Chris Newmyer is a seasoned entertainment professional with wide-ranging and unparalleled music industry experience. Prior to founding music management company 30 Milkshakes, Mr. Newmyer put his excessive music fandom to the test by exploring every facet of the music industry over the last 15 years.
From producing punk-rock shows in friends’ basements for such up-and-comers as Green Day in the early 1990s to booking a stadium-sized, multi-million dollar-budgeted festival (Field Day, featuring Radiohead, Beastie Boys), spearheading talent relations for first and largest online music event of its kind to simultaneously running an independent record label and tour managing some of today’s most popular artists (My Morning Jacket, Dungen, Franz Ferdinand), Mr. Newmyer has direct experience with every aspect of the music industry and a unique understanding of artist relations.
Mr. Newmyer cut his concert promoting chops by producing concerts for artists including Jawbox and Built To Spill before becoming Senior Talent Buyer for landmark Manhattan venue Tramps, which drew the likes of Prince, Bob Dylan and OutKast to its stage. In 2002, Mr. Newmyer was promoter at the Greenpoint, Brooklyn venue Warsaw. By bringing then critically acclaimed newcomers such as LCD Soundsystem, Le Tigre, The Rapture, Cat Power, New Pornographers, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Streets as well as perennial favorites including Paul Westerberg, Les Savy Fav, Patti Smith and Guided By Voices to Brooklyn, Warsaw became one of the preeminent live music destinations in New York and helped to create the now-vibrant Brooklyn live music scene.
As Senior Director of Artist Relations and Programming at the Digital Club Network, Mr. Newmyer was at the forefront of live music webcasting, responsible for booking talent for the 2000 Digital Club Festival, the largest online music event of its kind. Subsequently he led programming and emerging artist development for the online music channel Digital Club Network via a nationwide network of independent music venues, paving the way for today’s concert-streaming and online live music events.
He also has spent time consulting for new music business endeavors. He helped launch ALiveBrand, a music-offshoot of the acclaimed advertising agency Another Anomaly, and also advised GigMaven, a website helping new artists book shows more efficiently.
30 Milkshakes, a music management company, was formed in 2007 as a full-service management company with the intention of supporting talented, emerging independent artists. The early roster included the earnest and epic Glaswegian band Frightened Rabbit, Canadian literary folksters Rock Plaza Central, Brooklyn's best-kept secret Oxford Collapse, and LA's most mysterious popsters Fol Chen. The current 30 Milkshakes roster consists of Sophia Knapp, Special Darkness, Mountain High, and Bronze.
In 2014, Mr. Newmyer will be back on the road as tour manager for Parquet Courts and The Feelies. Previously he has also toured with Franz Ferdinand, My Morning Jacket, Frightened Rabbit, Albert Hammond Jr., We Are Scientists, Dungen, I Break Horses, M Ward, Violent Soho, Great Lake Swimmers, Les Savy Fav, The Clientele and dozens more.
Mr. Newmyer as a trailblazer in the music industry and brings to his endeavors a forward-thinking perspective and enthusiasm that have paved the way for numerious business opportunities.
Mr. Newmyer holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University, where he graduated summa cum laude.