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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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 “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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Jacqueline Codiga is a writer, DJ, and podcaster from Pasadena, California. After leaving home to attend the University of Michigan, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications, she returned to LA to try to make a career full time out of her passion for music. Getting to spend four years near the still vibrant Detroit techno scene intensified her existing obsession with electronic music, eventually becoming a board member on the campus DJ club MEMCO (Michigian Electronic Music Collective) that threw their own DIY techno parties around the Ann Arbor area and held DJing workshops for students.
These days, her time away from work is spent as a co-host of the Indieheads Podcast, writing for Merry-Go-Round Magazine, and generally looking for good music anywhere she can find it. As DJ Horse Jeans (don’t ask her to explain the name), she loves playing house and techno of all subgenres and varieties, but her listening tastes outside the DJ booth are all over the place, always looking for something new and exciting.
Nick comes to us from Grandstand Media where he cut his teeth in Publicity with a diverse roster of artists ranging from Modest Mouse, Lindsey Buckingham and Jeff Rosenstock, to Public Enemy, Genesis Owusu and A$AP Ferg. Prior to that, he worked on the record label & management side of the business at Sargent House working with artists such as Chelsea Wolfe, Deafheaven, Russian Circles and more.
Nick fell in love with music at an early age. Growing up in the suburbs of Southern California, he was introduced to many different genres of music at once from his family, neighbors and school friends. His first favorite artists that he can recall were Michael Jackson, Slipknot, Blink-182 and Dr. Dre.
On most days, Nick can be found walking with his best friend Levi (a 6 year old standard sized labradoodle) to pick up an iced oat milk latte while listening to an audio book, podcast or stand-up special.
When it comes to supporting new music, Sofia Loporcaro is a lot like a proud soccer mom. Whether she’s spamming her Instagram followers with new music or sneaking emerging artists into her friends’ playlists, she is constantly working to get new ears onto the music she believes in. It’s this very pride & passion that dictates her career, & has forged her path in the music industry.
In addition to joining the team here at Planetary, Sofia is the hard-working, team-of-one behind two podcasts: Before the Chorus, a deep dive music interview podcast, & SoLo Sounds, a new music show on Spotify. Before that, she hosted a show on Amazing Radio for three years, volunteered with Sofar Sounds London & Dallas/ Fort Worth, & worked on projects for The Economist podcast, BBC Radio 2, Green Man Festival, & more. Over the years, she has interviewed the likes of alt-J, Glass Animals, clipping., & Japanese Breakfast, even managing to win three major awards for her work.
Outside of the office, you can find Sofia making pasta sauce for her friends (she is the proud grandchild of four Italian immigrants), hoarding ceramics, building her dream apartment in The Sims 4, or testing out a new hiking trail.
Social Manager Dept.
Azure Gao is a multi-genre DJ with a passion for fusing sounds from around the globe. As a teenager, Azure explored New York’s music scene with the help of her trusty fake ID, discovering passions for R&B, hip hop, Afrobeats, and dancehall. She then moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA, where she graduated with a degree in Sociology and Asian American Studies. While living in Los Angeles, Azure began to submerge herself in SoCal’s rave scene and local nightlife. In college, she began to take her passion for dance more seriously, enrolling in dance classes at school and at local dance studios. During the pandemic, Azure threw herself into her hobbies headfirst and started making beats and mixing music. After graduating from UCLA, she finally decided to take a leap of faith and pursue a career as a DJ. Since then, she has performed at clubs, lounges, and warehouses around SoCal. Azure is also a part of the social media team here at Planetary. She hopes to uplift artists of color through DJing and her work at Planetary. She aims to give BIPOC artists and artists from other marginalized communities the exposure, credit, and recognition they rightfully deserve.
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.
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.