca, Spain, where she studied the Spanish language and culture. Upon graduating, her first job in entertainment was at Walt Disney’s ESPN, where she found her niche developing content designated to the intersection of sports, music and fashion. There she honed her creative skills, nurtured her leadership abilities and created content that reached millions of people in over 16 different countries worldwide. A Native New Yorker, and music lover, Shauna has successfully worked on multi-million dollar marketing campaigns, specializes in strategy and organization, and creating content that leaves people wanting more.
Digital Marketing Manager
Born and raised in the outskirts of Tel Aviv, Israel, Hadar’s passion for music started at a young age as a singer/songwriter. Her curiosity for the music business led her to study Music Industry at Ramapo College, where she managed the school’s record label, Ramix Recordings, and worked at the school’s marketing department. During her 3.5 years in college, Hadar refined her digital marketing skills in the music field by interning internationally at Music Ally in London, You And Whose Army in Tel Aviv, and The Orchard in NYC. Hadar’s obsession with music and multiculturalism also led her to spend time researching and comparing the International music industries during this time. Upon graduating from college, Hadar provided music industry services such as strategic digital marketing and content creation, artist development, press and publicity, and live music/event production to an array of music companies.
Digital Marketing Manager
As a native New Yorker, Sean’s passion for music started at a young age with strong influences from family, and friends. Those influences helped introduce him to a range of musical styles from Soul, R&B, Salsa, Hip-Hop, and the vast sub-genres of Afro-Caribbean music. His passion for music continued to develop throughout his adolescence, and upon graduating from university he set out to begin a career in the music industry. Since then, he has worked in marketing for popular music digital service providers and boutique firms, and completed a diploma in Social Media Marketing from NYU SCPS in 2018 to gain a deeper understanding of existing and future business opportunities within the space. Prior to Primary Wave, he has successfully worked on digital marketing campaigns for some of today’s most popular artists across all genres. Presently Sean is working on continuing his education in all areas of digital marketing, music marketing, and advocating for industry-wide D&I initiatives. When not in the office, Sean enjoys traveling the world and immersing himself in new cultures through their customs e.g., food, music, and dance.
Digital Marketing Assistant
Kasey is committed to constructing narratives through multimedia production and creative artistry, and her main goal is to continue to shape pop culture through music. A Haitian, R&B-lover born in West Point, Mississippi, Kasey grew up in Harlem, NY where she was fascinated by the West African, Caribbean, and Hip-Hop culture she was surrounded by. Kasey’s multicultural upbringing helps fuel her creative development and content creation. An avid traveler, she’s visited 14 countries in Europe, North America, and the Caribbean where she’s been exposed to various styles of music, people and ideas. She studied Communications Media Management and Psychology at the State University at Fredonia. When she wasn’t producing, songwriting or recording in the studio, you could catch her working in the Thompson Live Television Studio producing and directing live shows, or hosting her own radio show, “On-Air With Kasey” on the award-nominated WDVL station in Fredonia. Kasey is currently working on expanding her music palate and immersing herself in all things digital marketing.
Social Media Manager/Audience Development
A lifelong musician, Emma’s professional journey is informed by her steadfast commitment to the arts.
In 2020, Emma graduated from Bryn Mawr College with her B.A. in Music. During her time in school, she explored the performing arts world through internships at The Philadelphia Orchestra, FringeArts and The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center. Her music industry career began at Universal Music Group, where she provided digital marketing and ecommerce support to clients such as Cedella and Skip Marley, Sean Paul, The Killers, Jessie Reyez and The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Emma has also previously worked for Philly PR Girl and Little Worry, a boutique artist management company/record label imprint.
Outside of the office, Emma writes her own music and performs as a percussionist and jazz pianist. She has experience leading and playing with a variety of music ensembles, including symphony orchestras, pit orchestras and jazz bands. She is also very interested in fashion and film.
Music Streaming Specialist
Born and raised in Colorado, Cameron’s love for music started at a very young age through attending hundreds of concerts with his parents. After working for local venues in Colorado (and while attending the University of Wisconsin – Madison), supporting acts of all genres and eras, he shifted his focus to music promotion, where he has specialized in playlisting and streaming working for the independent playlisting company DPG Worldwide.
Digital Marketing Assistant
William is a native New Yorker hailing from the borough Queens. Will grew up in a musically incline family which is how he developed his love for music. Will begin his musical journey at a young age playing drums for his home church which eventually led him to learn piano/ organ player. From that standpoint his musical talent as a pianist/organist offered him opportunities to work with artist such as Bebe Winans, Michelle Williams from Destiny’s Child, Faith Evans, Donnie McClurkin, Jaquees, Kierra Sheard, Patti Labelle, Ledisi, Patti Labelle, Dave Hollister, Erica Campbell and many more. He studied at Full Sail University where he graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in music business (B.S.) and a Master of Science in entertainment business (M.S.) Will loves helping artist in anyway possible to enhance and expand their career in the digital space which led him to an internship at Primary Wave. During the internship his work ethic and execution of his assignments led him to a permanent position with the company. When Will isn’t putting his energy in digital marketing he enjoys producing music for artist, playing piano and traveling the world.
Born and raised in Puebla, Mexico, Lazaro’s passion for art and design started at a very young age with a love for drawing and watching movies. His passion for design led him to major in Graphic Design at Western Connecticut State University (Danbury, CT) where he graduated and was a Dean’s List Recipient. Lazaro enjoys simple elegant design that captures your attention and delivers a message in a beautiful way. Prior to joining Primary Wave he has worked at several creative agencies designing brand packaging, style guides, logos and ad’s. When not working, you can find him either playing/watching soccer or other outdoor activities.
Digital Marketing Specialist & Audience Development
Sarah is a graduate from Penn State University with a B.A. in Music Studies and Media Industries. Originally a classical vocalist, Sarah has always had a passion for the music industry. During her time at Penn State, she joined PSU’s Student Programming Association where she worked in digital marketing, merchandise design, and concert photography. She has assisted in publicity for artists such as Doja Cat, Ke$ha, Jason Derulo, Charli XCX, and many more. Since then, she has gone on to do freelance projects for the likes of Baby Queen and other upcoming artists – creating interactive spaces and promotional content for fans. In her spare time you can find Sarah producing her own podcast centering around new artists, and enjoying live concerts and events.
Digital Marketing Specialist & Audience Development
A proud Louisianan and Southern Hip-Hop enthusiast, born and raised in Baton Rouge— French for Red Stick. Chloe is a graduate of Southern University A&M College with a B.A in Mass Communications and Public Relations. Her passion for performing arts and music has always been a major theme in her life, as she grew up playing the piano and violin. She comes to Primary Wave, bringing experience in social media management, marketing, and publicity from TikTok, A24 Films, and BPI Media. Through those roles, she‘s had the opportunity to support strategic communications campaigns for clients like Sound Exchange, the Recording Academy, and the musicFirst Coalition. As an avid learner and student of life, she is committed to deepening her understanding of the industry by pursuing her Masters at Georgetown University in Corporate Communications and Public Relations. Outside of class and the office, you can find her painting, traveling, and discovering new music and emerging artists.
Creative Direction, Design, Web Development (Visual Natives)
Creative Direction, Photography, Design (Visual Natives)