Letter From the Editor: Moving Forward with The Indie Sound

Readers,

The Indie Sound started out as a small dream of mine. A dream that has presented me with so many amazing opportunities: shows I never thought I’d get into, festival coverage and some amazing interviews. Even the opportunity to form relationships with local artists in and around Columbus. I can’t be more thankful for everything this site has brought me.

Some of you may have noticed that the site has been relatively quiet these past few months. I wanted to take some time to address that silence, and give you all an idea of what I’m planning to do with The Indie Sound in the future.

Over the past few months I’ve been struggling with my mental health. It got to the point where it was beginning to take away my passion for writing. I couldn’t find my passion for doing the one thing that has always provided me with peace in times of frustration or overwhelming anxiety.

I hit a wall.

I decided to take a bit of a small break. Focusing to take some time on other things, most importantly myself and my health. I’m slowly getting back into the process, and I have a lot of ideas on the horizon about what I can do with The Indie Sound going forward (along with a lot more time).

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 6 adults in the U.S. live with a mental illness. If you or someone you’re close to needs help or just needs to talk to someone, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. We need to start opening up a conversation about mental health – you never know what someone is going through.

The Indie Sound is an an outlet for independent musicians. I want this site to be a place to find those up-and-coming musicians you might’ve never heard of. I want it to be a place to witness music scenes unraveling. I want to do follow-ups and interviews and videos and podcasts.

The goal here is simple: shine the light on those local, regional, national or international bands that catch my ear.

I’m a music fanatic, and I always take pride in choosing songs for people. I want this site to work the same way – a small, independent music blog to go to when you need a break from all that mainstream news you’re reading on the bigger publications.

The Indie Sound won’t be about the latest music news or reviews on new album releases. Instead, we’re going to be focusing on new discoveries, discussions on the industry and how certain music scenes hold up next to another – those kinds of conversations.

Moving forward, The Indie Sound will be attempting to produce a monthly podcast to outline some issues I feel the need to discuss, but at the same time, expose the readers (and in this case, listeners) to some new music. Curated mixes of two to three artists/songs I feel like highlighting along with a brief discussion and a full listen-through of the song itself.

Episodes will also alternate between discussion on the current state of the music industry and, for example, what’s moving in Nashville and who you should be paying attention to. I’m also in the process of putting together a video series.

Things are on the horizon for The Indie Sound.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for spreading the word. Thank you for making this dream a reality and for your continued support.

All the best,

Kris Perez

Editor-in-Chief / Founder


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One Comment on “Letter From the Editor: Moving Forward with The Indie Sound”

  1. Kris, thank you for sharing your experience and the links to places like NIMH. Members of my family have experienced serious mental illness, so I know it can be difficult to share, and that it is very important to do so. I wish you well and will continue to follow The Indie Sound.

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