The Team
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Diamond Media 360, Coalmine Records, Takin' MInes Matt Diamond, Founder

Born and raised in Long Island, music has always been an integral part of my life as both a musician and avid vinyl collector.  The first instrument I ever picked up was the tenor saxophone.  Since then I’ve moved onto the electric bass guitar and finally a pair of Technic 1200s – that’s when things got interesting.  The first record I ever owned was Michael Jackson’s Thriller.  I’ve since bought and sold thousands of records.  After starting Coalmine Records in 2005, I decided to launch Diamond Media 360 in 2011 to offer a broader perspective on both music and media – why not?

BryanHahn
Diamond Media 360, Takin' Mines Bryan Hahn, Online Marketing Coordinator/Blogger

Hip-Hop isn’t just music. It’s a culture, right? Tell that to the obnoxious, Top 40′s praising teenagers these days and get an earful of curses you didn’t learn till after college. College is still cool, right? Just a humble kid from the suburbs of New York, trying to keep it real by discovering artists still trying to preserve the art of rap while occasionally indulging in the brilliant ignorance of the streets. Bong bong.

Nick
Takin' Mines Nick Vukorepa, Blogger/Interviews

Born on the ice planet of Hoth, Nick became exposed to the world of Hip-Hop after hearing the G-funk inspired classic “Da Funk.” Through his mid teens, he moved to the suburbs of Edmonton, only to discover God (aka DJ Premier) and as a result, became a boom-bap fiend after hearing the sounds of the East coast. Now that he’s a little older and a little wiser, Nick aims to combine his loves of Hip-Hop and writing into a cohesive medium. When he’s not knee deep in Seinfeld and Entourage re-runs, he can be found reading one of his many leather-bound books.

Julia
Takin' Mines Julia Schur, Reporter

Coming from Paris, France, Julia got her rap initiation from her older bother, who showed her Xzibit back in 2000. Her interest in the culture ended there until she moved to America in 2012 and decided that if she could write about something as foreign as rap, she could write about anything. Julia is a writer, photographer, painter and filmmaker who spends a large part of her life convincing people to watch Avatar.

DJConcept
Diamond Media 360, Coalmine Records, Takin' MInes Frank ‘DJ Concept’ DeMaria, Art Director

I was born and raised in Long Island with music & design running through my veins.  Besides being the Art Director for Diamond Media 360, I am the co-founder of The Bash Brothers DJ Crew.  I’ve been DJing for 15+ years & designing for almost as long.  As a true crate digger and vinyl fiend I’ve learned about so many different styles of music.  You might catch me listening to hip hop one minute, jazz the next & metal right after. Good music is good music. (Just make sure the artwork doesn’t suck…)

Laura
Takin' MInes Laura Smous, Reviews

A Chicago native, I’m currently hiding out in Pittsburgh, PA, amongst the bridges, tunnels and fries on salads. I enjoy fresh beets as well as fresh beats, and I’m passionate about bringing music to people without pretension. As a live music junkie, I’d go listen to a monkey bang on a tin can and once saw a guy play a piece of styrofoam with a bow. It sounded much like you’d expect a guy playing a piece of styrofoam with a bow to sound. Really I’m just trying to hustle enough to buy a new bicycle and a used cello. Donations accepted.

K1ngEljay
Takin' Mines Leon Sullen Jr. (K1ng Eljay), Blogger/Reviews/Editorials

Born and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama (no Sweet Home references…please), I’ve dedicated my life (and relocation) to fighting crime and the forces of evil alongside Batman. For some reason, my writing adventures as founder of K1ngEljay.com and the newest editor for AllHipHop’s review page has been cut from the recent movies, but the absence of evidence is never the evidence of absence; there will always be things that you don’t know that you don’t know… I learned that from a cartoon. Until my story’s told in full, you can just catch me on Twitter lying low, contributing a little here and there, making parody raps, and swag surfing in coin fountains looking for change. I also fancy a dope double entendre.

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