The Strokes’ Wiz Kid Management Joins C3 Presents at 263 Bowery
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Ryan Gentles was the booking agent at the Mercury Lounge when he discovered the Strokes. He quit his job, and Wiz Kid Management was soon born to help represent the city-based retro rockers. The office has been an East Village mainstay for years on East Tenth Street. But now it’s moving to the Bowery after forging a partnership with C3 Presents, the independent concert promotion, event production, and artist management company based in Austin, Texas.
According to a report in Billboard last week, C3 Presents recently signed a lease for commercial space at Hot Karl Fischer’s condo building at 263 Bowery. Move-in date for the firm is pegged at July 1. The new digs will become home to several managers on the C3 roster, as well as the HQ for Julian Casablacas’ homegrown label, Cult Records (Cerebral Ballzy, Albert Hammond, Jr).
“Having run an independent, boutique management company for well over a decade, I had recently begun exploring different options for Wiz Kid in terms of partnerships with larger companies,” Gentles told Billboard in a statement. “The goal being to offer my artists more resources and infrastructure in a time where providing such services in-house is almost mandatory.”