Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 8:03PM
The following list is a follow up to the article at:
1. What will happen to the website?
The website will remain as is until the very end of December. Sometime around Christmas or New Years, the website you see now will turn into a simple HTML 'one page' type website with links to point you to websites to go to for the stuff RMM used to provide, where the people behind RMM are now, our Facebook page, our G+ Community, our YouTube page, etc.
2. So the Facebook and YouTube will not go away?
Nope. Why pull it down when it takes zero time or money to maintain? Things that take no resources will remain.
3. What about the photos?
They will all be uploaded to our Facebook and Google + pages around Christmas and New Years time. Feel free to share away. I never got paid money to do this. My only payment is if you people enjoy them.
4. What about the energy drink?
At this point we have two bands that have been promised "Bands on the can" and those promises will be kept. Those cans have already been ordered and we should have them soon. The cans will be available to the bands for FREE plus shipping. Whatever is left has been promised to a local band around here that is planing a show with many of our favorite local bands (Boneshaker, Mom's Rocket, Tatarus). We have nothing to do with the show at all (don't ask us for booking info. We have nothing to do with it at all). That show will sell the cans for super cheap and the bands playing will split the money. RMM only asked that we NOT be listed on flyers, website, or any promotional items for the show. They can't even mention the site because we are going away and we want all the attention on the bands. If the show doesn't happen, we will give it to friends who have made themselves part of the RMM community. This would mean those who came to our events, played our events, bought cans out of their own pocket, shared our posts on Facebook, where active on our chart, etc.
5. Will Mark still go to shows?
Very few. If you never came to any of my shows, I will be making an equal effort to come to yours. I feel this is only fair. I'm not being bitter. I just have very little time and it all has to be given to my new project. So priorities have to be made. I'm sorry if this upsets anyone, but I have had to make some hard choices and I must stick to them.
6. Why are you giving up?
Because after contemplating this for a few years, I have come to the conclusion that this is not giving up. It's more like realizing I have no passion for it anymore. The negatives have come to outweigh the positives. I don't find the enjoyment in this that I found just a decade ago. I have also recently (a couple years) had a new passion burning to the top of my list. So the old hobby of my youth is in the way of my new passion. It's not giving up to remove a weight off your shoulders.
7. Why not hand it to someone else who can continue it or take it to a new level?
I tried out a ton of people over the past few years with this exact thing in mind. Not a single person worked out. No one seemed able to put everything into it. Sure they loved the idea of getting into shows, and getting free music, but the boring parts were something not a single person was able to do to a level I felt comfortable with. Very few want to spend days editing photos just to post on a website. Very few want to spend hours researching for an interview. Almost no one wants to spend 3-5 hours a day posting news. So nothing against these people at all. It's a huge thing to take on! But I would rather this thing just bow out with it's head held high then to have it be turned into something that makes me feel like someone took my old girlfriend from me so they could treat her like shit.
8. Does Mark hate Metal now or something?
For years I have said I don't think of myself as a Metalhead. What Metal has become is something that continues to put a nastier taste in my mouth everyday. It has become everything I hate about music. You either have the overly formulated 'Marionette Metal' like Korn, Slipknot, or 5FDP, where it has been so over produced that every ounce of life has been sucked out of it. Live music doesn't even sound live anymore. I want it raw, ugly, and mean! The other choice of course is the several varieties of 'extreme' bands. Death Metal, Black Metal, Death-core, Math-core, Post Hardocre, Post Modern Thrash, Post Quality! It's become a goofy cartoon...and I'm not just talking about Metalocalypse! At least they know it's a joke. In short, I've become that old guy who just doesn't get it anymore. It's time for me to bow out and make room for some young whippersnapper who plays guitar with his pants sagging. If I hear someone talking about listening to Deftones as 'kicking it old school' I might have to smack them!
I will always enjoy bands like Iron Maiden, Slayer, Motorhead, Anthrax, and even Devin Townsend. On a very rare occasion there is a new band that I find myself enjoying too. Sabaton is a perfect example. But that is the problem. As a music journalist you need to be passionate about music. You need to be excited about that new promo that comes into your email inbox. Who is this new band? What will they sound like? These questions need to get your blood pumping before you play a single note. This doesn't happen for me anymore. So I need to go away.
9. So what Will Mark be doing in 2014?
Books. I have about 5 stories in my head that I need to get written out. They will seem to be totally separate books at first, but the connections will be reveled slowly as the series evolves. The release date for the first book is September of 2014. More info on that will be posted in the following weeks. I stuck with music journalism for almost 30 years. Something tells me I will be telling this story for just as long. The plan is to release one book per year.