WHEN MUSIC POPS, WE TURN IT UP
First published in 2003, PopBytes is an honest-to-goodness music blog direct from Los Angeles! Founder and editor-in-chief MK and company cover what really matters … MUSIC, plus tidbits on (quality) TV, film and theater. At PopBytes, you’ll never know what tunes will pop into your ears next … updated with love and affection for over twelve years.
Michael Knudsen (preferred nickname MK) founded PopBytes in 2003–striking at the right time to enjoy the blogosphere before corporate giants started buying into the system. He currently lives in Los Angeles (Hollywood to be exact) with his husband Ivan, three dogs (Parker, Fidel, Candy), three cats (Mitzi, Mindy, Charlie), an Amazon parrot (Max), plus a few fancy goldfish!
Before taking on Los Angeles, Michael grew up on Long Island and lived in New York City from 1994 to 2001, where he attended Marymount Manhattan College for his undergrad degree in Communication Arts, then went on to receive his Masters in Media Studies at The New School.
Right now, he’s all about: obsessing over his vinyl record collection, attending concerts, watching quality TV (reality shows have left the building), keeping up with his top artists—Tori Amos, Marina and the Diamonds, Robyn, Indigo Girls, Björk, Madonna, Courtney Love—and is currently revamping PopBytes with a much stronger focus on what he loves best–MUSIC.
Alex Nagorski: When Alex was nine, he tried everything he could think of to publish his first memoir: a fully illustrated account of his conversations with Harold, the talking shovel who lived in the neighborhood playground’s sandbox. Years later, his life story is still unpublished and he feels slightly nostalgic over anything that digs. During the week, he works in Program Advertising at HBO. On weekends, you can find him watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia marathons, thinking of ways to become Kate Winslet’s best friend or crying about the nutrition facts of Momofuku cookies. Follow Alex on Twitter: @AlexNagorski and visit his website, Headphone Infatuation.
Joey Suing–The first lady of PopBytes and dedicated staff photographer. Born in Michigan, Joey moved to Los Angeles at the tender age of four and never looked back. By day, she works in DTLA as a lead designer in the corporate world–and when that clock strikes five, Joey lives for concerts and live music, fashion, geek culture and always manages to find to time to root for her beloved LA Dodgers and Kings plus travels whenever she can. Some of Joey’s favorite things include West Side Story, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Adventure Time, Interpol, Grimes and Tupac. Follow Joey aka @mahalblue on Instagram and Twitter.
Jeremy Feist: The world’s least likely gay pornstar. He grew up in Montreal with loving parents, three brothers, and a dog named Kahlua. He then dropped out of College to work as a freelance writer and an adult entertainer. In his spare time, he likes to bake, play Super Mario Bros, and silently judge people who wear Ed Hardy. He once defeated thirty ninjas with nothing but a credit card and a ukulele, and has been deemed too hot for international airspace. Also, his feet look weird. Follow Jeremy on Twitter: @Jeremy_Feist.
Bruce Russo Jr.: To write this bio I had to refer to my now defunct OkCupid profile. I was much more clever when I was hunting for love. Now I spend my time obsessing over Lana Del Rey and feeling nostalgic for the 90s. I have a degree in postmodern American literature which has garnered nothing but me over-thinking everything, from Bravo reality-TV to the meaning of life. I like coffee and travel to Seattle every year to ponder in my favorite cafés. You can usually find me in Brooklyn playing Hole songs on the jukebox at your favorite dive bar. Follow Bruce on Twitter: @octoberxswimmer and visit his website, A Place to Bury My Thoughts.
Daniel Christopher Preda: A new addition to Team PopBytes, Daniel recently moved to Los Angeles after his undergraduate in Broadcast Journalism and Media Communications at Northeastern University in Boston. As the youngest child to Romanian parents who immigrated to the US, Daniel was raised with the mentality that through hard work, perseverance, and honesty, all things are possible, which has stayed with him during his collegiate career. When he is not working (a rarity), Daniel loves writing, classic films, cooking, hiking, paddle-boarding, traveling, and frequenting the Melrose Trading Post and Farmers Market. Follow Daniel on Twitter: @MisterPreda.