Michelle Ellen is a freelance writer and editor. Born and raised in the state of Washington, she wrote and studied music for years before combining the two as a career.
As a freelance writer, Michelle covers music news, interviews, album reviews and show reviews for artists of all different genres. Her writing has been featured on Examiner.com, AXS.com, and the blog for Seattle-area radio station KLCK, Click 98.9. She has also provided reviews and writing services for Mapquest and the mobile app HeyLets.
In 2010 she founded Editing By ME, an editorial company providing editing and proofreading services for independent authors and publishing houses. She helps clients hone their voice and creative vision through their writing, and the majority of these works are now available through major retailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Growing up Michelle played classical and jazz music while simultaneously creating mix tapes for friends that consisted of rock, pop, hip hop and country. She became notorious among friends and family as the girl who listened to bands that no one else had heard ofbefore. These days Michelle is married with two kids and divides her time between family life in suburbia and hanging out in the live music scene. She still listens to bands that none of her friends have heard of before.
Raised in central Wisconsin, I felt like I had found home when I moved to Seattle in 2006. I was immediately captivated by the local music community and love discovering new and old music by the talented artists in the PNW. I also really really like baby goats and am a sucker for cheese.
Alicia is a Midwest transplant who loves Seattle but misses thunderstorms. Her musical obsessions began when her coolest aunt gave her a copy of K-Tel’s Rock 80 album for Christmas when she was 7. She spent many years studying piano and voice, but the force of rock and roll won, so while she still sings in a local chorale, her true musical passions lie more with The Beatles than with Beethoven.
When she’s not working at her job in HR, she can be found singing bad pop songs at the top of her lungs … although sometimes she does that at work, too.
Brent Stavig was a born and raised in Washington State. When he wasn’t busy tying up his neighbor’s Barbie dolls and placing them on the railroad tracks he was subversely being drawn into the world of rock and roll by his hippie parents. From the time his mother gave him a copy of “Cosmo’s Factory” for his eighth birthday he was enamored with rock magazines, electric guitars, and bell-bottoms.
He formed his first band when he was fourteen and spent the summer of ’76 trying to figure out how to play “Year of the Cat” on his twenty-five-dollar Kingston electric guitar. More bands followed, and soon after discovering the joy of punk rock Brent packed up his meager belongings and hailed a Greyhound bus to New York City to see what the fuss was all about.
After spending seventeen years playing in bands in NYC during the great 80’s and 90’s Brent decided to move back to Seattle to see why everyone was complaining about everyone else. Now he’s an edgy corporate guy who still wears his love for rock and roll on his Brooks Brothers sleeve, and who enjoys keeping up with the latest trends in music and angst.
Isaac Kaplan-Woolner is a live music fanatic and radio nerd living in Seattle. When he’s not attending concerts, he works as an assistant producer for the public radio show Travel with Rick Steves. He also volunteers and occasionally moonlights at KEXP Radio, and serves on the board of directors for the nonprofit Fremont Abbey Arts Center.
He got his start in radio with a punk show at the tiny 10 watt station WNMH at his highschool in Northfield, MA, then in college volunteered at KBOO radio in Portland, OR, before landing a job as a DJ and news producer at KOHO Radio in Leavenworth, WA. Isaac collects vinyl, gig posters, ticket stubs, and ukuleles. The first CD he bought with his own money (when he was 11) was a used copy of Public Enemy’s Fear of a Black Planet. These days he listens to all sorts of music, though he still has that Public Enemy CD somewhere.
Ian Cunningham is often described as either an old-soul or the most crotchety twenty-something you’ll ever meet (depending on the source), Ian holds a critical eye for modern music. Idolizing Keith Richards, Warren Zevon, and Lester Bangs, his musical preferences thrive decades prior to those of his peers.
Raised in Portland, OR, he moved to Seattle in 2012 to continue drumming for the indie surf band Faire du Surf as well as to pursue an English degree from the University of Washington. Though the band has since dissolved, he is the current drummer and manager for The Mama Rags.
In what little free time he has, Ian is a die-hard Seahawks fan and an avid record collector; his favorite album being Those Shocking Shaking Days. This October, he will be the proud father of a baby boy.
You can contact Ian at: email@example.com
Matthew Lamb is a Music and Sports Photographer from Seattle, WA. He enjoys the fast and changing pace of my subjects while creating a lasting image. He has the pleasure of shooting for the KeyArena, LiveNation, and as the festival photographer for Sasquatch! Music Festival and Watershed Music Festival held at The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA. When not shooting music, he can be found on the field capturing the action at NFL games or on the boards shooting college Basketball.
Mat Hayward is an accomplished music photographer. His work is featured on Seattle radio’s 107.7 The End. Anyone that is attending a major festival or concert in the Puget Sound area can be sure to see Mat right up front shooting away. Mat’s great eye, professional approach and friendly demeanor has earned him a great reputation within the music community.
Mat has the ability to capture amazing musical moments and put his own unique stamp on every photo that he publishes.
Check out some of Mat’s work here.
Dan Rogers is an up-and-comer in Seattle concert photography. In the mid 90’s Dan was a Light and Video Technician for local artists; however, his passion for music and capturing the moment was put on hold to raise his son.
In 2010 Dan reignited his passion by plunging into concert photography. He has since had great opportunities photographing shows on behalf of KNDD 107.7 TheEnd and Back Beat Seattle. Social Distortion, Anthrax, and Garbage are just a few of the bands Dan has been able to cross off his photo bucket list.
Dan views being behind the lens as an honor; taking a memory, freezing it in time and capturing the essence of the experience. These are once in a lifetime experiences we live for, memory alone will not suffice.
Dan is thrilled to join the team at Seattle Music Insider as a contributing photographer.
You can see some of Dan’s photo work here.
Hanna Stevens is a musician and photographer from Indianola, WA who now lives, works, and plays in Seattle. Music and photography create the framework for Hanna’s life. Her intention is to create community through music and art, and she is thankful for the chance to do so for SMI.
Bill Bungard is a free lance photographer who is moved to capture the essence of beauty of the moment. His love for photography helps him convey his visual art by constructing a bridge so that others can see through his eye. Bills affection for the outdoors and live music reflects in his work and is considered and up and coming artist in the local community.
Bill is the official photographer for Maurice The Fish Records, SweatBox Entertainment, Kim Archer and Russ Parish’s Tin Man. Bill has also captured Van Halen, Robert Cray, The B-52’s, Styx, Steve Lynch, and hundreds of other local artists and touring bands.
His images have been published in the Tacoma Weekly and nationally in SHURE Mic Newsletters, musician websites and several promotional posters.
Bill will help cover the many great live events around the Northwest for SMI.
You can check out more of his work at: http://billbungard.com/
Alex Crick is a Seattle based freelance photographer specializing in music photography. His interest in photography began as a school project in the early-90′s, when he also attended many live music shows. Eventually, he combined these two interests by conveying the power and excitement of live music through the eye of the camera. Over the years, he’s traveled all over the country photographing live musical acts. You can find samples of his work in SPIN, Billboard, Esquire.
View his work here
A photographer, writer, and video blogger with a passion for live music – especially the local scene. She recently moved to Seattle after commuting from Gig Harbor for shows an average of once a week for five years, so she’s happy to not have to drive as much and photograph even more concerts!
When she’s not elbowing her way up to the front row at a show or sorting through thousands of photos of those shows, Abby also does freelance wedding photography, all the while cultivating a decent-sized following on YouTube.
Abby has contributed to several music blogs over the last five years (and she’s really excited to join the SMI team!), and has been published in at least one album booklet for the band, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. She would like people to know that while music photography and writing is a huge passion in her life – she is a fan first, photographer second.
You can find more of her work at http://abbywilliamson.com or http://flickr.com/abbigshmail
Michael Profitt is one of the premier Concert Photographers in Seattle. Michael first appeared on the scene in 2005. He quickly became the photographer of choice for many of the top local musicians. In 2006 he became Editor of Photography for Disheveled Magazine. During this time he was shooting 6 nights a week and developed a style that allowed others to see music without hearing it.
His photography can be seen on the side of WAMU Theater, print advertisements for TAMA, featured on “LA Ink”, in the pages of “US Weekly” and countless web pages including 99.9 KISW, 100.7 The Wolf, 103.7 The Mountain and 107.7 The End. Currently Michael is the Director of Photography at Jet City Stream.com” It is my belief that everyone is a photographer!! That’s just reality.
Some of the best photographs have been taken accidentally with a point/click camera. It’s when your able to intentionally and consistently capture images true to the moment that you become a Visual Historian.”
Jerry and Lois Levin, don’t just take photos, they capture magic music moments.
When it comes to photographing the spirit of a performance and magic of a moment, no one does it much better than Jerry & Lois Levin. This dynamic duo has photographed some go the biggest classic rock heavyweights in the world. Their portfolio includes the likes of Roger Daltrey of The Who, Yes, Jethro Tull, Styx, Heart, Peter Frampton and a lot more.
If a picture says a thousand words then Jerry & Lois can write the equivalent of a dictionary with their stunning work. Jerry and Lois have been a valuable contributor to SMI from the very beginning. Their photos have been used in several headline photos and photo slide shows for several pieces for examiner.com and Seattlemusicinsider.com, including Synergia Northwest 2010 and 2012.