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Hi, my name is Josh.

I’ve been writing about music since the summer of 1998 starting with my own zine Raze (four issues, photocopied, 50 copies each) and as a result I quickly became a reviewer for Pasadena, CA based publication Flipside from 1998-2000 when the zine ended. I became quite hated for my short and obtusely negative reviews as J-Cyco because quite frankly: I was a 17 year old hardcore punk/crossover kid at the time. Todd (editor-in-chief post Al Flipside) was amused enough by my idiocy at the time to send me stuff for years, anyhow. I didn’t begin writing about video games, or much of anything else, online until 2009 primarily to expand my writing oeuvre and general lexicon. In the space between I’d received about six years of college education (Microbiology, research and technical writing) primarily in Oregon and Washington state. Though I’ve had many jobs throughout my life (physical therapist, editor, etc.) none have yet involved my love of art and music.

My goals for Grizzly Butts as a pursuit and potential business are driven by a compulsive Heavy Metal obsession. Every waking moment of the day I’m an overly enthused fan of HEAVY METAL who is compelled to write every free second I get. My methodology is ‘old school’ in the sense that I grew up reading music ‘zines, as well as big heavy metal magazines, in the early 90’s — an era where reviews/features were long, in-depth, and honest. You won’t get a messy 200 word blog entry from me, every release deserves at least 600-1000 words of thought and extensive repeat listens. Without serious consideration and effort, why would writing be worth reading? I believe the effort musicians put into music is worth serious time and thought. This is the value I offer as a writer. My philosophy of earnest criticism backed by extensive listening and thorough research stands out in the suffocating metal blog biosphere.

It had been impossible to consider writing about music as a sustainable full-time career until I’d seen crowd-sourcing work so well for a select few. It is entirely possible to foster a small community of shared interest with small scale crowd-sourced funding. The cost of maintaining the domain/hosting is $100 per year. To achieve this goal I need 8-10 people to pledge $1.00 USD per month, per year. That is the main goal of my Patreon, beyond staying relatively advertisement free. Ambitions will expand over time as features, collaboration, and artist interaction increases.
Thank you.
Tiers
Enabler!
$1 or more per month
The Enabler will be credited in the Patreon Producer Gallery of GrizzlyButts.com   
  • You will have the option to contribute to a monthly Community Feature, where submissions from Patrons are welcomed for one big post. These can be lists, artwork, mixtapes, rants, a review, a plug for your band or art, etc. No real restrictions given, just no piracy or anime porn.
  • If I take a break or vacation from content creation for more than 14 days, you will not be billed.
  • This includes access to a private room on the Grizzly Butts discord chat.
Curator!
$5 or more per month
Anyone can sign up as a Curator and will be given a spot on Grizzly Butts.com (in the Patreon Producer's Gallery) to post music playlists for others to try out. These playlists can currently be made using:
  • Spotify
  • YouTube

In addition to having the option to contribute to the monthly Community Feature, Curators will be first in line on the page and their submissions will be featured first.

  • All benefits of being an Enabler are included.
Muse!
$10 or more per month
The Muse will more or less have the loudest voice in my ear in terms of site feedback, overall coverage, and new features.
  • Consider yourself a board member as a Muse. You can be entitled, raw and argumentative but as full owner I can ultimately veto anything too outrageous. 
  • All of the previous Enabler and Curator benefits are included.
Goals
43% complete
At $50 per month I'll be able to set aside extra time to either source interviewers (and pay them) to create interviews with bands covered on GrizzlyButts.com, or create the interviews myself. These will not be canned questions or vague "safe" nonsense, but in-depth and meaningful conversations with musicians wanting to engage beyond typical metal rag banter. 
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Hi, my name is Josh.

I’ve been writing about music since the summer of 1998 starting with my own zine Raze (four issues, photocopied, 50 copies each) and as a result I quickly became a reviewer for Pasadena, CA based publication Flipside from 1998-2000 when the zine ended. I became quite hated for my short and obtusely negative reviews as J-Cyco because quite frankly: I was a 17 year old hardcore punk/crossover kid at the time. Todd (editor-in-chief post Al Flipside) was amused enough by my idiocy at the time to send me stuff for years, anyhow. I didn’t begin writing about video games, or much of anything else, online until 2009 primarily to expand my writing oeuvre and general lexicon. In the space between I’d received about six years of college education (Microbiology, research and technical writing) primarily in Oregon and Washington state. Though I’ve had many jobs throughout my life (physical therapist, editor, etc.) none have yet involved my love of art and music.

My goals for Grizzly Butts as a pursuit and potential business are driven by a compulsive Heavy Metal obsession. Every waking moment of the day I’m an overly enthused fan of HEAVY METAL who is compelled to write every free second I get. My methodology is ‘old school’ in the sense that I grew up reading music ‘zines, as well as big heavy metal magazines, in the early 90’s — an era where reviews/features were long, in-depth, and honest. You won’t get a messy 200 word blog entry from me, every release deserves at least 600-1000 words of thought and extensive repeat listens. Without serious consideration and effort, why would writing be worth reading? I believe the effort musicians put into music is worth serious time and thought. This is the value I offer as a writer. My philosophy of earnest criticism backed by extensive listening and thorough research stands out in the suffocating metal blog biosphere.

It had been impossible to consider writing about music as a sustainable full-time career until I’d seen crowd-sourcing work so well for a select few. It is entirely possible to foster a small community of shared interest with small scale crowd-sourced funding. The cost of maintaining the domain/hosting is $100 per year. To achieve this goal I need 8-10 people to pledge $1.00 USD per month, per year. That is the main goal of my Patreon, beyond staying relatively advertisement free. Ambitions will expand over time as features, collaboration, and artist interaction increases.
Thank you.

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Tiers
Enabler!
$1 or more per month
The Enabler will be credited in the Patreon Producer Gallery of GrizzlyButts.com   
  • You will have the option to contribute to a monthly Community Feature, where submissions from Patrons are welcomed for one big post. These can be lists, artwork, mixtapes, rants, a review, a plug for your band or art, etc. No real restrictions given, just no piracy or anime porn.
  • If I take a break or vacation from content creation for more than 14 days, you will not be billed.
  • This includes access to a private room on the Grizzly Butts discord chat.
Curator!
$5 or more per month
Anyone can sign up as a Curator and will be given a spot on Grizzly Butts.com (in the Patreon Producer's Gallery) to post music playlists for others to try out. These playlists can currently be made using:
  • Spotify
  • YouTube

In addition to having the option to contribute to the monthly Community Feature, Curators will be first in line on the page and their submissions will be featured first.

  • All benefits of being an Enabler are included.
Muse!
$10 or more per month
The Muse will more or less have the loudest voice in my ear in terms of site feedback, overall coverage, and new features.
  • Consider yourself a board member as a Muse. You can be entitled, raw and argumentative but as full owner I can ultimately veto anything too outrageous. 
  • All of the previous Enabler and Curator benefits are included.