Dave Kaplan (music executive)

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Phoenix, Arizona
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma materUC Santa Barbara
OccupationMusic industry executive
Years active1981−present

Dave Kaplan is a music industry executive.[1][2] He has managed numerous musical artists, including UB-40, Glen Campbell, Dave Stewart (musician and producer) of the Eurythmics, Brian Setzer,[3] Sublime (band),[4] and The Butthole Surfers.[5] He founded and is the chief executive officer of the independent music label Surfdog Records.[2] Kaplan’s producing credits include albums for Dave Stewart,[2], Glen Campbell, Brian Setzer, Stray Cats, Dan Hicks (singer), SuperHeavy and Gary Hoey.[6]

Early life and education

Kaplan was born in Phoenix, Arizona.[2] He graduated from UC Santa Barbara,[2][3] and later became a certified public accountant.[1][3]


Kaplan joined the accounting firm Ernst & Young & Whinney in California as an auditor in 1981. Kaplan disliked the firm’s rigid work culture, and left in 1983 to join a company that sold t-shirts bearing licensed images of pop-stars.[1]

In 1985, he founded Dave Kaplan Management (DKM) to manage musicians.[2] DKM’s first client was the reggae band UB-40.[2][7]

Kaplan became the manager for Brian Setzer in 1992.[1] As of 2021, Kaplan had produced or been the executive producer on 13 albums by Setzer and his two related bands, Brian Setzer Orchestra and The Stray Cats.[6]

Kaplan founded Surfdog Records in the early 1990s.[2][8]

In 1999, Kaplan became the manager for The Butthole Surfers, and signed the act to a joint recording deal with Surfdog and Hollywood Records.[5]

Kaplan signed recording deals with Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks in 2000[9][8] and British soul singer Joss Stone in 2011 to co-produce her album LP1 (Joss Stone album).< He produced or was the executive producer for six of Hicks’ albums between 2000 and 2017, and was the executive producer for Stone’s LP1 album.[6]

Kaplan co-wrote two songs with the band Sprung Monkey in 2001, “Get A Taste” and “So Cal Loco (Party Like A Rock Star)”.[6]

In 2012, Kaplan became co-manager of country singer Glen Campbell, who had just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, and was the executive producer of his final album Ghost on the Canvas.[10] Kaplan was also the executive producer “See You There” and for 'Live from the Troubadour, a posthumous Campbell album released in 2021.[6]

In 2013, Kaplan signed Eric Clapton to Surfdog Records and distributed his new album, Old Sock in North America.[2][3]

Kaplan is also the manager of the band Sublime.[4] In 2019, Kaplan was a co-producer of a documentary about the band Sublime (band)|Sublime, which was titled “Sublime”.[11]

Charitable activities

Kaplan produced an ocean-themed music album titled “Music for Our Mother Ocean” (MOM),[12] to benefit the Surfrider Foundation, an environmental non-profit focused on cleaning up beaches and the ocean.[13] The album, which was released in 1996, included tracks by 20 different artists, including Pearl Jam, Brian Setzer, The Beastie Boys, Porno for Pyros, and The Ramones.[14][13][15][12] Kaplan executive-produced a sequel MOM album in 1997, which featured artists including The Beach Boys, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Pennywise.[15] Kaplan was also the executive producer for a third MOM album, released in 1999.[6]

He has also served on the board of directors for the Surfrider Foundation.[13]

Personal life

Kaplan and his family live in southern California.[2][1] He is a surfing enthusiast.[13][2][1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Benning, Harry (3 October 2001). "Corporate 'tie guy' turns into Surfdog". North County Times. p. B-3.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Varga, George (21 February 2013). "Eric Clapton and Encinitas' Surfdog Team Up". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Graves, Brad (18 February 2013). "Surfdog Records has a Legend on Board". San Diego Business Journal. No. 34 (7). pp. 1, 28.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Newman, Melinda (3 August 2017). "Sublime Picks Double Oscar Winner to Direct Documentary About The Band: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 6 December 2021.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Young, Charles M. (11 September 1999). "Butthole Surfers Resurface". Billboard. No. 111 (37).
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 "Dave Kaplan: Credits". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 8 November 2021.
  7. Smale, Alison (18 October 1986). "UB40 battles officialdom to get Soviet fans dancing". Globe & Mail.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Music: Greatest Licks". Pacific Sun. 15 February 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2021.
  9. "POP MUSIC; Pop Eye; SMALL FACES". Los Angeles Times. 19 March 2000. p. 74.
  10. Graff, Gary (18 February 2012). "MIDNIGHT COWBOY". Billboard. No. 24 (6). p. 25.
  11. Dalton, Steven (28 April 2019). "'Sublime': Film Review Tribeca 2019". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Jenkins, Logan (3 September 1999). "Using rock to save sand and water". San Diego Union-Tribune. p. B-1.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Borzillo, Carrie (4 May 1996). "Surfdog compilation makes waves in movement to clean up beaches". Billboard. No. 108 (18). pp. 11, 18.
  14. Benning, Jim (7 June 1998). "THE BEST OF SUMMER; The Steward of Stoke; The Surfrider Foundation's Pierce Flynn Wants Everyone to Understand Why Waves Matter". Los Angeles Times. p. 15.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Borzillo, Carrie (26 July 1997). "Using rock to save sand and water". Billboard. No. 109 (30). p. 16.

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