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THE COPYCATS CRÜE

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ANNA DePAGTER

DESIGNER

ANNA DePAGTER

DESIGNER

YEARS WITH THE CRÜE Two (still new, just not new new)


BEFORE COPYCATS Started with promotion for Sony way back. I used to design Myspace themes for bands... Remember Myspace? Professionally, I have worn many hats over the years as a designer (print/digital/social/copywriting/photography) on both the agency and freelance side. Now here with this group of misfits.


OFFICE SHENANIGANS INCLUDE Annoying everyone with my "sad music" and cat videos.

6 GREATEST BANDS EVER OF ALL TIME Acceptance, Alkaline Trio, American Football, Brand New, Glassjaw, Hanson, IAMX, R.E.M... A true artist knows when to break the rules.


TUESDAY CHIPOTLE ORDER Veggie boo-rito bowl (and tasked with picking up said orders).


BEST HALLOWEEN COSTUME TO DATE Every year because I don't mess around. Highlights include: Juillian Holtzmann (Ghostbusters reboot), Envy Adams (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), Leeloo Dallas Multipass (Fifth Element).


BRAD GUNNARSON

SALES REP

BRAD GUNNARSON

SALES REP

YEARS WITH THE CRÜE One


BEFORE COPYCATS Worldwide street team coordination for StreetWise. Artist management & development, designing & slanging merch, coordinating releases, and overall band-dadding since ‘97.


OFFICE SHENANIGANS INCLUDE Being Barry. Donut Ambassador. Emo Aficionado.

6 GREATEST BANDS EVER OF ALL TIME Thursday, Copeland, Anberlin, Beach Slang, Shadows Fall, Taking Back Sunday, Skid Row


TUESDAY CHIPOTLE ORDER Hold Everything, Extra Cheese. Straight off the kids' menu.


BEST HALLOWEEN COSTUME TO DATE Ninth grade was lit. I was Gene Simmons. Torching neighborhood pumpkins with a can of Aqua Net.


CARRIE SZWAJA

PROJECT MANAGER

CARRIE SZWAJA

PROJECT MANAGER

YEARS WITH THE CRÜE Nine


BEFORE COPYCATS I fed my way through college working as the best sandwich artist in a Subway in Mankato. Then I worked as a graphic designer for a large newspaper company designing ads and brochures. After that I moved to Minneapolis and became a Copycat.


OFFICE SHENANIGANS INCLUDE Being amazing at keeping every single project on schedule.

6 GREATEST BANDS EVER OF ALL TIME Florida Georgia Line, Rascal Flatts, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Backstreet Boys, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson


TUESDAY CHIPOTLE ORDER Chicken softshell tacos.


BEST HALLOWEEN COSTUME TO DATE Ms. Green M&M


JAKE SCHAEFER

SALES REP

JAKE SCHAEFER

SALES REP

YEARS WITH THE CRÜE Four


BEFORE COPYCATS I’ve been involved in the music business in various forms for the past 14 years from radio to marketing to management. I’ve been fortunate enough to bring many of those previous relationships to Copycats to work with them on their manufacturing needs.


OFFICE SHENANIGANS INCLUDE Bringing in homemade ice cream for everyone. Office giggler.

6 GREATEST BANDS EVER OF ALL TIME Jimi Hendrix, Mogwai, Postal Service, Anderson.Paak, NIN


TUESDAY CHIPOTLE ORDER Steak burrito bowl, pinto beans, brown rice, tomatillo salsa & guac


BEST HALLOWEEN COSTUME TO DATE Ernie McCracken aka Big Ern – Kingpin


JUSTIN KRISTAL

PRESIDENT

JUSTIN KRISTAL

PRESIDENT

YEARS WITH THE CRÜE A dozen


BEFORE COPYCATS Since high school all I wanted to do is work in a music related industry. It started at a record store, then on to promotions for music venues, next I was a label rep at Sony Music, and then it was Copycats Media.


OFFICE SHENANIGANS INCLUDE Calling everyone 'dude'. Being the tallest. Being a nerd.

6 GREATEST BANDS EVER OF ALL TIME Jimmy Eat World, Tegan & Sara, Every Time I Die, Mew, Oasis, and Brand New


TUESDAY CHIPOTLE ORDER Chicken burrito bowl with all the fixin’s plus a bag of chips.


BEST HALLOWEEN COSTUME TO DATE Ron Burgundy. I never shave my beard off, but just this one time I did for Halloween. The growing back process started the following day.


RICH HORTON

PRE-PRESS / ART

RICH HORTON

PRE-PRESS / ART

YEARS WITH THE CRÜE Eight long years


BEFORE COPYCATS Worked in printing for 20 years, also had my own CD company a while back.


OFFICE SHENANIGANS INCLUDE Resident Vikings know-it-all. Or any sport, really.

6 GREATEST BANDS EVER OF ALL TIME I don’t really have those. My list would be boring if I did, The Beatles, etc… I like everything from classical to punk and throw in some metal and any finely crafted pop tunes that aren’t too mainstream.


TUESDAY CHIPOTLE ORDER I go for a boring Chicken Burrito, no rice.


BEST HALLOWEEN COSTUME TO DATE It’s been so long since I wore a halloween costume, I can’t even remember one.


RICKY COLES

SALES REP

RICKY COLES

SALES REP

YEARS WITH THE CRÜE A baker's dozen


BEFORE COPYCATS I was hired as the 4th employee in the company’s history. My first job was putting CD’s into jewel cases by hand and shrinkwrapping them with an L-bar and heat gun.


OFFICE SHENANIGANS INCLUDE Helicopter captain. Three currently residing in his cube.

6 GREATEST BANDS EVER OF ALL TIME Nicolas Jaar, Sufjan Stevens, Cut Copy, Neutral Milk Hotel, Chet Baker, FKA Twigs


TUESDAY CHIPOTLE ORDER 3 soft shell corn tacos, chicken, green salsa, fajita veggies, lettuce.


BEST HALLOWEEN COSTUME TO DATE Colonel Mustard as part of a Clue group costume.


RODNEY TAYLOR

SALES REP

RODNEY TAYLOR

SALES REP

YEARS WITH THE CRÜE Not even a year. New guy over here.


BEFORE COPYCATS Attended Music Tech/McNally Smith College of Music way back in the day. Spent the past 15+ years in various customer service and management roles within record stores, skate shops, and international fashion retailers. Have owned and ran a few independent businesses.


OFFICE SHENANIGANS INCLUDE "Everybody calls me Ruxin."

6 GREATEST BANDS EVER OF ALL TIME Tom Waits, At The Drive In, Curtis Mayfield, Beastie Boys, The Pixies, Prince.


TUESDAY CHIPOTLE ORDER Chicken burrito with all the hot sauces.


BEST HALLOWEEN COSTUME TO DATE Either Gambit with actual glowing hands... or Doc Holliday, “I’m your Huckleberry”.