How to Book Yourself In Europe vs. US
How to Get a Record deal In Europe vs. US
Evert Wilbrink started in the entertainment
industry at the age of 16 as free-lance music-writer. He quit Amsterdam University to become press-officer at Columbia Records.
1967, Wilbrink was hired away by EMI Records as Promotion & Special Projects Manager to work the Stax, Warner/Reprise and Elektra
Record labels and became involved with the Kinks, Frank Zappa, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, The Doors and Van Morrison.
1971, Wilbrink joined BMG Music Benelux as publisher, later as product and marketing manager, managing Island, Virgin and Chrysalis
Records; signing local act Herman Brood & His Wild Romance and signing Joan Jett & the Blackhearts; initiating the acquisition
of Arista Records and scoring platinum records with Roxy Music; the Kinks; Blondie; Mike Oldfield; Cat Stevens and Bob Marley &
The Wailers as well as to their first major international deal.
In the 80’s Wilbrink was involved with the music label of automobile
manufacturers Lamborghini; co-ordinated the Jersey Artists For Mankind charity-project of the Bruce Springsteen; re-organised Poppa
Willie Music publishing for producer Willie Mitchell; was involved in the recording of Wet Wet Wet’s first album; and was instrumental
getting “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” by Joan Jett to #1.
Early 1988 Wilbrink became Managing Director of NY’s Tomato Records. 1991 he
started SilenZ Records, which was rebaptized in 2000 to Corazong Records and 1994, added the Presidency of King Biscuit Flower Hour
to his responsibilities.
1997, Wilbrink left New York and was appointed Managing Director of Immediate Records Ltd. in London.
Wilbrink recently relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, where he started the Gypsy Guitar Corporation with Teye, who builds high-profile
‘Electric Gypsy’ guitars. In 2010 he was asked by bluegrass band Cadillac Sky to become their manager.
Additionally Evert writes
for Folkwax, Het Platenblad, Veronica.nl and serves as board-member of Smokefree Innotec (smokeless cigarette) corporation.
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