Luís Pires

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About Luís Pires

Hi, my name is Luís Pires. I'm a music journalist, activist, writer, and physicist, originally from Lisbon, Portugal and now residing in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I've been obsessed with music from a very early age and started writing about it back in the blogspot days around fifteen years ago. Since then I wrote for the webzine Ponto Alternativo and have been a regular contributor for Portugal's Loud! Magazine since 2016, having signed my first three cover pieces in the last two years with Napalm Death, Amenra, and Jerry Cantrell. I have also written pieces for Noisey, Roadburn's Weird Canyon Dispatch, and Roadburn's website.

A few years ago, as I was wrapping up my PhD in physics, I started a music website called Nether as a way of finding how I wanted to proceed with music journalism online. For as much as I love print music and a lot of music websites out there, I wanted to find my own vision and voice and do it myself. For a while, I would go back and forth with the website's activities, trying out different formats and learning to engage with it on social media. Now, I have found what I consider to be a solid framework to properly launch Nether as a permanent home for most of my writing and that's why I'm launching this Patreon. As things stand, Nether already takes quite some time to run and if it goes well with this new format, it will take even longer, as the amount of reviews and interviews increases (concerts have also returned to The Netherlands, so unless Covid throws another wrench into plans, live reports will appear as well). Moreover, I do not intend to have ads running on the website or to move the majority of its content to a paywall. Eventually, if support for this project gets big enough, the goal would be to have more authors than just myself. That being said, there's enough writing for free going on in this industry, so that will only happen if there's enough support.

The editorial focus will be on extreme music, mainly metal, punk, drone, and derivatives, with hopefully a healthy dose of electronic, hip-hop, noise, and rock as well. This stems essentially from my personal history. Bereft of an active underground scene on the Lisbon suburb I originally grew up in, I first got into heavier music with a cassette my brother gave me when I was around eleven, featuring the likes of Alice In Chains and Nirvana, before moving on to find heavy metal, nu-metal, and metalcore. Too young for tape trading, too old for the internet boom, there was a period of CDR trading with friends and it was one of those that ended up shaping most of what I do today. A mate wanted to get me into power and thrash metal and gave me a CDR with a shitload of stuff, among which were two exceptions, «Epicus Doomicus Metallicus» by Candlemass and «La Masquerade Infernale» by Arcturus. I got into power and thrash alright, but mostly I became a doom and weird black metal fanatic, something that is still true to this day. The punk connection is a weirder one, as I had grown bored of what I had been shown as such in my early teens (mostly pop, skate, and ska punk) and it took until the release of «Dark Thrones And Black Flags» by Darkthrone for me to decide to explore the genre properly, quickly falling in love with the likes of Black Flag, Moderat Likvidation, Anti-Cimex, and Minor Threat.

Now, onto the content. We will have daily news with very clear templates (regular readers have surely figured those out by now), as well as extended pieces every week. These will mostly be reviews and we're aiming to have around two interviews per month to start with. As for the Patreon exclusive content, it will focus mostly on in-depth pieces on artists and labels, with the occasional surprise. Not all the music covered will have a political stance, but do expect a heavy dose of explicitly anti-fascist artists and a no-platform policy for fascist scum. That's a reflection of my personal beliefs and the website's editorial line. If you see an artist covered which you believe contradicts this line, feel free to let me know, as sometimes information falls through the cracks.

If you have read this far, thank you for your time. If on top of that you have decided to support my Patreon, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much!

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