With representation in New York, Chicago, Austin, Los Angeles, Santiago and London,
we are a small team of writers and communicators with the passion, drive, knowledge and experience to take your brand to the next level.
Through a combination of creative strategy and refined tactical execution, we help our clients in musical instrument technology, professional and consumer audio articulate their stories — and their brand vision — to our close network of influential trade and consumer media.
Who we are
We are a team of professional writers and communicators with decades of collective experience in PR, branding & identity and marketing communications
Though he’d rather be twiddling knobs on his modular synthesizer or reading a Nordic Noir mystery, Jeff has been a strategic communicator and public relations pro for over 25 years. As a journalist, has written hundreds of features in publications such as Pro Sound News, Tape Op, EQ and Professional Sound and is also the author of five published non-fiction titles. The sometimes marathoner aspires to run Berlin, where he hopes to employ his feeble German skills while asking for directions.
Kim Carlson Touzeau
The co-founder COO/CFO of Hummingbird Media, Kim is as handy and organized at home as she was handling management positions at Apple, IBM, Sega and Showtime. Her Duke BA and NYU MBA degrees have set her up nicely for a future as a house-flipping alpaca farmer. When she is not doing finance tasks or petting alpacas, you can probably find her knitting in front of a Duke Blue Devils hoops game.
Steve expertly conveys very specific stories across a wide range of demographics, which helps in leading an unpretentious power-pop band—The Sharp Shadows—within the hipster epicenter of Brooklyn, NY. He worked in PR and operational roles at various nonprofits before joining Hummingbird to feed his passion for music and technology, as well as provide a better life for his two cats. If we’re not careful, his combined knowledge of WWII history and guitar-pedal tinkering could lead to a blitzkrieg of noise.
Based in Los Angeles, Katie lives in the right place for both her fashionista beach-bum lifestyle and for covering the music production world. At Hummingbird Media, she specializes in gaining clients coverage in the lifestyle, consumer and musical instrument spheres. Before joining Hummingbird, she specialized in identifying pro-audio and music-industry trends as an editor for a prominent MI trade magazine for eight years. In 2015, Katie earned a SheRocks “Next Generation” award, which honors female leaders in the music industry. When she’s not pursuing media results for her clients, she’s pursuing another award for devouring books.
Ben is a lifelong music aficionado and multi-instrumentalist cleverly disguised as a PR professional. Having worn a variety of hats in the music industry including artist promotion, concert production and music marketing for major labels, he has a keen eye for creativity and innovation and is able to parlay this skill by placing stories across multiple media verticals. As a PR professional with many high end consumer product launches under his belt, Ben routinely interfaces with the top audiophile press. When he is not cultivating the latest PR story, he can be found curating a songwriters’ salon, setting up light & audio gear for a pop-up church or running a prominent music venue’s livestream.
Having worked for three years in the film business as an Executive Assistant, Shelby began working with Hummingbird five years ago, putting her writing and pitching skills into practice. Using her innate fast-paced work-style from working on and off set, Shelby is now an Account Manager at Hummingbird. In her downtime, this francophile can be found taking film photography or spinning vinyl as she types away on her vintage typewriter inside her Brooklyn home, often accompanied by a freshly made cappuccino and an orange cat named Wash.
Hailing from Austin, the Live Music Capital of the World, Ashley Kinchen is an account manager — keeping clients well served in the lifestyle and consumer facing dimensions of Hummingbird. Ashley is nimble in her coverage placements, routinely working with top editors in both consumer lifestyle and professional audio. After more than a decade serving customers in the hospitality and retail industries, this trained Chef-turned-PR pro spends her spare time nurturing her houseplants or treasure hunting at local antique and thrift shops.
Public Relations Associate
Currently pursuing a dual degree in Communications and Psychology at University of Michigan, Caroline also performs double-duty for Hummingbird on social media and media placement tasks. While this a cappella singer/arranger cheers for the Wolverines, her heart belongs to pandas, and she always has a soccer ball rolling around in the back of her car.
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