Dangerbird Records

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Dangerbird Records
Dangerbird logo.png
Founded 2004
Distributor(s) INgrooves
Genre Alternative rock
Indie rock
Country of origin United States
Location Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California
Official website http://www.dangerbirdrecords.com

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.[1]

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.[2] As of January 2011, Dangerbird has been distributed exclusively in the United States by Fontana Distribution,[3] which was purchased in March 2012 by INgrooves to form INgrooves Fontana.[4]

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."[5]

On September 14, 2012, Walker announced Jenni Sperandeo to president. In October 2012, Castelaz was named President of Warmer Music Group's Elektra Records.[6] 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."

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  1. ^ Wood, Mikael. "Dangerbird's Wings: Silversun Pickups' Label Bangs Out a Template for a Post–Major Label Landscape". LA Weekly. 
  2. ^ Baca, Ricardo (March 2, 2008). "Small-is-good strategy works for indie label". The Denver Post. 
  3. ^ Halperin, Shirley (November 1, 2010). "Universal's Fontana Partners With Dangerbird Records". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  4. ^ "INgrooves buys Fontana Distribution from Universal Music Group". Los Angeles Times. March 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ Martins, Chris (August 22, 2010). "L.A.'s string of indie labels succeeds with a jack-of-all-trades approach". Los Angeles Times. 
  6. ^ "Jeff Castelaz, Matt Solodky Exit Dangerbird; Jenni Sperandeo Named President". Billboard. September 14, 2012.