Paula Hogan started her career at Century Media Records where she handled the label’s radio promotion department before leaving to join Mechanic Records. At Mechanic, Hogan headed up the label’s publicity department and was key in the early US media profile for Peaceville Records. Mechanic Records was later sold and renamed Mayhem Records. Hogan worked 2 years at the new company coordinating all publicity for Cradle of Filth, Dio, Testament, My Dying Bride, Crowbar & others. Joining Nuclear Blast in 1998, she handled all publicity endeavors for Dimmu Borgir, Meshuggah, In Flames, Hypocrisy, & SOD. Nuclear Blast later promoted Hogan to President of the U.S. operation.
Hogan launched Manic Music & Distribution in January 2001. With a working understanding of operating an independent record company, Manic was to be a company that would cater to developing young European labels within the US marketplace. Manic would seek to provide full service with the focused intention to develop domestic profile for a fraction of the usual cost. To this endeavor she has spearheaded the American launch and continued growth of Candlelight Records as well assisting Peaceville and Snapper Music with their American businesses.
Manic Music & Distribution is also home to a concert production company. The company owns/operates a growing inventory of professional equipment and a team of freelance professionals that work in cooperation on behalf of the company’s clients. The production division is continually bringing on new clients. In the past years Manic has worked with Emperor, Immortal, Dimmu Borgir, Katatonia, Kreator, Morbid Angel, Behemoth, Vader, Dillinger Escape Plan, Meshuggah, Epica, Symphony X, Decapitated, Sworn Enemy, God Forbid, Underoath, Chimaira, As I Lay Dying, Kamelot, Overkill & countless others.
Visit her LinkedIn profile HERE.
Retail / A & R
Steve DiPietro comes to Candlelight Records USA as an industry neophyte. Since he’s joined Candlelight Records USA, he’s commanded the label’s retail presence.
Please contact Steve for questions about retail or to submit your band for consideration by Candlelight Records.