Photo Credit: Big Machine Records/John Varvatos Records


NASHVILLE/NEW YORK (September 7, 2017) – Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott Borchetta and fashion designer John Varvatos announced today an exciting new joint venture that pairs the world’s No. 1 independent record label with the renowned American fashion designer. The venture allows the two edgy and outspoken creatives to discover and develop rock acts.

Music runs through the veins of both Borchetta and Varvatos. The two met over five years ago at an Aerosmith concert where Cheap Trick was opening.  Borchetta had just begun managing Cheap Trick and signed them to his Big Machine Records imprint. Cheap Trick went on to play a 35-year anniversary show celebrating At Budokan at John Varvatos Bowery location which is where the two entrepreneurs’ paths crossed once again.

“The cultural fashion of John Varvatos has always been a powerful rock and roll brand and one I’ve aspired to be a part of,” said Borchetta. “John and I immediately connected with our outrageous love for rock music. When I discovered that he was more than just a fan, and has a true eye and ear for rock talent, I was blown away. Combining our two brands together will help us achieve our goal in finding and enabling the next great rock artists.”

“Scott and I are extremely passionate about the future of rock music! Having the opportunity to partner with the BMLG team is the perfect match and timing to find the next rock and roll rebels.  We are looking for artists with passion, angst and a soul, and those that have a voice to be heard during these troubled times.  People say rock is dead… we say, ‘Long Live Rock!” added Varvatos.

The first artist being represented on the newly created Big Machine Records/John Varvatos Records is California-based rock band badflower.

This venture is not the first time Borchetta and Varvatos have created together. They previously partnered on the 2015 release of Zac Brown Band’s No. 1, PLATINUM-selling album JEKYLL + HYDE.

Borchetta’s Big Machine Label Group not only finds it superstar roster of artists on top of the pop and Country charts, it has also found much success in re-launching household rock and roll acts like Steven Tyler and Cheap Trick, the latter currently experiencing its 12th week at No. 1 on the Classic Rock Chart with “Long Time Coming.”

Led by Founder, President and CEO Scott Borchetta, the Big Machine Label Group encompasses Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Co., BMLG Records, Nash Icon Records and publishing company Big Machine Music as well as its own digital radio station, Big Machine Radio. BMLG artists include superstars Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Brantley Gilbert, Hank Williams Jr., Ronnie Dunn, Cheap Trick and Jennifer Nettles; chart-topping acts Justin Moore, Eli Young Band, Brett Young, Aaron Lewis, Midland, The Voice winner Danielle Bradbery, American Idol Season 15 winner Trent Harmon; up-and-comers The Cadillac Three, Drake White, Tucker Beathard, Tara Thompson, Carly Pearce, Delta Rae and Alex Williams. BMLG also helms soundtracks for the hit TV show “NASHVILLE.” BMLG artists have received multiple GRAMMY, CMA, ACM, AMA, CMT, Teen Choice, MTV, Billboard, People’s Choice and Brit Awards. Big Machine is the first-ever American label to align with terrestrial radio for performance royalty rights for its artists and is an industry leader in fighting for artist, songwriter, publisher and record company rights. Visit for more information.

Big Machine Label Group has joined forces with renowned fashion designer John Varvatos to launch John Varvatos Records. The imprint is a revolutionary collaboration, co-mingling two distinct brands with the common goal of releasing timeless records -genuine music in the spirit of legends. John Varvatos recording artists have included Zac Brown Band, Andrew Watt, Tyler Bryant and the shakedown, Amos Lee, and badflower.