Jay Kurahashi-Sofue (Jay K-S) | New York, New York | Editor-In-Chief
If you’ve been with the site since it was founded in June 2010, you’re amazing. Honestly, as I sit here writing this brief little bio, it’s amazing to see how much this site has grown. Yes, we’ve had our ups and downs, but without people consistently reading our site, all of our work would be for nothing. But, anyways, here’s a little about me. I’m Jay. I love EDM, and luckily for me, I get to listen to it every day as my “job.” Of course, I also dabble in a ton of other genres, but for the past 4 years now, EDM has been my life. My all time favorite act right now has to be either Patrick Topping, Green Velvet, or Justin Jay. I don’t really know where this site will be in the next couple of years, but I definitely plan on putting my all into it. Again, thanks for sticking around!
Shayne Bingham (#91) | Danbury, Connecticut | Vice President
Hey guys, my name is Shayne and I’m from Cleveland, OH. As a huge music fan, I enjoy sharing my passion with you guys and giving you the best music around to bump through your speakers. One of the greatest feelings is when someone asks you for a song you just played or asking where did I get a track; it’s what I live for on this site and I’ve been doing it for a long time now. Like Jay, I’ve been around since the beginning and hope to take this operation we got goin’ on over here to new levels. Stick around and thanks for listening. Without you there would be no point. I write mostly about the hip hop game but definitely try and cover everything out there. I support all music. YMCMB. TGOD. G.O.O.D. Music. Mad Decent. OVO and that XO. Aftermath. G-Unit. Mau5trap. MMG. OWSLA. Play it loud – Pump The Beat
Ryan Huhne (RH_914) | Harrison, New York | Head of Digital Marketing
My name is Ryan. I joined the PTB team in the fall of 2012 as a writer, now I am keeping our fans updated with the latest music, news, and concert reviews. I have loved music all my life and never go a day without listening. My main music interests are in EDM, Indie-pop & Hip-Hop. One truly special thing about PTB is the attention we give up-and-coming artists compared to other music blogs. I am a recent graduate of the University at Albany, where during the Spring of 2016 I planned and booked artists like Future, Jeremih, Pusha T, Timeflies, and Hippie Sabotage for our annual ParkFest concert.
Ryan Brimmer (Brim) | Indiana University | Senior Content Creator
Hey everyone, my name is Ryan Brimmer, but most people call me by some variation of my last name, Brimmer. I’ve lived my whole life in Fishers, Indiana, and am currently enrolled at Indiana University. Recently, I joined Pump The Beat and I am more than thrilled to be apart of the team. Just like all the other writers on this site, I am a huge advocate for any kind of EDM music. A friend of mine once described it as music for your emotions, and I couldn’t have said it any better. No matter what mood I’m in, my choice of song can change it in a heartbeat. That being said, if I must pick a favorite I would have to say trap and deep house. I know that’s more than one genre, but come on narrowing it down to two was hard enough. Being somewhat new to the EDM world it is hard for me to pick a favorite act since my live experiences are quite limited. However, as of now Carnage and Yellow Claw are tied for first. It seems every generation has a new take on music, and EDM is our generation’s spin on this ever-evolving art. I’m glad to be a part of the movement, and I’m excited to help it grow along with this site.
Matt Sia (Matty S) | York University | Senior Content Creator
What’s up, my name is Matt and I’m from Toronto, Canada. I’ve always had a knack for writing, so here I am delivering all things good within the EDM world. Like that girl you fell in love with in Freshman year, Progressive House will always be at the top of my list. I’ve opened up to a variety of new sounds ever since I started writing for PTB – shaping the way I experience music today. Thanks for checking in!
Sergio Medina (Serge) | Junior Content Creator
What’s up guys. Name’s Sergio, people call me Serge. I’m the trap aficionado, and I’m from Chicago. If I’m not at a school or a show, I’m on Soundcloud looking for that filth to share with you guys. If you’d like, you can follow me on Soundcloud to keep up with my extensive music selection. As far as EDM goes, trap is mainly what I’m all about, but if it bangs – I’ll listen. Before I discovered EDM, hip-hop was my preference, which is why I think I have such a predisposition to trap. As for the site, I look forward to helping and assisting J, Shayne, and the rest of the team make PumpTheBeat a household name, while also bringing you guys a steady supply of that new, dirty, filthy fuego. Thanks for the support and thank you for choosing PTB as the spot for all your EDM needs.
| Syracuse University | Junior Content Creator
What’s up! I’m Caroline. I’m a Sophomore at Syracuse University studying Magazine Journalism. I’m from New Hampshire, but I’m always making the trip down to Boston to see my favorite artists live. Concerts and music festivals are hands down my favorite things to go to. There’s nothing quite like people coming together for the sole purpose of music. I began writing for Pump The Beat this past summer. I mainly cover indie-electronic songs, but I love all types of music. And yes, that includes country. Music honestly soothes the soul and I’m so happy to be writing for a blog like PTB. Thanks for checking us out! Feel free to follow my Spotify @cschagrin to see what I’m listening to these days.
Matt Stevens (RMS11) | Stanford University | Junior Content Creator
I’ve been around the PTB scene for quite some while, way back in 2010. After a brief hiatus I am back and with a bit of a different taste. Born and raised in New York, I now go to school around San Francisco. Finding new music is my one of my favorite hobbies, second only to live DJ sets. Nothing in life beats a great show, a contagious groove, and a permanent smile. I listen to mostly the more alternative sub genres of electronic music, but I love a bit of everything. Throw in some Danny Brown or some Alt-J and we’re all good. I try to write up stuff that I love, but that I also hope will lead you to open your ears to new sounds and new genres that deserve a wider audience. Keep on grooving fellas and I hope you enjoy what we have to show you!
Taylor Still (TStill) | Salisbury University | Junior Content Creator
What’s up readers! My name is Taylor Still and I am a Business Management major at SU. I am minoring in Entertainment Entrepreneurship and hope to establish a record label in the future! But let’s back it up for a minute. I really got into music in middle school when I started DJing with my Father’s entertainment company, but having a musician for a Dad; there isn’t a point I remember that I wasn’t being exposed to great music. That’s exactly why I jumped at the chance to write for PTB. I spend hours sifting through new music from a variety of genres daily; and who doesn’t love to share great music among people whom appreciate it? I hope you all enjoy my posts and see how immense and varied Trap really is (and it’s just starting to take-off!) I’m so excited to hear that next huge song that gives you chills and look forward to sharing them with you guys!
Matt Caplan (bigMAC) | University of Michigan | Junior Content Creator
What’s up fellas. My name is Matt Caplan and I hail from a small suburb right outside of Boston, MA. I am currently pursuing a degree in Communication Studies at the utopia that is the University of Michigan. I have had a profound love for music for as long as I can remember. The ability music has to almost instantly, pick me up when I’m having a bad day, or even just help me muster up the energy to work when I’m feeling lazy is something that is truly unique to music. I listen to everything from Trap to EDM to Pop to Rap and sometimes, if I’m in the mood, even Country. My favorite artists include Tiësto, Timeflies, Logic, G-Eazy and much more. Anyways, you guys are the reason I’m here writing about what I love so thank you for sharing my passion and loving what I love. Follow me on Twitter @bigM_A_C.
Ian Akers (What?) | Indiana University | Junior Content Creator
To all the chillers! My name is Ian and I am from Great Barrington, Massachusetts. I enjoy spending my free time producing and mixing electronic music. I have played at some of the top college bars across the nation, but I won’t play the Chainsmokers. After looking through my iTunes – and yes I still have iTunes – I realized I had a playlist for pretty much any moment in time. I will make sure to provide you all with the hidden gems from within these lists! Some of the music I’ve been listening to includes tracks from Gladiator, Flume, Whethan and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Follow me on Soundcloud for more bangers. Cheers.