About Sylvia Lee
Editor and Co-Founder of ZRock'R Magazine. Sylvia has worked in and around music since she was 16, though it has always been a part of her life. In radio ( her last radio job was in the mid-90's at KKLZ before departing for other pursuits) , as part of various tour support/production crews, in promotion of both bands and even clubs (recipient of the Climax/Plan C Entertainment Blackberry Award in 2007 for her work as production manager of the Las Vegas MC Jin show ) and in rock journalism with a music column in the late 80′s called MusicLine in the Independent News in central Illinois. Sylvia has also has written articles and reviews for SCOPE, The Reader, Las Vegas Music Scene Magazine, Vegas SoundZ (she was PR director for LVMS where she helped push a little known and upcoming at the time Vegas photographer then known as Shane O'Neil Dobbs ( he later dropped the Dobbs), landing him his first concert shoot for a publication with Nine Inch Nails at the Thomas and Mack) and she also did PR for Vegas SoundZ when they were in print). She also was a contributor to LA’s FIX Magazine. Sylvia credits her love of rock journalism and working in and around it to the person she calls the “First Lady of Rock n Roll Journalists” The legendary Jaan Uhelszki who co-founded influential music publication CREEM Magazine, but also gives a nod to the women who were also involved in the early days like Lisa Robinson and photographer Lynn Goldsmith.
Sylvia's eye for talent and ear for great music have never failed her.
Ever sarcastic with a love for heavy metal and fine wine- she is the fearless leader of this bunch of talented lunatics.
About Taylor Carlson
Taylor T Carlson
Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer
Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.”
In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands: HAIRcyclopedia Vol. 1 – The Legends, and HAIRcyclopedia Vol. 2 – The Vault. His third book, STEELcyclopedia – The Titans of Hard Rock, was released in June of 2014. He is also a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests.
Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.
About Stephy Hayward
Stephanie " Stephy " Hayward- Public Relations Assistant
Stephy was raised on rock and roll. Orignally from Illinois, Stephy is the daughter of an aspiring metal guitarist and a former rock n roll radio dj. Stephy’s first concert at the tender age of 6 was Rob Zombie at the original Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas, where she happily threw horns up and sang along to Dragula with the best of them ( she incidentally loves horror films too!) . She performed with the VGA choir at the 2007 Video Game Awards show at Mandalay Bay when it was hosted by Samuel L Jackson, sharing the stage with the likes of Foo Fighters as well as Kid Rock. An LVA alum, when she isn’t singing or playing herself (she plays a few different instruments), she is out in support of the local scene and at her friends gigs around the southwest and even when she is back home in Illinois! She has written as well as done some photography previously for a couple of smaller zines including Vegas SoundZ when it was in print. Stephy takes the adage of ” If it’s too loud that is just too damn bad! ” to heart- after all- she was raised around screaming guitars, thunderous drums, production studios and only Led Zeppelin and Nirvana played extremely loud would put her to sleep as a kid! Stephy is a large part of the backbone of ZRockR.
About Mark Smith
Mark R Smith ESQ- Rockin' The Law Columnist:
Mark has been involved in the business side of music since 1987 when he began managing bands and artists in and around the Boston Massachusetts region, while also producing and hosting a cable television program through which he provided community-wide exposure to independent regional talent. In the early 1990’s, Mark relocated to Los Angeles California and continued promoting unsigned independent artists through his Hunter Smith Cable Radio Program, often playing Indie Artists’ demos alongside certain works of major artists that most commercial radio networks refused to play.
In the early 2000’s Mark founded Straight Up Management, through which he worked extensively with Christian Rock crossover bands and solo artists, seamlessly placing his artists alongside mainstream performers in the L.A. club circuit. In 2004, Mark returned to school to complete his undergraduate studies in Business Administration, graduating summa cum laude from Regis University in 2006. Thereafter, he relocated to Las Vegas with his family in 2006 to attend the William S. Boyd School of Law and earned his Juris Doctorate degree in December 2009.
In 2012, Mark founded the Law Offices of Mark R. Smith, P.C., where he primarily practices in the areas of Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Matters; Business Formation, Representation and Litigation and other civil litigation matters. As a creator, artist manager, and a former performer himself, Mark is very much in tune with the things that drive artists and entertainers; and is passionate about working with this very special breed of human to help navigate them through many types of professional and personal legal matters.
About Lisa Jackson
A former reporter for The Detroit News and higher education executive who moved to Las Vegas five years ago, Lisa loves hard rock, glam rock, heavy metal, dogs and reading. Her favorite books are usually non-fiction, but she enjoys the "Chet and Bernie" mystery series. She's also an avid foodie and somewhat of a local venue expert, so she likes to happily make suggestions to visitors about what to see in Vegas.
About Dominick Muzio
Dominick has made a career at trying to get Famous and failing miserably
He has been a musician actor comedian and writer
He currently sings and plays guitar for Las Vegas band Wicked Garden and is also a co-host on the acclaimed weekly radio show ZRock'R Magazine LIVE! which airs on lvrocks.com
About Vinnie Corcoran
Born and raised in Las Vegas, Vinnie has been around a variety of music his entire life. Early on he would love listening to show tunes from The Rat Pack with his grandpa and dancing around with his mom to her favorite disco hits from the 70's, but his life would change in 1999 when he borrowed a stack of cd's from his dad that included Led Zeppelin's II, Metallica's Ride the Lightning and Black Album, and Sublime's Greatest Hits. Armed with that music base and a newly revolutionized internet connection, Vinnie ventured in to the vast world of rock and roll and never looked back. In his teenage years he discovered the revolution of punk rock and still has not let it go, annually attending the Punk Rock Bowling festival and taking every chance he can to check out local and national acts at hole–in–the–wall venues during the week. Look for him near the pit or by the bar at your next show.
About Abigail Buckler
Abigail is a music and travel photographer who travels and attends as many shows as possible. She enjoys shooting a variety of music and different destinations, but her passion is hard rock and metal and for travel the city of New Orleans where she can incorporate the culture and music into her photography. Abigail has recently thrown in her hand at writing reviews here and there. Abigail is also actively involved in animal rescue and donates her time photographing for local rescues and events.
About Sandy Yoo
Sandy Yoo- Graphic Designer
Our Logo, flyer and tshirt designer, graphics goddess and all round great gal, Sandy Yoo is always on the hunt for creative projects to get her hands dirty with–whether it be graphics, writing or cooking. Currently living in California, she will always be a New Yorker at heart.
About Lori's Guiding Star
What would rock and roll be without a little peek at the stars now and then? For more than a decade, Lori has been using her gifts to provide direction through life's journeys. Lori has been on Vegas Rock Stations KOMP and The Point, had columns in City Life and Vegas SoundZ and has provided guidance for casino moguls, rock stars and down to earth types and non-believers as well. Now she is sharing her astrological insights for the readers of ZRockR! Take 'em seriously or as a bit of fun- Lori tends more times to hit on things than not which we find a little spooky but a whole lot of fun too. If you want to meet with her personally for one of her guidance sessions, a personal astrology chart or some pai gow with a tarot deck- check out lorisguidingstar.com for more info and how to contact her!
About Susan Graham
I think when I was born I came out pumping my fists in the air. In the 50 years I have been alive music has been the center of my life. I have memories way back of going to concerts and feeling a “high” that I could not explain to anyone else. I never forgot that that feeling music gave me so I have devoted many hours, miles, tears, and joy to enjoy this beautiful thing called music. I have promoted, hotographed,
managed, and met some of the coolest bands out there and have enjoyed the ride. I will rock until the day they put me in the ground and then I will still be rocking.
About Lance Brown
I’m from Dallas Texas. And I live behind the scenes in the music industry since day one which was about 8 1/2 years ago for me. My good friend Isaac that played for Solareye and Tyrade got me into the music scene and I was his drum tech/ roadie for all of his bands and I absolutely loved it. I have been with some great local group to help put on some great shows. I have been all over Texas and now. I am
trying to conquer the US. As of this year I am a tech/roadie for a band out of DFW (more on that later) and a part of Voodoo Queen Management team and now I’m a contributing writer for the ZRockR Magazine! I am that guy every band wants at their show! I eat, sleep, and breathe local music as if its running in my veins! I try to support every local rock/metal group out in the DFW area but I’m only one person. Lol. So now I can’t wait to see what this opened door has in store for me. \m/
About Zenon Skyy
Born in Detroit Rock City, Zenon Skyy started several hard rock bands, one of which had 2 songs of theirs receive airplay on a prominent local FM station. Feeling he needed to leave his birthplace behind to accomplish more, Zenon opted to move to the City of Angels the second week (on Elvis' birthday, no less) of 1990 to further his musical endeavors and kick it up a few notches, his last band in L.A. of 3 total even recorded a pro demo with the likes of Ron Keel at the producer's helm, since he was so impressed with the material. Once the writing was on the wall as far as the musical climate changing, he chose to broaden his musical horizons by attending GIT at Hollywood's esteemed Musicians Institute from '94-'95. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Sin City the night the Stratosphere opened.
Zenon's also been known to attend rock trivia contests and fare quite well, usually near or at the top of the heap, while humbly accepting accolades for his encyclopedic knowledge of rock/hard rock/metal especially.
When he's not attending concerts, doing corporate events, private parties or officiating weddings as one of Vegas' premier Paul Stanley impersonators, he also continues to write original material (music/lyrics) as well as play lead/rhythm guitar and sing lead vocals.
About GonZo Jenny
Gonzo Jenny- Staff Writer/ Photographer
About me? What do you want to know about me for? I work with celebrities, movies, music, and sports, and have been since I was first introduced to it in 1987. I like to rock, and I wanna rock, and maybe I will rock with you. But in all seriousness, I have years of experience in the entertainment industry, and I love it. This is not a job, this is a lifestyle.
About Dave Lasley
Located in Las Vegas, Dave Lasley is the Founder & CEO of LasLabs, Inc. He is responsible for the design, development, and maintenance of all software, as well as the infrastructure architecture to support it.
Dave is the author of multiple open source projects related to video manipulation and file management, and he has a personal tech blog.
Dave has been in the technology industry for over thirteen years, built an e-commerce store when he was twelve, and spent a combined six years with innovative companies such as Apple and Clearwire. He has expertise in secure software practices, rapid development methodologies, system integration, and server management.