Status Issue 9 - The Music Issue feat. DJ Am

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A Future In Noise By Marilyn Roxie Date Founded: July 2008

What is the purpose of your blog? To provide commentary on music of the past and present that we feel is important to highlight and familiarize readers with, and certainly feature up-andcoming independent artists that could and should be future stars, particularly in the ‘Independent Music Discoveries’ section every Friday. What about blogging music do you like most? Networking with like-minded musicians and music-writers, getting lots of physical and digital submissions from independent artists weekly, and hearing albums before the release! What advice can you give upand-coming music bloggers? Always be honest! Though I’ve primarily featured music I’ve enjoyed anyhow, I’ve never made one false statement about how I felt about it. If you’re truthful and provide valuable critiques and insights that are uniquely yours, people will want to keep reading what you have to say. Who are your favorite music artists? I’m crazy about just about everything under the post-punk umbrella, like Joy Division, Gang of Four, Wire, Siouxsie & the Banshees, and so on. My two favorite bands of alltime are The Fall and The Beatles...and I’m quite in love with the Manic Street Preachers at the moment.

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK From little-known indie tracks to the Top 40, these music bloggers have brought you the good, the bad and the crazy in all things music – and yes, they really do know what they’re talking about.

Fuck Yeah Trains Yeah By Tomi Uysingco, Shinji Malangit, Francis Capal Date Founded: August 2009

When did you start blogging, and why did you decide to start? In the first week of August– we always wanted to do it. Basically, the idea is to play music that we like and just leave the rest up to chance. What about blogging music do you like most? The music. It always was about the music, man. Sure talking to an artist is cool, but its the artist’s work in focus here. What advice can you give upand-coming music bloggers? Write what you know. Don’t listen to strongly-worded opinions like ours, but don’t cop our style either, chief! Form your own opinion. Who do you look to for musical inspiration? Everything. As cliche as that may sound, inspiration could come from the highest high or a matchstick. The trick is knowing where to look. Who are your favorite music artists? Foreign: The Brian Jonestown Massacre and the whole Dig scene, Sonic Youth, Giant Drag, Times New Viking, Algernon Cadwallader, and the whole ‘90s midwest revival, etc. Local: Stigmatics (best unkown band in the Philippines), Dr. Strangeluv, Legarda, Oh Man! Oh God!, Caitlyn Bailey, Decay Transit, Otis Green, Dining With The Bolsheviks, Sarcasm, etc.

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By Daniel De Lara Date Founded: 2007

Why did you start your blog? To move minds, hearts, and feet. What about blogging music do you like most? I love how many people I have met through the blog whether they are party promoters, label people, bloggers, or fans of the blog—but especially the bands, DJs and producers that I respect and love. I love learning that we are all just huge music geeks, discovering that artists I love are fans of the blog and check it daily. Do you have any experience working in the music industry, or are you simply a music lover? I worked at WERS 88.9 FM while in college and worked with artist like Peter Bjorn & John, The Stills, and Jamie Lidell. The blog has definitely opened up some doors into the music industry—so we’ll see where it will take me. What advice can you give upand-coming music bloggers? I realized that taste drives everything. Just keep posting music you like and really work to develop a niche genre for your blog that really showcases your personality. Who are your favorite artists? Phoenix, New Order, Van Halen, Breakbot, Sébastien Tellier, Erol Alkan, Sean Lennon, The Police, Soulwax, Steve Reich, SebastiAn, Vincent Gallo, Todd Rundgren, DFA1979, Mr. Oizo, The Beatles.

Ear Eye Nose Candy By Leonard Gonzales Date Founded: a year ago

Do you have any experience working in the music industry? I interned many years ago for Warner Elektra Atlantic Records. It was like a candy store at the time. I got lots of free records and free concert tickets. I am very much a music lover. I love to hate terrible music, and I love to give great music the credit it is due. What about blogging music do you like most? The thing I like most about blogging is being able to have someone halfway across the world stumble onto my site, and discover something new. What are your pet peeves about music blogging? My biggest pet peeve is people who leave comments on our blog ‘anonymously.’ When people leave attacks in a passiveaggressive way without even leaving a fake name, it drives me nuts. What advice can you give upand-coming music bloggers? The best advice I can give is to keep posting…everyday…even if you have to force yourself to post something. Try to be original. There are millions of music blogs out there. Offer material you can’t readily find. A lot of blogs (featured on Hype Machine) post songs that have been already featured hundreds of times. Try to offer something that people don’t have or see everyday. - 71

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