Since becoming a blogger in 2009 I have been able to spend a lot of time inside the music scene by researching and featuring worthy acts months before they reach superstardom. The response has been great as many of these acts and fans interact with us on social media. I’ve also been able to connect with prominent record labels such as Interscope Records and Island Def Jam, companies like Z100 and Apple Music, and meet legendary members of Beastie Boys and Blink-182 among many other special moments. In recent years we expanded to cover health and wellness, food and drink, and technology.
Each year I continue to add new features to make the visitor’s experience worth the while. In 2020, I launched two large-scale music features ‘The NEXT 100: 2020 New Music Guide’ and 2020 ‘2020 Songs of the Summer’, both consisting of talent interviews, video packages, and themed social media content. Through those features alone I have interviewed over 100 subjects from a field of music artists, industry professionals and tastemakers. A really cool moment this year happened when I had the opportunity to interview Z100’s evening on-air DJ, Maxwell. Beyond just being a great individual, Maxwell gave NXTSTYLE a shoutout on the radio and featured our interview of him on Z100.com!
A big part of my time running NXTSTYLE has been spent featuring new artists via the ‘NEXT in Music’ playlist. New playlists adds are announced through creative social media content. Over the years I have featured notable artists pre-stardom like Bruno Mars, Dua Lipa, Kacey Musgraves, Alessia Cara, AVICII, Jessie J, Tove Lo, Ava Max and many more. I also made an impact on international music social platform Whyd where many of my submissions reached the Top 10 and even #1 on their charts. In April 2013 and January 2015 the company interviewed me for their blog to get my thoughts on a variety of music-related topics including Underground Playlist, my website name at the time. Follow my website and personal account on Whyd for a sample of my music taste!