The Team

Meet The Music Matters Media Team

Lisa Holahan 

Founder & CEO, Editor-in-Chief, and Podcast Host 

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To hear everything you need to know about Lisa Holahan and Music Matters Media please listen here: What Is Music Matters Media & Why Should You Care? 

Erick Garcia

Co-host of The Music Matters Media Podcast

Erick Garcia
Erick Garcia is the co-host of the Music Matters Media podcast. He is originally from Long Beach, California but has lived most of his life in Long Island, New York. Erick is extremely passionate about music because it is something that has always been in his life in some way, shape or form ever since he can remember. Whether it was listening to what the radio had to offer as a child to playing with toy instruments, music has always been with him. Some of the genres of music that Erick holds near and dear to his heart include but are not limited to: rock (and most of its subgenres), blues, jazz, R&B, hip hop, synth based music, and some Latin music just to name a few. However, he always tries to keep an open mind about what other artists and genres are out there that he could potentially become a fan of. This is one of the two big reasons why Erick enjoys being the co-host of the podcast. It exposes him to other artists that maybe he’s heard of but have never thought of listening to and, of course, it allows him to discover new, underground artists. The other big reason why Erick enjoys being the co-host of this podcast is because he gets to talk about one of his favorite topics in the whole world with someone else who is just as passionate about music as he is! If you’re reading this, thank you for taking the time for wanting to get to know a little bit more about Erick, but even more importantly than that, thank you for listening to Lisa and Erick!

Steve Trager

Photographer for Music Matters Media

Steve Trager

Steve Trager currently resides in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, where he currently lives and breathes a rock and roll lifestyle as a veteran Rock Photographer. Steve’s work has been published both locally and nationally, and has earned himself momentous credentials with continuous hard work and driving dedication which keeps Steve on top of his game year after year in the music field. Steve has captured timeless memories of some of the greatest artists in the world spanning a cross breed of genres. Steve has combined his love for music as a fan and his inner passion for photography showcasing his stellar talent for over twenty-five years. Every published photograph is an accomplishment of hard work and dedication in the field. Click photos to check out some of his photography!

DeShonna Watson

Writer for Music Matters Media

DeShonna Watson
DeShonna Watson was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She has written for several online music magazines as a freelance writer/editor/contributor. DeShonna is also an independent author and songwriter. Writing and music have always been two loves and passions of hers. It is the best way she feels she can express herself. She is truly a storyteller at heart. As a lover of all types of music: classical, hip-hop and neo-soul are a few of her top favorites. However, she has a great appreciation for all of it. Click features and reviews to read some of her articles!

Carlton Rolle

Writer for Music Matters Media

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Residing in the Bronx, New York, jack-of-many-trades Carlton Rolle is pushing through the battle called life to create impressionable memories. He has had the opportunity to observe various lifestyles. Throughout all of the experiences, he began to understand that everyone has a story to tell regardless of their socio-economic, religious, racial, sexual, historically based beliefs. Carlton uses writing as a medium to tell stories and enrich the world with artistic forms of expression from the mind, body, and soul of an experience. He has worked for several companies such as Music Development Agency, Doxygen Media, Blasting News and Zambo Aroma in areas such as branding, content creation, copywriting, editing, ghostwriting, and marketing. His life experiences brought him into contact with a lot of different music. It eventually became a way for him to relax or relate to other people. Carlton’s music tastes jumps between electronic, ambient, hip-hop, rock, and reggae. Click features and reviews to read some of his articles!

Rachel Shubayeva

Writer for Music Matters Media

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Rachel was born in Russia and is a bilingual music lover. She has been writing for as long as she can remember: storytelling and sharing information are Rachel’s biggest passions, aside from singing. Growing up between Moscow and New Jersey, she has always looked at things from multiple perspectives and experienced all kinds of music, so her taste varies widely. Rachel is a huge fan of soul and neo-soul, funk, jazz, rap, hip-hop and classic rock. She is now based in New York, one of the creative capitals, and working on her own music. Click features and reviews to read some of her articles!

Masud Zaman

Writer for Music Matters Media

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Masud Zaman, 22, was born in Qatar in a Bangladeshi household. He later went on to live in New York. Throughout his lifetime, he has been exposed to various forms of music thanks to his family’s diverse taste that included Bengali folk, classical and modern Hindi, American Hip-Hop, American Pop, Rock and even some Mediterranean music. To him, music has been the only constant in his life – through the change of pace across three different cultures, through changing times, through adapting from audiocassettes to CD players to streaming media. Within the diverse backdrop of his upbringing, he sees music as something that seamlessly binds the narrative of this phenomenon called life. Nowadays, some of his favorite artists include: Nas, Eminem, Lana Del Rey, The Weeknd, Twentyone Pilots, Joan Baez and Frank Sinatra. He also enjoys keeping an eye open for (or in this context open ears for) underrated artists like Token, NF, Holychild, Emma Ruth Rundle, Florence + The Machine. Click features and reviews to read some of his articles!

Mike Floeck

Writer for Music Matters Media

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After spending the last three years in Manhattan, Mike recently relocated to sunny Austin, Texas, where he finds inspiration in the beauty of the meandering Hill Country landscape, the shape-shifting clouds that dot the wide-open Texas sky, and the six-packs of craft-brewed IPAs that fill his fridge. His musical foundations are built on childhood memories of jamming out to country, motown, and classic rock on cross-country road trips with his parents. From these long hours spent listening to the car radio, he developed a taste for lyrical storytelling – first focused on the folk-tinged tunes favored by his Texan parents, and later with pop, soul, hip hop, and much more. Mike’s favorite artists change like the weather, but perennially included on the list are Solange, U.S. Girls, Robyn, The War On Drugs, Erykah Badu, Lady Gaga, and Kendrick Lamar. Click features and reviews to read some of his articles!

Richard John Cummins

Writer for Music Matters Media

Richard John Cummins is a veteran contributor to such music publications as Hit Parader, B-Side, Magnet and Blues Review as well as a former columnist for The Musicians’ Exchange. While his musical tastes has always been diverse, his absolute favorites include Genesis (all eras), the Replacements, the Who and Juliana Hatfield. In 2016 Cummins co-authored Bob Perlow’s show business memoir The Warmup Guy and in 2018 his book Name, Rank, Rock & Roll: Famous Musicians Who Served in the Military was published by New Haven. He and the book’s other author, Robin Eisgrau, also comprise the NYC-based indie rock duo Soon, in which Cummins plays several instruments. Click features and reviews to read some of his articles!