Of Monsters and Men & Manager Heather Kolker Join Mick Management
Icelandic folk-rock act Of Monsters and Men and manager Heather Kolker have joined Mick Management, the firm founded by Michael McDonald in 2001. The move will set up the band's upcoming second album due later this year, the follow-up to 2012's platinum-selling My Head Is an Animal and accompanying tour cycle. U.S. dates are already booked for the WRFF Birthday Bash and Sasquatch Festival in May, as well as a series of European festivals in June and July.
Kolker joins Mick after a 12-year career with Little Big Man/Paradigm, where he was an agent for acts like MGMT, Tame Impala, Atlas Genius, The Drums and Francis and the Lights. (Of Monsters, also a Paradigm client, is booked by the agency's East Coast chief Marty Diamond.) "Being at Paradigm has been a very significant journey for me and leaving isn't easy," Kolker says. "However, I am beyond thrilled about this next step and to be taking it with Mick Management -- an outstanding team of people with a fantastic roster of management clients to which I am proud to add Of Monsters and Men."
"Heather's musical tastes, experience as an agent, and success with OMAM reflect the dedication and passion we stand for," adds McDonald. "Heather and Of Monsters and Men are welcome additions to the family."
Kolker will continue to manage Of Monsters, as well as help bring in new talent to a roster that already includes Ray LaMontagne, Passion Pit, Childish Gambino, Lord Huron, Walk the Moon, Animal Collective/Panda Bear, The Walkmen/Hamilton Leithauser and Sharon Van Etten, among others. The company parted ways with longtime client John Mayer in 2013.
Mick has also been expanding its executive team, adding a West Coast office run by Chad Taylor and Famuel Rothstein, as well as partner Jonathan Eshak, Rich Cohen and Rich Shaefer.