Thank you for visiting. My name is Ian Maikisch. In the past, I have worked as a publicist, A&R representative and owned a record label. I also play several instruments including: guitar, mandolin, bass, piano, banjo and sing. I also have experience recording, mixing and producing music in a studio environment.
I currently work for a music conglomerate in Orlando as a publicist. So this blog is more of a fun thing for me to do. I will be mostly focusing on reviewing music from the United States. However if presented, I will consider reviewing bands from other countries if I really love the music. Most of my show reviews and interviews will be with local Gainesville bands, or touring bands that are playing in the city.
Working in the music industry for almost 5 years now, I have learned a lot about how bands go about contacting blogs and other publications. I have solidified both national and international press, as well as radio play for bands. So if you are going to contact me, please be professional about it. Email is always the best way. Please make sure you have a professional looking press kit including: links to your music, a photo that is post ready, and a biography of the band as well as the music you want me to review.
Ian Maikisch: Founder. Head of Video & Content Manager
Photo by: Kayla Surico
Graham Johnson: Founder, Head Writer & Content Manager
To be quite honest, I really hate talking about myself. It isn’t the type of thing I’m good at. But, for the most part, I like to write about bands and videos that bands make, shows, festivals, and things of that nature. Anything and everything that I choose to surround myself with is rooted firmly in music. While I will not attempt to convince you that the universe would not exist if not for music, I do sincerely believe that it wouldn’t be nearly as interesting. The idea that all life is fundamentally connected through this universal language is what motivates me to continue doing my best to bring amazing music to light. At times, I choose to create music of my own in translation of false hopes and missteps along the way. Either way, hope you guys enjoy the blog. Peace.
Photo by: Ian Maikisch
Lindsy Carrasquillo: Staff Writer & Photographer
As a Gainesville native, I’ve been going to shows here since I was 15. I first picked up a camera in late 2013 and began writing about music the following year. After photographing various shows in both Gainesville and Orlando, I began to focus on local bands in 2016. In the past, I’ve interviewed and written about various artists for several different online publications and music magazines but I think it’s extrememly important to bring exposure to Gainesville’s local scene. Living here for so long, I’ve loved being able to see how the scene has changed as well as how honest and hardworking every one is. Some of my favorite local bands include Insignificant Other and Alumine. While I listen to a variety of music, I’ll always have a soft spot for music from the early 2000’s as well as 80’s pop.
Photo by: Gabrielle Calise
Eliza Goldstein: Staff Writer & Photographer
“The phrase ‘when Eliza gets something done on time’ is considered to be a modern adynaton, a figure of speech in the form of hyperbole taken to such extreme lengths as to insinuate a complete impossibility. Other examples of adynata are ‘when pigs fly’ and ‘when Hell freezes over.’” -OxfordDictionaries.com
“you’re banned from Riot Fest” -Riot Fest
“A pleasure to have in class. Needs to turn in work on time.” -Multiple sources
“Calling her ‘Liza’ is fine.”-The Washington Post
“Every member of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard is [Eliza Goldstein] just wearing different costumes.”-Dave Johnson, Manager- Locochino, SYZYGY
Kevin Renard: Staff Writer & Photographer
Kelsa Ross: Staff Writer
Kayla Surico: Staff Photographer (Orlando Music Correspondent)
Website here: Kayla Surico Photography
Photo by: Chase Bauduin
Chase Bauduin: Staff Writer (Orlando Music Correspondent)
Photo by: Kayla Surico
Benjamin Saunders: Writer (Jacksonville Music Correspondent)
Check out his awesome band Teen Divorce
- Tyler Francischine