I'm a Los Angeles-based writer, editor, producer and video host. A first generation American born and raised in Salinas, California, German was my first language. My father emigrated from Munich and was a symphony conductor, music teacher, illustrator, educator, author, philosopher and race car driver. My mother, a Filipino immigrant, is a former concert pianist and music teacher—music was an ever-present force in our household.
I am trained in piano, guitar, singing, painting, drawing, writing and classical ballet. We also had our own printing press where I learned to layout designs, collate, operate printing machinery and bind books. Because of my heritage, I have been traveling since I was two-years-old, visiting family in Europe and the Philippines. As a music festival journalist, I have covered events all over the U.S. as well as in Israel, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Jamaica, Barbados and Mexico.
My work explores an array of topics ranging from philanthropy and humanitarianism to music and festival culture. I have nearly a decade of experience interviewing artists, musicians, actors, activists, architects, designers, festival producers and engineers. If I'm not festival-chasing or meeting deadlines, you may find me cooking, reading, traveling, hiking, climbing or camping deep in the wilderness. I am currently writing a historical non-fiction book about my father’s time spent in the Hitler Youth during World War II.