I just wanted to start by saying thank you to every single person who has supported us across the past two and a half years. You have embraced our writing and magazines wholeheartedly, and we wouldn’t have been able to continue without your love and support. While we have had fun, and lots of it, we have decided that the time has come for Venture Mag to come to an end.
Created as a place to share the music we love, we think we have certainly achieved that across the past two and a half years, and we have been lucky enough to cover some of the biggest festivals and interview some of the biggest acts. We can’t possibly thank everyone enough for the opportunities we’ve had because of Venture Mag, and we know this year was the most successful, seeing 92,000 of you visiting our site.
We have created some strong relationships with people in the industry, and some strong relationships with you, our readers. We want you to know that we really do appreciate all the support you have given us, and want to thank you for sticking with us through our journey from a Tumblr site, to a website to, to print magazines, to strictly digital publications. When Venture Mag was created, it was never intended to be anything more than a Tumblr site, so everything we have accomplished is incredible.
While the founder of the company, Bekka Collins, does have plans to continue creating music-based magazines, we can’t give any other information out as of yet. We will be keeping our Facebook page up for a while, but everything will soon disappear from the internet world.
Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts for letting us do something we love for so long.
All the best for 2014, make sure you make it your year.
Our side of the pond, aka the UK, is home to the lovely lads in Neck Deep, who have exclusively shared with us their first journey across Australia which took place this November. They are gearing up to release their new album ‘Wishful Thinking’ in January of 2014, and have just released a brand new video for their track “Growing Pains”, which you can see here.
Landing in Australia after the 18 hour or so flights left us not really interested in much of anything other than sleeping and eating hot-dogs on our first night in Brisbane. Plus we didn’t land until late, so we made our way to our accommodation, hung out with dudes there, had some drinks then got some rest.
We give you our fourteenth issue! (December 2013) | #venturemagfourteen
As 2013 is drawing to an end, we used our December issue to honour one of the UK’s best up and coming bands, PEACE. We have filled this issue with Christmas-themed features, named our album of the year, reviewed some of the most recent releases and picked out some artists we think you’ll love. We also got bands like GIANTS, and Blameshift to tell us about their most memorable tour experiences this year, plus loads more.
From all of us at the Venture Mag team, we hope you enjoy the holiday season. Thank you for sticking with us!
The new single “The Best Thing (That Never Happened)” by We Are The In Crowd has excited fans since it was first announced last week. The single was released on Spotify before iTunes but due to the popular demand, the band released it a week early along with the video a few days ago.
Alternative punk music nowadays is often categorized into a box with post-punk and pop rock bands. But Kaila Whyte, Adam Haitof and Marcus Perks (the members Youth Man) are having no part in such a stereotype. Their latest album ‘Bad Weather EP’ shreds harder than anything I’ve heard in a long time. It’s pure, thoroughly aggressive, and most notably, mixed and mastered to sound very natural – a lot like punk bands such as The Stooges.
The first song on the album is called “Heavy Rain”. Appropriately placed as the EP’s opening track, it showcases their style in a concise way: searing guitars, deep thrashy drums, and most distinguishably, Whytes unique vocal style. Her voice squeaks and swoops at mesmerizing times, ultimately, creating a desperate whiny angst that lasts – almost lethargically - throughout the whole album.
Moscow’s Pompeya are causing a stir with their new video for their track “90″. Drawing their inspiration from 70s disco, 80s new wave and 90s indie rock their punchy riffs and melodic synth beats are incredible catchy. The music video features choreography by Lilia Skovorodnikova and was directed by Fake Production.
Coming from the county of Essex, the lovely Miss Sharon Rose has been hard at work writing and recording her new single “Honest Mistake” and is ready to add more tracks to her debut collection.
Singing from a young age, Sharon trained her voice and soon became a strong backing vocalist for the group Red Track/ Casablanco. Then, in 2012, at the age of 22, Sharon auditioned for X-factor in which she did really well and earned the adoration from the well renowned Leona Lewis. After her time on the show, she continued her love for singing while she studied for her degree in History. While studying she spent time planning new material that she would one day release as a singer/songwriter that she now is.
Kaylee Rutland is a pop country singer/songwriter from Texas. She plays both keyboards and guitar, and her young, soulful sound has helped her gain an audience of all ages.
The 18 year old recorded her first EP in Nashville in September 2012. When recording this EP she worked with songwriter/producer Megan Conner who only had positive things to say about Kaylee: “I have had the opportunity to work, write and produce Kaylee. Her ideas and creativity shined in our sessions, and she was always prompt with a smile”.
Hailing from Whiteley, Hampshire- one of the places you would least expect to be home to ’noir-Americana’ band is New Desert Blues. Don’t be quick to assume their sound is revolving around a fascination with cowboy brawls in the saloon and gun duels at sundown, as New Desert Blues channel the more sinister, romantic part of the Wild West that listeners are yet to discover. They write the soundtrack to western films waiting to be written; each track is uniquely named after a main character they create- with a captivating story to match.
Michael and David Champion are two men who are ready to reinvent indie music. The duo are better known for their stage name, Champs, and their effortless-whimsical tone that puts a signature spin on each of their songs. “Savannah” is a single off their upcoming release, ‘Down Like Gold’.