Crew

Producing a TV show about local musicians is exactly what Mike was meant to do.  He just never really considered it until PDX Spotlight came along.  After over 15 years in the corporate world of marketing – designing campaigns for large clients such as Best Buy, Disney, FedEx, Walmart

Mike Burling/Executive Producer

Producing a TV show about local musicians is exactly what Mike was meant to do. He just never really considered it until PDX Spotlight came along. After over 15 years in the corporate world of marketing – designing campaigns for large clients such as Best Buy, Disney, FedEx, Walmart & Staples to name a few, it was time for a change. What does this have to do with music or television production? Well…..nothing…but sometimes you realize that you should be doing something else with your life, something you love. Mike has always had a connection with music and as a native Oregonian gains enormous satisfaction from helping local musicians follow their dreams. Mike also owns a small production company in Portland called Blue Sock Productions where he enjoys helping clients market their businesses, causes or capturing personal moments in their lives. If you would like to get in touch with Mike you can reach him at mike@pdxspotlight.com
At his core, Luke is a lover of all things music.  He’s a musician, songwriter, producer, studio owner/engineer with a background in radio, music marketing, and music publication.  Originally from Arizona, Luke played in several independent bands in the Phoenix and Tucson areas and put in many, many hours of grassroots-style promotion in order to get his bands heard.  

Luke is one of the cities greatest advocates of the local music scene striving to promote musicians and foster a strong relationship between artists and fans. In addition to hosting PDX Spotlight, he also hosts a radio show every Thursday on Portland Radio Project (PRP.FM) called "Sounds of PDX" (http://prp.fm/show/luke-neill/).  If you would like to contact Luke you can reach him at Luke@prp.fm

Luke Neill/Host & Producer

At his core, Luke is a lover of all things music. He’s a musician, songwriter, producer, studio owner/engineer with a background in radio, music marketing, and music publication. Originally from Arizona, Luke played in several independent bands in the Phoenix and Tucson areas and put in many, many hours of grassroots-style promotion in order to get his bands heard. Luke is one of the cities greatest advocates of the local music scene striving to promote musicians and foster a strong relationship between artists and fans. In addition to hosting PDX Spotlight, he also hosts a radio show every Thursday on Portland Radio Project (PRP.FM) called “Sounds of PDX” (http://prp.fm/show/luke-neill/). If you would like to contact Luke you can reach him at Luke@prp.fm
Natasha was born and raised in the magical city that is Portland, Oregon. Spending her younger years at the artistic Da Vinci Arts Middle School, and following up her education as a General at Grant High School. Natasha then proceeded to move to Mexico to work and live for a couple years. Her experiences (drinking quality tequila

Natasha Haynes/Host

Natasha was born and raised in the magical city that is Portland, Oregon. Spending her younger years at the artistic Da Vinci Arts Middle School, and following up her education as a General at Grant High School. Natasha then proceeded to move to Mexico to work and live for a couple years. Her experiences (drinking quality tequila & tanning regularly) abroad inspired her to take an interest in writing, and she moved back home to seek a degree in Journalism. Her interests in journalism have enabled her with opportunities to start a blog (The-Yam.com), work along side the incredible Radio Disney Portland team as an Emcee, and host a local sports show. Natasha has always had a love for music, and for the people that are capable of making it. For that very reason, she is beyond thrilled to have stumbled onto the PDX Spotlight team. Hosting was not something Natasha ever imagined she would be doing. However, when incredible opportunities present themselves, Natasha is not one to back down. She now aspires to be the next Female Ryan Seacrest, and looks forward to starting this journey of hers, by uncovering all of the dirty secrets Northwest artists have to share. If you would like to contact Natasha you can reach her at Natasha@pdxspotlight.com or follow her on twitter at @Natasha_Haynes
Mark graduated from Oregon State University in 2011. He majored in New Media Communications and was heavily involved with the student run TV/radio station. During his time there, he produced a variety of TV shows (the majority with a focus on supporting the local music scene) and played drums for several local bands. After graduating, Mark moved to Portland and began to get involved with the PDX music scene. The rest is history. 

You can get a hold of Mark at: mark@pdxspotlight.com

Mark Dilson/Co-Producer

Mark graduated from Oregon State University in 2011. He majored in New Media Communications and was heavily involved with the student run TV/radio station. During his time there, he produced a variety of TV shows (the majority with a focus on supporting the local music scene) and played drums for several local bands. After graduating, Mark moved to Portland and began to get involved with the PDX music scene. The rest is history. You can get a hold of Mark at: mark@pdxspotlight.com
Jason is a Gulf War veteran who has made it his mission to help other veterans and people living on the streets. Once living on the streets himself he now spends much of his time helping the local homelessness community. As a volunteer for PDX Spotlight Jason has found yet another opportunity to help people – in this case musicians trying to realize their dreams. Jason has a new found passion for production work and volunteers on a number of shows for Portland Community Media. With PDX Spotlight he can usually be found in the control room switching camera angles but also spends time behind the camera and is always up for a show at a local venue.

If you’d like to contact Jason you can reach him at jason@pdxspotlight.com

Jason Kersten/Technical Director

Jason is a Gulf War veteran who has made it his mission to help other veterans and people living on the streets. Once living on the streets himself he now spends much of his time helping the local homelessness community. As a volunteer for PDX Spotlight Jason has found yet another opportunity to help people – in this case musicians trying to realize their dreams. Jason has a new found passion for production work and volunteers on a number of shows for Portland Community Media. With PDX Spotlight he can usually be found in the control room switching camera angles but also spends time behind the camera and is always up for a show at a local venue. If you’d like to contact Jason you can reach him at jason@pdxspotlight.com
Martina was born and raised in Prague, Czech Republic.  Her formative years were spent in defiance of a Communist regime as an activist and actress in the underground resistance in the arts, theater, and movies as well as protesting and marching in the streets.  During this time, she acted in film and theater, co-wrote a play, toured with a rock band, and danced on a table top with a future president.

Later she decided to work on the other side of the camera as a production manager. She produced commercials for clients like Visa, Procter and Gamble, Unilever, Mattoni water, and worked on documentaries for RCN Network and CNN. She also helped with Rolling Stones musician Ronnie Wood’s art exhibition in Prague.

Seeking new adventures she decided to travel abroad to study English and computer graphics in Berkeley. After returning to Czech she worked as a financial director for the largest Czech owned advertising agency.  Finally moving back to San Francisco she worked as a business/finance manager at a dot.com during the internet bubble.

She is currently freelancing and helping with feature film financing projects and concert tours.

Moving to Portland and stumbling upon PDX Spotlight has been another new adventure and she is enjoying meeting local musicians and working with a great crew of talented people.

When she is not filming, she is standing on her head doing yoga, tending to her beehives, and raising two precocious young daughters.

If you would like to contact Martina you can reach her at Martina@pdxspotlight.com

Martina Phillips/Technical Director & Camera

Martina was born and raised in Prague, Czech Republic.  Her formative years were spent in defiance of a Communist regime as an activist and actress in the underground resistance in the arts, theater, and movies as well as protesting and marching in the streets.  During this time, she acted in film and theater, co-wrote a play, toured with a rock band, and danced on a table top with a future president. Later she decided to work on the other side of the camera as a production manager. She produced commercials for clients like Visa, Procter and Gamble, Unilever, Mattoni water, and worked on documentaries for RCN Network and CNN. She also helped with Rolling Stones musician Ronnie Wood’s art exhibition in Prague. Seeking new adventures she decided to travel abroad to study English and computer graphics in Berkeley. After returning to Czech she worked as a financial director for the largest Czech owned advertising agency.  Finally moving back to San Francisco she worked as a business/finance manager at a dot.com during the internet bubble. She is currently freelancing and helping with feature film financing projects and concert tours. Moving to Portland and stumbling upon PDX Spotlight has been another new adventure and she is enjoying meeting local musicians and working with a great crew of talented people. When she is not filming, she is standing on her head doing yoga, tending to her beehives, and raising two precocious young daughters. If you would like to contact Martina you can reach her at Martina@pdxspotlight.com
Through his volunteer work and utilizing Portland Community Media resources and facilities, Orlando has established himself as one of the go to camera operators for PDX Spotlight.   He is inspired by the creativity, dedication, artistry and enthusiasm demonstrated by the musical guests and the production crew on the show.  This motivates him to continuously evolve his video production skills. 

When he’s not working on PDX Spotlight Orlando keeps busy by creating his own short films and considers himself an amateur animator.  He’s even working on an 8-minute musical animated short that he hopes to release during the summer of 2018.   If that’s not enough, Orlando is a lover of classical piano and is beginning development of his own Piano focused TV show.

Orlando Romulo Sanchez/Camera Operator

Through his volunteer work and utilizing Portland Community Media resources and facilities, Orlando has established himself as one of the go to camera operators for PDX Spotlight. He is inspired by the creativity, dedication, artistry and enthusiasm demonstrated by the musical guests and the production crew on the show. This motivates him to continuously evolve his video production skills. When he’s not working on PDX Spotlight Orlando keeps busy by creating his own short films and considers himself an amateur animator. He’s even working on an 8-minute musical animated short that he hopes to release during the summer of 2018. If that’s not enough, Orlando is a lover of classical piano and is beginning development of his own Piano focused TV show.
Brent is a family man, who has a passion for the arts. His personal passion is photography and he also has a strong love of music.  He is a devoted believer in local musicians and tries to help support them as much as he possibly can.   As the staff photographer for PDX Spotlight Brent has been able to utilize his talent and eye for performance photography and develop lasting relationships with local musicians.    He and PDX Spotlight share the same feelings and beliefs so we make a perfect team.  You can see his work all over this site including most of the photo galleries on the artist pages.  To learn more about Brent you can visit him at https://www.facebook.com/BrentAngeloPhotography.

Brent Angelo - Still Photography

Brent is a family man, who has a passion for the arts. His personal passion is photography and he also has a strong love of music. He is a devoted believer in local musicians and tries to help support them as much as he possibly can. As the staff photographer for PDX Spotlight Brent has been able to utilize his talent and eye for performance photography and develop lasting relationships with local musicians. He and PDX Spotlight share the same feelings and beliefs so we make a perfect team. You can see his work all over this site including most of the photo galleries on the artist pages. To learn more about Brent you can visit him at https://www.facebook.com/BrentAngeloPhotography.