Hi, my name is Josh.
I’ve been writing about music since the summer of 1998 starting with my own zine Raze (four issues, photocopied, 50 copies each) and as a result I quickly became a reviewer for Pasadena, CA based publication Flipside from 1998-2000 when the zine ended. I became quite hated for my short and obtusely negative reviews as J-Cyco because quite frankly: I was a 17 year old hardcore punk/crossover kid at the time. Todd (editor-in-chief post Al Flipside) was amused enough by my idiocy at the time to send me stuff for years, anyhow. I didn’t begin writing about video games, or much of anything else, online until 2009 primarily to expand my writing oeuvre and general lexicon. In the space between I’d received about six years of college education (Microbiology, research and technical writing) primarily in Oregon and Washington state. Though I’ve had many jobs throughout my life (physical therapist, editor, etc.) none have involved my passion for music and art.
My goals for Grizzly Butts as a pursuit and potential business are driven by a compulsive Heavy Metal obsession. Every waking moment of the day I’m an overly enthused fan of HEAVY METAL who is compelled to write every free second I get. My methodology is ‘old school’ in the sense that I grew up reading music ‘zines, as well as big heavy metal magazines, in the early 90’s — an era where reviews/features were long, in-depth, and honest. You won’t get a messy 200 word blog entry from me, every release deserves at least 600-1000 words of thought and extensive repeat listens. Without serious consideration and effort, why would writing be worth reading? I believe the effort musicians put into music is worth serious time and thought. This is the value I offer as a writer. My philosophy of earnest criticism backed by extensive listening and thorough research stands out in the suffocating metal blog biosphere.
Small-scale crowd funding was a worthy goal to get the site off the ground but I’ve chosen to discontinue my Patreon account/services due to: 1.) Not wanting to support the corporation that runs Patreon. 2.) Not wanting to feel beholden to others to write about certain content, and 3.) Generally wanting to move away from the expectation of high volume features/work when other opportunities present themselves. Yes, PayPal gets about $0.20 of each dollar but, by eliminating Patreon I get rid of a middle man that effectively took one third of any subscriber/donated funds. The cost of maintaining an advertisement free website with zero sponsored content and a custom domain name is roughly $125 USD per year through the service I use. To achieve this goal I ask readers to consider donating $1.00 whenever they see fit. If 120 people do this, this site survives another year. If I cannot inspire the base minimum cost to keep the site running, I’ll consider that the most honest form of feedback. I do have some bigger plans as old ideas become serious projects that have been on hold as I expanded Grizzly Butts. The site will continue nonetheless. I move forward by my own will.
Goals (by the end of 2020):
- First quarterly PRINT/PDF ZINE format issue. Different name.
- First End of Year ‘Best’ PRINT/PDF periodical. Under Grizzly Butts’ name.
- Rehearsal/Demo/Reissue cassette tape focused PUBLISHER/LABEL presence. Different name.
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