Welcome to Musik and Film
The principals of Musik and Film, Inc. have been in the music business almost four decades. They have worked with such great artists as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Red Jump Suit Apparatus, Survivor, Loverboy, Eddie and the Cruisers, Tommy Tutone, Missing Persons, Daryl Worley, Molly Hatchet, Ozzy Osbourne, Duran Duran and many many others. We helped them with their hits, are you next?
STEPHEN WRENCH – PRESIDENT
Stephen started in the music business as a performing musician and songwriter at an early age. He has performed and co-written with many notable artists and musicians. He has spent a lifetime establishing his worldwide industry network. He has worked in multiple capacities with musicians, producers, publishers, publicists, radio promoters, booking agencies, and record labels. Stephen has worked in video production and promotion, concert production and promotion, record distribution, and film and television syndication and production.
Stephen has contacts throughout the world with major labels, television and movie syndication networks, and media outlets. He also has cultivated numerous friendships within the artist community. Stephen has acquired label deals for many artists and has been instrumental in syndication of movie and television content throughout the world.
Prior to establishing Musik and Film, Stephen was Vice President for a division of RCA Records. Stephen has worked with many top acts including Tommy Tutone, Loverboy, Toto, Beaver Brown Band, Mick Fleetwood Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rossington Collins Band, Survivor, Missing Persons, Red Jump Suit Apparatus, Starship, Grand Funk Railroad, Lonestar, Michael Peterson, Darryl Worley, Ozzie Osbourne, The Byrds, Keb, Frank Stallone, Staind, John Anderson, Dr. Hook, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Chad Brock, Stockholm Stoner (with former members of Abba), and many others.
RHONDA HOUSTON – VICE PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR OF DISTRIBUTION
Rhonda’s 20 years in sales and marketing give her the experience in building key customer relationships and providing on-time delivery of high quality products and services. She is passionate about music and the emergence of digital entertainment. Rhonda prides herself on being aware and conversant on the latest trends in the digital music market. She promotes the concept of a team environment in her promotion of artists in the entertainment industry. Always positive and highly motivated, Rhonda is key to providing leadership for our team.
JON WILKES – A&R/ARTIST LIASON/PRODUCER
Born and raised in Florida, Jon Wilkes knew at an early age that he was born to be a drummer. When he was eight years old, his father noticed him hitting a tambourine with pencils and from that day on, he’s been obsessed with drumming. Jon was known around the state as the guy who played drums for tons of bands all at once. He graduated from the prestigious high school Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and had a full-paid music college scholarship for jazz from the Berkley College of Music lined up when he was hired to be the drummer for the Virgin Records artist The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus in 2005. From then through October 2011, Wilkes was a key member of the RJA recording albums with hit producers such as David Bendeth (Paramore, Papa Roach, Underoath), Howard Benson (Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson, The All-American Rejects) and John Feldman (Goldfinger, Good Charlotte, The Used). With Wilkes on drums, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus released 3 full-length records: Don’t You Fake It (2006), Lonely Road (2008) and Am I The Enemy (2011). Don’t You Fake It featured the hit single “Face Down” and was certified gold in November 2006 by the RIAA for selling over 500,000 copies. In 2010 Jon teamed up with Interscope records to produce a “Jon Wilkes Rock remix” for the hip hop artist Roscoe Dash called “All the way turnt up” which featured Soulja Boy. The remix got over 200,000 downloads and is still available online today.
MICHAEL (BIG LOU) LEWIS – VICE PRESIDENT TOURING
Lou spent 21 years as management for Lynyrd Skynyrd. After the plane crash, Lou was instrumental in forming the Rossington Collins Band. After a few years, Lou knew it was time to bring back the original southern rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd. Lou did numerous world tours with Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr., Bad Company, and many others. Lou has 26 gold records and platinum records for Lynyrd Skynyrd, Travis Tritt, and others. Lou has over 35 years in the music business.
TERRY NAILS – VICE PRESIDENT A&R
Terry was born into a musical family, his father being a member of the Four Freshmen. Terry has played and/or written with many artists. He began playing piano at age 7, took up the drums at age 8 and began playing guitar at age 10. It was while he was staying at the Grateful Dead ranch in Navato in Northern California that he was shown the finer points of being a bass player by James Gurley and Sam Andrews of Big Brother and The Holding Company.
He has worked or played with artists Disco Artist Sylvester, Paul Rodgers, John Cipollina (Quicksilver Messenger Service), Blues man Charlie Musselwhite, Ian Astbury and Bill Duffy (The Cult), Axel Rose, Slash, Matt Sorum (Guns and Roses) The Pointer Sisters, Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue), Lemmy KilMeister (Motorhead), John Five (Marilyn Manson), and Steve Farris (Mr. Mister) to name a few. Terry was also a writing band member with Tommy Tutone, Ozzy Osbourne, and Steve Jones (Sex Pistols). Terry has written for the Pointer Sisters, was a staff writer for CBS Records, and has worked on several movie projects.
MANA MANAWATU – Radio Promotions Sales Specialist/wptabtitle]
Mana was born into a musical family with his father, uncles and cousins being prominent artists throughout New Zealand in their time. Mana has managed incredible artists such as one of New Zealand’s premier reggae bands Soul Kaptivez, Australia’s next big superstar Tamika Kaspar. Australian artists K’rajis and Penny Van-Loon and Atlanta Georgia’s hip hop star Georgia Boy.
[wptabtitle]GRANT NIELSEN – GRAPHIC DESIGN & WEBMASTER
Grant has been a professional graphic designer for over a decade, working closely with cutting edge artists in the entertainment scene. He is also the owner of Black Key Designs, a design firm based out of Jacksonville, Florida. Grant helped to shape the image and marketing presence of Musik and Film and Musik Radio Promotions. He also designs content for the label’s artists and manages the website.
In his own time, he is also a professional musician and has been involved with dozens of talented groups including Fusebox Funk, Black Drum and most recently JacksonVegas.
SETH FULLER – WEB SERVICES DEVELOPMENT
With a diverse background in Information Technology, Seth brings a unique set of skills to Musik and Film that includes web design, graphic design, web programming, and network administration, among others. Seth designed the Musik Radio Promotions software and oversees the administration of this application. With an experienced understanding of so many different technologies, Seth offers a wide knowledge base of IT solutions for Musik and Film and its artists.