So, I’ve been wanting to get in on the other side of music journalism for a while now. I’ve been quite used to working with press persons and teams for a few years, but I want to know if I can be successful at the other side–reaching out to bloggers, magazine editors, podcasters, etc. to get acts coverage. Rather than start with a band who needs someone experienced right out of the gate, I’m teaming up with a band with members I am close friends with, a band that has barely started even being a band.
I don’t want to spill the beans just yet as there are some finalizations that need to be made with the band and their music, but I can tell you it’s going to rock, and I can’t wait to help get them out into the world with it. They’re great dudes who just want to rock ‘n’ roll, and that’s just what they’re dead-set on doing.
Perhaps in the future once I sort of get the hang of it I’ll take on doing press outreach for other bands so feel free to shoot me an e-mail about this stuff, especially if you’re a contributor to a music blog/magazine/podcast/etc.!
There are two types of people who are in the music industry: people who do it for themselves, and people who do it for the love of music. Dan Goldin, creator of Exploding In Sound, is in the latter category. I wish I could say I was exposed to his “brainchild” in a better manner, but I first discovered his website when I noticed it via Twitter, posts that mentioned “Heaviest Matter” and noticed he was spreading the love about Irepress by reposting my post about them.
Initially, I was a bit annoyed – I thought, “How dare he?” but soon realized that this was completely backwards, and completely conceited of me. After all, I really write this blog for the love of music, and other than potentially getting a job – I have no ulterior motives. I initially asked him to not post the article in its entirety, but I would gladly have settled for it simply being attributed to my name (I just want to be recognized for my work). Quickly he responded to my request, and now the article appears only partially, then links here.
Still, I can’t help but feel I handled this incorrectly.
In any case, what he and his team does over at Exploding In Sound is pure, and for the love of music, and I can’t help but feel wrong for impeding on him spreading the love for great music (and the people who are trying to put that music on the map). If you, like me, want a source for getting the scoop on great bands who love what they do – this is certainly one of the best destinations I’ve found. I encourage you all to give his site a look.
Consider this an apology for the error in my ways, I’ve shown exactly what is wrong with “journalists” these days in the blogging community. Next time you’re about to get upset over something so potentially trivial, think to yourself, “What exactly am I doing this for?” – it’s likely not worth ruining a potentially helpful relationship, or preventing the word getting out about a band you love.
Not many words are needed, or could describe the loss that the world of metal suffered at approximately 7:45am on Sunday May 16. Metal lost its messiah, its patron saint.
Ronnie James Dio. The name rings with such deep power and meaning to those who have loved metal such as I have. Raised on the metal from the era in which Dio reigned supreme, his voice has always had a special place in my heart.
Too young to have lived when Elvis did, I can’t imagine it felt much different than Dio’s passing today. When I heard the news that the terrible rumors of his death had been confirmed, I put on Heaven and Hell while sitting in quiet sadness. For the first time ever, I felt personally sad when I heard news of the loss I had no personal connection with.
As the day has passed, thoughtful remarks and anecdotes of Ronnie have flooded in – each showing Ronnie’s true and incredible character as a human being.
I’ll not waste more words trying to convey his greatness both as a person and as a musician – we all know his potential knew no bounds.
Rest in peace, Ronnie – it appears your demons have let you go. Your voice will live on forever, like a rainbow in the dark.
RIP Ronnie James Dio, 1942-2010