Chip Adams

Co-Founder
Modern Outsider

Chip Adams co-founded the Austin-based independent record label and artist management company Modern Outsider in October 2010. Prior to the launch of ModOut, Chip launched his career promoting music as a radio DJ, hosting the evening shift on the now defunct commercial AAA station KKMR Merge Radio in Dallas. He also hosted a specialty program focused on Texas artists, Local Access, broadcasting bands such as The Polyphonic Spree, The Old 97’s and Centro-matic.

With a desire to help work directly with artists, his next stop was a move to NYC to work for the Cornerstone Agency, handling radio promotion and editing the tastemaker website TheTripwire.com. Chip worked with emerging artists including Frightened Rabbit, Arctic Monkeys and Gorillaz, successfully taking them to the commercial alternative specialty radio format. While editing The Tripwire, he filmed sessions with artists including Ed Harcourt, Langhorne Slim, Kaki King, plus coordinated features with Henry Rollins, Saul Williams, Brett Anderson and music industry icon Tony Wilson.

After returning to Texas, Chip handled radio and marketing for the Los Angeles independent label Dangerbird Records. During that time he worked the Grammy nominated album Swoon from Silversun Pickups, as well as with artists including Minus The Bear, Sea Wolf and Fitz & The Tantrums.

He then co-founded Modern Outsider, a nationally distributed independent record label and artist management company, working with a variety of acts from Texas and around the globe. ModOut’s growing roster includes Black Pistol Fire (Austin / Toronto), Brass Bed (Lafayette, LA), The Crookes (Sheffield, UK), Dana Falconberry and Medicine Bow (Austin, TX), Hard Proof (Austin, TX), Mirror Travel (Austin, TX), Moving Panoramas (Austin, TX), Quiet Company (Austin, TX), Soft Swells (Los Angeles, CA), Walker Lukens (Austin, TX) and more.

Chip currently sits on the Board of Governors for the Texas Chapter of The Recording Academy.

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