There’s no bigger purveyor of new wave pop than SLUG’s own beloved music lover Dean O Hillis. As a manager of MODified Music in the ’90s, Hillis was Salt Lake’s ambassador of musique Britannica, from Morrissey to Pet Shop Boys to Saint Etienne. He began writing for SLUG nearly 15 years ago, and has contributed music reviews and world-class interviews that delight his idols—Alison Moyet, Erasure, Suzanne Vega, Sarah Cracknell and The Mynabirds (pg. 14) among them—with his complete knowledge and high esteem of their work. Beyond his encyclopedic understanding of pop music, Hillis is a cherished dog-walker, pet-sitter, Christmas lover and vegan who brings joy and smiles to humans and canines alike! Cheers, Dean!