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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.


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.


Photo by: Ian Maikisch

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

“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


Eliza Photo

Charlie Daffron (Gainesville, FL): 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.

Hope Ankney (Atlanta, GA): Staff Writer / Opinion 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).



Jeremy McGuire (Gainesville, FL): Staff Photographer / Quick Hits


Billy Cross (Gainesville, FL): The Reel Watchers Society


Natu Tweh (Gainesville, FL): LVL Travels


Hi I’m your resident African.

I am a lover of many things: martial arts, DDR, porters and other kinds of beer, the peanut sauce from PDQ, chicken wings, ramen, Liberia, the hot sauce from the Wizard of Odd, oxtail and onions, and most importantly music.

Oodles and oodles of genres have flown through my life. From Nigerian highlife and funk to hip-hop and “Russian Turbo Polka Metal” as coined by Russkaja.

Music has opened up numerous paths for me, and has given me a community that I can freely express myself in. Strangely enough, this community was opened up to me by friends I made in my improv club during my freshman year of college!

I didn’t even know there was a deep music culture in Gainesville. Once my friends told me about The Fest, that was it. I wanted to get involved, and Lvl To The Room has given me that opportunity.

I’m not hard to miss, I’m always wearing my Liberian and Ghanaian necklaces! Say hi, pop a squat and lets talk for hours.



Connor Hayes (Gainesville, FL): Photographer / Writer


Vic Abreu (Gainesville, FL): LVL To The Road

Free-Lance Contributors:

  • Jeremy Scott                                    (Valdosta, GA)
  • Benjamin Saunders                       (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Thrin Diesel                                    (Tallahassee, FL)
  • Gabrielle Calise                              (Tampa, FL)
  • Tyler Francischine                       (Gainesville, FL)
  • Anika Huda                                    (Gainesville, FL)
  • Chris Day                                        (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 Fowler                             (Gainesville, FL)
  • Kayla Surico                                    (Orlando, FL)
  • Chase Bauduin                               (Orlando, FL)