MEET
THE COPYCATS CRÜE

Turns out, we are real people. Not automated robots from the future. We want you to know who exactly you’re talking to, every time you call, email, or even snail mail us. Snail Mail = METAL.

ALEXIS POLITZ

DESIGN

ALEXIS POLITZ

DESIGN

YEARS WITH THE CRÜE One


BEFORE COPYCATS Graduated with an Illustration degree from The Minneapolis College of Art & Design and still freelancing! I was brought up into the DIY scene designing and illustrating for bands and now I do it professionally.


OFFICE SHENANIGANS INCLUDE Keeping up the company morale any way possible.

6 GREATEST BANDS EVER OF ALL TIME Modest Mouse, Alex G, Hop Along, Grizzly Bear, Big Thief, Godspeed You! Black Emperor


BRAD GUNNARSON

SALES REP

BRAD GUNNARSON

SALES REP

YEARS WITH THE CRÜE Almost Three


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


CARRIE SZWAJA

PROJECT MANAGER

CARRIE SZWAJA

PROJECT MANAGER

YEARS WITH THE CRÜE Forever


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


JAKE SCHAEFER

SALES REP

JAKE SCHAEFER

SALES REP

YEARS WITH THE CRÜE Six


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


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


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.


RODNEY TAYLOR

SALES REP

RODNEY TAYLOR

SALES REP

YEARS WITH THE CRÜE Almost two years


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.


GEOFFREY MAKOUSKY

PRE-PRESS / DESIGN

GEOFFREY MAKOUSKY

PRE-PRESS / DESIGN

YEARS WITH THE CRÜE Nü Guy


BEFORE COPYCATS 20+ years in the print and design industry and over a decade in the Twin Cities music scene.


OFFICE SHENANIGANS INCLUDE Triggering misophonia munching on my raw veggie salad and causing a very noticeable spike in the office coffee consumption.

6 GREATEST BANDS EVER OF ALL TIME Dead Kennedy’s, Marilyn Manson, Tenacious D, Pantera, Zombie, HIM.