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January 19, 2014

Goshen native Ian Rogers is Beats Music executive

Goshen native has blossomed into major music industry player

GOSHEN — Ian Rogers remembers a photo taken 30-odd years ago.

The picture shows Rogers, age 10 or 11 at the time. He’s sitting at an Apple II computer here in Goshen and wearing a pair of brown headphones, and there’s a component stereo behind him. In the view of the now-adult Rogers, the child is sporting a pretty ferocious mullet.

A more recent photo shows Ian Rogers, too. Taken to accompany a New York Times piece, the group pic also includes Jimmy Iovine, Trent Reznor and Dr. Dre.

If we can take Rod Stewart at his word that every picture tells a story, these two pictures offer strikingly different tales about Ian Rogers. In a way, they also tell the same story.

Music and technology first intersected for Rogers, a former Goshen resident, when he was a child. And they’ve been the theme of both his pastime interests and professional life.

“I’ve never done anything else,” Rogers said in a phone interview last week with The Goshen News. He didn’t sound disappointed.

Rogers is into music, and he’s a music business executive. He’s also working on a project targeting music consumers. He thinks they’ll like what they hear.

 

Beats Music

Beats Music is a music streaming service set to debut Tuesday, when it will join a field populated by the likes of Spotify and Pandora. It’s an offshoot of Beats Electronics, notable for its Beats by Dre headphones. Dre co-founded Beats Music alongside Jimmy Iovine, luminary music producer and chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M.

Trent Reznor is on board as Beats Music’s chief creative officer. Rogers? He’s been the chief executive for the past year.

“...For God knows what reason they put me in charge of it,” he said.

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