LA Booker Interview: Chris Diaz of The Knitting Factory
If you keep walking west down Hollywood Blvd past the nonsense of Hollywood & Highland, past the tourist and super heroes at the Chinese Theater and down the next block, you will find the Knitting Factory, tucked away beneath what was once a movie theater.
Boasting three stages and tons of bands every night, the Knitting Factory comes to us via New York and has hosted some shows this year that LAist had a great time at. Japan Night being our fave... so far. So join us now as we continue our series on the men and women behind the scenes, the Bookers who get the bands to play your favorite LA clubs.
Name: Chris Diaz
Club: Knitting Factory Hollywood
7021 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028
Capacity: 50 - 700+
What sort of bands normally play your club?
Currently we're booking all sorts of indie rock, hip hop, punk, ska, emo, electro, pop, psychedelic, rockabilly, country, goth and metal: The Draft (ex-Hot Water Music) with Dead to Me (ex-One Man Army) on OCT 17th, Volto feat. Danny Carey of TOOL on OCT 19th, Uh Huh Her feat. Leisha Hailey from Showtime's The L Word, & Camila Grey of Mellowdrone on OCT 26th, Fat Lip & Tre Hardson formerly of The Pharcyde on OCT 30th, etc
What are the most famous bands that have played your club?
Ashlee Simpsons, My Chemical Romance, James Blunt, Bright Eyes, The Flaming Lips, Danger Mouse, Deathcab For Cutie, Flogging Molly, Paramore, Plain White T's, Weezer, PJ Harvey.
How did you get your job booking shows?
I was originally hired by the Knitting Factory as a part-time FOH sound guy in 2003. One day I heard that management was looking for a new local talent buyer, so I applied and got the job of booking the Alterknit Lounge. After about a year, I began booking bigger shows in the other stages, and just recently was promoted to Senior Talent Buyer this past month. I love what I do - I make live shows happen for great artists. I've been going to concerts since I was 15, and now I'll produce them until the day I die!