John Kent, President
Caught in the middle of a major label bidding war, John Kent first experienced success in the music business at the age of sixteen when he teamed with Ben Kweller to form the band Radish. These were heady times for a teenager, spending an afternoon with Brian Wilson and being recruited for labels by the likes of Madonna. Radish eventually signed with Danny Goldberg, then President of Mercury Records and formerly manager of Nirvana, and began work on their debut album, “Restraining Bolt”.
After it’s release in the spring of 1997, Radish began touring extensively in the U.S. and Europe with bands such as Lit, Fastball, and Faith No More. In the summer of ‘97, the band joined the Lollapalooza tour and traveled to Europe to play several of the big summer music festivals including the legendary Reading Festival with bands such as Metallica, Dinosaur Jr., Bush, and Marylyn Manson before more than 50,000 eager fans. The band was also profiled in numerous magazine and newspaper articles and appeared on many television shows around the world, including The Letterman Show and Conan O’Brien, and had an acclaimed top 40 single across the Atlantic.
In 1999, after recording two records for Mercury, Radish disbanded. John returned to his roots on the Blackland Prairie of Texas, where he was raised in a musical family and began playing drums at the age of 4. He converted an old bank building into a recording studio, aptly named “The Vault”, and spent the next few years writing songs, recording & producing other artists and fronting the band Pony League. John was able to get out from behind the drum kit to sing, play guitar and piano and quickly gained the support of many fans within Dallas’ Deep Ellum music scene and added fans across the country as Pony League toured.
John rejoined former music mate, Ben Kweller, in the summer of 2001 to play drums on Ben’s debut solo album, “Sha Sha” and in 2003 on a sold out European tour with The Kings of Leon, culminating in an opening slot for The Strokes in a sold out show in Paris. He has since worked with Ben in the making of his second solo record, “On My Way” and toured extensively again in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia, playing with bands such as Death Cab for Cutie, Incubus, and The Unicorns and before over 100,000 fans at the massive Fuji Rock Festival in Japan. John most recently appeared with Ben on Conan, The Carson Daily Show, and Craig Kilborn’s show during the spring and summer of 2004 and continues to operate his studio, “The Vault”, recording and producing artists across all genres of music.
In January of 2005, John joined forces with Tim Wheeler to form Blackland Records and is now concentrating his efforts in seeking out bands to sign to his label. He has gained an amazing breadth of experience at a relatively young age and looks forward to sharing what he has learned and helping artists reach their dreams of success in the music business.
John now fronts the band John David Kent and the Dumb Angels.
Tim Wheeler, Chairman
Tim has over 20 years of experience organizing, developing business strategies and operating companies in a variety of industries. His varied business interests include successful companies in the fields of investments, media, advertising, internet technology and energy, in many cases sitting on the company’s Board of Directors. Tim has created numerous investment products and developed various business plans, all underscored with a passion for excellence in achieving the desired objectives. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a B.B.A. in Accounting and earned his M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University, is a Certified Public Accountant and holds many professional designations and industry licenses. Tim combines these educational and business experiences with an undying passion for music. He believes strongly that combining his business strategy and negotiating strengths with John’s talents and music industry experience will allow Blackland Records to provide an outstanding development ground for artists to reach their full potential to make wonderful music and to accomplish great things in their careers.