Meet the New Members of Our Crew

We’re excited to announce the addition of three new members to our team! Get to know each and every one of them!

 

MEET LELAH SIMON, PUBLISHING ASSISTANT

 

Megatrax: Would you like to share a little about the professional path that led you to Megatrax?

 

Lelah Simon:  I moved to L.A. 6 years ago this month to work in the music industry. I started out at a digital distribution company, BFM digital, and became their royalty manager. Then I worked at Universal Music Group in the Sales department, gathering information for all new releases distributed by UMG for the bi-weekly New Release book. Now I am excited to be learning more about publishing with Megatrax.

 

MX: What’s your relationship with music outside of the office?

 

LH:  I play electric and upright bass, and attended The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music in NYC. I play in a soul/funk band called Beat Mosaic, and a Frank Sinatra tribute band called Under My Skin.

 

MX: Last album you bought?

 

LH:  The last album I bought was Thundercat, “Drunk.”

 

MX: Last show you saw?

 

LH: The last show I went to was the Daptones with Saun and Starr.

 

MX: Desert Island list of 5 albums you’d take:

 

LH: I can’t even pick!

MEET TRENT ERIKSEN, PUBLISHING ASSISTANT

 

Megatrax: Would you like to share a little about the professional path that led you to Megatrax?

 

Trent Eriksen:  Growing up in a musical family surrounded by guitars and keyboards, you could say music was destined to be a big part of my life. I reluctantly started off on piano around 9 years old, then transitioned to saxophone through my grade school years. Like many other teens, I eventually hit a phase where I became increasingly obsessed with angst/youth-driven bands like Rage Against The Machine and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. When it came time to head off for college I was insistent on leaving Texas, where I lived at the time, and headed back to my hometown of Los Angeles. In my undergraduate years, I bounced around from school to school, always seeking creative community and adventure. Eventually this led to my introduction to the music industry at Alpha Pup Records, known for being associated with the popular electronic music night, Low End Theory. From there, I worked at labels large and small and got a sense of the immense and diverse musical community in L.A. All these experiences led to finding a promising next chapter here at Megatrax.

 

MX: What’s your relationship with music outside of the office?

 

TE:  Well for one, I am definitely a vinyl nerd: the guy at the show near the merch table, waiting to get signatures from the band. Beyond that I play a few instruments and dabble in many others while producing, composing, and, at times, performing with my band, Stardust Stereo.

 

MX: Last album you bought?

 

TE:  The last album I bought was “A Weird Exits by Thee Oh Sees.

 

MX: Last show you saw?

 

TE:  This actually is tied to the last question. It was Thee Oh Sees at The Teragram Ballroom in L.A. WOW – what a show those guys put on. They have this raw psychedelic garage rock sound and made their live act totally distinct from the record.

 

MX: Desert Island list of 5 albums you’d take:

 

TE: This is so hard! But, ok here it goes:

De Loused In The Comatorium – The Mars Volta (2003)

Cosmogramma – Flying Lotus (2010)

In A Silent Way – Miles Davis (1969)

Loveless – My Bloody Valentine (1991)

soundtrack for the Film Buffalo ’66 – Vincent Gallo (1998)

 

MEET KEN TOWNSEND, IT MANAGER

 

Megatrax: Would you like to share a little about the professional path that led you to Megatrax?

 

Ken Townsend:  I used to be staff sargent of the U.S. Army Reserve a little over ten years ago. Then, I got into IT and worked for two tech companies in Atlanta before deciding to make the move to L.A. I worked for Cotton On a few months after I lived here and then I got the opportunity to work for Megatrax.

 

MX: What’s your relationship with music outside of the office?

 

KT:  Huge music fan of all genres, except Country. Big Disco fan!

 

MX: Last album you bought?

 

KT:  The Best of Stevie Wonder.

 

MX: Last show you saw?

 

KT: Jay-Z!

 

MX: Desert Island list of 5 albums you’d take:

 

KT: It would take a whole 8hr work day to think about and answer this question.

 

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