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Chris Young, Editor-In-Chief & Founder
A journalist, editor and advocate of his local music community as a board member of MusicPortland, Chris is a native Portlander who's always finding ways to surround himself with beautiful noise and creativity. As a wide-eyed, industrious sixth grader, Chris devotedly caught his first concert at the Oregon State Fairgrounds where a shape-shifting, accordion-wielding, polka-playing comic set the live music bar high because, little Amlettes or not, the King of Parody (or “Suede”) doing his best imitation of the King of Pop will leave a lasting impression on a supple young mind. Follow him on Twitter @pdxnoise or contact him at chris [at] vrtxmag.com.
David Mosher, Publisher & Founder
Fueled by a lifelong love for music, David remembers spinning his parent’s 78s of The Nutcracker and Al Jolson at age 4. Next came Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley on the radio. In high school, he built his own guitar amp and caught EJD Enterprises concerts at the Salem Armory, discovering ‘60s acts like The James Gang, The Buckinghams and Paul Revere and The Raiders. He continued to play music while attending college and concerts in Eugene, earning a bachelor's degree in art at the University of Oregon. The early ‘70s saw David enjoying Stumptown’s music scene as he started Art Media, Portland’s favorite art supply stores, in 1974. After 37 years, David sold Art Media in 2011 and is now focused on reconnecting with Portland’s dynamic music scene.
Katey Trnka, Associate Editor
Katey is a graduate of Portland State University's master's program in publishing. During her second year in the program, she served as the editorial manager at Ooligan Press, the program's student-run trade publishing house. With Vortex, she combines her editorial skills with her love of music, which has roots in snooping through her sisters' cassette tapes in the early '90s and has only grown since then, even inspiring her to major in music during her undergraduate career. Contact her at katey [at] vrtxmag.com.
Ignacio Quintana, Social Media Strategist
Hailing all the way from Santiago, Chile, Ignacio moved to Portland in 2014, following his three great loves: beer, bridges and bands. Trained as an architect, Ignacio now does everything from building houses to building websites, and snapping some pictures in between. When he’s not shooting a concert, he can be found working at the online Chilean newspaper El Definido and on his social platform ChileArq, where architects, designers, photographers and the like can connect from around the world. Follow him on Instagram @ignacioquintana and on Twitter @ig_quintana.
Arthur Parker, Webmaster & Partner
A native of Hollywood, Ala., Arthur is a web developer by day and a musician by night. As a freelance web developer, he's mostly a PHP programmer. As a musician, he's a member of Love Gigantic, Chris Robley & the Fear of Heights, Little Professor and The Nowhere Band. Contact him at arthur [at] vrtxmag.com.
Sean Chamberlain, Account Executive
A queer artist born and residing in Portland, Sean is currently finishing up a BFA in intermedia and critical theory at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Their artistic practice largely focuses on identity construction, the ethics of digital selves, and nightlife performance. This work predominantly manifests through publication work, installation, video and performance, as well as being engaged through curatorial work and writing. They have exhibited at b10, Composition, GAK Space, First Brick and One Grand Gallery, and have performed in various nightclubs, both above and below ground. You can find them causing a ruckus on Instagram @seanchamberlain and at seanchamberlain.net. Contact them at sean [at] vrtxmag.com.
Joe Duquette, Account Executive & Photographer
After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill, Joe returned to his motherland and earned his master’s in audio production from Emerson College in Boston. From there, he spent a decade licensing music and photos in Los Angeles, and is thrilled to have recently immersed himself in the thriving Portland music scene. Joe is the consummate professional music appreciator—you’ll find him shooting local shows, digging through record crates, or fine-tuning playlists at home. Contact him at joe [at] vrtxmag.com.
Crystal Midkiff, Account Executive
A Portland native, local photographer and entrepreneur, Crystal's love of the Pacific Northwest started early. As a child, she went to small outdoor concerts with her parents and began enjoying the eclectic music scene. When not out and about listening to music, she enjoys the outdoors. On the weekends, Crystal and her family will often be out on the trails, no matter the weather. Always looking for the new and exciting, contact her at crystal [at] vrtxmag.com.
Steve Murray, Account Executive & Writer
Steve Murray is a rock and roll lifer who began his journey as a sixth grader with a cheap guitar, a particle board amp and two cassette decks—making demos for his first band at age 11. Steve’s ongoing obsession with music and sound has not waned, and his deep enthusiasm and infectious humor always make for a memorable experience in any audio-related scenario. In addition to playing in bands, producing records, spearheading unique shows, and writing about music, Steve co-hosted and engineered the No. 1 rated River City Juke Joint live radio program for nearly six years. These experiences built a set of skills for working well with all sorts of music makers. He perpetually preoccupies himself with the overarching question: "What do we need to do in order to make this great?" He looks forward to continuing to serve Vortex, its readers and its clients at the highest level possible. Contact him at steve [at] vrtxmag.com.
Amanda Richards, Account Executive
Amanda Richards is an award-winning songwriter, musician, actress and playwright who grew up in the Pacific Northwest and currently lives in SE Portland with her singing cat, Mincho, and non-singing snake, Lilith. Amanda is committed to community building in the local music and film industries, artistic expression, and making Portland weird again. Contact her at amanda [at] vrtxmag.com.
Matthew Zeltzer, Account Executive
Since his return to Portland in 2015, Matthew has expanded his work in the music community, engineering and producing records for Northwest artists, touring with his project The American West, and co-managing, producing and touring with MAITA. He is the street team lead for MusicPortland and definitely wants to talk to you about why musicians and the music industry in Portland need to stick together. He has a small pug/min pin named Frank that he adores and takes on every tour. Contact him at matthew [at] vrtxmag.com.
Skylor Powell, Community Outreach Coordinator
Skylor moved to Portland in 2009 from Colorado, largely drawn by the music scene. With a degree in psychology and 10 years of teaching yoga, she’s fascinated by what drives people to connect with one another. This passion is the foundation of her work with the Vortex Access Party. She's also currently working on a documentary called The Thread—follow along on Instagram @thethreadUS. Contact her at skylor [at] vrtxmag.com.