music journalist since 1992 | educator since 2004 | podcaster since 2020 | Iranian American since birth
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, Variety, Alternative Press, LA Weekly, Spin, Los Angeles Magazine, DJ Mag, Mixmag, Flood, Mix, Under The Radar (where I am also the television editor), Book and Film Globe, Rock and Roll Globe, Fine Art Globe, DJ Life Magazine, New Noise and Faith Fanzine. 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). I have a chapter in the anthology, The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Record Store: A Global History published by Bloomsbury Academic, and an essay in Atlantic Records’ upcoming 75th Anniversary collectible book published by Taschen.
In 2021, I was awarded 3rd place in the Los Angeles Press Club SoCal Journalism Awards for my Los Angeles Times article, “Tech is Music to Their Ears,” and 3rd place in the National A&E Journalism Awards for my Los Angeles Magazine article, “The Raw Materials Were Her Life.”
The Pictures of Lily Podcast, which I host and co-produce is a music commentary podcast about my experiences interviewing musicians and music-related people. Published on the second Wednesday of each month (originally every other Wednesday for the first two years), the 10-minute episodes are available on all podcast platforms as well as on SoundCloud, YouTube, Pandora, Amazon,Facebook and Instagram. There is a Pictures of Lily Podcast Playlist for the music heard on the Pictures of Lily Podcast on Spotify and YouTube.
I have appeared on multiple episodes on the second season of AXS TV‘s Music’s Greatest Mysteries series. I have been a moderator and panelist at a number of music conferences including Amsterdam Dance Event and NAMM 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 various times for 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 focused on leading students through navigating the intersection of technology and education. You can sign up for my upcoming educator Substack here and please follow my educator Twitter here and Instagram here.