Brandon Stosuy. Photo: Jane Lea
At 13, Brandon Stosuy (MA ’01) began hosting music
concerts in his father’s backyard in rural New Jersey.
“We’d get an old hay truck and borrow a PA from my
friend Ed,” he says. “We didn’t really think of
it as DIY in those days. It’s just what you did if you wanted
to have a show.”
For his 18th birthday, he held a three-day festival there he
called the Indie 500, featuring then-popular (but never mainstream)
groups like Swirlies and Lilys.
Now director of editorial operations for Pitchfork Media—the
influential online music magazine—Stosuy is the “big
picture” guy on the masthead, keeping the editorial voice
consistent across Pitchfork’s ever-widening platform of
websites, live events, online radio, videos and other multimedia
His boyhood love for underground music was just the beginning of
an itinerant, sometimes irreverent journey to Pitchfork’s
front door. In high school, he started an amateur magazine with a
friend and called it “Nasal Spray,” because they
thought it sounded funny. He moved to Portland, Ore., after college
because his band had made a tour stop there and he liked the town.
Then he followed his heart to Calgary, Alberta, to work some odd
jobs and live with a girlfriend. A few years later, after getting
his MA in English at UB, Stosuy moved to New York City, where he
slept in a friend’s closet to save money and finally zeroed
in on music writing. “I wanted to give music a go because it
was how I started as a teenager, and I felt like it was the right
path,” he says.
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