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Richard Gottehrer

Founder & Chief Creative Officer,
The Orchard (NY)
New York, NY, USA
Richard Gottehrer is the Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer of The Orchard. Richard began his career in the music industry as a songwriter, penning classics such as “My Boyfriend’s Back” and “I Want Candy” and was an artist in the 1960s pop group, The Strangeloves. In 1966, he co-founded leading independent record label Sire Records with fellow luminary Seymour Stein. Later, Richard went on to make a name as a multi-platinum producer for well-known music acts, including Blondie, The Go-Go’s, The Raveonettes and Joan Armatrading before co-founding The Orchard in 1997. Today, Richard heads Blue Horizon, one of The Orchard’s premier labels, and Instant Records, which was originally founded in the 1970s and revived in 2013 in partnership with long-time business partner and Orchard co-founder Scott Cohen. Through these, Richard supervises recordings of The Black Angels and Dion for Blue Horizon, and Au Revoir Simone, Queen Kwong, Princess Superstar, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas for Instant Records. He also produces The Dum Dum Girls for Sub Pop and has worked with The Raveonettes since their inception. His motto is, and has always been “Move forward, even in times of adversity. Move forward.”