Team Mensch is a New York-based record label and production company founded by Peter Block and Darren Paltrowitz in April 2016. Aiming to spotlight "good people doing good things," Team Mensch will also be partnering with artists, promoters and non-profit organizations to produce content and present live events. Its first release was the Mike Viola-produced studio album by Porter Block, "Hard To See Beautiful," as followed by the "Guilt By Association 4" compilation featuring new recordings by Lucy Woodward, Mike Doughty, Makuta, Hurricane Bells, and Rachael Yamagata.
Co-Founder, Team Mensch
Peter Block has been writing, performing and producing music for over 30 years, including collaborations with Dean Wareham, Britta Phillips, Lordz of Brooklyn, Stephen Bruton, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Angela McCluskey, and Casey Shea. As one-half of the band Porter Block, he has toured alongside Deep Blue Something, The Samples, and Mike Doughty.
While active with Porter Block, Peter co-founded the record label Engine Room Recordings with mastering engineer Mark B. Christensen, going on to release titles by Middle Distance Runner, U.S. Royalty, Robbers On High Street, Lowry, and The Bloodsugars. In 2014, Peter wrote, produced and launched a short film series and cause campaign for Lincoln Center Education called Think Like An Artist.
When not busy with his music or entrepreneurial efforts, Peter is involved with non-profit projects at Weill Cornell as part of their Music & Medicine Initiative.
Co-Founder, Team Mensch
Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident (and Long Island native) with over 15 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his favorite band Superdrag. In the years following, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Loudness, and Amanda Palmer. He first worked with Peter Block in 2010 as Chief Strategist at Engine Room Recordings, overseeing releases by Tracy Bonham, Candy Butchers and Fountains Of Wayne guitarist Jody Porter.
On the side from his consulting and licensing projects, Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the All Music Guide, Downtown Magazine, hMAG, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, The Daily Meal, and The Jewish Journal. He has interviewed hundreds of artists and entrepreneurs, including John Oates, John Waters, John Doe, John-Angus MacDonald, John Davis, John Blenn, John McCauley, Jonathan Edwards, and Johnny Gallagher.