Tati Becerra is pop-punk princess and editor-in-chief at Rare Candy. Tati hails from LA and because of this she loves avocados, pilates, tacos, and green juice an absurd amount. Beyond being the occasional LA-stereotype, Tati is also a huge boy band nerd and wants to master all of the *NSYNC dances. (Don't try to fight her on the *NSYNC vs. Backstreet Boys debate... you'll lose.) When she’s not jamming to Panic! at the Disco or State Champs, you can probably find Tati at a local emo show, dancing through the streets of NYC, or searching for good eats.
Lena is a sometimes-editor of Rare Candy and a full-time jazz DJ at WKCR FM. She went through an emo phase in high school, and she claims she’s over it, but other Rare Candy writers are less sure. She can still be found occasionally in the pit at a Joyce Manor show, but these days you are probably more likely to see her at the Village Vanguard. For better or worse. The pieces she’s written for Rare Candy over the last two years echo this dissonance within her music taste. You’ll find everything from an interview with indie-pop group Half Waif to an interview with free jazz pianist Cat Toren.
Xana is from FL and trying her best despite that. She loves crying at concerts and making dozens of unfinished playlists on Spotify. When she isn’t writing/editing for Rare Candy she’s reading comics or working on her NYC restaurant spreadsheet. Beyond Rare Candy, she’s a DJ and Music Director at WBAR and President of Columbia’s Science Fiction Society.
Thomas Wee hails from the suburbs of Chicago (God Bless the Midwest). He spent his youth frequenting bad garage concerts and dissecting Modern Baseball lyrics. Now a freshman in college, he listens to a little less emo and a lot more folk and indie rock. That being said, he will always have a soft spot in his heart for Midwest Emo. He is also a DJ at WKCR. His favorite albums include: “Illinois”, “Pet Sounds”, and “Pink Moon”.
Tim Vallancourt has more than just a coincidental resemblance to Weird Al Yankovic but he doesn’t let that get to him. He has memorized the lyrics to every song by Carly Rae Jepsen and can often be found trying to convince people to appreciate her for the Pop Goddess that she is. Other than listening to CRJ, Tim also likes to feel the warm embrace of shoegaze and drone music. In addition to being a staff writer at Rare Candy, Tim is a DJ at WBAR and a recording engineer at CU Records.
Ramisa Murshed’s love for music began when she realized that it could serve as an outlet for her to express her feelings in her angsty middle school pre-teen years. Her life goal is to start a successful all-female patriarchy-smashing dance punk band, but for now, she’s studying to become a doctor. She can usually be found listening to indie rock, neo-psychedelia, and soundtracks to Korean dramas. In addition to writing for Rare Candy, she’s also a DJ for WBAR Radio.
Sporting a black beret and her Bose headphones — that blast everything from the Cocteau Twins to La Femme to Depeche Mode — you can probably spot Iga Szlendak thrifting in the East Village or eating pierogies in Greenpoint. Some of her favorite pastimes include bath taking, white wine, and existential dread. When she’s not writing for Rare Candy, she’s rocking out in the WBAR studio like the Polish punk princess she truly is.
Sukanya is a die hard Brooklyn baddie who listens mostly to rap music. When she is not pretending to begin her own rap career she can be found complaining about wanting churros and the numerous ways the plot lines of her favorite shows should’ve gone. She frequents any cool restaurants between Manhattan and Brooklyn, as many concerts as her bank account allows, and is always on soundcloud waiting to find her next favorite artist.
Despite her love of all things Modern Rock and Indie Pop, Paulette can’t help to still love her childhood guilty pleasure of listening to Owl City. Her hobbies included waiting for hours outside of concert venues, introducing friends to new music, and pretending she knows how to play the guitar. Her long-term goal is to manage live music events, and her short-term goal is to pet as many dogs as she possibly can.
Cleome Barber has a deep love for New York’s music community. From the Bronx’s punk scene to Brooklyn’s finest indie rock, Cleome can be found in small independent venues on most weekend nights. Beyond contributing to Rare Candy, Cleome also works in marketing for two independent record labels, is studio manager of CU Records, DJs for WBAR radio, sings opera in Columbia University productions, and is addicted to making playlists for her pals on Spotify.
Paris fainted six times in the pit at her first concert in 2009; doctors said it was heat stroke, but she suspects she was just overwhelmed by seeing All Time Low in the flesh. She has since regained consciousness and perfected the art of playing it cool, but remains just as dedicated to seeing shows. When she’s not somewhat begrudgingly making the rounds through north Brooklyn’s basement-turned-venues, you can probably find her blasting Mitski in the WBAR studio or throwing a noisy DIY gig for Hi Fi Snock Uptown.
Sophia Loo is a Junior at Barnard College, studying Biochemistry and how best to pull off the female mullet. Her passion for music was born out of countless hours of listening to Tchaikovsky, Bernstein, and Stravinsky as a ballet dancer. Today, though she still dances, her music tastes are a bit more approachable, ranging from Indie bedroom pop to Ethiopian jazz.
Lucy Danger is a first-year at Barnard and is probably going to major in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She turned to underground music late in middle school when she came to terms with the fact that she wouldn’t be getting any good music recommendations from people she went to school with. She loves a whole lot of different artists, but some of the ones closest to her heart include Diet Cig, Frankie Cosmos, SZA.
Though she’s really just here to take pictures, Natalie loves making playlists for every mood, time of day and season. Whenever she is alone in her room, you can probably find her having a dance party to her favorite jams.