Dangerbird Records co-founder Jeff Castelaz is leaving the Silver Lake-based indie label he's overseen since 2004. Home to more than 15 active artists, including Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora and Grammy-nominated rock act the Silversun Pickups, Dangerbird's day-to-day will now be run by Jenni Sperandeo, who joined the company in 2010 and served as the label's head of promotion.
A press release states that Castelaz will focus on his management roster at Cast Management, which currently includes the Dropkick Murphys and record producers Tony Hoffer, Justin Meldal-Johnsen and Jacquire King.
Peter Walker, who co-founded the label and Dangerbird Publishing, is staying with the company and will assume control. General Manager Matt Solodky is also departing and will work at Cast Management.
Long-term, those briefed on the leadership change but not authorized to speak on behalf of the company said Castelaz would likely be resurfacing in the coming weeks at a larger label. A new album from vintage soul-pop act Fitz & the Tantrums is tentatively scheduled for release in January, but the same sources indicated the band would likely be leaving the indie.