After 20 years of friendship – including time as bandmates, roommates, artist-consigliere – and after running a successful music publishing company together, Thomas Brenneck and Jared Tankel started Diamond West Records. Based in Pasadena, CA and founded in the Spring of 2022, Diamond West has partnered with Secretly Distribution for marketing and distribution.

Brenneck, having not only made classic records under his own Dunham imprint (see: Charles Bradley and Menahan Street Band) but also producing and recording with the likes of Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse, Anderson .PAAK and YEBBA, and Tankel, helping lead the Budos Band while climbing the industry ladder as an artist attorney, are uniquely positioned to venture out from under the Daptone Records umbrella and create something new and independent.

The label’s first release will be Curyman from Brazilian artist Rogê. Recorded and produced by Brenneck at the Sound Factory in Hollywood, CA, and in historic sessions with Arthur Verocai at Cia dos Tecnicos Studios in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Curyman immediately establishes Diamond West as a breath of fresh air.

After the initial Rogê sessions in California, Brenneck felt invigorated and inspired to start the next chapter. Tankel, trusting Brenneck’s creative vision, jumped at the opportunity to join forces.  

Still grounded in soul music, it is clear the Diamond West’s boundaries will extend beyond those of its predecessors and contemporaries. Expect future releases from Rogê, who is already working on his follow up to Curyman, as well as the Budos Band and other familiar and new faces from all coasts and in-between, to be released by Diamond West in the years to come.