People in the Music Industry

A Brief Inquiry Into Indie Media & Literacy

A Brief Inquiry Into Indie Media & Literacy

My grandfather told me that he had a free Dunkin’ Donuts coupon thanks to a Facebook post. My mom, skeptical, called me to inspect it. Sure enough, it was from a fake fan-page that was posting counterfeit coupons. Why is this relevant? With the internet we have access...

How to Pitch a Music Mag, And Other Words of Wisdom

How to Pitch a Music Mag, And Other Words of Wisdom

So, you fancy yourself a music writer? You have a piece or are working on a piece, saw a show, interviewed a band or want to review a new album, yes? Okay, how do you go from unpublished to published? You must write a pitch letter, also called a query letter or cover...

Tips on Treating Merch Managers

Tips on Treating Merch Managers

Festival season is HERE. The combination of your favorite bands, a few to discover and some good friends makes for a wonderful summer. Every festival is jam-packed with music, food, and merchandise from every artist on the lineup. If you like buying merch (who...

Tours and Tacos: An Interview With Alex Fucking Smith

Tours and Tacos: An Interview With Alex Fucking Smith

You may or may not know about Alex Fucking Smith. Yes, that F-bomb was intentional. Alex has been the Merchandise Manager for Chicago pop punk band Sleep On It since their inception in 2012. He enjoys connecting with fans and traveling the country with some of his...

Meet the Man Behind the “For Exposure” Movement

Meet the Man Behind the “For Exposure” Movement

Artists need to get paid. Plain and simple. They are trying to make a career selling products and services just like other businesses. Actively trying to not pay artists and offering "exposure" has been a longstanding issue with creatives around the world. We wrote...

Acknowledging The Women of Warped

Acknowledging The Women of Warped

Well, this is it. The final Warped Tour cross-country run. After 24 years, Kevin Lyman and Co. have decided to hang up their hats and deliver U.S. punk, hardcore, and emo fans one last send-off. To no one’s surprise, the lineup both delighted and disappointed many...

Dieter Unrath: No BS, Just Killer Photos

Dieter Unrath: No BS, Just Killer Photos

Many people have perceptions of what a music photographer must be like. Some live manic lifestyles going from one national tour to the next, showcasing the world's largest acts, others head over to the local VFW and take some photos of the weekly band. There are a...

Favorite Album Covers and The Artists Who Made Them

Favorite Album Covers and The Artists Who Made Them

We all know albums where the cover is talked about as much as the songs on it. Album covers often evoke themes that are sonically portrayed or they could be complete nonsense. The process of creating an album cover can be a difficult process as bands will often want...