Since this is my first article for the Examiner I felt it was appropriate to introduce myself. You won't be reading articles from me in first person after this, but it is an intro to me … I am von Wolffe. No "Mr.", no first name, just von Wolffe. If you haven't seen my name on the web yet chances are you will soon. Now let's get the show started …
Growing up in the '80s one couldn't help but to be a lover of music and it certainly holds true for myself. We lived at the end of a dirt road in the middle of nowhere in a very small town just north of Houston. You might think how in the world could some kid growing up in Hickville, USA ever be well rounded enough to write music reviews. Easy. Desire & passion.
Passion stemming from the first track I ever heard come from an album. And the desire to hear more and from there the desire to see these bands live. Seeing bands perform … there's no substitute. You're there in the moment witnessing others create sounds that make your heart race, the hairs on your neck rise and fills you with adrenaline … Remembering back to your first boyfriend or girlfriend or other great times in your life. You talk about it for days and weeks, "Man! What a great show that was!" you say.
Sure, lots of people are concert junkies, but I've also fronted bands since I was in high school. Band No.1, circa 1988 … We were terrible. A mash of punk, metal and our own sounds. Band No.2 was established in 1989, not horrible but okay and we started playing actual gigs. Paid gigs. It went on here and there until my last band I left in 2003.
The desire and passion is still here although now I'm a creative director/designer. Having designed posters, fliers, album art, websites, and logos for bands and venues since 1995. And I still go to a lot of shows, all the time. Shows from guys that were considered washed up 30 years ago to shows where the newest rage is on-stage. I love it all.
Now I'll bring my passion & desire to you in words and photos ... You'll get my first-hand experience at the shows I attend and my thoughts on the local music scene.
Rock on! -- von Wolffe