Taylor Rebecca Brode
Taylor got her start in music in 1999 at Chicago's Reckless Records. In 2004, she took a job at Touch and Go Records working in sales and marketing, both for the label and on behalf of its distributed labels, including: Merge, Jade Tree, ATP, Suicide Squeeze and Kill Rock Stars amongst many others.
She met a buyer from NYC’s Academy Records who asked for some advice on setting up the label which would become Sacred Bones. After the restructuring of T&G in 2009, Taylor began working for SB from her home in Chicago. She met the label’s most enthusiastic roster member, a then 19-year-old Zola Jesus, and the two formed an instantaneous bond. And thus Semaphore mgmt was born. In 2010, Taylor moved back to NY to direct Sacred Bones full time and manage Ms. Jesus.
Between 2010-2017, she was A&R for the bulk of Sacred Bones’ output, and additionally, internationally project managed over 150 releases for the label. She helped to re-establish the music career of John Carpenter in 2015 and was fortunate enough toA&R for Jim Jarmusch, David Lynch, and approximately 40 of the finest psych/punk/electronic/avant-garde/folk bands working today. She also was the general manager for Jenny Hval, Cult of Youth and Australian heroes Slug Guts (R.I.P).
Ms. Brode is a vocal advocate for women's rights in the music industry and appeared on CNN in 2016 alongside Maggie Vail and legendary feminist Molly Neuman, to discuss inequality and power dynamics in the entertainment industry. Ms. Brode has spoken at and co-curated multiple festivals throughout the US and Europe, including: Liverpool Psych Fest, Northside Festival, Incubate Tilburg , Pop Montreal, and Red Bull Music Academy.