13 years ago, I started what has been for me, my life’s work — this site. And honestly, when I started this site, I couldn’t have imagined three-quarters of the things I’ve done and experienced over JOVM’s history to ever happen.
- I’ve covered roughly 1,100-1,200 shows in NYC, with a handful of shows in Chicago, Baltimore and Philadelphia.
- I’ve covered about a dozen or more festivals, including traveling to Montreal for M for Montreal in 2019 and last year.
- I’ve been a panelist at Mondo.NYC Festival and at New Colossus Festival, speaking about PR, promotion and press for indie artists, giving my perspective as a indie blogger.
- Several years ago, I made a cameo in a JOVM mainstay’s music video. It’s a very noticeable spot towards the end of the video. It was a lot of fun. But no one has called me about acting or dancing gigs. So maybe, I need to stick to writing and photography?
- I couldn’t have imagined photographing George Clinton, Patti LaBelle, Snoop Dogg, Blondie, Nile Rodgers, Roky Erickson, Philip Bailey, Blind Boys of Alabama and so many others, as well as this site’s countless mainstays.
- I wouldn’t have met the countless colleagues and musicians, who have become supporters and friends.
While we’ve managed to claw our way back to great degree of normalcy, being an independent working and touring musician has become more difficult than ever before. Touring has almost always been a financial risk for most artists, but adding COVID-related rescheduling, Live Nation/Ticketmaster being unfathomably greedy and evil, inflation, streaming and host of other factors, planning a tour is daunting — perhaps more now than ever before.
Touring involves a complex web of professionals to make it happen — including artist managers, publicists to help promote the artist, their material and their tour, journalists and photographers covering the new releases and the live shows to support it, bookers, promoters, bouncers, sound engineers, lighting people, bartenders, cleaning staff and on and on. Everyone, including fans are all trying to maneuver in this confusing and uncertain landscape.
In the 13 years since I started the site, I’ve managed to carve out a unique path for myself — and in the blogosphere. Because music media — and media in general — are often incredibly homogenous, the coverage you as a reader and as a fan see and read comes from a similar perspective. I’ve always wanted to do things differently and on my own terms. Thankfully, my work here has allowed me do that.
As I do every month, I want to thank the following folks and organizations. Without them this past few years wouldn’t have been remotely possible:
All of those folks have been generous Patreon patrons. Of course, feel free to check out the Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/TheJoyofViolentMovement. And if you’re able to support, your support will be greatly appreciated and continuously shouted out. Any amount really helps.
I have to thank the folks at Creatives Rebuild New York. I’m relieved, proud and humbled to be included in their Guaranteed Income for Artists program. The money I’ve received over the course of the past nine months or so have been put to good use — keeping this dream of mine going. I don’t think there’s enough words to thank them — or to show how grateful I am. (I’ll keep trying, of course!)
There are other ways you can support.
You can also support by checking the JOVM shop: https://www.joyofviolentmovement.com/shop
You can also support my following me on the following platforms:
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/yankee32879 and https://www.twitter.com/joyofviolent
And you can hire me for headshots, portraits and events. Seriously, I’m available for that, too. You can click here: https://www.photobooker.com/photographer/ny/new-york/william-h?duration=1?duration=1# or you can contact me directly.