Daniel Bromfield was once an aimless, sheltered teenager. He had few friends, and he spent most of his time alone in his room listening to obscure experimental bands. However, on October 31, 2009, he witnessed an event that would change his life forever--the band DFR playing an instrumental set on a street corner in the Inner Richmond. He was so enthralled with their music that he bought a ticket to the Next Big Thing Battle of the Bands at the DNA Lounge the next month, at which DFR were scheduled to perform. At that show, he met the Piers, Cypher Syndicate, Place Your Bets, Quiet Game Starting Now, Raised Threshold, and countless other teenage Bay Area groups.
Between the Battle of the Bands and March 2010, Daniel attended about a hundred local shows at all manner of venues. He started SF Rebirth in the latter month to spread the word about what he perceived as a “rebirth” of the Bay Area music scene, an explosion of young talent not seen since that scene’s psychedelic heyday in the late 1960s. He turned out to be wrong, but he continued writing articles and began interviewing artists and organizing concerts. SF Rebirth has been featured on the websites and Facebook feeds of countless artists, including (but not limited to) Finish Ticket, Girl Named T, Handshake, Rin Tin Tiger, Brooke D., the SHE’s, Romance of Thieves, Local Hero, and Carletta Sue Kay.
Bromfield, now 19, is currently the sole writer for SF Rebirth. He recently graduated from International High School in San Francisco and is now Clark Honors College at University of Oregon.