Mitch Foster, Founder/Publisher:
Every show I go to has a story. Going to shows is something that makes me feel alive. I started this site during one of the lowest points in my life. I was going to a lot shows alone and found a unique, life-saving, creative outlet in the written word, so I began writing about my thoughts and feelings and how they related to shows.
I like to share my stories like I’m telling friends at a local bar, excitedly spilling the aspects of my night over a beer or three.
I enjoy writing about the weird, and often hilarious shit that happens throughout shows, or during the night. I think most music reviews are boring and often negative. I started this site to help change that, and help myself.
I live in Orlando, Florida. Let’s talk: [email protected]Read Mitch’s Posts Here!
Trevor Bosmans, Staff Writer:
When I was fifteen years old, I saw The Suicide Machines play in a small club in my hometown of West Palm Beach, FL. I have been going to shows nonstop ever since. Over the last twenty years I have been to thousands of shows. I’ve watched Radiohead through a small hole in the venue on the streets of New York City, went to a private show with Pearl Jam at House of Blues Orlando, and I even got to see The Killers at The Beacham (1200 people capacity). I was raised on country music but I soon discovered Alternative radio and it opened my mind to many different genres. Nowadays my musical tastes range anywhere from country to hip-hop to metal but I could do without the EDM.
If you wish to contact me, email: [email protected]Read Trevor’s Posts Here!
I’m a live music concert junkie, did I come to the right place? I’ve been hooked ever since I was 13 when I went to three life changing shows at the Lakeland Civic Center in 1997-98: No Doubt, Cake, & The Vandals; 311 & Goldfinger; and Korn, Incubus, & Hed PE.
I’m a Florida native, born and raised in Orlando. I spent my last two years of high school in Cocoa Beach, and graduated from Florida State University in Tallahassee (GO NOLES!) where I earned a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Finance & Real Estate. Currently, I’m a commercial real estate appraiser by day, and a concert videographer / photographer / live music reviewer by night.
In 2009, I began filming bands under the moniker, “The Sober Goat” (don’t let the name fool ya). Since then, my passion has grown exponentially as has my love for the music. Now, I embrace my addiction to filming artists and bands. I love to capture their magically cohesive art, whether it’s a full set from the back of the house with my Canon Vixia camcorder on a tripod, or just a quick clip from the front of the rails with my phone.
I also like to make my own loud noises on my drums from time to time.
Life motto: Work hard, party harder, and listen to Umphrey’s McGee
Douglass Dresher aka Doug Igoto aka Eugene Gant
Staff Writer & Photographer
I take pictures of people and things.
I think that I am the oldest member of the SIGT staff.
I played in a band that had a paying gig at CBGBs opening for a “Tupelo Chain Sex.” We made $60.00 and Hilly Kristal was very kind to me.
I once rolled my guitar amplifier into Joey Ramone.
My wife puts up with my crap and still encourages me. My kids are cool.
I am waiting to have greatness thrust upon me.
Ronald Grant, Staff Writer
I’m an experienced and traveled music journalist who got my start with BrooklynBodega.com back in 2010. Since then, I’ve written about and covered any and everything Hip Hop related for a myriad of different music websites including HipHopDX.com, Sosoactive.com, RapRehab.com, The Needle Drop, and others.
I’ve traveled to music festivals such as the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, SXSW, Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival, and the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans to cover a wide range of musical artists, genres, and performances. I’ve also worked throughout the Orlando music scene with growing companies such as Conscious Mind Records and Grind Time Now, the Internet’s largest battle rap league.
My latest writing projects include a series of short stories and a book series.Read Ron’s Posts Here!
Spencer Storch, Staff Writer
Writer for SIGT since September of 2016.
Favorite Bands include: Umphrey’s McGee, The Motet, The String Cheese Incident, The New Mastersounds, and The Polish Ambassador.
When I’m not writing about music, I’m still listening to music. Its a beautiful thing, because when it hits you, you feel no pain.
If you wish to contact me, email [email protected].Read Spencer’s Posts Here!
Joshua Jauz , Staff Writer:
I am an organic, free range, gluten-free experimental musician, writer, anarchist, husband, and dad from Altamonte Springs, Florida. In my spare time I occasionally enjoy sleeping and other extraneous, frivolous indulgences. If you’ve ever been to a show in Central Florida, we’ve probably met. If you haven’t, you should come to a show so we can hang out.
You can contact me through email: [email protected]
Garrett East, Director of The Calendar of Events:
“What more can be said about the supreme greatness that is Garrett East? Perhaps a summary is in order. Garrett proved that even having a love for cats and a hatred for animal products cannot destroy the true power of music. He developed this obsession at a young age when his father introduced him to lost college music radio channels back in the early 1990’s. This gave him the power to appreciate all sorts of music, ranging from the freewheeling fancies of folk, to the grating grit and grime of metal and industrial. He would then take this power and make a name for himself, even negotiating the surrender of Nickelback to the world, ensuring that no one would ever have to listen to their “music” again. After 240 years, and 18 liver transplants…”
-Excerpt from Explosions and Ryan Gosling: The Life and Diarrhea of Garrett East
If you wish to contact me, email [email protected] or visit
Adam Fricke, Staff Photographer & Videographer:
I was born and raised in Orlando but I really grew up at the beach. My life has revolved around surfing since I was 10 years old. Then I started learning the guitar when I turned 13 and my obsession with music began. I picked up a camera (like, REALLY picked it up) in 2013. I first began by shooting my friends surfing until one of my other buddies asked if I shot live music because his band needed a photographer for a gig. Naturally I said “OF COURSE I SHOOT BANDS,” and now I actually do….
Surfing, music, and photography are my perfect triangle of expression. Where one ends, another begins. I also enjoy life talks (about your life) and long walks (to the fridge).
Adam and Justin Fricke will be on a road trip across the United States for all of 2016!
Visit http://brod-trip.com/ to follow their adventure. 🙂
Matthew Wright, Staff Photographer:
I am severely addicted to music and photography. Combining the two has become a passion of mine for over a decade; even since the days of FILM (you’ll probably need to google that word). Music photography has taken me on quite an adventure. I have traveled thousand of miles, been on stage, backstage, and even on a tour bus or few. I cannot wait to see where it will take me next. Though I am terrified that it will take me to places where there are no Publix…View Matthew’s Posts Here!
Martin Cardenas, Staff Writer & Photographer:
Made in Hawaii. Born on the bay. Raised in Virginia. An Orlando transplant searching for meaning in lyrics and life.
If you would like to contact me, email: [email protected]View Martin’s Posts Here!
Aaron Wockenfuss, Staff Photographer:
I’m drawn to music because of it’s universal reach and unparalleled powers of persuasion. In fact, I sometimes enjoy music the most when I don’t understand the language, allowing me to focus on the mood and tone of the words, and decipher my own definition of what the song means. The ability to combine that with my love of capturing memories and freezing moments in time through photography results in a ménage à trios of passions that is concert photography.
A lover of fitness, cows and traveling, I have a degree in marketing and work in the public relations field. And my top four guitarists of all time just happen to be Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Jack White, and John Frusciante.View Aaron’s Posts Here!
Vanessa Rios, Staff Photographer:
I’m a Florida transplant, born and raised in New York City. I’ve had a passion for music and singing since I was very young. I love entertaining but stopped when I had to leave the performing arts school I was attending to move to Orlando. Music photography was a perfect extension of my passion for art, photography, and music.
Having the opportunity to photograph musicians doing what they love, entertaining a crowd and spilling their guts on stage is such an amazing experience. It’s impossible not to get caught up in the energy of a live performance. Although I am definitely more comfortable behind the camera than anywhere else, music has always stayed in the forefront. I can’t think of any subject matter that makes me feel more alive!
When I’m not behind my camera, you can find me nose deep in a good book, sipping Captain and coke, or painting some questionable artwork.View Vanessa Rios’ Posts Here!
- Carlo Cavaluzzi, Staff Photographer
- Megan Malsom, Marketing & Press Manager
- Kelly Nichols, Press Coordinator
- Matthew Weller, Executive Editor
- Katie Baldwin, Director of Media Relations & Contributing Writer
- Lindsay Tompkins, Senior Staff Photographer
- Dainon Moody, Staff Writer
- Dena Davis, Staff Writer & Video Producer
- Soorya Arsala, Staff Writer
- Sean Grey, Staff Writer
- Jason Earle, Staff Writer
- Sean Dorsett, Staff Writer
- Sarah Schumaker, “Sweaty Septum” Staff Writer
- Kristen Burns, Staff Editor
- Jeff Roach, Senior Staff Photographer
- Justin Fricke, Staff Photographer & Writer
- Jenn Ross, Staff Photographer
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