about

✿ aBOUT US ✿

ALTANGELES was founded for the love of music. We are a digital music publication that strives to create a community around underground music, especially in Southern California. Our focus is on anything indie or alternative - anything that exists outside the sphere of the mainstream. We are a small team of writers and photographers that produce unique coverage of artists in addition to promoting local shows across Southern California.

Donna Borges
President + FOUNDER

RIYL: the garden, fashion jackson, 100 gecs

i've loved music for as long as i can remember, but really started finding smaller artists and local music in high school. i started altangeles to share the music that i love by artists that may not get as much attention since they're just starting out! when i'm not going to shows and searching spotify for new bands, you can find me at a coffee shop, taking photos, or cooking a new recipe i found on pinterest!

holly alvaradO
writer + tweeter

RIYL: erykah badu, the internet, hinds

A Latina journalist who focuses on representing the unrepresented in our local music scenes. A lover of art and music since I was taught a ray of instruments at the age of seven, which helped me grow a passion for it all. I also share a love for a wide variety of genres as that allows me to discover music in different worlds. My goal is to write on artists who also hold the same values that I so fondly believe in. When I’m not writing or hitting a local show, you can find me jamming on the bass, cruising on a skateboard or watering my plants.

gillian johnson
writer

RIYL: peach pit, the garden, grimes

my journey into the local music scene began in my junior year of high school, and since then i have fallen head first into the world of underground artists.  it is all thanks to music that i have been able to meet new friends and do so many new and exciting things. whether it's as a photographer or member of the crowd, you can find me at a show nearly every week. if not, my time is spent being a student, writing scripts, or hanging with friends.

Amelia Zollner
writeR

RIYL: sufjan stevens, STRFKR, 100 gecs, alt-j

I have always loved writing, but I fell in love with music journalism after realizing that it was a way to combine my love of concerts with my lifelong hobby of writing. Over the past two years, I’ve had some incredible experiences that have included interviewing some of my favorite artists backstage, stepping into the realm of concert photography, and being able to attend incredible shows that I wouldn’t have had the chance to go to without the lovely publications I write for. Aside from writing and going to concerts, I also love playing the drums!

Sophia Nino
writer

RIYL: beach goons, the haunts, sonic youth

I’m from the Bay Area and have been living in Orange County for the past three years at Chapman studying documentary film production. I grew up in a household that was always playing new wave and punk music and that music taste has continued with me till now. I’ve always loved going to shows and living in a new area I found a sense of community in going to DIY shows in the area and wanted to get involved. I love to write about music and make documentary shorts about music and fashion.

Cazmir Nishi
writer

RIYL: FIDLAR, together pangea

I am a SoCal native who has played music for over 10 years, and been a music lover my whole life. I play bass, sing and write for The Counter Minds, but have played with bands such as: Thee Azmatics, Jade Stone, Rundown Kreeps, No Views, Settle for Crumbs and Canopus. I am a CSUF advertising alumni who wants to work in music marketing and/or copywriting. I have written for school publications, and write poetry in my free time. I love going to concerts, hiking, playing basketball and trying new food places. I strive to make sure that I create music and art for the rest of my life.

megan loreto
writer

RIYL: lucy dacus, early eyes, ignant benches

Megan Loreto is a writer and student currently living in Los Angeles. On any given day you can find her curating the perfect study playlist, making her forth cup of coffee, or finding new restaurants to try in the city. She’s best described as an album listener and once she falls in love with an artist or song, you’ll never stop hearing their music blaring through her apartment.

Emily Sierra
writer

RIYL: hockey dad, HUNNY

Music has been an instrumental part in my life for as long as I can remember. I have loved exploring what smaller, local scenes have to offer, and then seeing those artists grow and develop over time. When I’m not at a show or writing SoCal Sounds and reviews, I’m usually with hanging out with friends, making Spotify playlists that I’ll never make public, watching sports, or back at school in Nebraska lol. I love Altangeles because even when I am away, I still have the opportunity to contribute to the publication and connect with my friends!

Natalie Spina
writer

RIYL: david bowie, the hives, HUNNY

Music is the most fun when shared with other people! Altangeles has been a great way to find people who feel the same way and expand my music taste. Becoming a part of the local music scene supports new artists who care about that specific aspect of a shared experience with music. My love of music stems from my interest in art and film and the visceral experience that happens when all three are combined. So in my free time, you’ll find me doing one of three things, watching movies, making art or studying music!

Malena Saadeh
writer

RIYL: velvet underground, the doors, drugdealer

I'm Malena and I'm a music journalist from San Clemente, California! I study journalism at University of Oregon and have loved getting involved with different scenes through my work! When I'm not writing, I'm rollerskating and buying records!

Priscilla Hernandez
writer

RIYL: the runaways, KISS, black sabbath

Music is my life! I've always loved the sounds of the decades and the tunes that have shaped the music of today. I've been a part of the music scene all my life and saw KISS at my first big concert at 9 years old. When I'm not moshing at a punk show, I'm painting, teaching bass guitar or sipping on some boba tea!

Hanna Borges
merch gal

Aleah Antonio

Writer

Brooke Holder

Photographer + Writer

Carley Kershaw

Photographer + Writer

Juliana Strbac

Photographer

Lyna Guerrero

Photographer

Sami Harris

Writer

Nat Minguez

Photographer + Playlister

Kalin Pham-Nguyen

Photographer

Michael Gibbs

Writer + Videographer

Aaron Rodriguez

Writer

Sarah Mai

Writer

Monica Grider

Photographer

Morgan Burroughs

Photographer

Haily McMullen

Photographer

Martin Quintero

Photographer

Gabby Dorado

Playlister

Ashley Torres-Borja

Playlister

Karen Ballinger

Playlister