Hellfire Enterprises Ltd. is an artist management company created in 1989 by Scott Booker. Hellfire works to assist talented people in making their mark in music, art and contemporary culture.
Located in the central US, with offices in Oklahoma City and Edmond, Oklahoma. Hellfire Enterprises Ltd. is in a strategic position that allows us to keep a finger on the pulse of the US and International music industry.
Scott Booker is the founder and owner of Hellfire Enterprises Ltd. He is the CEO and Director of the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma, and host and interviewer of the ACM Masterclass Series. Scott is a member of The Recording Academy’s GRAMMY Hall of Fame selection committee, serves on the board of Creative Oklahoma, is a commissioner for the Oklahoma Arts Commission, and has served on the board of Governors for the Texas Branch of NARAS. Scott served as “cultural coordinator” of Music in the Metro, ACM Rocks Bricktown and the OKC Rock for Oklahoma tornado relief benefit. He also frequently consults businesses and government agencies on the entertainment industries.
Scott Booker began his music industry career at 15, working as a clerk in a Sound Warehouse record store. He managed the Oklahoma City indie Rainbow Records stores for ten years, while promoting local and national musical artists. After helping the Flaming Lips sign a record deal with Warner Bros. Records in 1990, Scott created Hellfire Enterprises Ltd.
Scott has managed the three-time Grammy Award winning, Flaming Lips for 25 years and continues working with national and international artists.
Derek first entered the Hellfire equation in 2000 when Scott guest-lectured an Artist Management course he was attending in Tulsa, OK. After moving back to his home, Oklahoma City, the following year, Derek reconnected with Scott and soon began working with Hellfire Marketing handling retail and lifestyle marketing for records by the likes of Sigur Ros, Mercury Rev, Belle & Sebastian and many more. Also at Hellfire, he assisted Scott in management duties for The Flaming Lips, Wheat, and British Sea Power. Later, Scott brought Derek on to handle Physical and Digital Sales at World's Fair Label Group, a company that provided label services for influential labels such as Rough Trade, Daptone, Definitive Jux, and Bella Union.
Concert production has also been a substantial part of Derek's career. For several years, Derek has brought dozens of concerts to Oklahoma including Modest Mouse, The Shins, Death Cab For Cutie, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Bright Eyes, Yeah Yeah Yeah's, John Cale, and countless others.
For many years, Derek has also served as a multi-instrumentalist performing and recording with The Flaming Lips, Liz Phair, Steve Burns, Starlight Mints, Chainsaw Kittens, and his own project Crocodile. Since 2009, Derek has performed live with The Flaming Lips in over 300 shows on five continents. He's appeared at numerous festivals, including heavyweights like Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, and Pitchfork Music Festival.
Derek is also the Manager of the Business Development Center at The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) where he's held that position since 2008. It's at ACM@UCO that Derek connects the music industry to the program's student body by advocating on behalf of the students to the international industry.
Scott Marsh is a multifaceted music professional with experience in artist management, talent buying, festival production, marketing and brand integration. He lends a passionate, guiding hand to management clients and helps steer artist careers in multiple areas of the music business industry.
Marsh inked his first artist management deal as he finished a degree in Journalism at Oklahoma State University in 2007, learning the ins and outs of the industry from other professionals across the country in the years to follow. By 2009, he had setup shop as Moustache Management in Stillwater. Moustache Management's first signees, Taddy Porter, The Happen-Ins and Larry g(EE), subsequently went on to sign label deals, as well as publishing deals with Primary Wave Music.
At the same time, Marsh sought to translate his talents to other aspects of the industry. Levelland Productions pegged Marsh to oversee festival operations and talent buying in 2010. By the following year, he was named the company's COO, having produced and promoted hundreds of events, concerts and festivals across the United States in his time there.
In 2013, Marsh and Booker structured a strategic partnership to co-manage several artists. That union was further cemented with the complete merger of Moustache Management into Hellfire Management in 2015. To date, the company manages and consults for an array of different artists and continues to bolster it's talented roster with new signees.
Marsh co-founded the music-based social media platform Amplifan in 2014, continuing to develop and grow the app as a means to sweeten the fan experience by becoming a leading source for musicians to engage and interact off-stage with their most loyal patrons. A fan at heart, Marsh also seeks to bridge the gap between entertainers and the fans desiring to connect to them, both with his event coordination efforts and by designing new platforms for interpersonal interactions.
Chris Chandler, a veteran Tour Manager & Sound Engineer, is known in the industry for his calming sensibility and skillfulness to handle any situation that comes his way. In addition to being the tour manager & sound engineer for the Flaming Lips since 1999, his diverse touring resume includes Modest Mouse, Elliot Smith, Gang of Four, and John Tesh plus many more to name.
At the age of 14, in Stillwater, MN, Chris started out recording local bands in his dad’s garage and volunteering as a stage hand in Minneapolis clubs. After graduating high school he made the move to Los Angeles to attend the Dick Grove Institute for sound engineering and later opened his own recording studio.
As a tour manager his capabilities transcend through many facets from accountant, travel agent, diplomat to roadie. He has managed bands and shows in 36 countries, 49 states and countless cities and yet can remember the mixing desks and local staff in each venue.
Chris resides in Portland, OR with his wife and young daughter where he enjoys working in his letterpress printing studio and listening to records.