In the summer of 2009, SKH Music opened its doors as a partnership. After close to a dozen successful years, the company segued to being solely managed and operated by industry veteran Steve Karas.
The mission statement of SKH continues in to the future with a simple, primary mission statement – super-serve a reasonable number of management, publicity and corporate clients with a creative, forward-thinking strategy. The principle will lead the vision in designing, and implementing the strategic initiatives of each campaign or career, along with conducting the outreach and delivering. Well in to the company’s second decade, SKH Music has represented a very diverse list of talent from the worlds of rock, metal, blues, and pop, alongside projects in film, television, publishing, and new media.
For eight and a half years, Karas was the Senior Vice-President, Publicity of Wind-up Records. During his tenure, he was the responsible publicist for all of the acts on the label which include Evanescence, Creed, Seether, Finger Eleven, and dozens of others. Additionally, for a number of years, Karas acted as the video commissioner overseeing solicitation and execution of the visuals that introduced both Evanescence and Seether, and multiple projects for Finger Eleven and others. He also is credited as Executive Producer on the long-form releases ANYWHERE BUT HOME (Evanescence) and ONE COLD NIGHT (SEETHER). Both have sold hundreds of thousands of copies.
Prior to Wind-up, Karas was the Vice-President, Publicity of A&M Records based in New York. His key artists included Barry White, Blues Traveler, Gin Blossoms, Days of the New, Monster Magnet, Bryan Adams, and support on Sting, Sheryl Crow, Soundgarden and many more. He also oversaw the media campaigns for both Polydor and the Chronicles imprints. Some of these projects were retrospective box sets and reissues for the Velvet Underground, Abba, Connie Francis, Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, and Cream. Karas survived the Universal takeover of Polygram, and spent close to two years at Interscope, prior to his departure from the company.
His first label gig was as the Head of Publicity at IRS Records, where he was the department head for close to a decade. The roster included the Buzzcocks, Concrete Blonde, Black Sabbath, dada, Rory Gallagher, Kirsty Maccoll, Spirit, and others. He also looked after the first releases from the Nettwerk label, and Grand Slam Records, who were distributed by IRS, in addition to the No Speak Series featuring albums from Robby Krieger, Leslie West, Stewart Copeland, and others. Additionally, Karas served as the Video Promotion rep for the label, working MTV, VH1 and all national and regional broadcasters for airplay. He began his career in 1987 at Susan Blond, Inc. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and The Gunnery.