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 upcoming book, The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Record Store: A Global History coming spring 2023 from Bloomsbury Academic, and an essay in Atlantic Records’ 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 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 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. Check out my educator website here and you can follow my educator Twitter here and Instagram here.
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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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I shush people in the library…I want SILENCE when I’m librarying!
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