Lily Moayeri

music journalist since 1992 | educator since 2004 | podcaster since 2020 | Iranian American since birth


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Starting with my college paper, I have been a music journalist since 1992. Over the years I have contributed to numerous publications. My current writing can be found on: Billboard, NPR, Los Angeles Times, Grammy, VarietyLA WeeklySpin, Los Angeles Magazine, A.V. Club, DJ Mag, Mixmag, Festival Advisor, Flood, Mix, Under The Radar (where I am also the television editor), Book and Film Globe, Rock and Roll Globe, Fine Art Globe, DJ TimesNew Noise and The Bay Bridged. For a full rundown of all the publications I’ve written for, here’s a nostalgic list.

In addition to music, I also write about film, television and art. I have provided long lasting biographies and fully explanatory press releases for both major labels and independent artists. I am a contributing editor to the textbook, The Guerilla Guide To The Music Business, which is used at the University of Westminster in London, England (and is available as a Google Book).

The Pictures of Lily Podcast, which I host and co-produce is a music commentary podcast called the about my experiences interviewing musicians and music-related people. Published every two weeks on Wednesdays, the 10-minute episodes are available on all podcast platforms as well as on SoundCloud, YouTube, Pandora and Amazon. There is a Pictures of Lily Podcast Playlist for the music heard on the Pictures of Lily Podcast on Spotify and YouTube.

I have been a panelist at a number of music conferences including twice at Amsterdam Dance Event. In 2020, I moderated the Music Supervisors Elite Round Table panel for Variety Music for Screens Summit during Variety Music Week, was speaker/interviewer in the Composer’s Lounge at Mix Magazine Sound for Film and TV Conference and guest speaker at Grammy Camp‘s music journalism track. As an educator, I also presented a talk for the Learning Revolution’s Emergency Home Learning Summit. I have been interviewed by music industry professionals, been quoted and featured in a variety of outlets, including podcasts, and conducted video interviews.

Where I got my start in music journalism at the University of Southern California’s The Daily Trojan is where I received an M.A. in Political Economy and Public Policy. From National University, I received an M.Ed. Single Subject Teaching Credential Mathematics and an M.A. in Education with an Option for Librarianship from California State University Long Beach. Since 2004, I have been serving as an educator in Los Angeles Unified School District. You can find my educator Twitter here.

9 comments on “About

  1. real mole?
    April 5, 2012

    you sound totally awesome!

  2. Hadar
    May 5, 2012

    I think this is one of the most significant info for me. And i’m glad rnieadg your article. But should remark on some general things, The site style is perfect, the articles is really great : D. Good job, cheers

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    May 25, 2012

    This website has lots of extremely helpful information on it. Thanks for informing me.

  4. Safiya
    June 16, 2012

    Hey Lily, I’m excited to have come across your site as it was solely from something that you purchased (lip gloss)and left a comment about & I felt the need to ask you questions about it. I look forward to really getting to know you more by your site and your music reviews!

  5. Stefan Neumann
    September 6, 2012

    I think that for someone that sits on their ass watching TV all day and then writing about it, you seem to have an exceptionally high opinion of yourself. Take this quote for example ‘This has resulted in my being tagged with the “tastemaker” label, which I have been told means I write about stuff that people don’t know about yet and in the process give it the stamp of trendiness. What I’ve noticed is once it becomes trendy enough for the general public to be aware of it, I have either lost interest, or it has lost interest in me.’ – aside from being toe-curlingly gratuitous, it also shows a self regard of grotesque proportions. These egomaniacal bleatings are very seldom read, and never commented on. Get over yourself. 246 likes, hardly any followers – it’s hardly as grandiose as the puff piece above would like to make out.
    Less hyperbole and more watchingtvthenwritingaboutit please.

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  8. ucity88
    March 15, 2014

    I shush people in the library…I want SILENCE when I’m librarying!

  9. Arch K
    September 29, 2014

    God– read your review/promo/ad of/for Sam Smith and have to say. Could the publishing-recording complex pick a more boring “man” l to push down our throats. You see this mofo everywhere as some kind of next big thing. Listening to his records are like going to an insurance seminar but the “complex” finds him marketable as a clean-cut homosexual so you tell people to buy his records. You like he, are a sellout who doesn’t want the world to have any dangerous, or existentially meaningful music only gay, boring shit that could be played as background music during an insurance seminar. FUCK YOU!!!! Something just connected when I read your review that you–as a smiling rat-like, minion–are everything that is wrong with this sterile, impotent world we live in. There are a thousand better, more interesting, singers out there but we have to have this dull cocksucker pushed down our throats

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