News/Announcements: Shoutouts to Patrons
The Joy of Violent Movement has been a labor of love throughout it’s almost ten-year existence. Unlike those much larger sites and blogs out there, I think that this site is truly special: it’s one of the rare places where readers can come across personal and eclectic curation and coverage of independent music from all of the world. It’s one of the places out in the blogosphere where punk rock, jazz, hip-hop, reggae, the Desert Blues, the blues, funk, EDM, electro pop and countless other genres and styles exist simultaneously.
Now, many of you will know that I’ve run JOVM as a (mostly) one-man operation out of my Corona, Queens, NYC apartment while working in the editorial department of three different publishers across both trade and academic publishing — first as an Editorial Assistant and then eventually becoming an Acquisitions Editor. Unsurprisingly, most of the time, I had an odd, dual life: during the day, I was sort of a mild-mannered, spectacled Clark Kent and when the proper time came, I’d run off someplace to change and become Superman to cover shows across town. I’d repeat sometimes 3-4 times a week for the bulk of the site’s existence.
Running a site like this has been a wild, fun ride. I’ve had experiences I never would have dreamt of — and would make my younger self envious: I’ve met some of my heroes, I’ve covered some amazingly talented artists, seen some memorable shows, traveled internationally to cover music and I’ve met some of the nicest, kindest and most open people in the world.
I firmly believe that this site offers something different and necessary — and it needs to be continued and championed. Like everything else in our world, running a site like this costs time and money. And sadly, it ain’t cheap. So a few months ago, I joined Patreon as a way to help support my creative endeavors and this site.
I wanted to give a shoutout to this site’s generous and kind patrons:
Thank y’all so much for your support. Your support keeps the engine of this site going. Of course, I’m still asking for your assistance, donations and your love. Check out the page for more information:
Before I forget, another way, you can help is this: if you enjoy what I do here, please pass the word on about this site.