Alec Hanley Bemis

Alec Hanley Bemis




July 27, 2009 - AHB-Curated Happy Ending Music and Reading Series Coming to Joe's Pub
For the past few months, Brassland co-founder Alec Hanley Bemis has been working as a "musical guru"...


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Alec Hanley Bemis is an entrepreneur, producer & curator of creative projects. He is best known for running the music label Brassland, which he co-founded in 2001 with members of The National Aaron & Bryce Dessner. His work with the label has been featured in The Irish Times, The New York Times, Print Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and other media outlets. On the label's 10th anniversary, The Guardian profiled Brassland as “the record label at the centre of New York’s other music scene,” citing it as “a focus for some of the most intriguing and creative musicians.” Pitchfork calls it a "venerable artpop boutique label."

In his first career, he was a writer, journalist & critic covering topics such as Beck, backyard wrestling, Elliott Smith, video games, the evolution of classical music, Tucker Max's "fratire" books, and William Shatner. He has published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Bookforum and LA Weekly. More recently, in 2020 his piece for The Creative Independent "19 things I’d tell people contemplating starting a record label (after running one for 19 years)" went (low-key) viral in various musician & music business communities—and he taped an interview with Brooklyn's Third Story podcast.

Bemis has been an invited speaker/teacher at institutions such as the Rhode Island School of Design, New York University, and the School of Visual Arts; a panelist at music industry gatherings including SXSW (USA), by:Larm (Norway) and Haldern Pop (Germany); a manager & consultant for Dirty Projectors, Alexi Murdoch, !!!, All Tomorrow's Parties festival, Bang on a Can's Cantaloupe Music label, The Barr Brothers and producer Rusty Santos; and a curator of programs at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (Greece), the National Concert Hall (Ireland) and Adelaide Festival (Australia).

He's based in New York City but travels a lot. His enthusiasms include: art community, collaboration & pedagogy; Joni Mitchell; the photography of Wolfgang Tillmans; newer artists Kendrick Lamar & Rosalia; and breakfast preparation.

You can listen to Brassland music at YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music & other reputable music sites.

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