Muddy Paw PR

Meet the Muddy Paw Family

Angela Mastrogiacomo
Founder/CEO: Boston, MA
After founding music blog Infectious Magazine in 2009, Angela soon found herself completely immersed in the world of music. After 5 years fielding press releases, coordinating artist coverage, and managing a team of 10-15 writers, she took her love of developing emerging artists to the next level with the launch of Muddy Paw PR in 2014. She now works with a roster of passionate, driven artists, and a team of talented go-getters that make the Muddy Paw family a tireless, thriving, spirited force. She has spoken on panels at SXSW, CD Baby DIY Musician Conference, Canadian Music Week, and Indie Week. She is also a proud curator of the music community Balanced Breakfast. You can find her hanging out with her border collie mix, Sawyer, eating ice cream, cozying up to a good book, or binging on her latest Netflix obsession.
CEO/Resident Adorable Dog: Boston, MA
The Muddy Dog behind Muddy Paw PR, Sawyer is an 8-year-old border collie mix who has as much energy as the day he came to Angela at just 3 months old. He spends his days actively sniffing out all the smells his neighborhood has to offer, patrolling the house against unruly neighborhood dogs, squirrels, and bad guys, and adventuring around North America. He also really enjoys peanut butter. (But I mean, who doesn't?) You can follow his adventures on Instagram @MuddySawyer
Joe Ballard
Publicity Manager: Peoria, IL
Joe Ballard is our Publicity Manager at Muddy Paw. Prior to working in PR, he got his Bachelor's degree in English/Publishing at Illinois State University and worked as the Managing Editor of music publications Mind Equals Blown and Infectious Magazine. A few of his favorite bands include Anberlin, The Beatles, The Stone Roses, and his amazing clients. Favorite people include his talented and hardworking Muddy Paw team members. In his (rare) free time you can find him watching anime, reading light novels, running, and balancing that out by enjoying new flavors of Ben & Jerry's ice cream.
Erica D'Aurora
Junior Publicist (Connecticut)
A lifelong passion for music and a love for languages has lead Erica to where she is today. Fueled by the desire to spread the word about amazing artists from around the world, she founded the international music blog Musical Notes Global in 2015. You can always find her listening to music (of course), especially the latest from her favorite Latin and Italian artists, and reading about or watching anything music related.
Haley McGee
Marketing: California
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Haley has been a music junkie all of her life. Through her love for music, Haley found her way to Muddy Paw and a PR degree. When she isn't at work or catching some tunes, you can catch her in a coffee shop, hiking a trail, or making food.
Nick Manduley
Publicity Intern: New Jersey
(Photo credit: Anthony Vito Photography ) Nick Manduley is new intern here at Muddy Paw. Raised in New Jersey, he was brought up on the music of bands such as The Ramones, Blink 182, The Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, Green Day, and many other iconic rock and punk acts. This translated into a deep love and appreciation for music and the people who make it. Nick started his own pop rock band Drive, Kid in 2016 as a freshman at Monmouth University. Nearly three years and two albums later, he has found himself deeply embedded in an amazing network of friends and fellow artists within the local music scene. Nick is an aspiring music journalist; he runs his own blog called Scene Vision where he reviews and features artists of all statures, world-famous and underground. Since early 2019, Nick has been a staff writer for Monmouth University’s student-run newspaper The Outlook. When he’s not doing anything music related, Nick is an avid Star Wars fan (yes, even the prequels) and a complete nerd for all things animation. He is very passionate about dogs, mac and cheese, and vegan donuts (in that order). Catch up with him and his band on social media!
Kaelyn Gray
Publicity Intern: Illinois
Kaelyn entered the music industry in 2017 as a street team volunteer for a local event production company. Her exposure to behind-the-scenes of the music industry is what sparked a yearning desire to learn more and do more. From there, she took on additional roles and responsibilities as a side hustle, while still working at a supply chain, viewing a solid career in the music industry as a hopeless fantasy. After several years at a supply chain, she was confused why she wasn't doing more to accomplish her dreams. Now, her full time focus is on the music industry as she completes her senior year of college. Kaelyn is the junior release coordinator at Gravitas Recordings and promotions manager at music festival publication Festival Squad.