Michael Alago Talks Signing Metallica, White Zombie, And His Life Beyond Music

Music industry legend Michael Alago is as down to earth, forthright and humble as they come, but he doesn’t have to be. Coming from New York City in the late 1970s, in the early 80s he cut his teeth on discovering new artists and becoming a taste-maker in an emerging scene. In his quarter century as an A & R rep he helped put Metallica on the map by signing them to Elektra Records and changing the course of music history. Later he helped catapult White Zombie to fame while at Geffen Records and discovered, signed and cultivated countless scores of bands in rock, metal and other genres. In this feature interview with Ghost Cult, Michael discusses Who the Fuck is That Guy? The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago, a documentary by filmmaker Drew Stone (All Ages: Boston Hardcore, New York Hardcore Chronicles). The film examines Michael’s entire life up to now, from his early days in Borough Park, Brooklyn through his music career, and into his work today as a celebrated photographer. In addition to our chat about his life and times so far, Michael opened up his personal photo archive, sharing with us many rare or never before seen candid photos of him with musical royalty. Thanks to Michael for sharing this with us. Videography by Omar Cordy and Heather Wilkerson.

Link to buy Who the Fuck is That Guy: https://www.amazon.com/Who-F-k-That-Guy/dp/B0747XNZ6Z

Link to buy Michael Alago’s photo books: https://www.amazon.com/Michael-Alago/e/B004OXDYCA

Michael Alago on Twitter: twitter.com/michaelalago1

Michael Alago on Instagram: instagram.com/michaelanthonyalago/