Fantasy Records announced today that Lindsay Brandt has been appointed VP of Marketing, Creative. In this newly created position, Brandt will serve as Fantasy’s in-house creative director and head of marketing with a focus on content development and digital strategy, reporting to Fantasy President, Margi Cheske.
With her deep knowledge and passion for music, Brandt brings a unique set of skills to Fantasy. The industry veteran’s multi-faceted career includes extensive experience in management, festival production, art direction, photography, design, and label services.
Previously, Brandt was Sr. Director, Creative & Digital for Activist Artists Management in Los Angeles, where she served as the company’s creative and marketing lead working closely with artists such as The Lumineers, Alec Benjamin, Grateful Dead, Dead & Company, and Bob Weir.
An audio-production graduate of Hofstra University, (where she was music director of the renowned college station WRHU), the New York native began her career at Mick Management in 2007 handling digital strategy. During Brandt’s seven-year tenure, she worked with John Mayer over the course of five album cycles, and Walk The Moon, performing an essential role in both signing the multi-platinum band and providing A&R direction for their multi-platinum smash single, “Shut Up and Dance.”
In 2014, Brandt moved to C3 Presents, where she signed the alt-electro outfit MUTEMATH and launched the bands’ independent label and publishing operations. In 2018, she departed to establish her own creative agency and artist management company, honest defector, working alongside musicians and visual artists in brand development, marketing, and touring strategy.
At the onset of the pandemic, Brandt served as marketing advisor to the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA). Volunteering her time, she played an integral role in establishing the group’s highly successful ‘Save Our Stages’ national campaign which provided $16B to independent concert promoters, venues and talent representatives, the largest single arts grant in U.S. history. Brandt was part of the small team honored with the Clio Music Impact Award in 2020 for her work on “SOSFEST,” a digital festival launched by YouTube and NIVA.
A member of the Recording Academy, Brandt also sits on Hofstra University’s Music Business Program Board of Advisors.
Lindsay Brandt commented: “My vinyl collection boasts numerous albums with the iconic Fantasy Records logo. I’m humbled to join a team that holds music in such high regard and delighted to tell the story of these profound artists.”
On making this appointment, Margi Cheske said:
“Lindsay’s creative passion, empathy for artists and understanding of modern music marketing make her the ideal candidate for this new position. I’m thrilled to welcome her to the Fantasy family.”