I am so so so excited to share this with you all and to have had this opportunity in the first place. I received an email awhile ago from a post that I made on Reddit, which eventually led me to find heavyvibe.blogspot.com … or for them to find me. After many many emails back and forth deciding the best way to go about this, we created this collaboration post about each others blogs. Here are the answers to my, and some of your, questions for Heavy Vibe!
1. What is your name and what is your publication?
Hi there everyone! I say my screen name is Coleman, just because I wouldn’t want to go by my full real name due to the fact I am a wussy. I am the head (cough cough, only) author on my blog/wannabe entertainment website Heavy Vibe. A collection of shitposts that I try to make look professional because I have no idea what I am doing.
2. How long have you been blogging?
I have actually been blogging for more than 6 years if I gauge it correctly. I haven’t had Heavy Vibe for 6 years, but when I was younger. (probably 7th or 6th grade) I started a blog on this National Geographic game called Animal Jam and became famous on it. It was really weird and I had a better posting schedule on that blog when I was 12 than I do now and I am 17, so that says a lot about ambition. I’m joking, AP classes suck your soul out of you, and having a blog/website project on the side is like a ninja kick to the breadbasket.
3. What was the first concert that you attended?
The first concert I attended was this dinky screamo garage band in my town before my parents took me to Aftershock so I could get a taste. Well, that taste I hated 100%. I clearly remember shoving toilet paper in my ears because I still had a relative sense of hearing that I have now lost completely, because of the strategy the band employed or if it’s loud enough, they’ll think it’s good. Just imagine a monkey banging on a drum set while someone screaming off mic and a guy in the corned strums the bass to some Metallica song that wasn’t even what the other band members were playing, and I don’t think they had a guitarist. The only thing I really remember about it was that the flyer for it had Goku from DBZ in the background, and that’s all I remember about my first concert.
4. What led you to start blogging about music? (Caitlin H., KS)
I was already going to all of these concerts, and one night after I had shepherded my group back to the hotel I saw this guy smoking cigarettes next door to my hotel room, and my dad approached him and I think offered him a beer or something and they got to talking. Well, it turns out that guy worked for Honest Brutality, they have a radio show for Rock Rage Radio- it’s like an online radio thing. He gave me a rolling tray he got from the backstage that was signed by a bunch of bands I liked. I told him I was thinking about being a blogger or something- he said doing Youtube is a nice safe thing to do. I decided later on that A: I didn’t want to have to look decent when I want to make content and I already know how to blog, where I can look as bummy as I want to make blog posts. And B, I don’t want anyone I know at school finding a video of me on youtube trying to Gordon Ramsay some Black Sludge Metal. So yea, that’s the overcomplicated answer as to why I made Heavy Vibe.
5. What has been your favorite show or interview that you have done? (Megan S., KS)
I can’t exactly say I have had a favorite interview because I like certain things about every one of the INterviews I do that are unique to each person I do. But hypothetically if I do get a press pass for Aftershock this year (praying on it), and I could slink my way back into getting an interview with Ghostemane- that would be a plus. My favorite show was probably going to see The Fever 333, other than hoping he wouldn’t throw a mic stand at me, the concert was so full of energy that felt really genuine rather than when I see some really big bands that are just going through the motions.
6. How do you go about listening to an album to review it? (Zach Z., KS)
Find a super comfortable place- my bed
Open your post template or a Google Doc
Open the album and play it, then go back to whatever your writing on.
Write down whatever pops into your head at that exact moment while listening to the music, you can sort it all out later.
After you’ve got it all down, go through it and turn your gibberish into complete sentences (or not, sometimes I don’t)
Finish it up, and Publish it
Send an email/DM to the band
Hope they don’t make you feel horrible about your advice/critiques/things you didn’t like about the submitted album
Advertise the heck out of it
Finally, start your homework at 1 am
7. What has been the most challenging part of being a music blogger? (Gavin S., KS)
Time management, management in general actually. I’ll go in waves of having maybe 5 bands or singular artists asking for a review or something really simple, that I can crank out in a day. But then I’ll get 55 bands with super fancy requests for really unique things, that I do all for free, that takes much, much more time. And the majority of the time gets much fewer thanks that doing a simple posting of someone’s new music video. Another problem I have is finding shows/ bands coming to my area. Or simply venues that would let me get the press pass to go and do my thing. Maybe it’s my age, because to some it’s a liability to have a minor go backstage and talk to a group of guys. And I have been warned of bands to stay away from, and not to be alone with. Which is really scary to me, because what if the guy I am going backstage with (my roadie, or Broadie I call them) aren’t allowed back there, and something bad actually happens. It’s all speculation for that last part. But having your stuff together, being professional, and finding people that take you seriously are some really hard parts about being a music blogger.
8. What are some difficult aspects of promoting your blog? (Kacy T., KS)
It’s actually not that hard. Other than the fact it’s hard to get your blog up on the google rating list because apparently, MetalSucks.com is more relevant when you Google “Heavy Vibe”. But something really easy I wish people knew more is this amazing thing called Facebook. Make a profile on FB, join a bunch of groups, and friend a bunch of people (that are typically band members, etc.). Share the links to your blog into those groups. Then bang, the targeted audience that you wanted to reach is condensed into that Facebook group. But the tricky thing is, is using the algorithms to your advantage. The more comments- the more people the post is put onto people’s timelines. Then it turns into a once they see it, they link and comment- so it sends it to more people. It is all reliant on those first few mins of it being posted on those groups. If no one takes a bite on the post. (Mobile-friendly, have some pictures breaking up the text, basically the “Scroll Friendly” rules, it will do amazing and you’ll wake up the next morning with 5 thousand new views on a post.
9. How do you go about getting interviews at shows? (Alexa G., KS)
Make a good email (relevant to your blog, like Heavyvibeoffical@gmail.com)
Find the contact info of the venue/show manager.
Say that you are a blogger, Youtuber, etc. Explain what you want to do, that you aren’t looking for freebies and already have tickets. And give links to whatever your thing is.
Harass them relentlessly until they tell you no-or yes. Don’t let them ghost you, they like doing it.
Make sure you send emails at least a few months in advance.
Rinse and repeat.
10. If you could give one piece of advice to a beginner blogger, what would you tell them?
Simple: Facebook is your best friend. Make everything scroll friendly. Bands are super happy to work with you- for free. (Smaller ones at least). There is TONS of music out there, don’t be afraid to post about a smaller band that doesn’t have a lot (or any) attention on them, and don’t be afraid to post your love letter to Ivan Moody of FFDP, do whatever you want to do. Find other bloggers- like the amazing one that runs this blog. People are willing to work with you if you put yourself out there, and if you do and a few don’t reply, keep trying! Trust me, plenty of people are trying to make there way in the music world. And you as a blogger can help!
Make sure to check out Heavy Vibe and keep up to date with their posts! Thank you again for the collab and thank you all for reading!
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