Pay It Forward: A New Phase of TGTF in 2018

By on Monday, 8th January 2018 at 11:00 am
 

When I first started blogging in 2009, joining up at the Philadelphia-based PopWreckoning (this one, not the one currently at popwreckoning.com), I couldn’t have predicted what was to come. I was their first contributor in Washington, DC, and I also quickly identified as their British music expert, tasked to juggle all the British releases sent my way. Music blogging on the internet was alive and well, and advertising revenue was fantastic. Positions as the USA Editor of TGTF and contributor at ClickMusic, This is Fake DIY and The CALMzine followed. In the beginning, I considered the quality and quantity of my posts of equal importance. The number of reviews I wrote across 4 music reviewing Web sites over a period of 2 years, in 2010 to the start of 2012, still blows my mind.

And then the landscape of the music blogosphere changed. In case you haven’t noticed, many music blogs have come and gone. It’s been sad to see blogs owned by friends close, and for a variety of reasons, personal and professional. Music listeners, eager for instant gratification and sometimes desiring direction from their favourite artists, turn to Spotify and other streaming services now more than ever more to find new music rather than music blogs.

So then it falls on the shoulders of smaller blogs like TGTF to provide a boutique experience for those who want more than playlists. What we do here is a labour of love. It has never been my desire to follow the big boys and play their game. We take a deeper dive into releases that might only get a brief look in the culture section of the broadsheets, if they even get a look at all. It can take us longer to deliver a review of a release because my motto has always been to do what you do well, or don’t bother to do it at all. Our interviews with artists we see the potential for greatness in are longer than those of other outlets because we want to give you more insight into their art and who they are as people. We share tour dates and videos by artists whose music we support and while we will never comprehensive, what do we post is always of quality. Taken together, these are the things that are important to me, the things that have always been in important to me in running TGTF. I sincerely hope we’ve helped you find new artists to love and support. If we have, we’ve succeeded.

If you’ve followed us over the years, you will have noticed that we have helped promote charity concerts and reviewed charity releases over the years, including the Killers’ annual charity singles to raise money for RED, benefitting The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Maximo Park’s support of Migrant Offshore Aid Station; and Tristen’s recent Christmas single benefitting Doctors Without Borders. Into this year and beyond, we’ll be increasing our focus to raise awareness on such charitable efforts and hope you will donate what you can to those less fortunate. Are you a musician or a band currently working with a charity? Contact us through the TGTF Twitter and we’ll talk further on how we might be able to help you and your charity.

We are now living in a world where darkness has seeped into most every part of life. Music, for so many of us, has provided joy, hope, solace and comfort when we needed it most. The best way for us to pay this forward is to give our support to others in need. I hope you’ll embrace this new phase of TGTF with us.

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