Bright Antenna

A Record Label in the San Francisco Bay Area

Bright Antenna is a record label in the San Francisco Bay Area. We started out by saying, “Let’s put out an EP and a 7″ vinyl and see what happens.” That ended up being The Wombats’ self-titled debut EP, and “Please,” a 7” by Paul Hartnoll from Orbital with Robert Smith from The Cure on vocals. The Wombats have since stormed the world, and these two releases set the tone for where Bright Antenna was headed.

Since those humble beginnings, we’ve signed artists to worldwide multi-album deals, and released records that have made their way onto the Billboard Music Charts. Our artists have enjoyed worldwide tours with major global festival appearances, appeared on late night TV shows like Jay Leno, Conan, and Jimmy Kimmel, and had their music licensed all over the film, television, and game worlds (T-Mobile, Victoria’s Secret, Gossip Girl, the Olympics, and Need for Speed, to name a few).

We reintroduced the ground breaking, influential electronic act Orchestral Maneouvers in the Dark (OMD) to the US with a new album and sold-out shows across the country that included exclusive VIP packages. And for chart watchers, Bright Antenna took The Wombats’ “Jump Into The Fog” to number one on Sirius/XM’s ALT Nation and Top 15 nationally, and turned the heavier rock melodies of Middle Class Rut into a Top 5 Alternative smash with “New Low.” Beware of Darkness is following in these successful footsteps with their breakthrough debut single, “Howl.” And this fall the world will have the pleasure of hearing the sweeping sonic landscapes of Flagship’s debut album.

Basically, Bright Antenna is where you’ll find your next favorite band.

INSIDE BRIGHT ANTENNA

TIFFANIE DeBARTOLO

Chief Executive Super Goddess

The philosopher and visionary of the label, Tiffanie is also the author of two novels and one screenplay (God-Shaped Hole, How To Kill a Rock Star, and Dream For An Insomniac, respectively). In her spare time she is a poet, chef, pole dancer, baker, runner, hiker, biker, sister, friend, lover, dreamer, and fashion icon. U2 has been her favorite band for three decades, and she swears that everything she knows about life, love, faith, and hope she learned from Bono.

SCOTT SCHUMAKER

Managing Partner, Chief Operating Officer, Resident Jedi Knight

Scott can ride a mountain bike downhill faster than anyone else at Bright Antenna. He is also a human GPS; seriously, he has gotten lost once in his whole life. He pops his elbow like other people crack their knuckles, he has eaten a worm, a grasshopper, and a scorpion, and rumor has it he’s carrying on a torrid affair with the Chief Executive Super Goddess.

BRADEN MERRICK

Partner, President, and A&R Kahuna

Braden produced and managed The Killers and worked with just about every major label that’s left. Braden states, “When I met the CESG and found out she could almost beat me at Rock ‘n’ Roll Jeopardy, I knew I had to make BA my home.” Braden grows his own kefir, has a penchant for red-eye flights, vintage YSL ties, and the state of Maine. He makes a mean margarita, but his best skill is arguably his ability to spot a hit single from seven hundred and fifty thousand miles away.

BEN HELDFOND

Partner and Financial Advisor

Ben is the guy who tries to make sure the rest at Bright Antenna don’t make stupid money decisions. He is Bright Antenna’s token Jew (his words, not ours), and at 6’3” claims to be the “tallest” member of the BA team. He hates forks with three prongs, can eat a bag of Soft Batch bookies in one sitting, and he regularly shaves his balls. When Ben grows up he wants to be a Beastie Boy.

KAITLIN HAYES

Product Manager and Online Sales Manager

There are no words large enough to contain what she really does, but if you call the office you’re probably going to get her first, so remember her name and be nice to her, especially if you want us to listen to your demo. Kaitlin has a killer collection of earrings and hair ornaments, and believes she reached the height of her fame when she won a badminton tournament at age eight.

CIELLE TAAFFE

Executive Assistant to the CESG & Jedi

On any given day Cielle’s title can be interchanged with Travel Agent, Party Planner, Tour Manager, Graphic Designer, Accountant, Interior Decorator, Personal Shopper, Gladiator, Court Jester, Gossip Columnist, and Professional Drinker. She performs all these tasks with grace and ease, and in heels no less.

NICK ASHBY

Executive Assistant to Braden Merrick

Upon being hired, Nick stole the title of tallest member of BA from Ben, though Ben is demanding a do-over. All Nick really needs is secondhand vinyl, 1920′s German Expressionism, and the PBS Newshour. He shares a birthday with Mick Jagger and would be totally down to split a party. Nick had a former life in politics, but that was all politics. Nick likes bad sweaters.