A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MADDIE

 

I got my start in the music business early on, and completely by accident. Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, I've always been in love with music. Attending my first concert at the young age of 11 and playing instruments since elementary school, somehow I never considered music as a potential career. That changed when a simple project to support a high school club allowed me, an ambitious 16-year old, to produce my very first concert. It was nothing huge, and by no means a success, but this seemingly insignificant production introduced me to the music business, and things haven't quite been the same ever since. 

 

Landing my first internship with internationally acclaimed band Flobots the year after my first production, I began to learn under the guidance of their manager at the time, JJ Italiano, and then-guitarist Andy "Rok" Guerrero. In 2010 I began work with respected Denver funk group Bop Skizzum, and from there, my roster has expanded to include selling merchandise and tour managing for Hopeless Records recording artists Air DubaiMy Body Sings Electric, and more. Taking a cue from Mr. Italiano, Mr. Guerrero and The Fray's Isaac Slade,  I studied in the Music & Entertainment Industry Studies (MEIS) program at the University of Colorado Denver, graduating in the spring of 2014. In the summers of 2012 and 2014, I toured with Chicago-based I Fight Dragons across the US on the Vans Warped Tour, selling merch and handling day-to-day operations for the band in 41 cities over 51 days. 

When I'm not working with bands, I help run Denver based music blog Ultra5280. Founded in 2011 by colleague Robert Castro, Ultra5280 covers a wide array of musical events across the state and across the US. The blog is diverse: reviewing recent album releases, filming acoustic sessions with local and touring artists, covering concerts, and photographing live shows. Covering bands both big and small, Ultra5280 has quickly become one of Denver's biggest music blogs, and we only have room to grow from here. I write most of the blog's album and concert reviews, and use this as my main outlet for my concert photography. 

I am living a life I only could have dreamed of. And i’m loving every single second of it.