I’m Jamie. I used to have a steady job as a secondary school teacher but my desire to champion independent, DIY music, and my fatigue with how music journalism has devalued the reader, compelled me to quit that job to found Overblown, an online music magazine based in Ireland and the UK.
Readers are valued.
In an era when streaming, internet advertising, and the internet in general have devalued journalistic content, online music magazines are now ruled by vested interests. Readers are no longer valued.
Here at Overblown we give music fans a place they belong. It is a community, like hanging out with your friends and talking about music. We put the reader first. You are Overblown’s priority.
We want to create more quality and varied content.
With your help Overblown can become even more influential and powerful in championing independent music and music journalism that values the reader. If just 2% of Overblown's audience contributed $5 a month, that would make Overblown self sufficient.
That would mean more interviews, more video content, writer payments, a faster website, infographics, music flowcharts, podcasts, merchandise, and all the things we haven't yet thought of. Anything that you, the reader, wants.
What do we need?
Having said this, we're not asking for $5 a month from you. In fact, we're not asking for anything at all. However, we are hoping that if you enjoy the content on Overblown, and if you feel a part of the Overblown community, that you would consider contributing $2 a month towards the maintenance of the site and to support independent, DIY music and journalism.
We have three main goals:
- Vary the content and make Overblown ad free. We want to give you podcasts, videos, infographics, merch, flow charts, gigs, and get rid of those pesky ads. We want to ensure that Overblown is never ruled by chasing the cheap click for advertising purposes.
- To make Overblown self sustainable. If it is going to survive, grow, and thrive, the site must pay for itself, for me, and also those that contribute. In turn this means more quality content for you.
- To pay the people that contribute to the site. We have contributors from Louisiana to Glasgow. They're golden people. The best people. They deserve to be paid $20 - $40 per contribution if not more! Again, if we can pay the contributors, this means more articles, more content, more music, and more of everything for your eyes and ears.
You have no idea how humbled we are by your support.