ADEMA

Adema formed in the California Central Valley that spawned Korn and Videodrone. The melodic hard rock band consists of guitarist Mike Ransom,

guitarist Tim Fluckey, bassist Dave DeRoo, drummer Kris Kohls, and singer Mark Chavez, the younger half-brother of Korn's Jonathan

DavisAdema consists of former members of Bakersfield bands Juice and SexArt, which included Davis and Ryan Shuck of Orgy. The lineup had been together for a year before ever performing live. The demos they wrote in that time secured them a deal with Arista after a major-label bidding war, created undoubtedly because of Chavez's family lineage. Their debut self-titled album was written in a northern California cabin where tight quarters and a little cabin fever resulted in productive (and slightly aggressive) sessions. Adema recorded the album in Los Angeles with producers Bill Appleberry (7th House) and Tobias Miller (Wallflowers guitarist). Adema was released in August 2001 and was considered by the music industry to be a test of hitmaker and new Arista president Antonio Reid's ability to succeed outside of the R&B genre. That success led to a coveted main stage spot on the Ozzfest tour and certified gold record the following year. Adema released a six-song EP, Insomniac's Dream, before unleashing their full-length follow-up, the Howard Benson-produced Unstable in 2003. The album was a success, but the collapse of Arista left the group without a home, a problem soon remedied by the indie label Earache.  As of 2020, ADEMA is  touring to support its 20th Anniversay with lead singer Ryan Shuck.

Raised in the legendary Bakersfield, California music scene, Jason "JJ" Ford has worked for over 20 years in country & rock music as a road manager, manager, talent broker and venue owner as well as in music video programming on Brighthouse Cable and the WB Network. JJ has worked with some of the biggest acts in  music such as:  Keith Urban, NURAL, Josh Gracin, Darryl Singletary, Rhett Akins, Tyler Farr, Wade Hayes, Emerson Drive, and Blake Shelton, just to name a few.  He has worked in Los Angeles, Bakersfield and Nashville.

JJ is a certified graduate of Harvard Business School in Sustaianable Business, as well as course study in Contract Law, Data Science and Music Business.  He is a recipient of the Bakersfield Mayors Service Award as well as the National Hilton Hotel Entrepreneur of the Year Award.  JJ lives in Bakersfield, CA  with his family.

JASON "JJ" FORD

Co Founder

​Managing Partner

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