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INDUSTRY INTERVIEW: Chris Ryan (Audio Fuzz Music Blog)

Audio FuzzWhen you come from a family involved in the arts, it’s no surprise that music is in your blood. Inspired by his dad’s ’90s band, Slaughter, Audio Fuzz owner Chris Ryan set out to give unknown bands the exposure they deserve. Check out our interview with Chris below, and catch up with all thins Audio Fuzz on their website, Facebook, and Twitter.

How did you first get involved in the music industry?

Music has always been in my blood, my father was a drummer in a rock n roll band that eventually became the ’90s band Slaughter. I picked up guitar at the age of 11 and started playing to my favorite classic rock songs, eventually teaching myself how to play guitar by ear. I knew that I didn’t want to become a musician, but rather work with musicians. In 2006 I started my own production company and started booking acts at nightlife events in NYC and globally. In 2010, I started a little site called AudioFuzz.com.

Can you tell me how Audio Fuzz came to be?

I was listening to a few awesome indie artists in the summer of 2010 and realized that many of the artists I was listening to had no exposure at all. It was so bad that some of them even disbanded due to the lack of exposure and recognition. I thought it would be a good idea to create a site, with some help from my friends, that highlighted exceptional artists that aren’t getting much attention.

What is it that you think makes Audio Fuzz stand out from music blogs?

We focus on bringing your attention to artists that you aren’t hearing on the radio, in clubs, at events, etc. We want people to hear all the good music that they are missing!

In your bio, you say that you set out to create a blog for the LGBT community. Can you tell me what led to that niche, and how it has been received? 

Originally it was intended to bring much of the indie music that isn’t being heard to the LGBT community. The LGBT community regularly goes out, attends festivals, goes to shows, etc. This is a community that has really brought a lot of artists to the forefront so publicizing to this community felt like the right thing to do in order to help gain exposure for artists we felt weren’t being heard. However, we do not JUST focus on the LGBT community anymore.

In addition to your music blog, you play guitar. Do you think being a musician yourself has given you an advantage in running the blog?

It certainly has added value, knowledge, and passion to the site. I hear things that others may not, I understand chords, structure, etc. so writing about songs comes a bit more naturally to me.

You’re also writing a book, is that correct? Congratulations! Can you tell me about that?

I am! It’s a work in progress and I’ve been at it for 4 years now. I constantly go back and edit, rewrite, scrap, rewrite, edit, etc. I am taking my time though and want to ensure I put out my best work.

You run an affiliation with WantTickets.com. I know advertising and making money, even in small amounts, is something most, if not all blogs aspire to. Can you tell me how that partnership came to be?

They reached out to me about 3 years ago about becoming an affiliate. It was not something I had even thought of. I think its important for sites to do this, especially when they are just starting out. It makes running the site more feasible.

You have what seems like a great team of passionate people. What advice do you have for others that may be looking to bring writers/photographers/etc into their blogs?

The first thing you need to have is PASSION. If you do not have passion, this won’t work. You have to love what you do at first because you aren’t going to make any money for a while (most likely). Find other PASSIONATE people that are interested in collaborating with you, you can do this in music forums, at shows, etc. And make sure you find people that can actually commit to a said number of hours!

As a blogger myself, I know how swamped blogs can get with submissions. What can bands/publicists/labels do to ensure you check out their music/to make your life easier when submitting?

Engage the person they are submitting to. We really like to see a story to how this artist came to be, where their at, where their going and why we should be listening to them.

What advice do you have for anyone thinking of starting a blog, or joining an existing blog’s team?

I would suggest being on a team for a little bit and then starting your own blog. Its a lot of work and you may not be ready for that until you are writing with a team for a little bit.

What’s in the future for Audio Fuzz?

We have a lot of future plans and we will continue to grow and nurture the site. Expect to see more shows exclusively from AudioFuzz.com in your city in the near future!

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I think we got it covered! Thank you!

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Angela Mastrogiacomo

Founder of Infectious Magazine & Muddy Paw Public Relations. Lover of passion, ice cream, and books.

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