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Knake - Artist Relations - Nashville, TN, USA

Kami Knake

Nashville, TN, USA


• 12 years experience in music and entertainment specializing in digital sales, marketing, A&R, talent booking, music management, and artist relations
• Have corporate and start-up experience with companies such as: Warner Bros. Records, The Orchard, Mobile Roadie, Topspin, FanBridge, Brite Revolution, Viper Room, APA Talent & Literary Agency, etc.
• Founder, host, and producer of the Bands Under the Radar (BUTR) music podcast
• Weekly on-air guest on 5FM, South Africa’s largest rock station
• B.S.E. in Electrical & Computer Engineering degree from the University of Iowa


Artist Relations

  • Full time
  • Part time
  • One time
  • Contract
  • Temp

Work History

VP, Artist & Celebrity Relations


August 2011 - August 2011

BCKSTGR is revolutionary new mobile-led loyalty reward platform aimed at aggregating the worldʼs fanbases. It's a global entertainment marketplace that provides equal love to brands, fans, and the entertainment community. Launching in early 2012 more announcements coming shortly.

Regional Director, Nashville

The Orchard

February 2011 - February 2011

The Orchard is an independent music and video distributor specializing in comprehensive digital strategies for content owners.

We partner with companies of all sizes, from major independent record labels to management firms to production companies, to make their music and videos available across more than 660 digital and mobile outlets in 75 countries, as well as physical retailers across North America and Europe.

We work with our clients to maximize their revenue through pricing strategies and sales promotions, provide the latest and greatest digital marketing tools, and offer products like sophisticated sales analytics to help them run their businesses efficiently and effectively.

The Orchard was founded in the Lower East Side of NYC in 1997 and now our headquarters are in New York and London with operations in 26 markets around the world. We’re owned by Dimensional Associates, the private equity arm of JDS Capital Management, which means we’re completely independent and not associated with any major conglomeration.

Director, Artist Relations

Brite Revolution

March 2010 - August 2011

Brite Revolution has been providing professional services to creative people since 2007. A new kind of entertainment company, Brite is committed to creating innovative and socially responsible platforms that enable artists to engage their audiences. Brite is establishing itself as a music tastemaker where all artists involved benefit via cross-pollination marketing and much more.

Consultant, Artist Relations

Mobile Roadie

January 2010 - July 2011

Mobile Roadie is a simple and inexpensive way for anyone to build and manage their own iPhone, Android, and Blackberry App in minutes. MR apps can send geo-targeted push text alerts, collect emails, and swap out music, video, photos, and banners on the fly. If you have events or shows, you can promote them with a link to buy tickets. If you sell products, you can link to any e-commerce website.

Consultant, Artist Relations


July 2010 - February 2011

This company was called Damntheradio briefly but was acquired by Fanbridge. Allows you to build sleek, elegant Facebook fan pages with ease. Gives your fans the tools and incentives to share. Collects fans, emails, and phone numbers. Showcase your music and videos front and center. Makes every action on your page social.

Consultant, Artist Relations


May 2009 - July 2010

Topspin is a technology-driven marketing, management, and distribution platform for the D2F channel. Key benefits of the platform include:

Marketing: Creating demand through the use of technology to market your music, acquire new fans, and maximize revenue

Management: Improving and simplifying workflow with integration of a viral marketing widget platform, a media center linked to all of your assets both digital and physical, an email marketing platform, and an integrated purchase flow for both digital and physical goods

Distribution: Immediate download of digital products through Topspin's servers and physical goods integration with your preferred vendor or a Topspin pick, pack, and ship partner

Director, Digital Sales & Marketing

Warner Bros. Records

July 2005 - June 2009

Marketing & Digital Sales Director at Warner Bros. Records (working in Los Angeles & Nashville) creating & executing online & offline marketing & retail plans for artists in every genre as well as working with comedians & film/tv soundtracks.

• Brand Management
• Content Management Systems
• Digital Retail Marketing
• Viral, Grassroots & Word of Mouth Marketing
• Web 2.0 Website & Widget Production
• Community & Fan Club Management
• Promotions, Sweepstakes & Contesting
• Email & SMS Marketing
• Lead Generation Marketing
• Media Buying
• Social Networking
• Packaging & Production

Talent Producer

Viper Room

February 2005 - July 2008

Booked, promoted, and produced nights at the club.
Booked special events and parties at SXSW, CMJ, etc.


Bands Under the Radar

November 2004 - August 2011

Kami is founder, host, and producer of Bands Under the Radar (BUTR), a music podcast that was created in 2004:

Kami formed BUTR Records and BUTR MGMT in 2009:

BUTR MGMT is a marketing, distribution, and management company.

Services Offered:
• Provide expert advice to build your brand, connect with your fans, & increase ROI
• Create and execute a marketing plan around the data
• Develop the creative
• Distribution
• D2F e-commerce Solutions
• Strategic Digital Marketing
• SEO/SEM Optimization
• Web Design & Production
• Content Creation
• Social Networking & Community Management
• Digital Retail Marketing
• Email & SMS Marketing
• Lead Generation Marketing
• Video Promotion
• Reporting
• VIP Ticketing
• Media Buying

Assistant Talent Agent

APA Talent and Literary Agency

January 2003 - January 2005

Talent Booker: Booked bands on regional tours in the Southeast and West Coast.

Assistant to Head of Music Department: Worked with promoters, created contracts, routed & booked tours.

Client list includes Fleetwood Mac, Lenny Kravitz, Robert Plant, Judas Priest, Black Crowes, Boston, Poison, Bret Michaels, Cinderella, Whitesnake, Zakk Wylde, etc.

Member of SAG

Screen Actors Guild

June 2000 - August 2003

Worked on TV shows, films, commercials, music videos, industrials, etc.

Technical Consultant

Career Strategies

January 2000 - December 2000

Solicited new candidates and worked to match clients’ needs with candidates’ skill sets.

Paid Intern, Information Technology

UBS / Warburg Dillon Read

May 1999 - June 1999

Pulled data from a Sybase database using Perl and Java and displayed the information through a GUI using JBuilder.

Paid Intern, Software Engineer

Neural Applications

May 1998 - August 1998

Designed and programmed animated, touch-sensitive display windows to control and regulate furnaces.

Paid Intern, Hardware Engineer

John Deere

May 1997 - August 1997

Worked on a project detecting operator presence in a tractor

Qualifications & Certifications


University of Iowa

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