“We are thrilled to have Wade join our leadership team. His skill set, connections and incredible energy are great complements to the talents of our team including Principal Miles Hargrove, Director of Development Jason Cirone and Producer Dennis Bishop,” says Michael Cain. “I’m thrilled that the stars aligned and that we can make this happen at such a critical time in the company’s history.”
M3 Films is currently producing multiple projects including the STARCK PROJECT which includes a documentary, narrative feature film/television series and soundtrack based on Dallas’ Starck Club, one of the world’s hottest clubs from 1984-1989. Hampton serves as a producer on the project and will oversee the music licensing and development of the much anticipated soundtrack. Hampton is also returning to his creative roots by composing the documentary film score as well as working with music legend Seymour Stein and Sire Records to create the soundtrack of a generation.
“I am finishing a successful six-year run at one of the truly historic nightlife venues in Dallas to return to an industry I love and to finish our next film about the most important club of all time, right here in my hometown! That is nothing short of a dream for a Dallas artist like me. While I’ll miss the daily whirlwind of pomp and circumstance, I am very excited about the future,” says Hampton.
Meanwhile, Hampton’s fans will still be able to catch his local shows every Friday at the intensely authentic yet still hushed discotheque (and 50’s dancehall of the same name) – It’ll Do – where he has partnered with heralded impresario Brooke Humphries. His bombastic Friday hoedown, called The ISH, will feature the absolute cutting-edge in bass music and indie-electro with a bevy of globally recognized artists, including members of the unstoppable Pretty Lights camp and Dallas dubstep prodigy, Spenca.
“I put the word out that I wanted to do a world-class, hardcore, music-driven weekly again, but the club had to be just right,” explains Hampton. “I wanted the perfect sound and a venue run by a proper electronic veteran owner. The It’ll Do crew, who also operate Texas DJ festival dynasty Full Access, are at the very core of our electronic dance music industry for the entire South. I’m at home with this original family, and this is as real as it gets for our scene.”
ABOUT WADE RANDOLPH HAMPTON
A 25 year DJ and producer, Hampton is widely considered one of the true architects of the American Electronic Dance Music scene with major contributions in both show production and touring while maintaining residencies in Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. After returning to Dallas in 2004 to open Ghostbar, he remained active as a DJ, performing atop the W Hotel, as well as, major DJ shows around town. The past year alone, he has shared the stage with the biggest talent in the biz, including Skrillex, Tiesto, Calvin Harris and Paul Oakenfold, including a career-defining DJ set at industry leading event, Electric Daisy Carnival.
Hampton began his career creating music for TV with Mercedes Benz as his very first client, launching their top selling car of all time in 1997. In 1999, he was Music Supervisor on Sony Pictures Classics GROOVE which was nominated for Best Film Under $500,000 at the IFC Independent Spirit Awards. Hampton also made his acting debut in the film playing himself. He is also featured producer on soundtrack remix album for the Oscar-winning REQUIEM FOR A DREAM.
For more information, visit Hampton’s artist site at www.thewishfm.com.
ABOUT M3 FILMS
M3 Films was co-founded in 2003 by Melina McKinnon and Michael Cain as a production studio focused on producing socially relevant films, concert films and curriculum films. Inspired by the legacy of entrepreneurial and philanthropic families, Melina and Michael along with M3 Films' principal, Miles Hargrove, have developed an innovative model, which seamlessly integrates film and new media to create Movies with a Mission.
M3 Films has successfully produced and distributed over half-a-dozen projects utilizing traditional and philanthropic business practices. With several more films currently in production, M3 has an established base in the center of the development - production - distribution - exhibition media chain.
Leveraging technology and massive shifts in viewer habits and access, M3 Films' strategy of expanding both up and down the chain allows for greater control and investor profit potential, making M3 Films a true next-generation studio.
For more information, call (817) 919-5569 or visit www.3filmsllc.com.
ABOUT THE STARCK PROJECT
Film and television forever altered the world’s perception of Dallas, Texas on a fateful day in November 1963. Since then, JR Ewing and the Dallas Cowboys have personified Texas brawn, the backbone of the Lone Star State.
THE STARCK PROJECT aims to accentuate the current perception of Dallas by examining the 1980s through the lens of the dynamic Starck Club. Music, fashion, politics, sex and culture each played a role in the drama which made Starck the hegemonic nightspot of the 1980s. Every day folks came to the club to feel like movie stars and movie stars came to feel like everyone else.
The film’s soundtrack will be one of the most crucial elements and the score will be created with attention to detail in order to capture the true essence of the era.
The documentary will serve as a stand-alone film and as an unparalleled research tool for additional narrative projects. A feature film and a television series will be developed concurrently to the production of the documentary.