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 an advertisement free website with zero sponsored content is roughly $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, though my 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  
  • If I take a break or vacation from content creation for more than 14 days, you will not be billed.
  • I'll add you on twitter/instagram and Like all of your cat photos. 
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:
  • HTML
  • Spotify
  • YouTube
  • Slacker
  • Last.fm 

If you need help with any of those I'll help through the process. You can update the playlist spot as often as you like. 

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
21% complete
When we reach $100 per month I'll begin producing ad free video reviews of HEAVY METAL albums that will be available to Enablers! one week early before release on YouTube. These may feature special guests, spooky trips to the forest, or contributions from the artists themselves. 
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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 an advertisement free website with zero sponsored content is roughly $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, though my 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  
  • If I take a break or vacation from content creation for more than 14 days, you will not be billed.
  • I'll add you on twitter/instagram and Like all of your cat photos. 
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:
  • HTML
  • Spotify
  • YouTube
  • Slacker
  • Last.fm 

If you need help with any of those I'll help through the process. You can update the playlist spot as often as you like. 

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.