Riot Act Media is a PR firm of “fan-first” publicists with offices in Athens, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle: Sharing the good shit since 2005.

Nathan Walker, Owner / Publicist (Portland, OR)

Twitter: @nathanisariot

Raised in the woods of Northern Ontario and Michigan in the late ’70s, early ’80s, the music was always on. When family got together, there’d be whiskey and when there was whiskey, there was, inevitably, a guitar and “Rye Whiskey” performed with such fervor that it made Nick Cave’s version sound like a children’s song. It wasn’t until the arrival of Nirvana— yes, that SNL performance to be exact–that he realized the real power of music’s ability to save your life.

In his 20’s, his love of music led him to try on the various hats of concert photographer, door man, venue bartender, music writer, music editor, and, eventually, publicist. Specifically, he got a gig working with Frank Nieto and Lisa Gottheil at 2:30 Publicity. It was a wonderful introduction to working as a publicist but marriage, a move to the San Juan Islands and an absurd urge to open a cafe / music venue in the country pulled him into another path for a few years. The gravitational pull of the music industry proved to be too strong and, in 2009, he joined Riot Act Media working under the talented wizard known as Joan Hiller (now LeMay!) and became a partner at the company in 2012.

As of December 1st, 2015, Joan left the company to pursue other dreams and handed Nathan the reigns at Riot Act Media. He currently lives in Portland with his wife Kat, his cat Yoko, and is expecting a new daughter. He overuses the word stoked but would, unabashedly, admit that’s he’s stoked on what the future holds.

 

Annie Ostrowski, Publicist (Portland, OR)

Twitter: @annieo25

Annie first began working with music in high school while volunteering for now-defunct music magazine Section M. Soon after, she and a friend started a DIY production company bringing some of their favorite bands to come play shows around Sonoma County, CA.

While getting her BA in communications, Annie reviewed local bands for The Sonoma State Star, and co-hosted a weekly radio show for the college station KSUN, eventually leading to an internship with San Francisco’s legendary Noise Pop Festival. Around that time, she started playing bass in a band, touring the West Coast and playing shows in the Bay Area. It was on a Pacific Northwest tour that Annie first visited Portland, Oregon and decided it was where she wanted to be.

At the end of 2008, she relocated to Portland, Oregon and has been loving it ever since. Annie joined Riot Act Media in 2011, currently edits for the Noise Pop and Treasure Island Music Festivals, co-hosts a radio show on XRAY.FM, and sits on the board of directors for Portland’s non-profit music festival PDX Pop Now!. She has worked campaigns for PDX Pop Now!, Pony Time, The Minders, Spiritual Pajamas Records, The Tyde, Emily Jane White, Tangerine, Lonesome Leash, Ash Reiter, The Rich Hands, Cassorla, Conveyor, and many others.

 

Alyssa DeHayes, Publicist (Athens, GA)

Twitter: @AlyssaDeHayes

Alyssa DeHayes is a national publicist and media relations specialist for record labels, festivals and independent artists at Riot Act. Additionally, she loves demystifying PR and marketing strategies in one-on-one consulting sessions for artists and labels who aren’t quite ready for a full publicity campaign. She spends her lunch hour twice a week teaching music publicity at The University of Georgia’s Music Business Program, and volunteers for Girls Rock Athens.

After graduating from journalism school at UGA with a public relations emphasis, she made Athens, GA her home base between work trips. Over the years she has collaborated on and lead successful campaigns for artists like Natalie Prass, Elf Power, His Name Is Alive, Olivia Tremor Control, Pill, Tonstartssbandht, and Balmorhea, for labels like Columbia, Mexican Summer, Western Vinyl, New West, the Elephant-6 affiliated Orange Twin, Easy Sound Recording Co., Spacebomb, and Team Love. She has provided publicity, media relations, and/or on-site social media support for festivals like Hopscotch Music Festival, Governors’ Ball, Shaky Knees Fest, and Wildwood Revival.

Her experience in this field informed a public relations column for the artist resource company Sonicbids. In 2013, she founded Arrowhawk Records (Arbor Labor Union, now on Sub-Pop, Cinemechanica, BAMBARA, Softspot, and more).

Her love of puns spawned websites like the Parks & Rec-inspired Tom Haverfoods or the True Detective-themed Music Industry Rust Cohle, which received kudos from Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and more.

She can be found clad in denim and black, checking on her garden with Willie Mae the pit bull.

 

Jessi Frick, Publicist (San Francisco, CA)

Twitter: @jessi_frick

Jessi Frick got her start in music PR while at Fiddler Records, home to Dashboard Confessional, New Found Glory, The Bled and Recover. Originally from Miami, FL, she traversed the country tour managing The Impossibles (Fueled By Ramen). After bouncing from Orlando, FL -> Los Angeles, CA -> Richmond, VA -> New York City, she settled in San Francisco, CA where she lives with her three fuzzy cats and husband (also fuzzy).

For the last six years, Jessi ran publicity campaigns as Goldest Egg for a variety of musicians including Fitz and The Tantrums, Ed Harcourt, Hooray For Earth, and Entrance Band, authors (James Kaelan’s We’re Getting On was a Poets & Writers cover story), events and festivals (Truck Festival, Music Video Race), non-profits (Project AMPLIFI), fashion lines (Rotter & Friends), and the Dirty Laundry web series.

Jessi is a partner at Salty Artist Management (Mitski, Skylar Spence, Giraffage) where she manages Mutual Benefit, GEMS, Bells Atlas, Conveyor, and dd elle, and owns Father/Daughter Records, an independent record label who helped launch Pure Bathing Culture, Oregon Bike Trails (now Cayucas), Levek, Happy Diving + more. She also helped co-found the Bay Area Record Fair, a celebration of the best independent local labels in the San Francisco Bay Area.

When she isn’t packaging records or attempting to email 10 people at once, Jessi enjoys snuggling felines, collecting vinyl records, frequenting the country’s best tiki bars, and eating ice cream.

 

Laurie Kearney, Publicist (Seattle, WA)

Twitter: @ghostgallery

NJ-born, VA-educated, Seattle-thriving. Her first music experience was playing drums for an all-girl goth band at 16 (don’t even ask what the band was called). While living in Richmond, VA during the 90’s, she played in various shoegaze/dream pop bands while obtaining a BFA in Art History at VCU. Laurie then moved to Seattle in 2005 to pursue a career in the curatorial arts, playing bass & dulcimer for Heather Duby (Sub Pop, Sonic Boom Records), while getting settled in a new city.

In 2006 she founded Ghost Gallery, promoting new & emerging visual artists and jewelry designers. She also does a lot of collaborative work, forging new connections between the visual art & music communities. This includes curating the first ever Visual Arts Program for the Capitol Hill Block Party in 2012-13, co-organizing the Capitol Hill Art Walk & curating album covers for Seattle-based Fainting Room Collective.

 

Claire Ersan, Bookkeeping (Portland, OR)

Claire has been working with Riot Act Media since 2011. She manages the books and accounting for a number of small businesses. Claire lives in the Portland area with her husband, two daughters and a pet for everyone.

Riot Act’s First Decade:

After graduating from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago with a degree in Film & Video and working with Jessica Hopper and Joan LeMay at Hopper PR in Chicago, David Lewis founded Riot Act Media in 2005, handling PR for a slew of indie artists including Minus the Bear, Maps & Atlases and David Bazan. In 2007, former Hopper PR co-publicist Joan LeMay left her publicist position at the great Sub Pop Records to partner with Lewis at Riot Act. In 2008, Lewis moved into higher education, passing the ownership of Riot Act on to LeMay, who ran and was a publicist at the company until her departure from music publicity in December of 2015. The company, now in its tenth year, is helmed by Nathan Walker, who joined Riot Act in 2009 and later became business partners with LeMay, helping to grow Riot Act tremendously and eventually becoming the owner after her retirement in 2015.

 

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