Introduction – Issue #6

The latest issue of One Louder Magazine is finally here! Unfortunately, my ‘real’ job takes precedence over OLM and I’ve been very, very busy for the past ~6 months. Things have calmed down to a dull roar and I finally found time to focus on this issue.

We have two excellent interviews lined up here. The first is with a good friend of mine, Steve Davis, who left Seattle, WA for Phoenix, AZ to pursue his calling as a guitar builder or luthier. Just a few short years later and Steve is now a teacher at the same school he studied: the renowned Roberto-Venn School Of Luthiery. In addition to teaching, he builds custom guitars (including building one for Mårten Hagström from metal band Meshuggah). Steve also built an absolutely beautiful bass for his brother (and my bassist) and I have an order in for a custom guitar…can’t wait!

The second interview came about kind of by accident. Melissa Zeigler works as Head of Publicity and Artist Development at Powderfinger Promotions. She contacted me some time back, asking me to listen to some bands on their roster and suggesting I interview one of the bands for One Louder Magazine. Instead of interviewing one of the bands, I proposed interviewing her, finding out what her job entails and how bands benefit from Powderfinger Promotions.

This issue also sees the return of the Fan of the Month. I was working on this issue and my buddy Alan McKeage popped into my head all of a sudden. I haven’t seen him or talked to him in some time, but I decided to drop him a line and ask him if he wanted to be this month’s FOTM. I’m glad he obliged…we like a lot of the same bands and I think we’ll need to catch a show together soon!

I appreciate Steve and Melissa taking time out of their busy lives to answer some questions and enlighten us about their ‘behind-the-music’ gigs and Alan for taking time to discuss his desert island favorites…thanks guys!

I have some ideas for the next issue of One Louder Magazine and am certain that it won’t be as long of a wait as it was between these issues. Thanks for your patience, thanks for reading and thanks for sharing!

Cheers,
Troy

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