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