|Country of origin||United States|
|Location||Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California|
Dangerbird Records is an independent record label located in Los Angeles, California. Founded by Peter Walker and Jeff Castelaz in 2004, the label is home to artists around the globe, and part of the burgeoning Silver Lake music scene. The label has had international success from its small roster of artists including Silversun Pickups, Fitz and The Tantrums, and Minus the Bear.
The two founders represented different roles in the music industry. Castelaz had managed Feist, Phoenix, Citizen King, and others), while Walker was a singer-songwriter. The label's first release: Walker's solo album Landed.
Their business approach includes a strong emphasis on artist development, and working with a network of partners to help the bands reach a wide market. As of January 2011, Dangerbird has been distributed exclusively in the United States by Fontana Distribution, which was purchased in March 2012 by INgrooves to form INgrooves Fontana. In January 2015, The Orchard took over North American distribution of Dangerbird Records.
In 2006, Dangerbird gained repute after releasing Carnavas, the debut full-length album by Silversun Pickups, to sales of over 450,000. The band's lead singer Brian Aubert has said of Dangerbird, "They believe in careers, and the long haul - something that majors used to believe in. They stuck with us when most people wouldn't have."
On September 14, 2012, Walker announced Jenni Sperandeo to president. In October 2012, Castelaz was named President of Warner Music Group's Elektra Records. Sperandeo said in a statement, "After nearly 20 years in radio promotion, management and artist development, I am thrilled for the opportunity to step into this more comprehensive role at a rare, artist-driven enterprise."
Current Label Roster
- Butch Walker
- Minus the Bear
- The One AM Radio
- Royal Teeth
- Sea Wolf
- Silversun Pickups
- T. Hardy Morris
Former Label Roster
- All Smiles
- Bad Veins
- Beady Eye (US/Canada)
- Ben Lee
- Codeine Velvet Club
- Dappled Cities
- Darker My Love
- The Dears
- Division Day
- Eric Avery
- Fitz and The Tantrums
- The Fling
- Hot Hot Heat
- Jesse Harris
- Joy Zipper
- La Rocca
- Richie Sambora
- The Limousines
- The Promise Ring
- Sabrosa Purr
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Dangerbird in the Media
- MarketWatch.com - "Dangerbird Records Catalog is Newest Addition to DeliRadio"
- Style Section LA - "A Rare Bird"
- HypeBot.com - "DropKick Murphys, Dangerbird Records Talk D.I.Y. & Fan Engagement With Ian Rogers"
- ArtHouseMusic.com - "Dangerbird Records"
- Buzzbands.la - "Dangerbird Records’ eight-band day party raises $2,500 for the Pablove Foundation"
- Billboard Magazine - "Piero Giramonti Named Dangerbird Records President"
- The Comet - "Dangerbird Records and Reach Music Enter Publishing Agreement"
- PR Newswire - "Fontana Partners with Dangerbird Records"
- PlugInMusic.com - "Dangerbird Records Soar into SXSW"
- Racked.com - "Branding the Band: Dangerbird's Darker My Love Promo"
- ABC News - "Dangerbird Records Founder on a Mission Against Cancer"
- Wood, Mikael. "Dangerbird's Wings: Silversun Pickups' Label Bangs Out a Template for a Post–Major Label Landscape". LA Weekly.
- Baca, Ricardo (March 2, 2008). "Small-is-good strategy works for indie label". The Denver Post.
- Halperin, Shirley (November 1, 2010). "Universal's Fontana Partners With Dangerbird Records". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "INgrooves buys Fontana Distribution from Universal Music Group". Los Angeles Times. March 2, 2012.
- Martins, Chris (August 22, 2010). "L.A.'s string of indie labels succeeds with a jack-of-all-trades approach". Los Angeles Times.
- "Jeff Castelaz, Matt Solodky Exit Dangerbird; Jenni Sperandeo Named President". Billboard. September 14, 2012.