Distrokid Names New Vice President of Product


DistroKid has named veteran product executive Matthew Ogle to the newly created position of Vice President of Product at the company. In his new role, Ogle will be responsible for further developing upon what is already the most comprehensive suite of tools available to music creators. Among his many accomplishments during his lengthy career, Ogle is perhaps best known for introducing Spotify’s popular Discover Weekly playlist recommendation engine. 

“Matt has more than 20 years’ experience building products that strengthen connections between people,” said DistroKid Chief Operating Officer Phil Bauer. “We’re thrilled to have him at DistroKid where he will focus on adding tools that help artists with promotion, content creation and audience engagement.” Ogle comes to DistroKid from CNN where he spearheaded the network’s direct-to-consumer initiative for the past year and a half.

Prior to that he was Head of Product at Canopy, a personalization and discovery engine that was acquired by CNN in 2020.  He also served as the Product Manager for Discovery at Instagram, helping the platform’s community of 1 billion people connect with their interests and discover new ones.  

Ogle has extensive experience in the music space, having served at Spotify as Product Director where he led a team that developed the next generation of discovery features (including Discover Weekly, Daily Mix, and Release Radar), and technical infrastructure for personalization at scale.

He was Head of Independent Products at The Echo Nest, a company that was acquired by Spotify in 2014. Ogle also spent 5 years at Last.fm, where he rose to the position of Head of Web Product. As an entrepreneur, Ogle launched the much loved music discovery engine This Is My Jam. 

“DistroKid has built a business that is respected by the industry’s largest population of music creators for both its simplicity of use and the complex tools that are available to its members,” said Ogle.  “I’m excited to hit the ground running as we continue to make DistroKid even more useful to musicians around the world.” 

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