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Team VRTX

  • Mac Smiff

    Mac Smiff, Guest Editor

    Mac Smiff is a longtime journalist focused on Northwest music and hip-hop culture for outlets such as The Oregonian, Portland Mercury, Vortex Music Magazine and his own vehicle, We Out Here Magazine. A professional problem solver, his hobbies include gardening, activism and raising children who understand basketball analogies.

  • Blake Hickman

    Blake Hickman, Managing Editor

    Blake Hickman is a native Portlander and has been active in the music scene since 2013. He is the co-founder of Good Cheer Records and The Thesis. He has booked shows at Portland venues ranging from the Crystal Ballroom to the Portland Spirit. He's been a radio host on KPSU and XRAY.fm and written about music for Willamette Week. His dream is to publish a series of essays about the members of New Edition. Follow him on Twitter @BlakeOnWax or contact him at Loading....

  • Katey Trnka

    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 Loading....

  • Bruna Cucolo

    Bruna Cucolo, Editorial Assistant

    Moving from a large city in Brazil to a small town in Oregon at a young age, Bruna dreamed of living in Portland. Now, as a Portland State University student, she is creating her own academic path and aspires to be a music journalist. Music has always been there for her, and her happy place is concerts. (She’s gone to too many to count.) Bruna’s other love is writing, and she takes pleasure in creating articles on music she enjoys, which makes up a large collection of vinyl, cassette tapes and CDs. Contact her at Loading....

  • Bren Swogger

    Bren Swogger, Editorial Assistant & Writer

    A Journalism major at Pacific University, Bren Swogger grew up with a passion for music. In 2013, they founded their own blog, indie/alt, and have since attended more than 200 shows. They continue to contribute live show reviews and have interviewed artists from the Northwest to the UK. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram @indiealtpdx or contact them at Loading....

  • Arthur Parker

    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 Loading....

  • Olivia Hunt

    Olivia Hunt, Account Executive

    Olivia is a California native who recently moved to Portland after years of thoughtful planning. She has a degree in communications and media studies with an emphasis in journalism and film. Growing up with both parents involved in creative fields, Olivia's curiosity for alternative culture began at a young age. Working alongside a cohort of musicians and artists to promote events for the DIY community has driven her for several years. Her experience includes two years as the opinion editor for her university-run paper, social media management and event planning. Contact her at Loading....

  • Chris Young

    Chris Young, 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.

  • David Mosher

    David Mosher, 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.