Staff

Adam Lewis

Co-Founder

One of Planetary’s founding members, Adam Lewis has demonstrated commitment to music promotion from the get-go. While at college, Adam acted as the Chairman of the Activities Board, as well as the Music Director & Arts Editor of the radio station and newspaper. Adam also produced and promoted an independent EP, which charted on CMJ for 9 weeks.

The Summer of 1990 found Adam with yet another task — tour managing the Aquanettas (IRS) on their North American tour opening for Nine Inch Nails and Meat Beat Manifesto. Upon graduating he worked for Harris Goldberg at Concert Ideas in Woodstock, NY, and opened a satellite office of Concert Ideas here in Boston. In between the move from Woodstock to Boston, Adam hit the road again — this time as Tour Manager for Alien Sex Fiend (Mechanic).

So, what’s Adam been up to these days? Besides leading Planetary into the new millennium, he spent five years as the New England Sales Manager for TVT Records, where he played an integral part in the promotion of such acts as Sevendust, Guided By Voices, and Snoop Doggy Dogg. Adam also does all of the publicity, promotion, and media buying for Great Northeast Productions. Great Northeast produces over 50 (club level to stadium-sized) shows a year throughout New England. They have also been responsible for all of the large-scale Phish shows for the last few years, including The Clifford Ball, The Great Went, Lemonwheel, Oswego, It, Coventry, and the 2000 New Year’s Eve show in Florida, which was the largest millennium rock show in the world. For several years, Adam also managed Blackbird/Atlantic recording artists, Angry Salad.

Chris Davies

Co-Founder

Chris Davies, while still in high school and a rookie in the business, managed bands such as The Disturbed and Blues Traveler. In college, Chris worked as the Assistant to the Music Director of the University of Rhode Island’s WRIU, as well as acting as an independent concert promoter. In Boston, while working with local juice heroes Tom and Tom of Nantucket Nectars, Chris submerged himself in the local music scene. In joining forces with Adam and Concert Ideas he directed the founding of Planetary. Now Chris directs Planetary’s general Business affairs as well as being the General Manager of the Radio Promotion Dept. He is also instrumental in Planetary’s Commercial & Specialty show promotion.

Dany Sloan

Online / Print PR

Getting his start in college radio at WXAC while still a high school student, Dany immersed himself in music by holding down a DJ slot and interviewing bands for his zine. In college, he quickly took the reins as music director at WCUR and then as an intern at AAM. He has also seen time writing reviews and interviews for Pitchfork, Rockpile, Rocket Fuel and Prefix.

Since joining the company in 2005, Dany has been part of the college and commercial department, spoke on a number of panels, travelled to several international conferences, and been nominated for two CMJ college radio awards. In 2008, he relocated to our Los Angeles office to run the Print and Digital PR department. Dany will always be a die-hard Philly sports fan, and as well, he enjoys travelling, his music blog Exitfare, his sports blog The Sound of Philly, and the Arsenal football club. A part of him wishes he were in London.

He will be a married man come May 30th, 2010.

Lauren Fenner

Online / Print PR

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Lauren never thought a career in the music industry would be possible since she couldn’t play an instrument to save her life or carry a tune in a bucket. Little did she know that there are about a million other jobs in the field besides being a rockstar. Lauren got her first taste of the music business while she was attending Northeastern University in Boston, MA and took on an internship at Rounder Records as the assistant to the national promotions representative. While this may sound fancy, she spent most of her time listening to her boss talk about the good old days of the punk rock scene. After that crash course in tour promotion, she found herself at Planetary Group on another internship with their radio department. Six months later when her school required time was up, she was having too much fun stuffing mailers to call it quits and decided to continue working part-time for Planetary during her remaining months in Boston.

After graduation and a brief stint of living back home, Lauren decided to pack up her life and relocate to the west coast. With no set game plan, she thought she was embarking on an exciting, new chapter of life, but without any kind of job, place to live, or idea of how to navigate the many freeways of LA, reality quickly sunk in. Luckily, she managed to snag a job at Creative Artist Agency where she bounced around the music department until she finally landed as an assistant. Big agency life was not a life for Lauren, so when the opportunity to return to her roots at Planetary in the LA office, she jumped at it. One day Lauren hopes to be Jay-Z’s tour manager, but for now is super stoked to be a part of Planetary’s publicity department. Most weekends you can find Lauren at her second home, Las Vegas, but when she’s not busy betting it all, she enjoys cruising the beach for tattooed dudes and watching her favorite Pittsburgh sports teams.

Kelsea Olivia

Online / Print PR

Kelsea’s career in music began when she attempted to go to college and study psychology and realized that becoming a counselor would not be as fun as working in the music industry. She got her first taste of working in music by interning and then getting hired at The Militia Group record label in Orange County. She had the time of her life and decided that working with bands and great music was what she wanted to do forever and ever.

After putting in a good amount of time working in New Media at The Militia Group Kelsea decided it was time to move on to Los Angeles and spread her wings at Warner Brothers Records. It only took a short time for her to realize that the major label world wasn’t for her so she ventured to another indie label and spent two years there doing marketing and A&R. While all of these actual “jobs” in the industry taught her a lot she actually found that she could learn more by doing what she loved most… which was going out at night and seeing great shows, becoming friends with amazing artists and helping them promote their great music.

By becoming a part of Hell Ya! (an LA based, mostly all women in the industry promo brand / record label) she really started the learn the ropes in the city on how to book shows, a&r scouting, promoting bands and making meaningful networking relationships.

With the help of the lovely ladies at Hell Ya! Kelsea got connected to the wonderful Planetary Group and Future Sounds and joined the family as a part of their New Media Team in late 2009. She now spends her days reading blogs, writing about blogs, listening to people talk about blogs, meeting new bloggers and discovering new tricks of the trade… the trade of blogging that is. She even has a little blog and project of her own called Plays Well With Others, that focusses on creating intimate video sessions and interviews with bands that all have a humanitarian or non-profit focus.

Ever since starting her blog and working at the Planetary Group, life has been nearly perfect. Kelsea now lives in Echo Park with her great room mate Bridget and her fluffy bunny Dumbledor and she spends her free time on CuteOverload.com, because really the only thing that makes her happier than good music is cute animals.

Bridget Murphy

Online / Print PR

Living in L.A. people always ask where you are from, assuming that most are from somewhere else coming to L.A. to pursue something beyond what they could find in their home town. Bridget is one of the few that can say she’s actually from L.A., born and raised in the Los Angeles suburb and home of the Glasshouse, Pomona. After living in the same house her entire life she branched out a bit and moved to La Mirada (still L.A. county, but way too borderline Orange County) to attend Biola University as a Film student with an emphasis in screenwriting. Bridget had never thought of a career in the music industry, film was always what she had wanted to pursue, but her addiction to shows took her in another direction. Through a few good friends showing her the way Bridget realized she could get into shows for free and meet bands by simply writing for Biola’s newspaper. Throughout College she began to get more and more involved helping bands book and promote shows, pretty much doing what ever she could to help out. Bridget never lost her love for movies though. So what is she going to do?! …. become a music supervisor. Of course, easier said than done. Now with her degree under her belt and an internship at Five Alarm Music, a music library in Pasadena, she is free to pursue that dream. Well, as free as you can be with L.A. rent and student loans. Her position at Planetary Group began as an internship she took up so she could actually feel like she was at least doing something to work towards her career. What Bridget never expected was that within a few short weeks it turned into a paid position and more importantly it turned into something she loved to do. She has realized she is happy as long as she is working in the music or film industries and will continue to find her way to becoming a music supervisor. Maybe someday you will be freezing your ass off at Sundance after watching the next big indie film and realize you recognized the Music Supervisors name as Planetary Employee, Bridget Murphy.

Greg Khaikin

Radio Promoter

Greg got an early start in the music industry, while only in high school Greg promoted DIY shows all over his home town of Albany, as well as releasing several compilation CDs as well. While studying Music Business and Recording at the University Of New Haven, Greg was music director of WNHU for four years and in addition to programming the alternative department at the station, he helped to bring the station to a new era of greatness. After graduation in May of 2004, Greg joined the ranks of past WNHU music directors who have gone on to careers in the music industry by taking a job at the Planetary Group after several months of interning.

Greg is well versed in many aspects of the music industry, including booking, radio promotion, online promotions, management (as Passion Pit’s first manager), and as an artist (he was an original member of Bridge 9 / Abacus recording artist The Distance).

After 4 years of working in the radio and new media departments, Greg took a brief sabbatical in artist management but in Jan 2009, Greg returned to Planetary Radio to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and he’s all outta bubblegum.

Sean Moran

Radio Promoter

While still a fresh young teen, and still being called names like “Scene” Moran or Sean “Moron” by the oh so eloquent Amesbury High School population, Sean Moran was in a band. As the guitarist in Falling Abel (né A Long Walk Home) he played his fair share of churches, VFW’s and Knights of Columbus halls, once locking the band’s equipment in his mom’s station wagon. Of course, like most teen rockers, he grew out of that phase—though not before dying his hair blue and growing a borderline amazing beard—and went off to Roger Williams University. At RWU he spent most of his time being a professional mischief spectator to his destructive friends, going to shows, plotting the downfall of his ‘yeah college’ classmates, accidentally earning a marine biology minor and assuming the role of Music Director and DJ at WQRI, with a show called “Forget-Me-Nows”. During the summers he worked at the cleverly-named Cinemagic movie theatre and interned at Pirate. Someday he will find a job that requires degrees in both ichthyology and public relations, but, for now, he is happy to be working in the radio department at Planetary. Sean will soon be a resident of Allston Rock City where there is a waiter at Sunset Grill who looks creepily like him.

Eric Taylor

Marketing and Operations Coordinator

Brian got his college education from the California Institute of the Arts, joining the proud alumni list of Tim Burton, Pee-Wee Herman, Danny Elfman and the actress who played Peg Bundy. During his senior year at Cal Arts Brian worked as stage manager at The Troubadour in Hollywood, putting together epic light shows and coma inducing riders for bands like Interpol, Rilo Kiley, The Kills and The Streets. After graduating in 2003 with an “incredibly useless” bachelors degree in Music Technology, Brian immediately moved to Brooklyn, NY. He started the band Lola Ray and they were quickly signed by the Epic/Sony imprint DC Flag. The band released two albums and, with the help of a radio promotions campaign by Planetary Group, they spent four years touring with The Buzzcocks, Phantom Planet, Sparta, Bayside, Hawthorne Heights, Good Charlotte, Sum 41, Sound Team and The Oohlas. Brian served as tour manager for these years and he has never been the same since. Tired of sleeping in a van, Brian now lives in Long Beach, CA and works with Planetary in the LA office.

Eric Taylor

Promotions Assistant

Eric got a start in the music business landing a job at the renowned producer manager company, Marie Music Group, while attending college in Santa Barbara, CA. During his time at the company he worked as an assist engineer with producer Eric Ivan Rosse (Sara Bareilles, Tori Amos), receiving credits on albums like A Fine Frenzy and Atlantic / F-Stop recording artist Matt Hires. Soon after meeting in Rosse’s home studio, Eric began tour managing Matt Hires around North America with artists such as Eric Hutchinson, Kate Voegele, and Tyrone Wells for the last year before joining the Planetary team. Currently, he resides amongst the glamorous foothills of Hollywood, CA with his cat, Juno, dreaming of one day coaching high school football for the Dillon Panthers.

Kyle Conkright

Director of Integrated Digital Solutions

Kyle Conkright got an unlikely break into the music biz.

The story goes something like this.

While in High School, he decided to play hooky one day and he talked his best friend Cameron into taking his father’s car out of the car shed and for a joyride. While creatively dodging the Dean and his sister, the two best friends found themselves at the center of a parade. It was here that Kyle performed an amazing impromptu performance of “Twist and Shout” – forever igniting his interest in music.

After high school, Kyle followed a girl to Indiana State University and based on a thoughtless answer he had given on an assessment test 5 years earlier, he decided to study marketing. Combining his love for music and a new found knack for marketing, he started to book shows and it wasn’t long before his work ethic caught the attention of a Los Angeles based band. He was able to schedule final exams in between trips to Los Angeles eventually securing a role as a tour manager for The Rentals. What followed was three years of touring on a cozy bus with acts such as Eric Hutchinson, Copeland, Jack’s Mannequin, Missy Higgins and more. During his downtime on tour he learned to read and speak good and stuff. Starting with Family Circus comics and eventually memorizing CSS handbooks.

In his spare time he can be found at the beach working on his screenplay tentatively titled “You’ve Got Chinitalia.”

Luna

Ankle Biter

My child arrived just the other day
He came to the world in the usual way
But there were planes to catch and bills to pay
He learned to walk while I was away
And he was talkin’ ‘fore I knew it, and as he grew
He’d say “I’m gonna be like you dad
You know I’m gonna be like you”

My son turned ten just the other day
He said, “Thanks for the ball, Dad, come on let’s play
Can you teach me to throw”, I said “Not today
I got a lot to do”, he said, “That’s ok”
And he walked away but his smile never dimmed
And said, “I’m gonna be like him, yeah
You know I’m gonna be like him”

Well, he came home from college just the other day
So much like a man I just had to say
“Son, I’m proud of you, can you sit for a while?”
He shook his head and said with a smile
“What I’d really like, Dad, is to borrow the car keys
See you later, can I have them please?”

I’ve long since retired, my son’s moved away
I called him up just the other day
I said, “I’d like to see you if you don’t mind”
He said, “I’d love to, Dad, if I can find the time
You see my new job’s a hassle and kids have the flu
But it’s sure nice talking to you, Dad
It’s been sure nice talking to you”

And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me
He’d grown up just like me
My boy was just like me

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin’ home son?
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then son
You know we’ll have a good time then