Founder & CEO
“I started Manhead, nearly by accident, back in the mid-90s. I was in a band that toured a lot. Through trial, error, and selling a lot of shirts on the road, I learned a lot about the merch biz…so I offered my services to other bands I knew. The business grew and I started getting calls from bigger bands. One of those calls was from Bad Religion. I sold their merch on tour, built and managed their online store, and fulfilled orders out of my basement. One afternoon I got a call from Ryan Gentles, booker at the Mercury Lounge (who I knew from the New Jersey band scene), telling me about a new band that he was managing. He said they were going to be massive and played me songs over the phone…then asked me to print 50 shirts. I agreed they would be massive…but my minimum was 144 shirts. That band was The Strokes. Long story short, they became pretty popular and I had a real business. Wanting more retail merchandising experience, I took a position over at Blue Grape in New York. I ran their tour department and signed bands to merch deals, eventually leaving to establish BandMerch’s New York office. With all this experience under my belt, I decided it was time to go back out on my own. Interpol and Shinedown became clients, then Something Corporate, The All-American Rejects, Fueled by Ramen bands (like Paramore)…and here we are…years later with a ton of cool bands.”
Hobbies: surfing, trying not to get fat.
Favorite bands: Descendents, Dag Nasty
Currently listening to: Dredg, Futures, KONGOS, Pierce the Veil, Biffy Clyro, Muse, Circa Waves
VP & General Manager
“As VP & GM, my role at Manhead is to keep everyone happy. I juggle lots of moving parts to make damn sure customers, clients, employees, owners, accountants and lawyers get everything they need. I got my first job in the merch business when my band lost six dozen t-shirts out on the road…and I ended up paying for them by cleaning silkscreens in a remote printshop. 20+ years later, I’ve managed teams in New York, London and Los Angeles (though luckily I’m no longer managing the cleaning of silkscreens).”
Hobbies: When I’m not working, I avoid mid-life crisis by training for and competing in triathlons, and watching every televised minute of European pro cycling.
Favorite Bands: Dag Nasty, Sloan, Wire, Aerosmith, Oasis, The Clash.
Currently listening to: This exact second? Swervedriver
Senior VP of Artist Services
“I am Senior VP of Artist Services here at Manhead. Chris and I met back in 2003 during my first ‘professional’ merch gig, working for my Oklahoma friends, The All- American Rejects. After touring with Something Corporate and the Gypsy Kings, I came to work for Chris, learning every job around the office… eventually settling into my present role running the touring department. Touring is where Manhead started and it remains the heartbeat of the company…so I make sure all of our clients receive the highest level of attention and expertise. I moved in 2012 to open our Nashville office. That’s where you’ll find me today, running tours, signing bands, listening to Dag Nasty and drinking coffee.”
Favorite bands: ALL, Descendents, Dag Nasty, Big Drill Car.
VP of Artist Services
“I’m VP of Artist Services and head up Manhead’s e-commerce site, GoMerch.com. I work with artists to set-up their online stores, produce their product, run promotions and sales, and develop new avenues to sell online. I started touring and playing professionally at the age of 18 with my band Living Sacrifice. 13 years and six albums later, armed with everything I’d learned, I moved to Nashville and started Zambooie.com, a merch, e-commerce and fulfillment company. We developed a great relationship with Manhead and worked closely with many of their clients…so eventually I decided to come aboard.”
A little bit about me: I have three daughters and I hang out with them a lot. I still play in my metal band sometimes. I like puppies and kittens, and long walks on the beach…oh and sunsets too.
Bands I love (and so should you): Quicksand, Cave In, Jawbox, Farside, Extol, The Life And Times.
VP of Production
“As VP of Production I think of myself as the middle-person between our roster of skilled suppliers, and our clients. My mission is to make certain the products we dream up in the pre-production phase are realized with the utmost quality before reaching clients’ hands. You’re happy…I’m happy. You’re not…I break someone’s legs.”
Other things that make me happy: traveling hidden parts of the world and that loud rock ‘n’ roll music!
“I’m the Art Director here at Manhead…in my opinion one of the most exciting positions…because I get to develop all the product lines from the ground up. Staying on top of trends is a passion of mine, and it’s an important part of creating relevant designs, but I love sitting one-on-one with the artists as well. It gives me perspective and informs me on what they’re really about. Those details often translate into the best designs… and top sellers!”
Hobbies: Anything active. Snowboarding, skateboarding, spinning, running…you name it. I also love arts and crafts; right now I’m learning a new form of calligraphy.
“I am a tour coordinator here at Manhead. I always knew I would work in the music industry. As a teenager I wanted to be a studio engineer and follow in my fathers footsteps but his advice to me was “don’t do it son” so I picked up a guitar and hit the road playing in a few different bands. After a few year’s of grinding, and playing a side stage for 2 summer’s of the warped tour I wound up trading in my 6 strings for some merch boxes. So I crawled back in the van, this time as the merchandise manager and started slinging tee’s and chuckin boxes around the world and after a few longer years on the road with Dr Dog, Pepper and Finch, I eventually wound up across the east river in china town when an opportunity opened up to work at Manhead… running tours, going to casinos and checking out national parks.”
As the Production Assistant at Manhead I try to make the impossible…possible! I work with a lot of different suppliers to make sure even the wildest ideas for merch can become a reality.
A while ago in college, I founded a streetwear brand and produced the collections myself in my basement, from sewing to screen printing…I’ve even worked in construction for a period of time too! I guess you can say making things is in my blood hah
The “E” in E-Commerce stands for exciting!
“Having over 6 years of experience in artist merchandising, it’s safe to say I live the merch life. Online sales and marketing, as it relates to band and artist e-commerce, has been my primary focus for the majority of my professional years – the best of those being spent with Manhead.
It is my objective to provide our clients with professional expertise and person attention. E-Commerce has become an integral part to any artist’s success and I am the one to help facilitate that. In many ways, I act as a consultant to our bands and help them navigate their own unique opportunities and challenges.
I kill for high percentage click thru rates.
In my spare time I enjoy living, laughing and loving. We out here!”
“I’ve made the rounds in the merch business, but it’s provided me with a mountain of perspective and experience on the ins and outs, what works, what doesn’t, and what there is still yet to create. I came to Manhead with that ammo to take over the world – I’m partially dead serious. I’m always looking to create something bigger, better & cooler than what’s been done in the past or by someone else. In the Product Development realm, Manhead provides me the creative freedom I’ve sought out for my career. I’ve always been a fan of fashion & I get to combine that with my passion of music. I love being able to talk with the clients and pull their vision out of them and then translate that into merch. My satisfaction comes when the client is wowed and I’m putting money in their pockets.”
Loves: Pro wrestling, eating, serial killers, repeat
Favorite bands: Deftones, Pink Floyd, the Cure, Eighteen Visions