Martei Korley
Founder and Creative Director

dave susser

Dave Susser
Founder and Publisher


Jesse Serwer
Editorial Director

and Editor in Chief



Sherman Escoffery
Editor At Large

Born in Denmark of Danish and Ghanaian heritage, photographer Martei Korley has long since called NYC home. His images have proudly graced the pages and covers of international publications like Rolling Stone, The Source, Trace, The Fader, Riddim, and XLR8R. At the same time he has earned his stripes in Jamaica, working in Kingston for extended periods as the go-to photographer for VP Records and Greensleeves, among others. Originally drawn to photography as a means of supporting his music career, Korley quickly developed this sideline into a powerful creative expression in itโ€™s own right. Over time, his extensive relationships with Jamaican musicians โ€” and proven ability to get shots that are impossible for other photographers โ€” has established him as one of reggae musicโ€™s foremost documentarians. As a result he has shot editorials and album packaging for almost every major reggae artist working today, in addition to portraiture, fashion, interiors and landscapes for editorials and advertising.

As a DJ and promoter, Dave โ€œDJ Gravyโ€ Susser has made dancehall and its culture more relevant than ever in New York. Best known for founding the cultishly popular Rice & Peas monthly and bringing reggae to the weekly โ€œReOpenedโ€ event at Santos Party House, he has also hosted, planned, and promoted special events for Frank 151, Okayplayer, Scion, Fader, Urb, CMJ, VP Records, Jamrock Magazine, Backayard Magazine, and artists like Gyptian, Collie Buddz, Wayne Wonder, Assassin, and Timberlee. Reggae luminaries Sean Paul, Shaggy, Richie Spice, Mr. Vegas and many others have made special appearances at his events. Heโ€™s also been a key behind the scenes connector, helping Diplo form the Major Lazer group and record their debut album, breaking new music and ultimately altering the course of pop culture in a progressive new direction.

LargeUp Editor Jesse Serwer is a veteran journalist and authority on hip-hop and dancehall culture. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, the Guardian, Billboard, the Village Voice, Time Out New York, XXL, Complex, The Fader, and Wax Poetics, among other publications. He lives between New York and Miami.

Sherman Escoffery is an entertainment consultant, music producer and writer with over 20 years of experience in entertainment, branding and marketing, that focuses on Afro Caribbean lifestyles and cultures.