Staff

The Planetary Group staff is a blend of people who all bring their unique experiences and talents to the table. In fact, our staff is just unique as your music. No matter your style or genre you will find that you will feel right at home working with our high energy and dynamic team.

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Adam Lewis

Adam Lewis

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.

Luke Phillips

Luke Phillips

Radio Promoter

 

Luke “Diamond” Phillips was born and raised in and around Flint, Michigan. As a youth, he voraciously consumed all of the pop culture and random history he could possibly handle, which makes him great at trivia. All of that obsession finally culminated when, at 16, Luke read Our Band Could Be Your Life for the first time. That settled it — young LDP was now obsessed with music culture almost exclusively.

Our hero attended Oakland University in Auburn Hills, MI, where in his first week he stepped inside the doors of WXOU Radio. Thereafter, he pretty much never left the station’s walls until graduation, becoming a student DJ in the process. Fellow DJs and staffers soon took notice of Luke’s wide-ranging, all-encompassing, super-inclusive taste, encyclopedic knowledge of bands and artists, and willingness to animatedly discuss these and various other subjects with anyone and everyone.

Freshly graduated, Luke has transplanted to LA, where he’s joined the radio department at Planetary. He’s just as excited to talk to YOU about records and the minutiae of life as he is everyone else.

Cristina Ramirez

Cristina Ramirez

Office/Project Manager

 

Cristina Ramirez is a Los Angeles based multimedia artist and music enthusiast, originally from Pearblossom, CA. After moving to LA in 2009 to attend Loyola Marymount University, Cristina began volunteering at the on campus radio station, KXLU 88.9 FM, as part of the video crew filming and editing live performances. Her creative endeavors extended to DJing a weekly show and handling promotions and publicity for the radio station. She graduated in 2012 with a BA in Studio Arts with an emphasis in Screen Printing.

Cristina currently works as a Project Manager for The Planetary Group, manages several LA musical groups, and exhibits her artwork and zines in local art spaces and galleries. Her interests include petting cats, using Domino’s Pizza Tracker, and watching Bob’s Burgers.

Ben Zalman

Ben Zalman

Director of Promotion

 

As a music industry professional and attorney with over 15 years of experience in the music and entertainment industries, Ben started off as the music director at WMVL Radio. Soon after, Ben joined the Planetary Group and has led successful campaigns with artists including The Decemberists, Interpol, Bob Mould, Passion Pit, Gogol Bordello, Kings of Leon, Sun Kil Moon, Gaslight Anthem, DeVotchKa, and many others. Ben is passionate about developing new artists and creating opportunities for them to thrive.

Ben is also passionate about National League Baseball, craft beer, the intersection of music and the law, 90’s emo and punk rock, all things Larry David, Point Break, Spaceballs, and, of course, making themed playlists.

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Zach Troyanovsky

Director of COllege Radio

 

Despite his degree in political science, Zach will tell you that the only news source he reads obsessively is Bandcamp Daily. Born and raised in New York City, Zach spent many weekends in high school traversing the city’s record stores with his friends. When he moved upstate to Skidmore college, he immediately embedded himself in the campus’ music scene. He managed the DIY music venue Falstaff’s Lodge and worked at the campus station (WSPN) for 3 years as the head music director, head of programming, and as an interim general manager.

In 2020, Zach co-founded Forte Creative Group, a multi-stakeholder music cooperative which helps musicians in the Capital Region of New York establish collective organizing, resource sharing, and peer-to-peer networks. That same year, Zach also produced a podcast for Harvard’s Eurasian studies center called How to Kill a Superpower: Lessons from the USSR, where he examined the mysterious circumstances behind the final days of the Soviet Union.

In his free time, Zach is either playing ultimate frisbee, listening through the many albums he’s bookmarked throughout the week, grinding Super Smash Bros tech skill, or, if inspiration strikes, working on some playwriting.

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Brett Gleason

Social Media Director

 

Brett Gleason has been looking for ways to communicate since he was a kid on Long Island with a speech impediment.

Drawn to music and writing, he moved to NYC to pursue a dual composition degree at the New School.

After performing and releasing and promoting music for a decade, he came to Los Angeles to study at UCLA and pursue a career in the industry.

Disheartened to see artists chasing viral trends and vanity metrics instead of using social media to foster an engaged relationship with their fans, Brett has come to Planetary Group to help.

When not involved with music or media, Brett can be found walking his boxer pup, riding his bike, doing back flips, or drinking coffee, and taking naps.

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Sean Joyce

Director of Press Department

 

Sean comes to us from Shark Party Media, where he helped restart the music publicity department.
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Sean became passionate about music at an early age. Always a creative spirit as a child and tween, he’d spend his free time making fake press releases, album covers and promotional roll-outs for his favorite early 2000s pop artists; which inadvertently pointed him to his current career path.
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He graduated in May 2019 from Pace University with a joint degree in Communications Studies and Entertainment Management. After graduation, Sean made it his mission to stay busy within the world of music PR. He gained experience and honed his skills at boutique/indie PR firms such as Big Hassle, Stunt Company, The Bloom Effect and Girlie Action.

 

Sean is known for his interest in politics, avid passion for early 00s culture, and his deep love of Star Wars, open-world RPGs, and RuPaul’s Drag Race. Out of the office, Sean can be found endlessly searching for new thrift shops to explore, planning birthday festivities for his pets, shopping (aka browsing) at high-end stores, or making an overly sweet iced coffee.
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Alyssa Hughes

Social Media Dept.

 

Born and raised in Seattle Washington, Alyssa Hughes trained as a jazz
singer as well as wrote and released her own music under the stage
name Nuclear Heart. At the age of 25, she decided to move to Los
Angeles to get a degree in music business at the Los Angeles College
of Music in Pasadena to better understand and finally join the
industry. Since moving to LA, Alyssa has worked with Music
Supervisors, veteran songwriters as well as NFT startups through
internships at her college.

During her free time, you’ll find Alyssa playing video games,
exploring a new farmers market she found while doomscrolling on
Instagram, and venturing out to explore new parts of the city. Since
she moved to LA just before the pandemic hit, there is still so much
to explore.

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Logan Kramer

Press 

Logan Kramer comes to us by way of Boston, but was born and raised in the depths of South Brooklyn, just shy of Coney Island. From a young age, his parents recall him taking an interest in music and “making drumbeats” with his bare feet around the kitchen floor. This eventually led to Logan receiving real drum lessons and also learning how to play the piano.

Logan attended SUNY Oneonta and received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Music Industry in 2018. While there, he took advantage of the bustling music scene in town, often attending basement shows and performing on the keyboard in some – covering artists such as The 1975, The Killers, and Lorde. For six semesters starting his sophomore year, he was an on-air DJ at WONY 90.9 FM. While at WONY, he often assisted in writing reviews for CDs that were placed in rotation. After graduating, Logan used his passion for radio and music publicity to land himself opportunities at Girlie Action, Terrorbird, Gold Atlas, and The Syndicate. He even briefly reunited his passion for being on radio in the summer of 2019, as a DJ on Newtown Radio in Williamsburg, before relocating to Boston that August.

Once in Boston, he gained experience working concerts as an event security staff at House of Blues. Logan is also a studio assistant at Brighton’s My Lady On Fire. Outside of work, Logan loves drawing maps, nature, skateboarding, and listening to true crime podcasts.

Logan’s music taste gravitates mostly towards hyperpop, synth pop, ambient, and electronica. Some of Logan’s all time favorite musicians are CHVRCHES, Charli XCX, Flume, and M83.

Logan is stoked to learn further about artist management and to work on promotional campaigns. He joined Planetary Group in February of 2023, making him the newest member of the press team.

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Max Gertler

Publicist 

Max is a Brooklyn native who moved out to Los Angeles in 2018 to pursue a career in the music industry. Halfway through his time at Northeastern, he deferred to focus on his band, “Delivery Boys”.

The group recorded and toured for a few years, during which time Max acted as their manager, publicist and booking agent all while recording and performing. After finding success while running PR campaigns for everything the band was releasing, he started to branch out and help other acts with finding coverage. During the pandemic, he decided to finish up his degree at Berklee and graduated in December of 2022.

His hobbies include songwriting, gaming, taking his Shih Tzu to the park and watching the Knicks play. 

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Sam Schlesinger

Radio Promoter

 

 

Sam is a born-and-raised Angeleno hailing from the San Fernando Valley. He received a bachelor’s degree in English from Skidmore College, where he also served as a music director at the college’s radio station, WSPN. When home from college during the summers, he worked various roles at KCRW in Santa Monica. Before that, he acted as general manager of his high school’s Internet radio station, KHWS. When he’s not hunting for rare cassettes, Sam can be found diligently cataloging every cafe and restaurant in Los Angeles to try exactly once and then never return.

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Jaden Amjadi

Radio PROMOTER

 

Jaden Amjadi comes to Los Angeles by way of Iowa, where he was raised and attended college. He became Music Director of KRUI in his freshman year at the University of Iowa. There, he discovered the joys of sorting through and hearing many dozens of records on a weekly basis. His DJ shows focused on new music, with a bend towards the lo-fi and bizarre. He loves to hear everything the wide musical landscape has to offer, and loves to discuss great music finds with others. He graduated from the University of Iowa and the Music Director role in 2022, and beelined for a job as Music Promoter with Planetary, to help a new set of Music Directors find great music as many promoters had done for him before.

At any given moment, Jaden is likely playing a Silver Jews or Green Day song on his guitar, telling a horrendously cheesy joke to his friends, or petting his cat, Kirby. He’s published a far-reaching breadth of music reviews on the KRUI website, and likes to read poetry and fiction in his free time. Having just arrived in Los Angeles, he imagines it is only a matter of time before the Lakers invite him to make playlists full-time for team practices–an offer he will ultimately reject out of passion for college radio promotion.

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Matty Monroe

Radio/Digital Team

 

Born and raised in southern Illinois just outside of St. Louis, MO, Matty’s love of music formed when he was young listening to classic rock and pop radio, eventually translating over to hip hop and indie music in his teenage years. While in high school, he founded the Indieheads Podcast in 2014 and a year later, joined the radio broadcasting program at Lewis and Clark Community College, where he eventually 89.9 WLCA’s Assistant Program/Promotions Director from 2016 until his graduation in 2017.

In late 2016, he joined the moderation team at Reddit’s r/indieheads subreddit, eventually heading up their AMA (ask me anything) and social media teams, along with editorial duties as the founder and editor of the r/indieheads Album of the Year Write-Up series. In his spare time, he’s a writer with bylines in Paste, Merry-Go-Round, and Opinion Police, along with heading up Soft Sounds, the weekly newsletter of the Indieheads Podcast.

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Chene Castrodale

Digital Distribution/Editorial Playlisting

 

Chene is a Detroit native who attended Michigan State University, B.A. Communications with a concentration on Mass Media and Entertainment. His family roots are deeply embedded in the music industry from his grandfather’s Big Band era ties to his Uncle having toured with Iggy Pop in the 70’s and many family members in bands spanning across generations. Chene decided to pursue a career in the music industry starting with management of local artists and heavy involvement in the Detroit local music community eventually moving to Los Angeles in 2022.

Founder of LIB MGMT serving in the traditional artist management space with a focus on Digital strategy and artist development. LIB MGMT is an audiomack verified tastemaker, hosting several verified playlists headlined by Fresh Picked Dope. He also serves as the Detroit community curator for the digilogue and aiding in artist discovery/onboarding. LIB MGMT offered a unique artist development program, PROOF, that focused solely on educating artists on how to release & market their music in 2022 with high success rates. Chene joined the planetary group in 2023 to lead a new department focusing on digital distribution and editorial playlisting services.