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Faces Behind Yep Roc: Ryan Dimock


Ever wonder who’s behind your favorite Yep Roc releases? Every month we’ll introduce one Yep Roc employee with a personal Spotify playlist and a quirky caricature from our creative designer, Nathan Golub.

This month, we’re featuring Ryan Dimock, Yep Roc’s Licensing and Publishing Manager. If you ever hear a song by a Yep Roc artist on a TV show or commercial, Ryan probably had something to do with it.

Ryan’s playlist is a mixture of “recent stuff along with a bunch of older songs that remind me of Summer on Cape Cod.” Appropriately, he calls it the Shake Some Summer Action mix.

What is your job title?

I’m the Licensing and Publishing Manager for The Yep Roc Music Group.

What does that entail?

I oversee our publishing company, Riff City Sounds and I handle sync licensing for our song catalog which means that I pitch our songs for placement in films, TV, advertising, video games, etc.

Where did you grow up?

I’m from Cape Cod.

What got you started in the music industry?  

I was living in Boston and was obsessed with music and the local scene. I had some friends who were working at Rounder Records and decided that I wanted to do that too. I became an intern there and was happy to work for any promos I could get my hands on.

What is your favorite Yep Roc release?  

That’s a tough one. I’ll go with The Sadies – Favourite Colours.

What do you like to do outside of the music world?

I’m happiest when I’m at the beach or on the water with family and friends. I love sailing, surfing, kayaking, fishing and pretty much anything that has to do with being near the ocean.

What was one record that defined your teenage years?  

The Clash – London Calling.

What record have you been enjoying this week?

I’ve been digging the new Blur record, The Magic Whip.

Have you had any interesting run ins with celebrities in the past?

I’ve had a few. One of my favorites was that I got a chance to spend some time with Julia Child.  I used to be a chef and I had the opportunity to cook for her and also attend a small class she was teaching in Boston.

Which was the best concert you’ve been to in your life?

It’s hard to say, but one that blew my mind at the time was Dizzy Gillespie and The United Nation Orchestra. Dizzy had an amazing band with Airto & Flora, Paquito D’rivera. Danilo Perez, Ed Cherry, Steve Turre, Arturo Sandoval, Giovanni Hidalgo and many others.

If you could create a concert with one headliner and two openers, custom made for you, who would be on the bill?

It would be Big Star and Spinal Tap opening for The Clash.

What has been your proudest moment as a Yep Roc employee?  

I would have to say it was Yep Roc 15, our anniversary celebration in 2012.  It was great to have everyone come together to celebrate what Glenn, Tor and the company have accomplished over the years. The whole thing was a blast and everyone worked hard to made sure that everything went flawlessly.

If you didn’t work in music, what would you do professionally?  

I would probably be a Sea Captain.

Do you like some music now that you weren’t into as a youth?

There’s a load of stuff that I’m into now that I didn’t even know existed when I was a kid. I’ve gone through phases over the years of being obsessed with learning about and listening to different genres at one time or another.

Did you like some music as a youth that you dislike now?

I loved KISS when I was 10 or so and I realized how terrible they were later on in life.

If they made a movie about your life, who plays the lead?

I would want Jeff Bridges to play the older me and maybe Jason Schwartzman as the younger me. Max Fischer and Jeff Lebowski are two of my favorite characters of all time.

Which artist/band scores it?

It would be a Tom Waits / Van Dyke Parks collaboration on the score and Gary Calamar would be the music supervisor.