Treasure Island Music Festival Preview: A Q&A With Jordan Kurland

[Photo by Paige K. Parsons] Jordarn Kurland started Zeitgeist Artist Management in 1999, shortly after the Seattle band Death Cab For Cutie put out their first record Something About Airplanes on Barsuk. In 2003, Kurland signed Death Cab to his company and has also taken on groups like She & Him and New Pornographers. More recently, he entered into a partnership to produce San Francisco’s Noise Pop festival every February. This weekend, Kurland, Noise Pop, and fellow SF-based promoters Another Planet will put on the fifth annual Treasure Island Music Festival, hosted on a manmade island and former naval base in the San Francisco Bay. On Saturday, the Australian electro-dance duo Empire of the Sun headlines while Kurland’s client Death Cab will take the festival’s final Sunday slot, with artists like Chromeo, St. Vincent, and Beach House rounding out the bill. With just two stages, fans have a chance to see every performer, unlike many other festivals where they may have to choose between favorite acts with similar set times. We talked to Kurland about how difficult it is to put a large festival on an island, what he looks for in new bands, and who he’s excited about seeing this…

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