After reading Joelle's post on a recent emailed she received from a reader, I have to say, I am a little bummed about the accusation. Planet Verge was established by Joelle to be a music magazine and have articles written by music journalists, NOT groupies. Her vision was clear and each and everyone of us that writes for Planet Verge have the utmost respect for her and this magazine/online site that she has created.
Personally, music has been my passion since I was 4 years old. I have been playing the violin for 12 years now. A lot of friends are musicians, and I am a musician. When I approached Joelle about the opportunity to write for PV I did so because music is what i understand, it's a world that I had been surrounded by since I was very young, and I wanted to share my experiences...and my opinions. I consider it to be my job... Never would I ever consider what I do to be a mask for livin' a groupie life style. I take my writing seriously, and I take my photography seriously. I have been fortunate enough to become good friends with some of the bands I write about, that does not mean that my relationship with them is anything more than a friendship. Outside of their music world they are people, just like you. They are people I respect, just like I would respect someone I sit next to in a class.
Just for the record, the very last show I went to I wore my Berklee sweats and a So They Say hoodie....not a teeny tiny tank top and jeans that have less material than a tee shirt.
PS- Congrats to Paramore! Maybe the Grammy's are becoming a smidge more "hip." AND- Congratulations to As I Lay Dying for a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance!