Hey everyone! My blog Mad About Rock (renamed in 2017) was previously just known as carinasmusicreviews.blogspot.co.uk. It's run solely by myself (Carina), so a bit about me...
I have been writing for music sites/magazines for over 8 years now. I started out writing for a site called Totally Unsigned, which was for all genres but I focused on rock/metal, then I got asked to write for an underground metal site called Basement Sound. I was with Basement Sound (Records/Radios) for 3 years, getting some experience of radio shows, record labels and promotion, as I was an Editor/A&R/Promotions for them, until the creator of it decided to call it a day on it due to other commitments, so I took over the site..all was good until someone hacked that site!
So here I am, on my own personal space! I currently write for Dark Art Conspiracy also (go and check that out as have done some awesome interviews over there with likes of Floor Jansen (Nightwish/Northward), Black Dahlia Murder, Twin Temple, Havok and more) and used to write for Stencil Magazine (Stencil ended in January 2020 - RIP). In the past, I have written for Metal On Loud, Indie Band Guru, Ryan's Gig Guide (printed), Angle, Sound and Motion, CMS and more. Also as a freelancer, I write one-off guest pieces/features also and have had features in Terrorizer, (check out live review for Terrorizer here: http://www.terrorizer.com/news/live-review-vader-immolation-16-april-2017-arch-brighton/) Burning Fist, Brighton XYZ magazine, Planet Loud and more. I like to continue promoting bands as much as I can, and regularly get promo releases sent to me from big metal/rock labels, as well as awesome underground bands! I write original interviews/reviews/news/features for Mad About Rock.
I also interview bands, and to date I have had the pleasure of interviewing members from the likes of huge metal/rock bands (through various media outlets such as Stencil Mag, Dark Art Conspiracy and Mad About Rock) such as: Dream Theater, Killswitch Engage, Nightwish, Trivium, Skindred, Wednesday 13, Halestorm, Shinedown, Atreyu, Black Stone Cherry, Papa Roach, Bullet For My Valentine, AFI, Billy Talent, Alestorm, Rise Against, Asking Alexandria, Sevendust, Straight Line Stitch, Cellar Darling, While She Sleeps, Chris Jericho, Textures, Venom Inc & more!
I have also covered/reviewed live events such as MammothFest where I also was a PR Assistant for them when first starting out and since 2016 until 2019 I was on the press team until MammothFest sadly called it a day. I had great fun working for MammothFest! I have reviewed other events such as Download Festival (for Dark Art Conspiracy), Metal Hammer Awards and Breakout Festival for Planet Loud.
I'm constantly expanding my musical ventures and have done music PR work for The Origin Agency and Mammothfest in the past.
I also studied music at college, so I have a BTEC National Certificate/Award as I play guitar also. Basically, music is a big part of my life, which I'm sure many others can relate too!! In October 2015 I was lucky enough to visit the awesome folks at Kerrang (the biggest rock magazine going!), as I got selected for journalism skills day with Kerrang, so got to meet and get advice from the team there, which was so surreal, seeing as grew up reading, and one of the reasons I wanted to get into music writing! In April 2016 I got to go back to Kerrang Magazine for a week work experience which was amazing and received some brilliant feedback!
If you want me to do a review/interview or want to contact me about anything else music related please get in touch via the 'Contact Form' on the site.
Anyway thanks for reading and checking out my work - appreciate it greatly!
Keep rocking and discovering new awesome music! And let me know of any new music out there worth checking out!!
Carina, Mad About Rock