Meet the Team

Andrea Young

ANDREA YOUNG

Partner

Andrea is an entrepreneur with extensive experience and expertise running projects and companies from startups to established brands.  As a management executive she has worked for a major label and distribution company on campaigns for Tom Petty, Spyro Gyra, Chaka Khan, Elvis Costello and hundreds of lesser known artists; co-owned a music retail chain of 15 stores; co-founded the company that computerized over 2000 retail and wholesale music industry stores and warehouses; was part of the group that created SoundScan; ran and chaired Aspen Colorado’s public radio station (APR), and continues to produce and host weekly radio news and music shows on APR.   Recently she has focused her energies on music curation services, playlists, and working with emerging and independent artists including The Portnoy Brothers, Birds Over Arkansas, The Rifters, Memoryfield, David Nyro and Natasha Marin.

 

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ERIK KORAL

Partner

Erik Koral is a Los Angeles native and 17-year experienced digital marketing professional.  He was President & Founder of FanManager, a street team management and social media focused music marketing agency which he ran for 9 years from 2005-2014. During those years, he had the pleasure of working with artists such as; Depeche Mode, Shakira, Phish, The Black Eyed Peas, The Michael Jackson Estate, The Doors, Infected Mushroom, Grace Potter, and over 100 other clients. He is also the current President & Founder of Koral Marketing and consults LGBT brands and entertainers. Erik is also a Drag Queen. You read that right!  His drag alter ego, Erika Simone, is the most famous Uber driver in the world with her business, Driving is a DRAG.

Kurt Nishimura

KURT NISHIMURA
Publicist

A native Southern Californian born in LA, raised in the OC and currently residing in Silver Lake, Kurt sports a lifetime obsession with all things music which includes 24 years in the biz working the publicity angles for a wide variety of artists and genres.  He attended UCLA remaining undeclared for 4 ½ years instead focused on attending legendary tours by the likes of The Smiths, Jesus & Mary Chain, The The, Echo & The Bunnymen (who’ve finally come full circle as a client), Cocteau Twins, Gun Club, Husker Du, countless Janes Addiction club dates, etc..  He finally graduated and landed an internship with Enigma Records where he immersed himself in early Flaming Lips and Tim Buckley albums.  A whirlwind of major/indie label gigs ensued throughout the 90’s and early oughts including Island Music Publishing, Virgin Records, MCA Records (7 years in publicity department—working with everyone from Lyle Lovett to Al Green) and Windham Hill/Private Music (6 years as head of the PR department creating campaigns for Etta James, Barry White, Janis Ian & George Winston among others).  Freelance life beckoned and he continued working with artists as diverse as Bill Frisell, Boz Scaggs, Camper Van Beethoven, the Bunnymen, Ravi Coltrane, Los Lobos, Angelique Kidjo, Loudon Wainwright III  and others.  When not working with musicians, he’ll likely be watching Dodgers and Clippers games.

 

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SAMUEL MORRIS

Publicist

Born and raised in Shropshire, England, Sam first visited California as a teenager, where his passion for music was initially ignited.  Sam then spent his college years in London, majoring in marketing communications while exploring a diverse range of music scenes across the capital.  After completing his degree and having already taken on several event planning, marketing and PR roles within the UK, Sam took no time in heading out to the States to pursue his passion for music further at Koral Young.  In his spare time you’ll find Sam hiking, checking out new music and hanging out with friends.

 

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MATTHEW KAYSER
In-House Writer

Born in the Sound Beach enclave of Long Island, NY during the 1970s, Matthew Kayser is fortunate enough to really only remember the gargantuan ’80s. He had no choice but to be influenced by the mega artists of the time, true superstars such as U2, Bruce Springsteen, Guns n’ Roses and The Police. His ear naturally gravitates towards tunes meant to be sung by extremely large audiences. This passion for the epic inevitably crept into Matthew’s own songwriting, that of which he has temporarily put aside after ten years of fronting some of the best (and worst) bands you’ve never heard. For the past decade, Matthew has tried to positively influence high school students in the South Bronx and Chicago’s South Side by teaching a combination of Social Studies, ELA and ethics. The only things he adores more than performing, listening to, and writing about music are his wife, Rebecca, and their three children.  NYC is where Matthew eventually wants to live while positively contributing to the music industry via his skills with the written word and his own brand of songwriting. Matthew is beyond thrilled to be writing for The MuseBox, a company that he believes quite simply “gets it” as it pertains to what musicians want and need.

 

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Nimi Randhawa

Social Media/PR Manager

Nimi Randhawa was born in Birmingham, UK and was raised in Shropshire, later moving to London to undertake a Business Management and Marketing degree. Nimi was first introduced to the music scene at a young age and her journey in London has enabled her to develop her interest and knowledge further. A background in graphic design combined with a natural marketing flair allows Nimi to deliver results in a creative way. Nimi‘s spare time is filled with trying new activities and hanging with with family and friends.

 

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Shari Bolar

Social Media/PR Manager

Shari Bolar is a North Carolina native with a fondness for sweet tea and sweet beats. She has been an admirer of all things music since she was able to pick up a microphone, but has recently found herself undertaking more behind the scenes work and loves it! She is currently working on social media projects for the band Grandchildren. Beyond music she has worked as a model in the fashion industry, and likes to spend time with her fuzzy golden retriever.

 

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Jessica Lynch

Social Media/PR Manager

Jessica Lynch hails from the land Down Under and is currently in her final semester of a Commerce degree, where she is double-majoring in Public Relations and Marketing.
Raised on the hits of the 70s and 80s and sustained by alt-rock and pop-punk, Jessica is excited to be able to combine her loves of music and communication in her role with Koral Young. When she is not on the hunt for her next favorite song, Jess enjoys catching up with friends and falling down the Pinterest rabbit hole.

 

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Jacky Araya

Social Media/PR Manager

Hi, my name is Jacky and I am a senior at Rider University. Anyone who knows me would describe me as bubbly and dedicated. I love  fashion, music, travel and pop culture. From an early age, artistic outlets captured my mind, there is nothing I enjoy more than fashion and music. To travel the world and make a difference one day is on my bucket list. I wake up every day with a “make the day count” attitude, this motivates me to accomplish my goals. An optimistic and hard working perspective makes me excited for what the future holds.

 

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Jessica Hobbs

Social Media/PR Manager

Hello, my name is Jessica. I am currently a junior at the University of Central Florida where I am majoring in Marketing. I was born and raised in a small town outside of Atlanta, Georgia. I am always expressing myself through fashion by trying different trends and styles. I love to listen to any type of music. In the future, I want to travel to different countries around the world to experience their different cultures, fashion, and ways of life.