The Hudson River in autumn

Interviews with the Hudson Valley creative community

Creative Hudson Valley is an online publication featuring interviews with creative people of all stripes, living and working in the Hudson Valley.

It’s a love letter to the incredible dynamism of the Hudson Valley creative scene. We’ll celebrate artists and designers, filmmakers and musicians, chefs and brewers, entrepreneurs and community leaders. We’ll cover people doing the best work of their lives in Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and beyond. We’ll feature creatives at every level of recognition, from big names to local icons to the artisan next door.

Whether you’ve lived in the Hudson Valley for years or you’re a New Yorker who dabbles in weekends upstate, this publication is for you. Our region has long been sharing its bounty with the rest of the world, from its agrarian roots to our creative present.

I hope you enjoy reading and learning more about the interesting people doing interesting work in the Hudson Valley. I know I certainly do.

— Jordan Koschei, Publisher


Creative Hudson Valley is a celebration of the Hudson Valley's incredible creative energy and the people who choose to live and work here.

Matt Pond

As front man of his eponymous indie rock band, musician Matt Pond released a dozen albums and numerous EPs. Now living in Kingston, he's continuing to record while being a staple of the local music scene.

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Kortnee Simmons

Kortnee Simmons is a musician and actor currently signed to EMPIRE Records and appearing in movies and TV shows such as Netflix's The Get Down.

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Neil Howard of the Colony Woodstock

Neil Howard and his wife Alexia run Colony, the storied music and performance venue in Woodstock, newly rejuvenated and thriving under their ownership.

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Shauna Keating

Based in Kingston, Shauna Keating is a designer and a leader of several community organizations, including the HV Tech Meetup and AIGA Upstate.

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Milo Axelrod

Milo Axelrod is a multi-talented UX designer, artist, podcast host, and self-described “passionate fool” living and working in Ulster County.

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Jared Schafer

Motion designer Jared Schafer is based in Fishkill, where he creates stunning animations and posters for high-profile clients.

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Scott Tillitt

Beacon-based Scott Tillitt is the founder of BEAHIVE, a coworking space and community institution with locations opening throughout the Hudson Valley.

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Tyler Walker

Tyler Walker is a composer, sound designer, and app developer who's written the soundtracks for some of Improv Everywhere's most notorious events.

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