Does anyone go to college planning to come out the other end with a music blog? I didn’t, but surrounded by a vibrant Charlottesville scene, and with a little push from a media studies professor, music wore me down.
Working with the creative types and rabble-rousers at The Declaration, I started building a portfolio and trying to get to the bottom of what makes for good music journalism. What I landed on is this: music journalism should be thorough and unpretentious, covering a wide range of genres where possible and engaging with artists regardless of popular favor.
In our flagship podcast, The All Scene Eye, I interview artists and enthusiasts about their musical lives. In our comedy podcast, Build-A-Band, co-host Christine Naulty and I take on the personas of music industry execs and try to make each other laugh with nonsensical band pitches. It’s all borne of a deep, unironic love for music and the people who make it.
If you’re reading this, hopefully we have that much in common, and I encourage you to get involved! Let’s talk about our favorite tunes, and how to do this thing better. I’m all ears, but more importantly, All Eye. 😉
–Taylor Ruckle, Editor
Header photo by Laura Braun.