Meet The Team

Kristin Stahlke, Founder/Editor-In-Chief

After finding her passion for music and writing during college, Kristin launched Chicago Haze in April 2015 as a creative outlet. After navigating her way through the Chicago scene for a few years, Kristin was able to start covering shows of up and coming musicians, ranging from local and touring acts performing throughout the city’s close-knit music community. Kristin has developed Chicago Haze’s coverage to focus mainly on pop, indie-pop, rock and alternative music. Some of her favorite artists include Taylor Swift, The 1975, Vampire Weekend, Mitski, Phoebe Bridgers, and the ethereal Stevie Nicks. Follow her shenanigans on Instagram here and see her portfolio here.

Emma Maliborski, Contributor

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Emma spent the last four years in New York City as a student with a passion for all things art, music, culture, and media. Though she spent most of her childhood dreaming about being the next Taylor Swift, she soon realized that she was much better at writing about music than playing it. Her favorite artists include Grimes, The National, Lana del Rey, Prince, and Kacey Musgraves, and her all-time favorite concert was Lorde’s Melodrama tour at Barclays Center. She would like to live in a country where Dolly Parton is the president and the Dixie Chicks are all VPs. Give her a follow on Instagram here!

Mitch Taylor, Contributor

A Chicago-based PR professional by day and music fanatic by night (okay, and also by day), Mitch loves sneakers, grilled cheese, and all things hip-hop. His first concert ever was seeing Hawthorne Heights on the 2006 Nintendo Fusion Tour, and he believes the greatest joy in life is coming back to win in Mario Party 8. While his musical preferences change with the season, his favorite artists include The National, 2Pac, Passion Pit, BROCKHAMPTON, Grimes, and the legendary UGK. Give him a follow on Instagram!

Brittany Trang, Contributor

As all of her lab-mates know, Brittany listens to a lot of sad indie rock while working in the lab as a graduate research fellow. The National, Julien Baker, and Phoebe Bridgers are always in her rotation, as well as Carly Rae Jepsen and Haim for when she’s done feeling sad. Her favorite Chicago venues include the Old Town School of Folk Music and Schuba’s Tavern, and she hopes to one day see Sufjan Stevens play “Chicago” at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. You can find more of her writing at publications such as Chemistry World, the Graduate and Postdoctoral Chemist, and PopMatters and can follow her on Twitter @brittanytrang.

Sean Goodwin, Contributor

Although he is a native of New York City, Sean openly admits that he’d rather be exploring the mountains or hanging out on the beach. The only thing stronger than his passion for scouring the depths of Spotify for new music each Friday would be his admiration for four-legged companions. Don’t be shocked if he screams; he’s just really excited to pet your dog.

    He adopted his other hobby, running, at the young age of four after misunderstanding the rules of pee-wee soccer. Feel free to toss him a follow on Instagram @the_goodrun.

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