Alright, rascals, listen up. I’ve got a deep love for Nashville, Tennessee. I hit up Music City this past weekend for a few days of miscellaneous shenanigans and site coverage. If you haven’t read our Spotlight or seen our interview with Marianas Trench yet, I suggest you change that. Now, I’d like to tell you a story that was not featured in that article. Just before Marianas Trench was set to hit the stage, I was waiting out the minutes with a few others in the photo pit. That’s where I met Vicci. We got to talking, and I mentioned to her that I was looking for a reviewer for my website. As it turns out, she’s a third year Journalism student. I asked if she’d be interested, she said she was, I wrote down my contact information in her phone, and she emailed me her resume a few days later. The rest, my friends, is history. I’m very excited to have her as part of the team, and look forward to working more with her.
Here’s Vicci in her own words:
Hello! My name’s Vicci! Well, not really. It’s actually Victoria but I’ve always thought it sounded old. I’m 20 years old, but I honestly don’t feel like it. The Live Music Capitol of the World is where I call home, and for those of you who don’t know, that’s Austin. I’m headed into my final semester at the University of Texas and hopefully by December I’ll be able to classify myself as a journalist. (At least, that little piece of paper will give me some credit.)
You see, I’m that kid that never grew out of her dreams of wanting to become a rockstar. Ever since my first ever small venue concert— The All-American Rejects— I have been fascinated by the ability live music has to move people. Sure, an album can be put on repeat and keep you company even in your loneliest of moments, or create the perfect soundtrack to some of the best moments, but there is nothing quite like seeing it performed live. The way artists get lost in their own performance, bringing together people who otherwise wouldn’t meet and creating a moment that is ephemeral but will ultimately last a lifetime has just always stunned me. Why would anyone want to do anything else with their life? Unfortunately enough for me, I wasn’t gifted with the talent to sing, play an instrument (unless you count flute and tambourine) or write music, so I had to shoot for the next best thing. Luckily, my second favorite thing in the world is writing. So I thought to myself as I was deciding what to do with my life, “Hey! Why don’t I combine music and writing!” And here I am now working ever so hard to become a music journalist. Not that that’s a bad thing. Quite the opposite, I’d like to think that I can help convey what music means to me to others using the words that I do have the talent to use.
That being said, music is what brought me here, quite literally as I met Ally in a photo pit at a show. A show that, oddly enough, The All-American Rejects were playing at. (Funny how things work out like that, huh?) And I can honestly say I’m excited and honored to have the chance to write for Side Stage Media. Not to sound like a fortune cookie, but I see great things happening in its future.
Now that I’ve typed up more than I’m sure I should have, feel free to hit me up on any social media, because I quite literally have them all.