Jeff Classic Popka
Founder/our fearless leader/indie artist champion
"I may lead the team but we are a truly collective endeavor. My mission is to help as many deserving emerging independent artists as possible."
Director of Operations - (San Antonio, TX))
Director Of Artist Relations - (Delaware)
Paul Surowiec is the newest team member here at IOA Records. As the Director of Artist Relations, Paul ensures that the label is constantly finding new opportunities for its artists to gain exposure through live events, Internet radio, licensing, merchandising, and any other opportunities he can dig up.. Paul is also the keyboard player for IOA Records recording artists, Surreal Nation.
“I started playing piano when I was 7, and have learned various other instruments along the way. After a break from music, I formed Surreal Nation in 2014 and have been grinding ever since! I am very fortunate to be a part of this company as it allows me to work around my passion full time. I hope to help out my fellow artists by bringing our unique perspective of the music business into the label’s decision making process.”
Paul lives in Delaware with his wife Chrissa, and his children Vincent and Molly, (both of whom have also been bitten by the music bug). He lives in very close proximity to his adopted dysfunctional family of Nikki, Jackson, Gene, and Kevin.
Director of Creative Services - Nashville, TN
Jessica Lentz has been creating ever since she was old enough to get her hands on a box of crayons. After obtaining her BS in studio arts, she started her own freelance business creating commissioned works of art in many formats. She makes her home in a small town outside of Nashville, Tennessee, and lives by the motto, "Comparison is the thief of joy.
To see the variety of mediums Jessica works in, please visit: artofjessica.blogspot, and to see her newest venture check here: https://www.facebook.com/jessicaspetportraits/
Eric V. Nielsen
Executive Producer - Georgetown, TX
Eric has had a varying career in the music industry. He started his foray into music after picking up electric guitar at age 13. Within a year he was putting bands together and booking them into local high schools in S. Florida. After moving to Texas, he went to Berklee in the late 70s and eventually returned to become part of the Austin, TX, music scene of the 80s.
Life happened as it often does ... but Eric kept his hands in the music business all through the years. And his life experiences have served him well in the music business ... over 30 years of working with contracts and attorneys. Currently, Eric and his company Dead Rose Management LLC manage, produces and mentors Tough On Fridays, currently ReverbNation’s No. 1 Alternative band in the Austin Metro area with a world-wide following of over 5000. He has been an active member of the Texas Chapter of the Recording Academy for over 10 years. And now as an Executive Producer for Indie On Air Records he hopes to use his expertise to help deserving artists achieve their dream ... wherever it may lead.
A&R Representative - (Raleigh, NC)
Angela McGowan is a talented A&R Representative for Indie On Air Records. She provided an ease to open doors of communication for collaboration with artists, local venues and logistics.
Prior to joining Indie On Air Records, she was a litigation paralegal and guardian ad litem for children in need of services. She now taps into her 25 years of strong attention to detail and the keen human relations skills needed within those legal services to provide a comfortable and professional segue for artists to connect.
Angela’s greatest strengths are her passion for multiple genres of music, self discipline and sense of community. She often draws upon her secret weapon: an unparalleled network of contacts and resources that can open doors like magic. She finds great joy in helping artists to connect with other passionate people in order to share their gift of their craft.
Austin Venue Liaison/Booking Assistant - (Austin, TX)
I have been playing music off and on for over 30 years. I took a few years off from music and came back to my passion in 2013 as the drummer for the band that would eventually become Dongle. I soon realized my love for booking. I booked a couple of shows with friends and eventually became the booking manager for Ear Splitting Media. Once my time with ESM was over, I began booking independently again. In that time, I also began designing flyers and other print media for venues, bands and corporate clients. In my down time, I love spending time with my wife and 3 kids who are also musicians. After meeting some of the IOA team at Texas IndieFest in 2018, I was very impressed by the mission and business model. I am looking forward to helping IOA in any way I can.
Special Projects Coordinator - Evansville, IN
I learned the Carter Scratch from my mother and Black Sabbath and CCR from my brothers. I spent a few years working tours doing light rigging and sound before eventually transitioning to promotions for Time Warner after college. With the changes in the music industry, it has become apparent that a new model is needed. IOA has built a model that can adapt quickly and across multiple platforms. IOA has reignited my passion for music, as new, dynamic, independent artists can benefit from this model, all the while being true to their own vision. Music has and can change the world.
A&R Rep - (Nashville, TN)
Matt is a music industry professional living in Nashville, TN. He works at ASCAP and also plays bass for indie rock group Coopertheband. He married the love of his life (Sarah) in June 2017. They have a wonderful fur baby (Golden Retriever named Pete). SIDE NOTE: Matt has more pictures on his phone of Pete than his wife and his basses combined.