DJ Lanphier

New York, NY USA

Professional Experience

Writer, Filmmaker, Photographer. I am a storyteller. It's simply a question of medium. Intelligent and passionate writer with diverse interests and experience, well-published online at Conde Nast and AOL. Quick, factual, creative, indepth and deadline oriented reporting with a keen eye for the universal narratives that inspire and motivate the audience to share. Expert industry experience and contacts in music, technology, film, TV, politics and photography. Diverse interests including art, science, food and cooking. Experienced filmmaker, skilled creative producer and director. Not much that I haven't done behind the camera. Have worked on big budget Hollywood blockbusters, rock and roll TV shows and small intimate short films. Unique insights into the artistic process and the production and technical industry behind movies and music. Words and pictures... What story do you want to tell?


Other, Specify
25 Years
15 Years
15 Years


10 Years
4 Years
3 Years


Broadcasting - Ent - TV (National)
16 Years
Mainstream Feature Film
25 Years
Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
4 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

25 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Spinner @ AOL Music (10+), Fast Company (1-2)

Other Work History

Writer (freelance) - Conde Nast - GQ - New York 8/2008 - 1/2009 - Researched and wrote four to six weekly articles on computers, cars, phones, audio gear and other fun tech gadgets. Meetings with Sony, Leica, Klipsch, Apple, Samsung, HTC and more. Producer - Rethink Media re:think New York 4/2007 - Led team of 25 on production of multi-camera TV pilot created by Ari Wallach (The Great Schlep) and hosted by Douglas Rushkoff (The Merchants of Cool). Rethink was a post partisan cross platform talk show focused on creating honest debate and exploring solutions to current issues. Assistant Director, Location Manager and Production Coordinator 1987-present - Managed dozens of film and TV crews from 10 - 150 people, including projects for directors Johnny Depp, Polly Draper, Matt Mahurin and Tony Kaye. - Managed locations on commercials, music videos and events. - Coordinated multi-camera TV shows for ABC, PBS, A&E, CNN, TNT and more.

Technical Skills

WRITING: AP Style Strong interview skills Strong reporting skills Unique insights VIDEO PRODUCTION: Producer Director Assistant Director (Film Credits - IMDB) Skilled Camera Operator (Broadcast Credits - IMDB) Location Manager (Broadcast and Film Credits - IMDB) Production Coordinator (Broadcast Credits - IMDB) Video Editor (Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro) STILL PHOTOGRAPHY: Photographs published at AOL Music / Spinner

Computer Skills

Windows OS Mac OS Microsoft Office - Word, Excel, PowerPoint Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign Avid Media Composer Final Cut Pro HTML, PHP Wordpress CMS Final Draft


Sony A33 DSLR Camera - takes 14.5 MB stills and records 1080p HD video w/ sound. Sennheiser Boom microphone w/ Softie Wired lav microphone Tripod (basic) Audio recorder iPad 2 AVAILABLE SOFTWARE: Avid Media Composer 5 Adobe Photoshop CS6 Adobe inDesign CS5.5 Handbrake


Many references available. Ask and ye shall receive! Some of my LinkedIn Recommendations: "DJ is a great writer and editor. The stories he submitted to AOL Music/ were consistently prompt, clean and creative. DJ is great with artists -- he gets interesting stories out of musicians and is thoughtful about how he crafts his pieces." - Kim Persse - Managing Editor, AOL Music / Spinner - October 29, 2011 "DJ was one of the gear and tech freelance writers for, the defunct site that once served as the portal for GQ and Details magazines. He contributed to Material Interest, the site's blog, providing a reliably authoritative voice for our coverage." - Jonathan Durbin - Senior Editor - Conde Nast - - March 19, 2012 More here:


Spinner / AOL Music

Interviews with Wanda Jackson, Broken Social Scene, Young the Giant, and more. Reporting on shows by Les Claypool, Morning Benders, Syd Straw and the Golden Palominos, She and Him and many more.
Legendary music producer and musician Daniel Lanois performs with his band Black Dub in NYC.
Interview with musician Nicole Atkins, review of her show in NY. Took photograph accompanying article.
Reporting on the King Crimson founders last ever performance of his legendary "Frippertronics" piece in New York City. Also shot photograph accompanying the article.
Reporting on Aimee Mann concert. Took photograph accompanying article.
Feature article for AOL's flagship music site, Spinner.

Material Interest @ GQ -

Leica was kind enough to allow me to review and play around with some very nice camera, including this one...
Report on a beautiful all wood turntable. (Please note: GQ did not archive many articles at, thus the Internet Archive supplies the link.)
A video camera for that bungee jump.
Audio speakers that sing.
Review of bicycle for GQ. ( is now defunct.)
Post on fun and expensive cell phone.