KickStand is a boutique music and sound agency based in Venice, California.
We are a collective of composers, producers, and players, but like the music we create, we don't exist in a vacuum. We approach our work with the perspective of also being designers, artists, curators, and strategists, and are dedicated to elevating experience through music and sound.
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KickStand is a nimble collaborative whose award-winning work spans generations, genres, and geography. Here is an intro to our core crew.
Damian Francis Wagner
Creative Director / Composer / Sound Designer
Damian Francis Wagner is a musician and sound designer who works across multiple disciplines including commercials, films, trailers and documentaries. His original compositions have appeared in award winning trailers for Focus Features, campaigns for ad-world heavyweights such as Gucci, Chevy and Adidas, as well as in the feature films Americons, Bruno, Blade, and Heat. Recent accolades include a Bronze Key Art Award for The Signal, a Golden Trailer nominee for Composed Original Score for The Signal, a Gold CLIO for Music in Brand Entertainment, and Two Cannes Lions for Chevrolet & OK GO's Needing Getting.
His work also extends into the realms of fine art. To see his work in that realm, click here.
Producer / Creative / Composer
Joey is equal parts player, composer, producer, brand strategist, and art director. He's produced and music supervised work for Cadillac, Stella Artois, Subaru, P&G, MTV, Target, and Cannes-Lions winning PSAs, and most recently can be heard as one-fifth of indie darlings Rogue Valley on the soundtrack to the feature film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. He's also a composer/multi-instrumentalist in his own right, having written the theme for ESPN's Sports Nation as well as original music for Target. As a solo artist, recently wrote, produced, and released the solo project Chalet: Tucson.
Joey's fingerprint extends beyond the realms of music, however. While getting his MA at King's College London, he researched visual and popular culture and wrote his dissertation on the anthropology of audio branding. He has consulted on brand strategy with Target and Samsung, produced with American Public Media, and recently was the designer and co-founder of the McKnight Foundation-funded arts app, Leav.
A&R / Producer
Kevin Carvel has been working in the realm of music and entertainment for over 17 years. He's been the talent producer for over 80 episodes of The Voice, did A&R at Atlantic Records, A&M/Octone, has been an artists manager, and has also lent his keen ear to MTV's Top Pop Group as well as Rock Star Supernova, amongst others. He likes sushi, Michael Bolton, Richard Marx, Bryan Adams and, of course, Michael McDonald.
Composer / Engineer
Tom Douglass is a seasoned musician, sound designer, and engineer. He graduated from the Institute of Production and Recording in Minneapolis, where he cut his teeth. Soon after graduating, he moved to Los Angeles, where the stars aligned and he joined the KickStand crew. Tom can be heard on our work for McDonald's, Toyota, John Deere, and more.
Composer / Sound Designer / DJ
Abhi Malhotra is a sound designer & composer with deep roots in music & performance. Starting out as a pianist in India, he made his way into a rock outfit in Singapore and eventually settled as an electronic music DJ based out of Los Angeles. He joined the KickStand team in 2012 and has assisted Damian Francis Wagner on key projects since. Abhi actively produces club oriented dance music and also scores independent films. Recent accolades include Best Crime Film for The Black Tape at the PollyGrind Underground Film Festival, a feature which Abhi scored. He also holds recommendations from the SMPTE and IATSE as recognition for his achievements.
Put simply, Anne has done many things. Donning the hats of stunt woman, bricklayer, singer, songwriter, sailor, baker and more are what got Anne through her college years to graduate with honors from the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, where she majored in Communications. With a passion for collaboration and seeing creative endeavors through, it seemed a natural fit to produce. She landed at Kickstand at its inception in 2011. When not helping the team facilitate projects from conception to completion in a seamless & speedy manner, she is hanging with her family and friends -- ideally somewhere near the sea.