After two years as executive editor, I am now officially stepping down from the position. Thank you to everyone I have had the pleasure of working with in the past two years, and a special thanks to Justin Burton for creating a strong and sustainable foundation for both the website, and the public face of IASPM-US in general. That being said, I am pleased to announce the new IASPM-US Web Team: executive editor Jess Dilday and assistant editor Victor Szabo. Together, Jess and Victor bring the combined expertise of professional DJing, radio hosting, and social media management, as well as academic research and scholarship across disciplines. It has been great to hear their innovative and exciting plans for both the website and the online presence of IASPM-US as a whole, and I look forward to seeing where they take it in the coming months.
Jess Dilday is a recent graduate of the MA program in Sociology at University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Her interests include local music scenes, dance floor dynamics, queer theory, nostalgia and musical activism. She also DJs, plans and promotes dance parties under the moniker DJ PlayPlay.
Victor Szabo is a PhD candidate in the Critical & Comparative Studies program at the University of Virginia’s Music Department. His dissertation, “Ambient Music as Popular Genre: Historiography, Interpretation, Critique,” investigates the aesthetics of the Ambient genre through a cultural history of electronic Ambient recordings. He has an article in the Journal of Popular Music Studies on the queer performativity of Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart, and also works on issues of gender, race, and class in U.S. American popular music, as well as questions of musical value and taste. You can stream his weekly electronic music radio show, Toxic Shocks, on wtju.net.