About

Thank you for visiting.

Lindsy Carrasquillo (Gainesville, FL): Content Manager & Staff Editor 

As a Gainesville native (well, technically, I lived in Orlando until I was 6), I’ve been going to shows here since I was 13. I first picked up a camera in late 2013 and began writing about music the following year. After photographing various shows in both Gainesville and Orlando, I began to focus on local bands in 2016. In the past, I’ve interviewed and written about various artists for several different online publications and music magazines but I think it’s extremely important to bring exposure to Gainesville’s local scene. Living here for so long, I’ve loved being able to see how the scene has changed as well as how honest and hardworking every one is. While I listen to a variety of music, I’ll always have a soft spot for music from the early 2000’s as well as 80’s pop. Some of my favorite artists currently are Prince Daddy & The Hyena, Ratboys and Flipturn.

I currently do all the behind the scenes work on Lvl (placing articles, running social media accounts, you name it.) If you have something Lvl related, feel free to email me – lvltotheroom@gmail.com

The site mostly focuses on bands from Florida and across the US but we’re open to music from anywhere. Most of our show reviews and interviews will be with local Gainesville bands, or touring bands that are playing in the city but we also publish whatever we find interest in so feel free to reach out to us!

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Photo by Gabrielle Calise


Ian Maikisch (Gainesville, FL): Founder & Site-manager

My name is Ian Maikisch. In the past, I have worked as a publicist, A&R representative and owned a record label. I also play several instruments including: guitar, mandolin, bass, piano, banjo and sing. I also have experience recording, mixing and producing music in a studio environment.

Working in the music industry for almost 6 years now, I have learned a lot about how bands go about contacting blogs and other publications. I have solidified both national and international press, as well as radio play for bands. So if you are going to contact me, please be professional about it. Email is always the best way. Please make sure you have a professional looking press kit including: links to your music, a photo that is post ready, and a biography of the band as well as the music you want me to review.

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Photo by: Kayla Surico


Graham Johnson (Denver, CO): Founder & Site Manager

To be quite honest, I really hate talking about myself. It isn’t the type of thing I’m good at. But, for the most part, I like to write about bands and videos that bands make, shows, festivals, and things of that nature. Anything and everything that I choose to surround myself with is rooted firmly in music. While I will not attempt to convince you that the universe would not exist if not for music, I do sincerely believe that it wouldn’t be nearly as interesting. The idea that all life is fundamentally connected through this universal language is what motivates me to continue doing my best to bring amazing music to light. At times, I choose to create music of my own in translation of false hopes and missteps along the way. Either way, hope you guys enjoy the blog. Peace.

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Photo by: Ian Maikisch


Eliza Goldstein (Gainesville, FL): Head of Video Production & Staff Photographer

“The phrase ‘when Eliza gets something done on time’ is considered to be a modern adynaton, a figure of speech in the form of hyperbole taken to such extreme lengths as to insinuate a complete impossibility. Other examples of adynata are ‘when pigs fly’ and ‘when Hell freezes over.’” -OxfordDictionaries.com

“you’re banned from Riot Fest” -Riot Fest

“A pleasure to have in class. Needs to turn in work on time.” -Multiple sources

“Calling her ‘Liza’ is fine.”-The Washington Post

“Every member of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard is [Eliza Goldstein] just wearing different costumes.”-Dave Johnson, Manager- Locochino, SYZYGY

 

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Charlie Daffron (Gainesville, FL): Staff Writer & Fest 17 Content Coordinator

My name is Charlie Daffron and I hope to one day be able to write a bio as great as Eliza’s.

Anyway, to say I love music would be an understatement. I’m the type of guy that makes Spotify playlists with several thousand songs. Since coming to Gainesville, I’ve tried to get as involved in the music scene as possible. I saw my first show here (PEARS at Fest 15), and since then I’ve been to so many awesome local shows and seen so many amazing bands I’ve lost count. You’ll probably see me around town wearing a random band t-shirt or in the mosh pit at a punk show.
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Hope Ankney (Atlanta, GA): Staff Writer

Being the only one not rooted in Florida, I try to bring fresh ideas, perspectives, and local bands from around the greater Atlanta area to the site. I’ve been going to concerts in and around Georgia since I was 10 years old (I now dub it “The Gig Life”), and have grown a greater appreciation for the atmosphere and the music each time I attend a show. I first became interested in working in the music industry in 2012 when I experienced my first Warped tour and created a promotional video for the lineup. Since then, I’ve worked as an on-air radio personality, community and pop culture news director, an entertainment social media marketer, and a music journalist/interviewer for local news publications. I’ve always been a writer, but I never thought I would be able to write coherently about music until I gave it a try. Now, I genuinely enjoy writing up music reviews and expressing my love for all aspects that go into a musician’s art, especially being surrounded by a staff that shares the same hard-working attitude and enthusiasm for music as I do.

I find it important to highlight local scenes because their output and ever-changing musicality is the future of music. There’s an eclectic, hodge-podge of genres that stem from a local scene which I find to be a vital part of its distinction.
I’m currently studying to get my Bachelor’s in Media Studies with a concentration in pop culture and a Master’s in American Media and Pop Culture. I’m open to most genres of music, but my main gang is 80’s new wave and glam rock, 90’s alternative, early 2000’s pop, and every boyband imaginable (I have a tattoo for a boyband member. Try me).

 

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Jeremy McGuire (Gainesville, FL): Staff Photographer

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Past and Free-Lance Contributors:

  • Jeremy Scott                                    (Valdosta, GA)
  • Benjamin Saunders                       (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Thrin Diesel                                    (Tallahassee, FL)
  • Gabrielle Calise                              (Tampa, FL)
  • Tyler Francischine                       (Gainesville, FL)
  • Kelsa Ross                                      (Gainesville, FL)
  • Kevin Renard                                (Gainesville, FL)
  • Kevin Hillary                                 (Gainesville, FL)
  • Marshall Prose                              (Gainesville, FL)
  • Daniel Villamil                               (Gainesville, FL)
  • Dave Johnson                                  (Gainesville, FL)
  • Matthew Folwer                             (Gainesville, FL)
  • Vic Abreu                                         (Gainesville, FL)
  • Natu Tweh                                       (Gainesville, FL)
  • Kayla Surico                                    (Orlando, FL)
  • Chase Bauduin                               (Orlando, FL)
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