Position: Senior Editor
HQ: Southern California
Ryan J. Downey's first 300 words for Alternative Press appeared in AP 117, which featured Scott Weiland on the cover. He's since put together multiple cover stories of his own. His in-depth cover features over the years include: Pierce The Veil, Sleeping With Sirens, Motionless In White, Black Veil Brides, A Day To Remember, Fall Out Boy, Falling In Reverse, Asking Alexandria, Green Day, The Devil Wears Prada, Coheed & Cambria, AFI, and Dashboard Confessional.
In addition to his duties as a contributing editor, Downey works as correspondent, producer and reporter for APTV and AltPress.com. He also hosts the MI Conversation Series in Hollywood.
Downey has worked as reporter, host, producer, and writer for MSNBC, IFC, Billboard, and MTV News, including contributions to MSNBC's daily news, the MTV Movie Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, True Life, and multiple specials for MTV News & Docs. He's appeared on AMC's Movie Talk, G4's Attack Of The Show, E!'s Golden Globes and Oscar coverage, and The Rotten Tomatoes Show.
Downey has written extensively about music, movies, television, pop culture, and politics. His detailed reporting on the mortgage crisis for Huffington Post was among his most personal writing. He moonlights as an editor for Genius.com (writing mostly about House Of Pain).
At Superhero Artist Management, he represents AP-friendly producers: Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Whitechapel), Ross Robinson (Slipknot, Korn, At The Drive-In), Steve Evetts (The Wonder Years, Saves The Day, Every Time I Die), and a handful of bands.
In the formative years of modern metalcore, Downey fronted Burn It Down, whose solitary full-length album was awarded KKKK in Kerrang! and 4/5 in AP's very own pages.