One of Planetary’s founding members, Adam Lewis has demonstrated commitment to music promotion from the get-go. While at college, Adam acted as the Chairman of the Activities Board, as well as the Music Director & Arts Editor of the radio station and newspaper. Adam also produced and promoted an independent EP, which charted on CMJ for 9 weeks.
The Summer of 1990 found Adam with yet another task — tour managing the Aquanettas (IRS) on their North American tour opening for Nine Inch Nails and Meat Beat Manifesto. Upon graduating he worked for Harris Goldberg at Concert Ideas in Woodstock, NY, and opened a satellite office of Concert Ideas here in Boston. In between the move from Woodstock to Boston, Adam hit the road again — this time as Tour Manager for Alien Sex Fiend (Mechanic).
So, what’s Adam been up to these days? Besides leading Planetary into the new millennium, he spent five years as the New England Sales Manager for TVT Records, where he played an integral part in the promotion of such acts as Sevendust, Guided By Voices, and Snoop Doggy Dogg. Adam also does all of the publicity, promotion, and media buying for Great Northeast Productions. Great Northeast produces over 50 (club level to stadium-sized) shows a year throughout New England. They have also been responsible for all of the large-scale Phish shows for the last few years, including The Clifford Ball, The Great Went, Lemonwheel, Oswego, It, Coventry, and the 2000 New Year’s Eve show in Florida, which was the largest millennium rock show in the world. For several years, Adam also managed Blackbird/Atlantic recording artists, Angry Salad.
Chris Davies, while still in high school and a rookie in the business, managed bands such as The Disturbed and Blues Traveler. In college, Chris worked as the Assistant to the Music Director of the University of Rhode Island’s WRIU, as well as acting as an independent concert promoter. In Boston, while working with local juice heroes Tom and Tom of Nantucket Nectars, Chris submerged himself in the local music scene. In joining forces with Adam and Concert Ideas he directed the founding of Planetary. Now Chris directs Planetary’s general Business affairs as well as being the General Manager of the Radio Promotion Dept. He is also instrumental in Planetary’s Commercial & Specialty show promotion.
business development & project manager
Greg got an early start in the music industry, while only in high school Greg promoted DIY shows all over his home town of Albany, as well as releasing several compilation CDs as well. While studying Music Business and Recording at the University Of New Haven, Greg was music director of WNHU for four years and in addition to programming the alternative department at the station, he helped to bring the station to a new era of greatness. After graduation in May of 2004, Greg joined the ranks of past WNHU music directors who have gone on to careers in the music industry by taking a job at the Planetary Group after several months of interning.
Greg is well versed in many aspects of the music industry, including booking, radio promotion, online promotions, management (as Passion Pit’s first manager), and as an artist (he was an original member of Bridge 9 / Abacus recording artist The Distance).
After 4 years of working in the radio and new media departments, Greg took a brief sabbatical in artist management but in Jan 2009, Greg returned to Planetary Radio to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and he’s all outta bubblegum.
Oscar got his first taste of the college radio world at New Mexico State University’s student run station KRUX. While in high school a few friends he had known were now DJing at the station and invited him to hang out. He knew he had to get in there somehow and once his college career started he began to DJ. After a couple years he applied for the assistant music director position, was denied, was reconsidered, hired on and moved up into the head director’s position. While there he juggled millions of packages coming at him while “studying” for his bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism. After 2 great years college came to an end and the music bug was still with him. He moved to San Jose, CA, his hometown, and began working at a restaurant to make ends meat. After a year of slaving he got his calling at Planetary and made a quick move to Los Angeles where he’s been having the time of his life with his lady. Oscar loves movies, festivals, the San Francisco Giants, apples, free stuff, tweeting, wristbands, information and an open bar.
Born in Los Angeles and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan – Jesse began her love affair with radio in Lansing, MI as a reporter & producer for WILS. While studying journalism at Michigan State University, she began jockeying the discs at WDBM and worked her way up to become music director. After graduation and saying her goodbyes to the mitten state, Jesse drove west for an internship with Planetary and hasn’t looked back since.
Luke “Diamond” Phillips was born and raised in and around Flint, Michigan. As a youth, he voraciously consumed all of the pop culture and random history he could possibly handle, which makes him great at trivia. All of that obsession finally culminated when, at 16, Luke read Our Band Could Be Your Life for the first time. That settled it — young LDP was now obsessed with music culture almost exclusively.
Our hero attended Oakland University in Auburn Hills, MI, where in his first week he stepped inside the doors of WXOU Radio. Thereafter, he pretty much never left the station’s walls until graduation, becoming a student DJ in the process. Fellow DJs and staffers soon took notice of Luke’s wide-ranging, all-encompassing, super-inclusive taste, encyclopedic knowledge of bands and artists, and willingness to animatedly discuss these and various other subjects with anyone and everyone.
Freshly graduated, Luke has transplanted to LA, where he’s joined the radio department at Planetary. He’s just as excited to talk to YOU about records and the minutiae of life as he is everyone else.
Online and Tour Publicity
Born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles County, Heather went to the University of Southern California, where she studied Public Relations and Creative Writing. She used to play French horn in the marching band and befriended many musicians, going to jazz and other concerts all over Los Angeles.
After undergrad, Heather worked for several years at a boutique public relations firm before freelancing as a social media coordinator for a reggae-inspired Southern California based catering company. Working in the new media department at Planetary Group combines her love for music and excitedly telling people about things she loves.
Some of her favorite things are going to concerts, winning contests, absurdly tiny dogs, taking public transportation, free food, tacos, Twitter, and hoppy beer.
Online and Tour Publicity
Drew is a transplant to Los Angeles from Chicago, where he graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Communications and Creative Writing. Originally from Omaha, NE, Drew is relatively new to the PR game, having spent the last seven years as an entertainment journalist. He has been published in The Chicago Sun-Times, The A.V. Club, Interview Magazine, LA Weekly and numerous other fine publications. He was the Events Editor for PopMatters for two years, where, after dealing with thousands of press releases, he thought, “Hey, I can do this,” and got his first taste of PR with Eyes and Ears Entertainment in Chicago, before taking a job in Los Angeles with Ink Tank PR.
Drew loves fly fishing, and will expound for hours on the brilliance of Goodfellas, Ween and The Replacements.