So the tables have turned a bit. I want to get to know the people who spend countless hours covering and writing about the bands and artists we all listen to and love. Whether, you are a journalist, photographer, publicist or artist, chances are you are in this industry because you are a fan, first and foremost.
First, please tell us who you are and your role in the music industry and what´s your genre?
My name is Caeman Amelio. I am a college graduate with a degree in journalism, who has always
dreamed of becoming a music journalist that focuses on hard rock and heavy metal music. I am the owner and content writer for MetalAnarchy.com and also work as a writer for KillTheMusic.net.
What´s your first musical memory?
My first musical memory is listening to music in the car with my parents. My parents like a variety of genres, but my favourite CD they had was Metallica’s “Black Album.” I used to ask them to play “Enter Sandman” over and over again whenever we went somewhere.
Whatever your genre, what was the driving force that pushed you in that direction?
I’ve just always been drawn to heavier music. Like I said, my parents like multiple genres so I pretty much listened to everything as a kid, but I always liked rock the best. The more I listened to it, the heavier my tastes got.
How did you first discover your genre?
For me it was a vhs tape my cousin had with videos recorded from Much Music. (Enter Sandman, 18 and Life, Youth Gone Wild) Listening to Metallica and AC/DC in the car as a kid.
How did it all start for you? What was your foot in the door?
This career path started when I decided to launch Metal Anarchy when I was in college pursuing my journalism degree. I have yet to have a real “foot in the door” moment where I can actually get on with a bigger publication and make a living writing about the music I love, but Metal Anarchy is my baby and I’m proud of how far it has come.
Can you tell us about some of your successes in the music industry? What accomplishments are you most proud of?
The most successful thing was gaining a bigger following on my site and further helping to spread the word about artists I like. It’s hard to say what I am most proud of at this stage, because I still have a long way to go on this journey. That being said, I hope to accomplish even greater things in the future.
So on the flip side, what have been some downfalls or setbacks that you´ve experienced?
I haven’t really had any downfalls or setbacks in terms of my personal site. As far as my career, the only is not reaching a point where I can get paid for my hard work. That being said, it is still rewarding being able to promote bands that I’m a fan of, while also discovering new artists along the way.
If it applies, do you have any crazy stories from the music industry you´ve experienced?
Not really. I’ve seen some crazy mosh pits, but that’s about it. lol
Do you have a certain process for what you do? Me, I do my pr work usually with a movie on in thebackground. Something to look up at every once in a while. I get all my stories for the day loaded on different tabs and tackle them one by one while watching some of my favourite TV shows.
Do you have anything else going on in the music world? Do you play in a band, run a record store, etc? If so, please tell us about it and give us some links to click and follow.
No. I’ve never been able to master any instruments. Writing is my strong suit, so I applied my greatest skill to my passion.
What words of encouragement or warnings could you give to someone looking to get into your sector?
It’s easy to get started by launching your own site, but it’s hard to get to a point where you can make a living doing this type of work.
Is there any other words you could leave us with?
It´s been fantastic getting to know more about you and i look forward to working with you more and more in the future.