Kami Knake: Founder, host, and producer of Bands Under the Radar (BUTR).

Kami Knake: Founder of BUTR

Kami Knake has a B.S.E. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Iowa and has spent the last 15 years working in the entertainment business clocking most of her time at Warner Bros. Records (WBR), Agency for the Performing Arts (APA), The Viper Room, and digital music start-ups.

Knake is the host, curator, and founder of the Bands Under The Radar (BUTR) music podcast, blog and record label founded in 2004 that features unsigned bands and indie artists. BUTR podcasts have been downloaded over 4 million times, growing its grassroots fan base by introducing true music lovers to the best bands and songs that they have never heard of. BUTR’s sole purpose is to be a trusted online music channel for a niche audience of music lovers who love to discover new music. BUTR aims to filter out the noise and present only the best of the best. All BUTR Records albums are available at digital retail. Get the albums on iTunes, Amazon or via the BUTR Store. Stream all BUTR albums on Spotify or Apple Music. Download the BUTR app on iPhone, iPad, and Android phones. Listen to all the BUTR podcasts on iTunes.

Knake launched her music career in 2003 at APA where she assisted booking national tours for Fleetwood Mac, Lenny Kravitz, Robert Plant, Judas Priest, Black Crowes, Boston, Poison, Bret Michaels, Cinderella, Whitesnake, Zakk Wylde, Dan Dyer, and many more. Knake’s passion for indie bands and seeing live music led to her next gig booking and promoting BUTR Presents nights at the world famous Viper Room on the Sunset Strip.

While continuing to book monthly nights at the Viper Room, Knake took a job at at Warner Bros. Records in 2005 as a New Medial Marketing Manager responsible for creating and executing online marketing and retail plans for artists, comedians & film/tv soundtracks. She specialized in Brand Management, Content Management Systems, Digital Retail Marketing, Viral, Grassroots Marketing, Website & Widget Production, Community and Fan Club Management, Promotions, Sweepstakes and Contesting, Email and SMS Marketing, Lead Generation Marketing, Media Buying, Social Networking and SEO/SEM. Knake worked with a diverse roster of artists, comedians, and film/TV soundtracks such as Michael Buble, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Chris Isaak, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mute Math, Rilo Kiley, Eisley, Muse, Guster, Depeche Mode, Faith Hill, Big & Rich, Michelle Branch, Blake Shelton, Randy Travis, James Otto, Larry the Cable Guy, Frank Caliendo, Ocean’s Twelve, Nashville Star, The O.C. and many more.

In 2009 Knake left the corporate world and launched BUTR MGMT consulting for artists, labels, entertainment professionals, and digital music start-ups. Some clients Knake has worked for are as follows: G7 Marketing, Beats Music (acquired by Apple Music)The Orchard, TopspinMobile Roadie, Damntheradio (acquired by FanBridge), Brite Revolution, Big Kenny and more.

In 2010 Knake was a DJ on South Africa’s largest rock station, 5FM, as part of DJ Jon Savage’s Power Nite of Rock program. Every week, for 3 years, she highlighted a couple new buzzworthy bands from around the world. Visit BUTR’s 5FM archive for a list of songs played live on air.

For the last 3 years, Knake has been a pioneer in the music streaming space focused mainly on Spotify playlist promotion for major label and indie artists. She published an article in October 2014 that got picked up around the internet titled 10 REASONS WHY EVERY ARTIST SHOULD BE ON SPOTIFY.

Knake also curates over 40 Spotify playlists that you can follow on her Bands Under The Radar Spotify profile. Some of her bigger playlists are as follows:

For inquiries email butrmgmt@gmail.com and visit LinkedIn for full bio.