BLIGATORY’s mission is to amplify the voices of music fans, establish an inclusive community for all, and offer an alternative to traditional music criticism. We are committed fully to amplifying the voices of ALL music listeners and providing them a space for discussion, collaboration, and community.

TEAM

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Dominick
Baglivo
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Dominick
Baglivo

Co-Founder

Philadelphia, PA

Without the deep-rooted connections music has brought, it is hard to imagine the person I would be. I have made it my life's mission to work within music, continually striving to share great art and using it as a vehicle to establish connections amongst artists, listeners, and all of those who are passionate about music. Blessed to have been able to do so through both BLIGATORY and my time with WKDU Philiadelphia 91.7FM—my second home—where I’ve been a DJ since 2019 and Music Director since 2020.

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DeVán
Whitaker
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DeVán
Whitaker

Co-Founder

Portland, OR

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Ben
(AKA Synth)
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Ben
(AKA Synth)

Contributor/Editor

Long Island, NY

Ben is an avid writer of more than four years, both specializing in reviews, as well as his own ventures into creative nonfiction and prose poetry. His favorite artists are Kanye West, Charli XCX, Bladee, Yves Tumor, Westside Gunn, Ecco2k, and Nick Drake. When he’s not editing other members’ work or writing some reviews of his own, Ben spends his time either watching movies or in the gym.

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Cameron
Benson-Davis
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Cameron
Benson-Davis

Outreach Coordinator

London, UK

Cam is currently studying means of communication, linguistically on campus and artistically out. He's been writing English freelance articles since 2019, and in Spanish since 2021. These include artist profiles, travelogues, poems, reviews, longform essays, interviews (Xiu Xiu, DJ Sabrina The Teenage DJ, & more), and commentary on industry affairs. Other artists he's listening to 24/7 are Sufjan Stevens, Injury Reserve, Sea Power, Ecco2k, sLUms, Animal Collective and SOPHIE. Most recently he's emerged from a three-year voyage examining epistemology in art criticism, but he doubts the sabbatical will last long. Lowkey a maximalist.

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Alan
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Alan

Playlist Director

Miami, FL

2-time Best Playlist Intern in the World Winner (got robbed the 3rd year). Most opinionated member of BLIGATORY. World’s biggest Future/FKA Twigs/Santino Marella fan.

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Pablo, the Don
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Pablo, the Don

Contributor

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Jared Morgan
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Jared Morgan

Contributor

Philadelphia, PA

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Peter
Doherty
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Peter
Doherty

Contributor

Cork, Ireland

All things music related.

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Jacques
Morel Jr.
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Jacques
Morel Jr.

Contributor

Brooklyn, NY

Jacques Morel is a host, producer and journalist with more than a decade of digital media experience. A familiar face at both HuffPost and Genius, his visual medium spans from culture to politics to music. On the edge of the constant changes in the digital and pop culture landscape, Morel has produced both live and short form video in all of its forms. He has also interviewed hundreds of guests, notably John Legend, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, Jamie Foxx, Yara Shahidi, Jada Pinkett Smith, Giuliana Rancic, Ne-Yo, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wiz Khalifa, and many more. He can be found at @jmorel_jr on all social media platforms.

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Daniel
Bartlett
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Daniel
Bartlett

Contributor

Washington D.C.

When I’m not writing about or listening to music, I enjoy cutting hair and eating skittles.

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Trent (Pax)
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Trent (Pax)

Contributor

Portland, OR

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Henny
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Henny

Contributor

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Victoria Shell
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Victoria Shell

Contributor

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Hadley
Schaffer
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Hadley
Schaffer

Contributor

Columbia, SC

I’m a film major at the University of South Carolina with a minor in mass communications. Film, photography, and music are three of my biggest passions. Some of my favorite artists include Jeff Rosenstock, Death Grips, Car Seat Headrest, Tyler The Creator, Kanye West, and AJJ. I DJ for my school’s radio station, WUSC-FM, on Thursday nights from 10pm to Midnight, so feel free to tune in to get a better feel for my taste!