Artists talk about their own work all the time, but they rarely get to talk about other people’s work. That’s what the Talkhouse is all about: smart, distinguished artists from the worlds of music and film, of all genres and generations, writing about the latest releases. And there’s a twist: the artist who’s being written about is encouraged to respond to the piece. The idea is to promote dialogue between creators who may never have interacted otherwise. Talkhouse readers can have a ringside seat to this unique exchange, or they can join the conversation too, in our moderated comments section.
Nick Dawson, Editor-in-chief, Talkhouse Film & TV
Nick Dawson is the author of the 2009 book Being Hal Ashby: Life of a Hollywood Rebel, the first biography of Hal Ashby, and he edited Hal Ashby: Interviews and Dennis Hopper: Interviews for University Press of Mississippi’s “Conversations with Filmmakers” series. His audio commentary can be heard on the Criterion Collection’s disc of Ashby’s Harold and Maude. Dawson was formerly the Managing Editor at Filmmaker magazine and Associate Editor at the Focus Features website. Born and raised in Scotland, he now lives in Brooklyn with his wife, daughter and three cats. He is arguably best known for being hospitalized at Sundance 2013 with kidney stones.
Brenna Ehrlich, Editor-in-chief, Talkhouse Music
Talkhouse Music editor-in-chief Brenna Ehrlich is the founder of the small press/label for weird teens, All Ages Press. She previously served as senior pop editor for MTV News, editor for MTV Hive, associate editor of media and entertainment at Mashable, and columnist for CNN. Her first book was Stuff Hipsters Hate: A Field Guide to the Passionate Opinions of the Indifferent, so it makes sense that she lives in Brooklyn with three cats and spends her weekends trying not to die in moshpits. Brenna also plays drums and sings in the band Medium Mystic.
Dave Lucas, Marketing
Dave Lucas is a native Chicagoan, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a lifelong guitar obsessive. After a (not so) brief stint walking dogs, Dave moved on to hold marketing positions in music with guitar pedal manufacturer Electro Harmonix and Google.
Elia Einhorn, Producer and Engineer, Talkhouse Podcasts
Elia Einhorn is the frontman of the critically acclaimed indie-punk band the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir (Bloodshot Records) and songwriter/producer for the new collaborations-based project Fashion Brigade. His songs have appeared on numerous TV shows, including Gossip Girl and The O.C., and on networks such as Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. He is also a Musical Director at the non-profit youth theater program the Possibility Project, where he helps teenagers from all five boroughs of New York City create full-length musicals about their lives. As a musician, Elia has toured America more times than he cares to count, and now lives in Brooklyn with his wife Amy, his collection of original Smiths vinyl, and a closet full of Morrissey t-shirts.
Nils Bernstein, Publicity
Nils Bernstein is a longtime music publicist who ushered in the grunge years at Sub Pop before working at Matador Records for almost 20 years. He was also, very briefly, one of the early VJs on M2 (now MTV2). He is also an avid chef with particular passion for Mexico, and writes about food, drink, and travel for such publications as Wine Enthusiast, Bon Appétit, Epicurious, Men’s Journal, and Men’s Fitness.
Adrianne De Loia, Creative Director
Creative Director Adrianne De Loia has a portfolio spanning New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, including design for websites, consumer packaged goods, branding, logos, mobile apps and more. Her current clients include Amazon, Zynga and a recent brand and package redesign for Hourglass Cosmetics. Adrianne previously served as Creative Director for digital music retailer eMusic, where she designed the brand experience (ID+), including a collaboration with the late web designer, author and filmmaker, Hillman Curtis. Adrianne also built eMusic’s internal design team to handle email and direct marketing needs. Earlier, she held senior design positions with R/GA and Sapient, creating work for clients such as Bank of America and Nissan Infiniti. Adrianne’s work has been recognized by Print Magazine, the London International Awards, the Typography Design Book, the Pictoplasma Design Book and the Western Publishing Association MAGGIE Awards. She holds a BA in Fine Arts from University of Southern California and participated in the AIGA Business Perspectives for Design Leaders summer program at Harvard University.
Contributing Writers, Talkhouse Music