January 16, 2024



Big Loud Announces Joint Venture with Severance Records | Image by Brayln Kelly | Download here
PHOTO ID (L-R): Greg Thompson (Partner / President, Big Loud Rock / Big Loud Management), 
Steve “Stevo” Robertson (Co-President, Severance Records), Mike Easterlin (Co-President, Severance Records), Joey Moi (Partner / Producer / President of A&R, Big Loud), Seth England (Partner / CEO, Big Loud)

NASHVILLE, TENN. – Big Loud is proud to announce today a new joint venture with Severance Records. Helmed by longtime industry experts and Co-Presidents Mike Easterlin and Steve “Stevo” Robertson, Severance Records is an independent, modern rock label based in Nashville, Tenn. with a global vision and footprint.

“Stevo and I could not be more excited to be joining the Big Loud family,” Easterlin shares. “(Big Loud Partners) Seth (England), Joey (Moi), Craig (Wiseman), and (Big Loud Rock / Big Loud Management Partner + President) Greg (Thompson) have been so supportive from the first time we met about building this partnership together. Watching the company that Big Loud has become in the country space only drives Stevo and I to want to make Severance Records the same kind of force in the alternative space. Our goal is to be rooted in Nashville, but global in vision.”

Easterlin most recently served as Co-President of Elektra Entertainment after serving as President / GM at two of the company’s cornerstone labels – Fueled By Ramen and Roadrunner Records. He counts additional experience in leadership roles at Island Def Jam, after starting his career at Virgin Records. Easterlin has fostered and promoted the careers of powerhouse artists like Smashing Pumpkins, Lenny Kravitz, Blur, The Killers, Nickelback, Panic! At The Disco, All Time Low, Twenty One Pilots, The Band Camino, Paramore, Shinedown, Tones and I, Young The Giant, Bailey Zimmerman, and more for over 25 years.

Robertson joins Severance after a 25-year tenure with Atlantic Records, last serving as GM / SVP of A&R, Pop / Rock for the label’s Nashville presence. Across his storied career as an ace A&R executive with an ear for alternative hits, Robertson signed Shinedown, Paramore, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Knox, and A Day To Remember among other impactful acts, and helped developed talent including GAYLE, Collective Soul, Seven Mary Three, Matchbox 20, and many more.

“I’m a fan of so much of the music Mike and Stevo have discovered and promoted throughout their careers,” Big Loud Partner / Producer / President of A&R Joey Moi says. “Working with them on building and establishing some incredible new rock and alternative acts is something we’re all really looking forward to.”

“Mike and Stevo have championed some of the most exciting, culture-driving music of the last two decades, so when the opportunity to work with them in this capacity came up, it was an instant ‘yes,’” Big Loud Partner / CEO Seth England adds. “We’re grateful to partner with them and build a legacy together with Severance.”

The newly forged label is impacting the alternative space now, starting with flagship signing Dexter and The Moonrocks.

Hailing from Abilene, Texas and rooted in Southern alt / alt-rock, Dexter and The Moonrocks are a sub-genre all their own. Creating a distinct, fan-labeled “Western Space Grunge” sound, the self-proclaimed “sad space cowboys” pull inspiration from artists ranging from Rainbow Kitten Surprise and Foo Fighters to Tyler Childers and Whiskey Myers, finding a distinct niche and quickly piquing the interest of fans with their edgy take on Southern rock.

“We’re honored to have Mike, Stevo, and the Severance / Big Loud team believe in us and give us the opportunity and resources to pioneer a sound that’s meant for all the freaks, geeks, and everyone in between,” the band shares. “Whether you think ‘a pair of boots’ means cowboy or combat, we’ve got music that will make you feel truly comfortable in your own skin, and we cannot wait to share it with you.”

Dexter and The Moonrocks are booked by Mike Krug (WME), managed by Chris Schoemann (Lion’s Claw Entertainment), and Joe Greenwald (Marketing & Promotion).

“When Mike (Easterlin) and I laid the groundwork for Severance Records, we were driven by a genuine love for rock music and an instinct to follow its evolving path,” Co-President Robertson says. “In an industry that seemed to have momentarily turned away from rock, we felt a strong undercurrent – a shift back towards the authentic sounds of guitars and raw attitude. Dexter and The Moonrocks struck a chord with us immediately. While being influenced by greats like Nirvana and Kings Of Leon, they’re a bridge to the future of rock, blending influences from rock legends and contemporaries like Rainbow Kitten Surprise and Colter Wall. Their sound is the DNA of Severance Records – rediscovering and redefining rock with a fresh perspective, especially with a nod to Southern roots.

“We’re shaping a unique culture. Our focus is alternative – alt-rock, alt-pop, alt-country, and indie rock. We’re drawn to authentic, unconventional sounds. Dexter and The Moonrocks are at the forefront of that. As our first signing, they represent the distinct sound of Severance Records.”

Severance Records Signs Dexter and The Moonrocks | Image by Barrett Lewis | Download here
PHOTO ID (L-R): Steve “Stevo” Robertson (Co-President, Severance Records), Ryan Fox (Drums / Harmony, Dexter and The Moonrocks), Ryan Anderson (Lead Guitar / Harmony, Dexter and The Moonrocks), James Tuffs (Lead Vocalist / Rhythm Guitar, Dexter and The Moonrocks), Ty Anderson (Bass, Dexter and The Moonrocks), Mike Easterlin (Co-President, Severance Records)
Dexter and The Moonrocks | Image by Chloe Barney | Download here
Dexter and The Moonrocks | Image by Chloe Barney | Download here
Steve “Stevo” Robertson + Mike Easterlin, Co-Presidents of Severance Records 
Image by Brayln Kelly | Download here


Founded in 2023 by awarded and tenured music business pros Mike Easterlin and Steve “Stevo” Robertson as a joint venture with Big Loud Records, Severance Records is an independent, modern rock label based in Nashville, Tenn. with a global vision and footprint. Cultivating a small community of artists all uniquely singular and backed by a staff hyper-focused on a nimble, exacting approach to artist development, Severance Records aims to create culture, breaking alternative rock music that connects on an international scale, starting with inaugural signing, Dexter and The Moonrocks. Find more information on Severance Records here, and connect with them on social media here.


Dexter and The Moonrocks are a sub-genre all their own. Fusing the sounds of red dirt country from their Abilene, Texas roots with Southern alt / alt-rock influences, they’ve cultivated their trailblazing, fan-labeled “Western Space Grunge” sound meticulously. Inspired by artists ranging from Rainbow Kitten Surprise and Foo Fighters to Tyler Childers and Colter Wall, the self-proclaimed “sad space cowboys” have found a distinct niche, quickly piquing the interest of an incredible community of fans with their edgy take on southern rock. Showcasing their fresh, unconventional sound on self-released and self-tited debut EP Dexter and The Moonrocks, the band connects instantly, moving people with their widely resonant lyrics on six tracks that explode with emotion, conviction, and energy. Bringing the music to fans, they headlined venues nationwide in 2023, creating a live experience as unique as their sound. Now, the band kicks off their biggest year yet, gearing up to release new music in 2024 as the flagship signing at Severance Records, an imprint of Big Loud Records in association with Big Loud Rock.



For all Severance Records and Dexter and The Moonrocks media inquiries, email press@bigloud.com.

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