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Episode 10: Mike Shea
Mike is the founder of Alternative Press Magazine. AP is one of the longest lasting music publications in America and has been instrumental in launching the careers of artists such as Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson to Korn and Rob Zombie to Fall Out Boy to My Chemical Romance and the list goes on. He is the Executive Producer for the AP Music Awards and hosts his own podcast for AP called "Backstage Pass”. You can find him on Instagram @mikesheaap and his magazine @altpress. Email Me:...
Episode 5: Scott Sokol
Scott is the president of Pinnacle Entertainment, a boutique booking agency with clients such as Slayer, Mastodon, and Halestorm to just name a few. Pinnacle also represents various TV properties for Adult Swim such as my good friend Jackson Galaxy of My Cat From Hell! He isn’t on social media but here is his companies website: http://www.pinnacleentertainmentinc.com A personal side note from Scott: The managers at RSE are Rick Sales, Ernie Gonzalez, Kristen Mulderig and Nick John....
Episode 6: Ash Avildsen
Ash is a wearer of many hats and one of the most innovative entrepreneurs in the business. He is a former booking agent and the current founder and CEO of Sumerian Records and Films. Sumerian Records is the home of Jonathan Davis, Body Count, Animals as Leaders, Crosses and Asking Alexandria just to name a few. On the film side he is a director, screen writer, producer and actor. He is also the founder and producer of the annual Summer Slaughter Tour and this year will be it’s 12th year!...
Episode 8: Tim Borror
Tim is a Senior Agent in the New York office of United Talent Agency. He is responsible for discovering promising new talent, developing careers for his roster of artists and booking large scale tours for some of today’s most influential bands including Lamb of God, The Original Misfits, Clutch, Killswitch Engage, and Opeth just to name a few. You can find him on Instagram @ichoosefun. Email Me: AskBlasko@Gmail.com Follow Me: @Blasko1313 on Twitter & Instagram Facebook:...
Episode 7: Scott Lee
Scott is the co owner of the VIP ticketing company Sound Rink. He is also the co-owner of Modern Empire Management where he guides the careers for such artists as Jason Richardson, Kublai Khan, Currents, Enterprise Earth and many others. Scott is also the founder of the New England Metal and Hardcore festival and was the producer for it's first 16 years. You can find his company on Instagram @sound_rink. Email Me: AskBlasko@Gmail.com Follow Me: @Blasko1313 on Twitter &...
Episode 9: Kim Zide
Kim is the Vice President of Artist Relations for Mike Davis Productions. She’s been managing Pantera for 24 years. She managed Pantera while they were an active, touring band and helped to market them as they transitioned into a legacy act. She has also managed Dimebag Darrell’s Estate for the last 5 years. During her 9 years as a manager at Concrete Management, she worked with Pantera, White Zombie, Anthrax, Ministry, Prong, Down, Fear Factory, and more. She has spent the last 18 years...
Episode 2: Ryan J. Downey
Ryan is master of many! He is a reporter, producer, and editor for media outlets such as MTV, Billboard, Marvel, MTV video and Music Awards, Alternative Press and Machinima just to name a few. He is an artist manager where he handles the careers of bands and producers alike. He is an avid podcaster of which he hosts Speak and Destroy, a podcast about all things Metallica! You can find him on Instagram @superherohq and his podcast @speakndestroy. Email Me: AskBlasko@Gmail.com Follow Me:...
Episode 1: Brian Slagel
Brian is the founder and CEO of Metal Blade Records where he has released seminal albums from Slayer, Mercyful Fate, Cannibal Corpse, Amon Amarth, King Diamond, and Cryptic Slaughter to just name a few. Metal Blade was also the home to the iconic compilation series Metal Massacre which was the very first break Metallica ever received. He has penned the book For The Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records where he had some nice things to say about me so that’s pretty cool! You...
Episode 4: Eric German
Eric is a lawyer and partner at the law firm of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp where he currently represents dozens of artists, songwriters and producers with a wide range of talent ranging from AWOLNATION to Asking Alexandria and newcomers Bad Wolves. He began his career litigating copyright and technology cases for major record companies including the seminal case against Napster. He is a life long Metal Head and avid consumer, analyst and supporter of all things hard rock and heavy metal....
Episode 3: Mike Mowery
Mike is the owner of Outerloop Management where he handles the careers of Refused, Darkest Hour, Good Tiger and many more. He also runs Outerloop Records and has an intensive coaching platform as well. He is the owner of this very podcast network Jabberjaw media and the reason why we can all be here! You can find him on Instagram @mikeoloop and his company @outerloop.group and the network @jabberjawmedia. Email Me: AskBlasko@Gmail.com Follow Me: @Blasko1313 on Twitter &...
Episode 0: Welcome to A New Level
Hey there. This is Blasko. You may know me from my other podcast ManageMental where my co-host Mike Mowery and I discuss the hottest topics and strategies in the music business. Or you may know me as the bass player for Ozzy Osbourne… Or you may know me as the crazy cat guy on Instagram. Either way, you are here and I am happy to have your attention. What you may not know is that I started my career in the music biz when I was still a teenager in High School. My first band got a record...