Grizzly Butts is creating Heavy Metal and Video Game writing!
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patrons

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.) I have a soul-crushing career in lab management/experimental design.

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
  • You'll get a credit in the producer gallery of my website  
  • 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 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.
Curator!
$5 or more per month
As many as 20 people can sign up as Curators and will be given a spot on Grizzly Butts 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 month Community Feature, Curators will simply be first in line on the page and their submissions will be featured first.

Muse!
$10 or more per month
I will personally paint a custom 8" x 10" acrylic painting for you each month and either mail it to you or provide a scan/PDF/JPEG etc.  
Goals
87% complete
When we reach $20 per month I will begin creating polls geared towards content suggested by Patrons. This could include reviewing albums folks are interested in, a review/playthrough of a video game that folks want to see.
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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.) I have a soul-crushing career in lab management/experimental design.

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
  • You'll get a credit in the producer gallery of my website  
  • 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 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.
Curator!
$5 or more per month
As many as 20 people can sign up as Curators and will be given a spot on Grizzly Butts 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 month Community Feature, Curators will simply be first in line on the page and their submissions will be featured first.

Muse!
$10 or more per month
I will personally paint a custom 8" x 10" acrylic painting for you each month and either mail it to you or provide a scan/PDF/JPEG etc.