Artists and Executives Lose Their Homes and Studios in Woolsey Fire; GoFundMe Account Set Up for Veteran Music Exec Michael Plen
Veteran label promotion executive Michael Plen’s Malibu home has been destroyed in the Woolsey Fire ravaging parts of Southern California.
Plen, his wife and son escaped unharmed with only some clothes, family photos and hard drives.
“We lost everything in the fire from our and past generations' lives, including everything we loved in the music business,” Plen tells Billboard.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for Plen’s family to help with temporary housing, rebuilding and other expenses.
Plen, who is VP of marketing and promotion at Ingrooves, has worked at a number of labels, including Sanctuary, Virgin, I.R.S. and A&M.
In related fire news, producer/musician Richard Gibbs checked in on Facebook, saying that he lost his house in the devastating fires. His famed studio, Woodshed Recording, where artists including Coldplay, U2, and Chance the Rapper have worked, was left intact, despite being only feet from his house. Producer/artist Butch Walker also checked in on Facebook, saying that his house was “still standing. Yard and other structures are toast.” He also noted that he had lost his house in fires 11 years ago. Charley Pollard, who operates Dragonfly Creek Recording Studio, in Malibu also posted that he lost his house, but the studio is still standing.
Joel Denver, founder of All Access Music Group, publisher of the All Access radio tipsheets, also lost his Latigo Canyon home of 31 years, as did renowned jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour and musician Mike Garson, best known for his work with David Bowie and other artists such as Trent Reznor and Billy Corgan.
As Billboard previously reported, Robin Thicke’s Malibu home burned down and Liam Payne tweeted that he was “about to lose my house and its memories,” though he has not provided any update since Saturday morning.
The Woolsey Fire is one of three wildfires burning in California and has forced more than 250,000 residents to evacuate.