music journalist since 1992 | teacher 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, Variety, Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Spin, Los Angeles Magazine, A.V. Club, DJ Mag, Mixmag, Festival Advisor, Flood, Mix, Under The Radar (where I am also the television editor), Rock and Roll Globe, DJ Times, New Noise and The Bay Bridged. For a full rundown of all the publications I’ve written for, here’s a nostalgic list.
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 host and co-produce a music commentary podcast called the Pictures of Lily Podcast 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 and YouTube. 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 interviewed by music industry professionals, been quoted and featured in a variety of outlets, conducted video interviews, been a panelist at a number of music conferences, guest speaker at Grammy Camp’s music journalism track and speaker/interviewer at Mix Magazine Sound for Film and TV Conference 2020.
I have an M.A. in Political Economy and Public Policy from the University of Southern California, this is also where I got my start in music journalism on the school newspaper, The Daily Trojan. I also have an M.Ed. Single Subject Teaching Credential Mathematics from National University and an M.A. in Education with an Option for Librarianship from California State University Long Beach. I have been serving as an educator in Los Angeles Unified School District since 2004. You can find my educator Twitter here.