Meet your curators

We’re a rag-tag team of volunteer curators who live and breathe music. Some of us are musicians, some industry folk, some just passionate fans. We’re all focused on discovering music from emerging and lesser-known artists you’ll love. We’re like that friend who always made you mixtapes in high school. If that was you, apply to join our volunteer team here

Shannon Byrne The founder of A Song A Day, Shannon has been annoying her friends with music suggestions since childhood. Her spirit animal is a 70s SoCal hippy, which explains her taste in everything including music. She shares a lot of singer-songwriter, garage, lo-fi, psych, and folk with a splash of everything. Follow on Spotify.

Shannon Byrne

The founder of A Song A Day, Shannon has been annoying her friends with music suggestions since childhood. Her spirit animal is a 70s SoCal hippy, which explains her taste in everything including music. She shares a lot of singer-songwriter, garage, lo-fi, psych, and folk with a splash of everything. Follow on Spotify.

Laura Gluhanich Laura climbs rocks, drinks wine, and sees lots of concerts. She's been curating for ASAD from the beginning, covering everything from folk to world but always new, which is reflected in what she shares today. Follow her on Twitter or Spotify. 

Laura Gluhanich

Laura climbs rocks, drinks wine, and sees lots of concerts. She's been curating for ASAD from the beginning, covering everything from folk to world but always new, which is reflected in what she shares today. Follow her on Twitter or Spotify

Janet Choi Janet Choi runs on coffee and naps. She runs content and product marketing at Customer.io. She does not run. She grew up playing lots of classical piano and loves exploring genre-benders, interesting instrumentation, and smart songwriting. Follow on Spotify or Twitter.

Janet Choi

Janet Choi runs on coffee and naps. She runs content and product marketing at Customer.io. She does not run. She grew up playing lots of classical piano and loves exploring genre-benders, interesting instrumentation, and smart songwriting. Follow on Spotify or Twitter.

Julia Maehner Julia loves music and loves sharing it. She'll groove to soulful tunes and rap beats or rock out to hard guitars. Anything goes for her, as long as it meets her standard. Follow her on Spotify. 

Julia Maehner

Julia loves music and loves sharing it. She'll groove to soulful tunes and rap beats or rock out to hard guitars. Anything goes for her, as long as it meets her standard. Follow her on Spotify

 
Damien Choy Smith Third culture kid with a penchant for all things pop: dance, electronic, indie, rock, and, above all, tasty, tasty synths!

Damien Choy Smith

Third culture kid with a penchant for all things pop: dance, electronic, indie, rock, and, above all, tasty, tasty synths!

Mallory Johns Music has been a part of Mallory's life for as long as she can remember—some of her earliest memories include banging on pianos at family gatherings and seeing Reggae idols at Radio City Music Hall. After studying classical music in college, she moved to the Big Apple, bought a synth, and a new love for electronic music was born. She shares a ton of House, Bass, and Techno, but loves a good Indie ballad from time to time. Follow her on Spotify or Twitter.

Mallory Johns

Music has been a part of Mallory's life for as long as she can remember—some of her earliest memories include banging on pianos at family gatherings and seeing Reggae idols at Radio City Music Hall. After studying classical music in college, she moved to the Big Apple, bought a synth, and a new love for electronic music was born. She shares a ton of House, Bass, and Techno, but loves a good Indie ballad from time to time. Follow her on Spotify or Twitter.

Becky Welch Becky has been a music-obsessed, compulsive playlist maker and live music enthusiast for as long as she can remember. Few things delight her more than sharing music and geeking out with people who care as much about it as she does. She likes almost every genre but is mostly drawn to fun songs that make her dance with abandon. Follow her on Spotify.

Becky Welch

Becky has been a music-obsessed, compulsive playlist maker and live music enthusiast for as long as she can remember. Few things delight her more than sharing music and geeking out with people who care as much about it as she does. She likes almost every genre but is mostly drawn to fun songs that make her dance with abandon. Follow her on Spotify.

Maria Bhim Maria has been making mixtapes for three decades and probably takes it way too seriously. Currently living by three Ns - Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, and The National. 

Maria Bhim

Maria has been making mixtapes for three decades and probably takes it way too seriously. Currently living by three Ns - Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, and The National. 

 
Caroline Fay Caroline is a music discovery devotee, incentivized equally by helping new talent gain exposure, and by the promise of getting to say "told you so." She mostly picks the internet for indie pop, rock, soul, folk and R&B. Follow her on Spotify or subscribe to this playlist to hear every indie pop song she's curated for ASAD. 

Caroline Fay

Caroline is a music discovery devotee, incentivized equally by helping new talent gain exposure, and by the promise of getting to say "told you so." She mostly picks the internet for indie pop, rock, soul, folk and R&B. Follow her on Spotify or subscribe to this playlist to hear every indie pop song she's curated for ASAD. 

Matt Federighi Matt's name may be basic, but his taste in music is far from it. Data guy during the day and photography hobbiest in his free time. His first ever concert was a Shania Twain World Tour in 1998. He's come a long way since then. 

Matt Federighi

Matt's name may be basic, but his taste in music is far from it. Data guy during the day and photography hobbiest in his free time. His first ever concert was a Shania Twain World Tour in 1998. He's come a long way since then. 

Markus Rom Markus strums, samples and arpeggiates various instruments with Elephants On Tape, Lumat, and others. He also freelances as an audio designer and music teacher. His heart beats for krautesk grooves and unforeseen soundscapes in cross-genre contexts: sometimes lo-fi, sometimes high-end, best when combined.

Markus Rom

Markus strums, samples and arpeggiates various instruments with Elephants On Tape, Lumat, and others. He also freelances as an audio designer and music teacher. His heart beats for krautesk grooves and unforeseen soundscapes in cross-genre contexts: sometimes lo-fi, sometimes high-end, best when combined.

Kat Loughrey Kat is a serious strategist to startups by day but by night, she lets her hair down to electronic beats and modern jazz / soul / world fusions in Berlin, Germany. Whether it's banging techno, melodic trance, soulful vocal house, or deep progressive grooves, she's into it - as long as it's quality and well-produced. Follow her on Twitter.

Kat Loughrey

Kat is a serious strategist to startups by day but by night, she lets her hair down to electronic beats and modern jazz / soul / world fusions in Berlin, Germany. Whether it's banging techno, melodic trance, soulful vocal house, or deep progressive grooves, she's into it - as long as it's quality and well-produced. Follow her on Twitter.

 
Paul Adler A classically trained musician, Paul can be found behind the drums or with a guitar in hand, playing with and writing for a handful of local bands when he's not working as a NYC-based copywriter. He maintains the dubious honor of having once been called a "real-life jerk" by the New York Post. Follow him on Twitter or Instagram.

Paul Adler

A classically trained musician, Paul can be found behind the drums or with a guitar in hand, playing with and writing for a handful of local bands when he's not working as a NYC-based copywriter. He maintains the dubious honor of having once been called a "real-life jerk" by the New York Post. Follow him on Twitter or Instagram.

 
Diana Puglio Diana has been an avid live music lover and festival goer for as long as she can remember. From indie rock to electronica pop to bluegrass to country, this Nashville transplant is a sucker for any feel-good jam. When she's not catching a show, you'll find her hiking or just chilling with Peanut, her awesome pup. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, or Soundcloud. 

Diana Puglio

Diana has been an avid live music lover and festival goer for as long as she can remember. From indie rock to electronica pop to bluegrass to country, this Nashville transplant is a sucker for any feel-good jam. When she's not catching a show, you'll find her hiking or just chilling with Peanut, her awesome pup. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, or Soundcloud

Stephanie Elkin Chill, lush tracks with just enough substance to have you nodding along without even realizing it. If you want "good vibes" sans all the pseudo-hippie nonsense, Stephanie has your back.

Stephanie Elkin

Chill, lush tracks with just enough substance to have you nodding along without even realizing it. If you want "good vibes" sans all the pseudo-hippie nonsense, Stephanie has your back.

 
Jesse Madsen Best new and reissued DIY punk. A grotesque daily indulgence of '77, pop, garage, post-punk, riot grrrl, killed by death, hardcore, and synth. Yeah yeah. Jesse's a dad and works on community development and fair housing so he can hit up merch tables.

Jesse Madsen

Best new and reissued DIY punk. A grotesque daily indulgence of '77, pop, garage, post-punk, riot grrrl, killed by death, hardcore, and synth. Yeah yeah. Jesse's a dad and works on community development and fair housing so he can hit up merch tables.

Becki Lee Becki once made a playlist of songs that mention cherry cola. She still remembers her first cassingle: "Are You Jimmy Ray?" by Jimmy Ray. Please don't judge her too harshly for that -- nowadays, she's more into indie pop, indie rock, synthpop, and literally anything by Joywave. Follow her on Twitter. 

Becki Lee

Becki once made a playlist of songs that mention cherry cola. She still remembers her first cassingle: "Are You Jimmy Ray?" by Jimmy Ray. Please don't judge her too harshly for that -- nowadays, she's more into indie pop, indie rock, synthpop, and literally anything by Joywave. Follow her on Twitter

 
Colby Black Colby's musical tastes were cemented watching Austin City Limits on PBS in the mid-80s. You're going to get a little blues, a little rock, a little country, and a little folk. He also has a soft spot for cover songs.

Colby Black

Colby's musical tastes were cemented watching Austin City Limits on PBS in the mid-80s. You're going to get a little blues, a little rock, a little country, and a little folk. He also has a soft spot for cover songs.

Matías Rodríguez Matías is a guitarist with the band Tropico Duclos. He shares dreamy, trippy music for headphones, lying down staring at the ceiling, riding the bus and isolate yourself from angry pedestrians when your cruising down the street.

Matías Rodríguez

Matías is a guitarist with the band Tropico Duclos. He shares dreamy, trippy music for headphones, lying down staring at the ceiling, riding the bus and isolate yourself from angry pedestrians when your cruising down the street.