At Work is a Rolling Stone series exploring how decision-makers in the fast-changing music business spend their hectic days — as well as what burgeoning ideas they’re keen to explore, what advice they’d give to industry newcomers, and more. Read earlier interviews here.
When Justin Lubliner gets on the phone, he’s somewhere in the midst of a 45-minute circular lap. This is normal for him. Lubliner, who’s not even 30 years old, is constantly moving — and constantly thinking of his next move. He founded his artist-development-focused company Darkroom as as 20-year-old student at the University of Southern California, and later pivoted it from a marketing and PR firm to a record label. After some time consulting for Republic Records, Lubliner met Interscope CEO John Janick, who offered Darkroom a subsidiary deal. He first heard Billie Eilish sing in 2015 when she uploaded “Ocean Eyes” to SoundCloud — and … Read More