You've been with Fueled By Ramen since 2001. How did you get your early start with FBR?
Fueled By Ramen was my favorite record label all through high school. I discovered it through Less Than Jake and then found bands like The Impossibles, The Stereo, Recover and Cadillac Blindside. When I moved to Gainesville, Florida to start college, I looked up FBR's address and stopped by to see if there was any way to get involved. I spoke with John (who was one of the co-owners) a bit about myself and he let me start interning the next day. From there, I worked my way up to a part-time position and was then working at the label full-time by my senior year in college.
Was there a turning point where you all knew that FBR would turn into a successful, lasting label?
Fall Out Boy's rise to fame was the first moment when I realized what FBR could turn into. They were the first of our bands to be on the covers of Alternative Press, SPIN and RollingStone. They were the first to play shows like Conan O'Brien and Saturday Night Live. Watching them go from playing 200-capacity rooms to headlining Madison Square Garden was pretty amazing. As FOB reached each new level of success, it became clearer how much potential FBR had and helped justify all the hard work that had been put into the label since it started.
What is your absolute favorite part of your job?
I love being part of a music fan discovering their favorite band, song or album. I feel like FBR has a lot of bands that people consider their favorite band. Music was so important to me in high school and college. A lot of the bands I loved then are still my favorites today. It's always great to see fans at that age discover bands that will mean as much to them as my favorite bands meant to me.
Can you tell us what you're excited about for FBR in 2013?
I'm really excited for everyone to hear how great the new Paramore album is. I'm also looking forward to releasing the new album from Twenty One Pilots early in January. We've got a lot of other great releases and tours planned for next year that I can't wait to get started working on.
One of the most talked about topics of 2012 seemed to be the alleged and infamous, 'Zombie Apocalypse.' Can you enlighten us as to how Adam Samiljan would prepare for such an event: Where would you go? With whom would you go with? What are 3 items you would be sure to have with you?
My old roommate Leigh is pretty much an expert on zombies so I'd head over to his house immediately, because I'm sure he's got a much more thought out plan than I do. I'd make sure to bring my phone, any book by Kurt Vonnegut and probably my cat though I don't think any of those would actually help in a zombie apocalypse.
Thank you to The IMPOSSIBLE Project for providing film for this photo!