As a Music Correspondent I cover the NYC/Brooklyn indie music scene, and interview and review bands – local, national and international.
So here’s what I got …
TESTIMONIALS FROM MUSICIANS & INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS
|“Erika’s love for the music culture surpasses some peoples’ love for their own mothers.” – Raye 6, Brooklyn Pop Singer”So aside from answering my emails, which would be awesome, Erika would definitely write you guys some real shit about some real music. Also the bitch pretty much runs New York. And she’s better at social media than me.” – Michelle King, Executive Manager and Director of Publicity @ Noisy Ghost PR, Team Clermont
“If Erika had to be represented by a singular sound it would be “BOOM”.” – Jason Stollsteimer – Michigan frontman
“Erika, impressively, always has a social calendar for all art, music and all scenes of the moment and also, the next.” – Meaghan Lyons, Manager A&R Operations @ Sony BMG – Columbia Records
“Such an epic hypewoman!” – Lacy Kelly, PR/Booking @ Matte Productions
“Be forewarned. Erika Bogner is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Her intelligence and tenacity quite frankly scares me. She’s my favorite secret weapon.” – Kim de Los Angeles, Producer and Artist Management @ Bang the Drum
“Hey, this is Scallywag from scallywagandvagabond and I fully endorse Erika. I find her to be full of savvy, a social spitfire on the prowl for talent and constantly curious about the scene with a wacky free flowing spirit and able to call a spade a spade, which I reckon the readers always love.” – Christopher Koulouris, Editor-in-Chief @ scallywagandvagabond
“I learn more about cool, coming-up bands playing in NYC from Erika than my other friends combined. Supreme recon.” – Greg T. Spielberg, Imagination in Space Founder (pop up events), Journalist
WORK & REACH
Past Interviews (some lengthy, full interviews – some short, single question):
Cymbals Eat Guitars
The Hounds Below
My Gold Mask
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
The Yellow Dogs
The Welcome Wagon
Have worked with:
|Kip and Taylor of Tell Your Friends PR
Daniel and Anton at Force Field PR
Scott and Amelia at Ilium Media
Dana at Biz3
Max and Brett at Matte Projects
Shazila at Motormouth Media
Jerry and Zach at Syndicate
|Noam at Popgun
Alexandra at High Rise PR
Lyssa at Secretly Canadian
Abe at Dead Oceans
Kate at Warner Brothers Records
Justin at Domino Records
Daron at Black Iris
… off the top of my head.
RECURRING FEATURE CONCEPTS CREATED
• What Turned You On? — asking musicians what album influenced them on their musical journey. I am on my 10th edition of this feature, the idea I came up with while talking to a relatively known musician about a relatively unknown Neil Young album and how it inspired us both. The idea is to offer the reader a potentially new discovery as well as a fun read.
• Three for the Rotation — a piece where I offer the reader 3 albums, recently out or about to come out that place nicely together.
• Ear to the Tracks — a piece where I speak to industry insiders such as promoters, reps, labels and producers about 5 bands they suggest to watch and why (the first if this series is yet to run, though I have already gathered interviews for 2 editions). This simply comes from the fact that I often learn about new bands through favorite labels, reps and promoters. In turn this gives them the opportunity to also promote what they are up to.
“SOUND BITES” – few snippets of my writing
|On Destroyer – Live at Brooklyn Masonic Temple
Combining dishevelment with grandeur, the Brooklyn Masonic Temple was perfectly suited for Destroyer’s sonic sprawl. Dan Bejar performs as though only for himself – his presence on stage an air of uncomfortable indifference – he maintains this weird thousand-yard gaze out over the audience or in the vicinity of the beer at his feet. Bejar didn’t hesitate to begin the packed show with the muted, glowing “Your Blues” – its alien beauty inviting, yet cold. Still, as the night went on, even he seemed to be won over by the infectious melody and exuberance of his cryptically-narrative songs.
On Radiohead – Austin Austin City Limits
On Fiona Apple – Sold Out at Bowery
On Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – “We No Who U R”
On Foals – Holy Fire
On Clinic – Free Reign
On Suuns – Images Du Futur
On Elliott Smith – Lost VH1 ‘Jon Brion Show’ Pilot Performance
On El Sportivo & The Blooz – Self-Titled
On Nada Surf – Sold Out at Webster Hall
|SXSWtf :: Your “Sound” Guide to SXSW Music 2013
SXSW is just kicking off but the clusterfuck is already underway – at least mentally – as we all try to find our way to Austin and figure out how to quite literally hit the ground running. Yes, not shockingly there is an app for that, and while the wonderful people at SXSW offer us some lovely little nuggets like, “you may want to have a change of shoes available” and, “you should also pack a reusable water bottle” – many of us still have not much more than the fuzziest idea as to wtf is going on.
Well, we’ve got you SO covered. Not only do we have a healthy smattering of showcase fliers all in one place for you to peruse, but we also have compiled a serious, all-in-one list of bands performing. Just think of us as your SXSW sherpa … and check back for live coverage, photography and interviews with SXSW bands TEEN, Suuns and more.
Hot This Winter 5 Breaking Brooklyn Bands
The Live Show Manifesto: An Interview With Austin-Based Band, Ringo Deathstarr
And so, that moves into another facet of what I bring a publication, you may have noticed some of the high numbers in sharing on my articles … I manage all social media platforms, generate band photography and graphics for my current publication, and make site design edits when needed.
When it comes to putting up a post I do all my own formatting, graphics and image edits (including my own photography if apropos), key words, SEO descriptions, social media sharing, and if necessary, inform the band and/or bands’ reps that the article is up.
PERSONAL SOCIAL SHARING REACH
As far as Social Media, I have a far reach on Facebook, including over 20 pages, many of them being NYC-centric and numbering around 100k followers total.
For example, one entertainment related publication who I’v been an admin on the Facebook page since November I’ve added over 1500 new “likes”, with up to 90 in a day and around 10-20/day as a high average just from my sharing efforts alone.
Using OpenEars Music’s Instagram following in conjunction with NYC-based Facebook pages has shown to be a fantastic outlet to share upcoming shows and coverage on both platforms:
Feel free to contact me for more work samples.