|Founder 👔||Douglas Blake, Steve Theo|
|Headquarters 🏙️||Boston, Massachusetts|
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Pirate! is an American promotion and marketing agency for music.
While attending Georgia Southern University, Douglas Blake worked at the college radio station WVGS, as a disc jockey. Eventually, Blake became the Music Director for the station. After graduation, he moved to Boston and worked with Planetary Group, where he met Steve Theo, a former employee at the Oldies radio station WBTY, and Columbia Records. Together, they left Planetary Group and co-founded their own music promotion, marketing, and management company, called Pirate!.
Pirate! is a popular music promotional and marketing company that works with artists, bands, record labels, brands, and events. They also work with college radio and non-commercial radio music and with program directors who report to the media company CMJ, the radio and music trade magazine FMQB, and the music tracking software Spinitron. Pirate! is the winner of multiple Promotion Company of the Year awards, as well as Promoter of the Year awards, from CMJ. They also market with the television channel HBO, the retail store Target, the clothing company Levi Strauss & Co., and many musical festivals.
Artists that Pirate! promotes include the punk rock band Alkaline Trio, the indie pop duo Tegan & Sara, and the rhythm and blues and gospel singer Mavis Staples. Some of the major labels which are promoted are Universal Records, Warner, Anti-, Kill Rock Stars, Epitaph, and Rough Trade. Blake lists the favorite albums he has worked on as Commit This to Memory by Motion City Soundtrack, The Con by Tegan & Sara, Fever To Tell by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Civil War by Dillinger Four, and Thickfreakness by the Black Keys.
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