LEGENDARY GUITARIST K.K. DOWNING SIGNS
GLOBAL DEAL WITH EXPLORER1 MUSIC GROUP
VETERAN ROCK MANAGER ANDY GOULD
Los Angeles, CA – January 30, 2020 – Explorer1 Music Group (E1) is proud to announce
a global partnership with legendary guitarist K.K. Downing, founding member of
GRAMMY® Award winning, multi-platinum selling metal icons Judas Priest, with veteran
rock manager Andy Gould joining E1 as Principle Manager for Downing.
After what was meant to be a one-off live performance in November, K.K. Downing has been
in the studio, working on the next chapter of his career. After receiving offers from multiple
labels and management companies, Downing met with Paul Woolnough, CEO of Explorer1
Music Group and the creator of its innovative business model, and they agreed to partner
and work together in all aspects of K.K.’s career.
“I am very much looking forward to my partnership and future with Explorer 1” said K.K.
Downing. “The reason I chose Explorer1 to manage my future over many other bona fide
companies is their extensive roster of so many familiar and qualified experts and veterans of
the industry that is surely incomparable. Also, their exciting and innovative business model is
something that I truly believe will become the future industry standard, making Explorer1
leaders not followers in the music and entertainment industry”.
Joining Explorer1 Music Group is management veteran Andy Gould who will take on the role
as Principle Manager for K.K. Downing. Gould had successfully managed Rob Zombie
during his solo career as well as his days in White Zombie with a track record that includes
sales exceeding fifteen million worldwide and seven GRAMMY® nominations with Zombie
including securing deals for Zombie to become one of only a handful of people to have
unprecedented success for six feature films as the writer and director. Gould has also co-
managed such acts as Linkin Park (with Rob McDermott), Pantera (with Walter O’Brien) and
Guns N’ Roses (with Irving Azoff).
“Having been in the hard rock and metal music management business for over four decades,
I jumped at the chance to join the Explorer1 team and its innovative artist partnership model”
says Andy Gould. “I have been a huge admirer of K.K. Downing’s work throughout his
career, from listening to those early ground-breaking albums to watching him every night
when Judas Priest had Pantera open for them,” Gould continues, “and with this new
partnership I look forward to representing the next chapter in the K.K. Downing legacy.”
“After first seeing Judas Priest at Birmingham Odeon as a teenage fan, I was always
inspired by their innovative style, stage shows, and larger than life personas” said Paul
Woolnough, Explorer1 Music Group’s CEO. “When we met I was impressed with his drive
and vision to create this new chapter in his already incredible career, and I am so proud he
chose Explorer1 to be his partner in what will be an amazing journey into the past and future
of one of rock music’s true icons”.
K.K. Downing’s genre-defining guitar style helped establish Judas Priest‘s iconic sound and
helped propelled them to one of the top Heavy Metal bands of all-time, earning numerous
accolades including a GRAMMY® in 2010 for “Best Metal Performance,” a total of five
GRAMMY® nominations and multi-platinum and gold releases.
More info and contact:
Manager – Andy Gould, Explorer1 Music Group firstname.lastname@example.org
Publicist – Todd Nakamine, FunHouse Ent. email@example.com