Musicians talk about their own work all the time, but they rarely get to talk about other people’s music. That’s what the Talkhouse is all about: smart, distinguished musicians from all genres and generations writing about the latest releases. And there’s a twist: the artist who’s being written about can respond to the piece. The idea is promote dialogue between musicians who may never have interacted otherwise, and for Talkhouse readers to have a ringside seat to this unique exchange.
Michael Azerrad, Editor-In-Chief
Talkhouse editor-in-chief Michael Azerrad is the author of Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 and Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana. He is a former contributing editor for Rolling Stone and wrote countless pieces for the magazine, wrote for MTV News, was the founding editor-in-chief of eMusic, and has written features for the New Yorker, Spin, Mojo, the New York Times, and many others. He has written liner notes for musicians such as Paul McCartney, Gang of Four, and Miles Davis. A musician himself, Azerrad was the drummer of the King of France, the Macaroons and the Leevees, recording albums and touring the U.S. with each. He has spoken at music conventions around the world, is a producer of the award-winning 2006 documentary Kurt Cobain About a Son, which was based on his interview tapes with the late Nirvana leader, and was the editor of See a Little Light, the acclaimed autobiography of American punk icon Bob Mould. You can follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/michaelazerrad
Michael Tedder, Managing Editor
Michael Tedder has written for the Village Voice, Spin, Salon, the New Republic, the Orlando Sentinel, the AV Club, NBC, Buzzfeed and quite a few other places. He has done cover stories for the Orlando Weekly and Paste, and was also the Managing Editor of CMJ. His second concert was Nine Inch Nails. His first concert was MC Hammer. He received his MFA from NYU. You can read his work here and follow him on Twitter here.
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.
Shira Knishkowy, Publicity
Shira Knishkowy is a Connecticut native and graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall and Wesleyan University. She started her music industry career following in the footsteps of many aspiring music executives before her: in the William Morris mailroom. She left the agency world to try her hand at music publicity, landing at Big Hassle Media, where she worked with artists including Gillian Welch, Ben Folds Five, Dawes, Say Anything, and Blake Mills. She joined the Partisan Records/Figure Eight Media team as Director of Publicity in 2013 and handles campaigns for the Talkhouse, as well as artists including Deer Tick, the Dismemberment Plan, Eagulls, Pure Bathing Culture and Sylvan Esso.