Who we are

Who does what and why:

There is no way in holy hell that our funky little site would be even remotely possible (or successful) without all the continuous help from our staff and contributors - both past and present. Though many have come and gone (and we mean many), below you'll find a list of our current roster. These folks are amazing, and we're forever thankful to them all!

Editorial

Christopher Gonda

Publisher, CEO (Toronto, ON, Canada)
- One day back in 2005, I got drunk with a friend and we decided to stop working on our then-active socio-political website, but continue to do something in the world of web. Heavy music was one of our common interests and within a few months, PureGrainAudio was born. What began as a hobby has grown into way more than we could have ever expected. Now, all we want is global media domination. Full stop.

Aaron Willschick

President, Editor (Toronto, ON, Canada)
- Hey all, I’ve been the President of PureGrainAudio since it started all the way back in the early spring of 2005. What started as a hobby to help expose myself to some new music has turned into pretty much a second job. I love rock music, particularly alternative and hard rock, but mostly I just love good music. It could be blues rock, acoustic, classic, it just has to be good!

Graham Finney

Deputy Editor, Vice President (London, England, UK)
- Living an almost hermit-like existence these days, when not sleeping, slaving over a laptop or at a gig, my time is spent between photographing mixed martial arts, watching shit horror movies and learning to play my slightly battered acoustic guitar. The reason I still do this? Obviously the money, hookers and fast cars, but mainly because Chris lets me indulge my passion for music that sounds like elephants fucking.

Mike Bax

Managing Editor, Canada (Kitchener, ON, Canada)
- One day back in 2006, I got drunk with a friend and we decided to start a music magazine. That one lasted a few years. For many reasons, I folded that magazine and immediately started ANOTHER music magazine. That one made it another 6 years. During these many years, I’d run into Chris Gonda a lot. He always said "We should work together." Now we are. We both want global media domination. Full stop.

Nathan Katsiaficas

Managing Editor, USA (Portland, ME, USA)
- When he's not out in the woods, clomping around in streams, or looking at shiny rocks, you can find U.S. Editor and contributing photographer Nathan Katsiaficas in the photo pit, covering everything from heavy metal to punk, alternative, indie, and hip-hop.

Mark Angel Brandt

Co-Managing Editor, UK/EU (Yucatán, Mexico)
- Former founder of Broken Amp (RIP). Can’t stop, won’t stop listening to music. Nomad of confused origin. Variety of other interests, including Internet rabbit holes, juggling languages and battle rap.

James Parry-Smith

Co-Managing Editor, UK/EU (Derbyshire, England, UK)
- Eternal nineties metal kid from London with a penchant for extreme music and HM-2 clamour. My first-ever gig at the age of sixteen was Napalm Death, At The Gates and Crowbar - a baptism of fire that set in stone a lifelong love of metal and general noisiness. Writing for numerous online publications over the years (including Broken Amp and Cvlt Nation) has now led me to PGA, where the adventure and the quest for world domination will surely continue!

Reza Vaziri

Managing Editor, Electronic (Toronto, ON, Canada)
- I started MaxMuzik to help expose myself to some great music back in 2011. It was a music magazine offering the latest in underground and mainstream Electronic music. MaxMuzik is now a part of PureGrainAudio. I love electronica, and if you do too, then you’re in the right spot.

Bruce Moore

Creative Director (Mechanicsville, VA, USA)
- Host of Brutally Delicious. Freelance Music Writer. Author. Video Editor. Audio Engineer.

Lav Nandlall

Managing Editor, South Africa (Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa)
- It all started back in high school when the kid in my class gave me the wrong bootlegged CD. It was fire, it was raw, it was heavy metal! Sorry, Mum, it’s not just a phase! I’m a content strategist during the day and a wordsmith at night. I write about the wayward souls, the musicians, the wannabes and the noisemakers. I once caught a plane with Slayer, had a drink with Darkest Hour and touched Pamela Anderson’s décolletage.

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