Meet the Collective
Founder & writer
Parisa has been passionate about music journalism since she began working at the University of Arizona radio station, KAMP Student Radio, and wanted to continue in this field ever since. She wrote her undergraduate thesis on the intrinsic vs. extrinsic reasons for developing music tastes. Currently, she guest DJs at KXCI and works at a local record shop and independent art house cinema. She also enjoys The Simpsons, coconut water, and visiting her 600 potbelly pig friends at the Ironwood Pig Sanctuary.
Editor & writer
Greg found a love for music and writing in a non-traditional high school class, which turned him on to Sonic Youth, the No Wave movement, and automatic writing. Through the University of Arizona's interdisciplinary program and Arizona Student Media, he developed a voice in personal essays and radio shows. These days, he writes reviews and volunteers for KXCI Community Radio in Tucson. A native to Tucson, he digs rainy hikes, collecting Q&As with locals, skateboarding downtown, and extremely bitter beers.
Editor & writer
Adam lives in Tucson, AZ. He has worked in college radio since he was a young’n, and he has written about music for some blogs here and there. In 2014, he gave a paper on ethnographic film at the American Popular Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, NM. Later that same year, he interviewed tiny pop star Brittany Smooch before she opened for Aaron Carter. Adam has spent 2015 traveling to exotic locations, listening to Kendrick Lamar, and working an office job. He enjoys pizza and booze. He’s just a person!
Daniel is a graduate of the University of Arizona in Chemical Engineering. Two-time jazz music director and one-time head music director at KAMP Student Radio, he finds it in his interests to jam to the rhythm of the world at all times. He currently works on an advanced degree in chemical engineering at MIT, and is forever in pursuit of a jazzier world for all. A few of his favorite things are boots, sriracha, jazz, and coffee.
André has a passion for hip-hop, emo, and all things Joanna Newsom. He currently studies Psychology and French and serves as the General Manager of KAMP Student Radio at the University of Arizona. He has also a strong interest in shoes, vinyl, his hometown of Kansas City, as well as arguing the existence of time.
artist & Writer
Alex Lopez was raised on the likes of The Beatles, ABBA, Marvin Gaye, and Selena, and later gravitated towards punk and metal early in his teen years. His love of all music carried over to his studies at the University of Arizona, where he became heavily involved in KAMP Student Radio and served as Metal Music Director for two years. Upon completing his degree in Environmental Science, he returned home to the San Francisco Bay Area to work as an environmental consultant. In his free time, Alex enjoys exercising, trying to snowboard, and waking up way too early on the weekends to cheer on his favorite English soccer team, Tottenham Hotspur.
Born in Hawaii and raised in Tucson, Raymond's love of music goes back to age 8, when he got his first guitar. Since then, he's played with multiple bands around Tucson and developed a taste for a wide range of artists and genres, from hip-hop to Hawaiian slack-key guitar. After graduating from the University of Arizona in 2015, he moved to Seattle to pursue a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Washington, where he studies sleep and circadian rhythms. In his spare time, he digs going to shows, playing music, writing, eating poke bowls and downing coffee and craft beer to fight seasonal affective disorder.
Jeremy has a passion for music and photography and happened to find the perfect intersection of the two doing concert photography while working at KAMP Student Radio. He now lives up in Seattle which provides an abundant amount of opportunities to see and capture live music. During the day, he works as a software engineer which also serves as 8 hours to listen to all the newest albums. On the side, Jeremy enjoys plants, rock climbing, and eating Thai food on Thursdays with his buds.
Melanie found her passion for all sorts of music while working at KAMP Student Radio, and continues writing about music and many other things today. She's a diehard garage punk babe, but will give anything a listen. Melanie recently left Tucson for New York to pursue a career in music management, as well as fulfill her Sex and the City/Seinfeld fantasies. She enjoys oversized cocktails, oversized hats, hilarious tweets, and imagining what a Drake/Ty Segall collab would sound like.
Michael Barnett grew up in the suburbs of Massachusetts. He studied Creative Writing at the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico. Since 2010 he’s lived in Tucson where he devotes his time to writing music, recording music and performing music. He enjoys samurai movies, spearmint gum and writing about himself in the third person.
Writer & social media manager
Ronny Kerr is a writer born, raised, and living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Thanks to his parents’ good taste, he grew up on Motown and Bob Dylan, and has since expanded his ears in all directions. At Pomona College, he hosted electronic and classical radio shows on the campus station, KSPC 88.7 FM. Today, he plays drums, bass, and even spins disco records from time to time. After spending most of 2015 marching to the rhythm of his own beat (walking coast-to-coast across America from New York to San Francisco), he has settled back into the city by the bay.
Andrej has been passionate about music ever since his dad showed him Deep Purple in 5th grade. Much to the dismay of Papa Simeunovic, Deep Purple was soon replaced with the likes of Slayer and Cannibal Corpse, and Andrej has not looked back since. Today he is a fervent fan of all things metal, jazz, hip-hop, funk, soul, and anything “dope”. Currently, Andrej gets turnt in the greater Miami area and works full time in biomedical engineering. He also enjoys Christopher Hitchens novels, Nutella, all dogs except for certain ones (they know who they are), and traveling.
Sieya is a native Virginian who currently resides in Los Angeles, California. As a child, her father exposed her to the blues, funk, and Motown, and she has been passionate about music ever since. Growing up, she spent her time primarily writing poetry and fiction, but a History of Hip-Hop class at the College of William and Mary is what helped turn her on to music journalism. She currently works at an ad agency but spends her free time going to shows, playing beach volleyball, writing poetry, and defending Kanye West.
Artist & Photographer
Michael currently resides in Chicago, IL where he spends his time creating wire-wrapped jewelry and attending as many shows and festivals as he can. He uses music to drive his inspiration for the artwork he creates for Trial and Error Collective, including the website banners and zine inserts.
Brittne is an award-winning journalist, writing for National Geographic, Vice Magazine and Better Homes & Gardens. Despite Brittne’s esteemed career, she has since retired to enjoy the company of her three parrots and delve into her new hobby of crafting gourmet carrot cake. Coming out of retirement to contribute to the Trial and Error Collective was not a hard decision. Brittne leads her life by trial and error so it seemed a natural fit. Brittne is excited to contribute and share within this collective and feels her musings here may be some of her best-published work.
Joanna was born and raised in NYC and went to undergrad at the U of A (go KAMP!). Apart from her love of music, she’s interested in getting certifications in an infinite list of random things + is overly passionate about graphic tees, paper goods, coffee, surf + skate culture, and creative movement.