Nolan with Josey Scott of Saliva
Nolan with CC Deville of Poison
In 2003, MK Productions was born by helping out one of my closest friends' (Derrick) sister's band. One of my customers at the time needed a band because of a last minute cancellation. After the show, my friends father asked me to be her booking agent. And so it began. With the Ashley Salario Band. Booking shows for a cover band in multiple states. From Texas to Florida. Late in 2003, I was introduced to Lowerline from New Orleans and I wanted to move into booking shows for original bands.
Building on the success of booking shows for Lowerline and ASB, I grew the company until there were 19 bands on my roster. In late 2004, I came across Sevenwiser out of New York. After meeting with the A&R executive in charge of a soundtrack for Jive Records at Voodoo Fest, I was given the opportunity to place Sevenwiser on a Wes Craven film and soundtrack sync. The film "Cursed" starring Christina Ricci, would go on to be released globally by Mirimax/Dimension films and the soundtrack sold 100,000 copies.
And then, in 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit. And it changed everything. Many of the bands that I worked with were displaced and disbanded. Including Lowerline.
In 2006, I decided to try again in the management realm. And found Absence of Concern out of Jackson, MS. Within months of signing them they had opened for Seether at the Jackson State Fair and were recording an album for Kik-It Records. After the label signing we parted ways. After leaving AOC, Drummer Adam Box became the permanent drummer for the hit country band, The Brothers Osbourne. Later that year I found The Blue Eclipse in Lafayette, LA.
TBE would gain regional attention quickly and within a year's time the band was performing every weekend in up to 12 markets. 3-4 times a week. They would fly to NYC and perform a showcase for Roadrunner Records and Rock Ridge Music executives at the famous Arlene's Grocery on 95th and Stanton. The band performed at the Famous Club LaVela twice. I secured 3 Live Television Performances for the band with LCN-TV a local cable access channel that reached 485,000 homes in South Louisiana.They were sponsored by Jagermeister's music program.
In 2007, I picked up Vysion from Tupelo, MS. Vysion would break up on it's own. And in 2009, Frontman Jon Horn (RIP) would reach out to me about managing the new band, AllyriA. After touring with Sevendust and Taproot they would go on to work with Producer Mark Wolfson and release an EP in 2010.
I also worked with LCN-TV as a producer for "The Vault" a music video series which embedded unsigned bands' music videos in between National Acts. I helped them secure a sizable rock catalog from Island/Def Jam Records at the time, as well as a strong catalog from Wind Up Records.
At the end of 2010, MK Productions was put on hold and worked strictly as music consulting firm in which it first worked with Farewell to Fear, helping them get signed to SMG Records, with the former manager of CREED. Their single "Diamonds" was aired on Howard Stern and within 24 hours hit #1 on Amazon and #8 on iTunes downloads. It's now hit 2,000,000 Spotify Streams.
In 2012, Signed to SMG Records and Managed by Mark O'Toole, Evolve Thru Scars joined the roster in booking. ETS featured Jon Horn as well as guitarist Chris Dabaldo (Saliva) , Justin Perez (former touring drummer for Goatwhore) and guitarist Brian Kirk (One Less Reason (Universal)). ETS broke up in 2014.
In 2016, Jon reached out to me again about an AllyriA reunion with new music. Powerful new tracks produced by Justin Rimer (12 Stones, Breaking Point, now a producer for Apple Music) of Crosstrax studios. Jon Horn passed away in January of 2017. In his memory, the family released the single "50 Shades of Crazy" which reached #33 on Billboard. All proceeds from the release of the EP go to a fund for his surviving children.
In 2018, Farewell to Fear came back into the fold with a new record and signed to Pavement Entertainment. While helping to work the new single, I was able to land them 13 endorsement deals.
With companies like Saluda Cymbals, Scorpion Percussion, GHS Strings and WB Gear. I also helped them get booked on Blue Ridge Rock Fest, as well as shows with Marcy Playground (Raliegh, NC), as direct support for Candlebox @ the House of Blues, Houston, TX and as direct support for Hinder at Rooftop Lounge in Houston, TX a month later.
"Underneath my Skin" reached #29 on Billboard MRI charts and 110,000 YouTube views.
Their current single "I won't be your tragedy" has garnered International airplay in 9 countries and is currently on the Billboard charts. As of August 11, 2020 "I Won't Be Your Tragedy" has officially peaked in the Billboard MRI charts at #21! The single also jumped 7 spots from #13 to #6 on the Foundations Secondary Market Radio charts. Over 1,400 reported spins combined on peak week! In June 2021, MK Music landed a record deal for FtF with Golden Robot/Crusader Records.
The rest of 2020 and 2021 have been nothing short of explosive. During the radio campaign for Farewell to Fear, MK Music went on an impressive signing streak. We signed Shimmer Johnson, Tommy Gibbons, Black Wolf Mountain and the Jeff Carlson Band all within 2 months! We launched 2 radio campaigns at the end of the year with Tommy Gibbons' single "Tonight" and Black Wolf Mountain's single "Hangman". Tommy charted at #23 on the Billboard MRI and #5 on Foundations. Black Wolf Mountain debuted for the very time at radio and broke in at #36 on the Billboard MRI and #28 on Foundations SMR that carried over into the first week in January 2021.
In March 2021, Lowerline signed to RFL Records for a worldwide deal on the "Heavy Waters" EP. The EP released June 25, 2021. We landed endorsements with Dirtbag Clothing and Spectraflex Cables for Lowerline as well. The lead off single and title track, "Heavy Waters" reached #3 on the Foundations SMR charts, #20 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Indicator Charts, won the "Best Music Video" Award of Merit for The Vegas Movie Awards August 2021 as well as getting added on 25 Canadian Rock Stations.
I later signed The Almas is early April 2021. The Almas are extremely hardworking and landed a slot to open for Buckcherry on July 1, 2021. In May 2021, we landed an endorsement deal with GHS Strings, WB Gear, Scorpion Percussion, SJC Drums, InEarz Monitors as well as partnerships with PigHog Cables. They will going on tour with Otep on the "Sermons of Fire" tour in the Spring of 2022.
I also signed Mind of Fury in the summer of 2021 who performed at Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK in September 2021 and were previously there in 2018. MOF is signed to RFL Records.
Circle of Wolves is a new project from Shimmer Johnson that will be added to the roster that is hard hitting rock! Their album releases online in November 2021.