Dana Erickson made the natural move from aspiring marine biologist to music publicist while in college at the University of Washington in Seattle. Surrounded by orcas and giant squid, she saw a show at the now defunct RCKNDY that made her want to deal with a different type of shark…those that reside in the music industry. When she called her parents to notify of them of her career change, her father’s first piece of advice was that she’d be really excellent in PR. His followed that up with “you know there’s a lot of cocaine in that business”. And thus her career was born. Her first job out of college was with favorite band of all high school time, Pearl Jam, who opened doors by landing her a job at Epic Records in LA, working with Modest Mouse, Audioslave, the Garden State Soundtrack, Tori Amos and…that’s all she’s willing to admit to. Fortunately for her sanity, the job moved her to NYC, and eventually gained her first rite of passage in the biz.. getting laid off. Luckily 2:30 Publicity came calling and since then she’s helped launch the career of Florence + The Machine, and worked with incredible artists like Sonic Youth/Thurston Moore, Japandroids, Solange, and many many more. One day she hopes to open a venue in a marine sanctuary, where dolphins, manatees, turtles and humans can enjoy live music in a watery mosh pit together.
Kate Jackson began her career working in house publicity for Pearl Jam during 2004’s “Vote For Change” tour where she helped coordinate the national campaign. She then went on to work as PR director for Seattle non-profit One Reel who oversees events and festivals including Bumbershoot. Jackson’s last five years were spent at Seattle-based label Sub Pop as Director of Marketing & Publicity, where she created and oversaw publicity campaigns for artists such as the Fleet Foxes, Beach House and Wolf Parade. Jackson enjoys dance parties. Also played alto sax in middle school band but quit to focus on cheerleading.
Lisa Gottheil has been wearing the publicity smock since way back when in 1990 when she worked for Rough Trade Records. From there she went to Columbia Records and following that survived a two-year stint working in the A&R Department for the major label TAG. She started 2:30 Publicity in 1997. The ambitious, young (at the time), Gottheil decided to start her own company, enabling her to pick and choose her clients and thus insuring that all projects worked on by 2:30 Publicity are worked from the heart. She has survived a plane crash.
Meghan Helsel has spent the last ten plus years at public relations firm Jensen Communications, where she became Vice President in 2005. At her time there she handled Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jackson Browne, & Buffalo Springfield, many indie bands, corporate clients Toyota and XM Satellite Radio, and worked on numerous album campaigns, festivals, films, socio-political and non-profit events. In 2008 Helsel opened an artist management division, and oversees the careers of several artists in addition to Grandstand’s diverse public relations roster. She attended University of Southern California and graduated from the prestigious Interlochen Academy of Arts boarding school. She grew up in the cornfields of Illinois and it nearly killed her. Also, played tenor sax in middle school band.
Chris Hnat joined up with 2:30 Publicity in 2006, after a half-decade of publicity, marketing and distribution work with some of the best indie, punk, metal and hardcore labels around. Originally from Pennsylvania, this vowel deficient gentleman moved to Portland, OR in 2004. With a taste for good food and good proto-metal, Chris is always glad to discuss his favorite exploitation films and early-60s clean-cut rockers who put out solid psych records after the drug revolution. He also worked as a janitor while in college and is still enthused by how sparkling he can make a bathroom.
Jill Guidi recently re-located to LA from Seattle, WA where she worked on the Fleet Foxes management team. She brings her experience as Office manager at the renowned independent weekly newspaper, The Stranger, (where she worked not once, but twice during her 10 years in Seattle) to Grandstand, along with her experience in event and video production, tour managing and art-book self publishing. She loves tacos, the desert and is planning on learning to surf any day now.