ZACH BAIR • CEO & Chairman
VNUE CEO Zach Bair started his musical ambitions at 6 years old, "banging" on his mother's baby grand piano, much to her chagrin. This evolved into trumpet playing in high school and eventually "loud" rock-n-roll bands by the time college and beyond hit. An entrepreneur, Zach has started multiple tech and music companies, including Immediatek (OTC: IMKI), which rolled out Bair’s copy-control technology in 2002, and subsequently commercialized the original DiscLive, considered to be the pioneer of the "instant live" space, on a groundbreaking tour with the Pixies in 2004. Immediatek sold to Mark Cuban in 2006. Prior to Immediatek, he founded Voyence (previously known as PowerUp Networks) based on patented software of his design, and raised over $12M in a Series A round of funding. That company eventually sold to EMC Corp. He has carried the torch for music and technology ever since, continuing to pursue greater control, protection, and revenue for artists and labels, culminating in his leadership with VNUE to take the model to the next level.
Lou mann • executive vice president & director
Lou is former Executive Vice President and General Manager of Capital Records, and also former president of Media Properties for House of Blues. During his time with House of Blues, where he reported directly to the CEO, Mann successfully introduced the HOB to the recorded music industry by developing a viable label and signing major artists. Through his management and leadership, HOB became the first company to do “360 deals,” generating revenue by owning a percentage of touring, merchandise and recorded music revenue. He also oversaw HOB globally distributed media properties, including broadcasting initiatives, development, programming and distribution. At Capitol Records, Mann served as the company’s second in command while in the role of General Manager. He managed the day-to-day operations of the label, liaising with senior staff and department heads to maximize marketplace presence. He oversaw sales, marketing, promotion, publicity, video production, creative services and new media teams, and assisted in creating pioneering online programs that dealt with music download and electronic distribution. Throughout Lou’s extensive career, he also worked at MCA/Universal Records, and Arista Records, focusing on marketing and distribution. He has worked with artists such as Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra, Bonnie Raitt, Foo Fighters, Radiohead, Meredith Brooks, and many other developing artists.
Tony CARDENAS • chief creative officer & director
Better known as "Tony Montana," the bassist and co-writer for double platinum recording artist Great White from 1987-1992, Tony has gone on to a successful career not only in music, producing and recording, but also as a hi-tech entrepreneur. He co-founded the precedent-setting business DiskFaktory.com, which generated over $12M in revenues during its lifetime. He has been profiled in Entrepreneur Magazine, among others, and after having met Zach while touring with Slash in 2010 (when the company was recording Slash and his band), has been working on the VNUE/DiscLive team ever since, while continuing his active recording and performance career.