|Who Is Shockwave?|
Vince has been publishing since 1989 with Steve Higgs. Vince and Steve started their first publication, The East Coast Rock Report, their first interview was with Kelly Nickles from L.A. Guns. While publishing ECRR with Steve the pair were approached by Sue Hodges, Karen Wildberger and Joanna Jackson from Rox Magazine, wanting to team up and start a new, better publication, Shockwave was born in February of 1990 featuring Child's Play on the cover. From there Vince and Shockwave carried on with different people coming and going doing interviews with some of Rock's biggest names like Pearl Jam and Metallica. Vince finally took some time off until 2003 when former Shockwave writer / editor Joe Baldwin called Vince to start a new publication which was called Undisputed Magazine. This ran through 2008doing interviews with the biggest names in Rock and Roll...Joe became disillusioned and Vince started shockwavemagazine.com up while the pair decided what would become of Undisputed. Ultimately Vince started back up the print version of Shockwave as well as the web, re-united with his original business partner Higgs and have been the only music magazine known in the Baltimore, Maryland area for it's national and regional interviews with today's biggest names. Vince and Shockwave have appeared on 98 Rock numerous times and have built relationships with venues such as Sinix, Rams Head Live and Baltimore Soundstage. Vince has also built relationships with Gigging Musicians Network, The Maryland Music and Media Alliance, Baltimore Sound Management (promoter), and too many more to mention. Vince has been writing and Publishing for a long time and has no intentions to stop now...And why should he? Shockwave is growing so stay tuned. If you are a musician or artist submitting e-mail for review, please send to Editor or go Contact Us page as opposed to contacting Publisher. Thanks
Susan Hodges Grant
Jeanette Garcia Polasky
It's really not easy to talk about yourself without feeling vain but I'll give it a shot. To quote Russel Hammond (played by Billy Crudup) in one of my favorite movies, 'Almost Famous', "I dig music." Plain and simple. I grew up with a Mom who loved country music and a Dad who spoon-fed me the Beatles, Stones and Zeppelin. Somehow I ended up being a metal head more than anything. I listen to all types of music, don't get me wrong, but if someone pointed a gun to my head and made me choose a genre, I'd say METAL. Oh and I'd probably scream Slayer afterward...just cause I like to scream Slayer sometimes. When I'm not with my kids, I can be found at a local metal show. Supporting local music is something I do, and do well I might add. I'm Christie Gerber, Shockwave's resident trouble maker, music reviewer, eye batter, gum chewer, call maker, bitcher, and partner in crime to Mikey Rocha. See ya 'round...
Well I was told to sum myself up in a few words...which won't happen! So here goes me in a nutshell:
Johnnie 'Nirvrana' Vrana
Johnnie Vrana is an entrepreneur, Metal Däd and life-long music fan. From his first job delivering the Daily News in order to get a Zebra cassette, he has consistently spent most of his money on music-related items, concerts and vacations. Johnnie's "real job" is owning CRM Open, a software consulting company. He also owns nirVrana entertainment, which is his creative outlet, where he designs and builds websites, writes screenplays and books, and takes concert and sporting event photos. Johnnie sometimes finds time to tool around on his acoustic and electric guitars, but can more likely be found playing Rock Band with his family on the PS3. He is most happy in life attending live concert performances, big and small, near and far. Some of his best memories are of shows such as Woodstock '99, ShipRocked cruise, Tesla acoustic ['89 and '05], Rock On The Range, Rocklahoma, Queensryche - Operation:Mindcrime at House of Blues Myrtle Beach, and Shinedown at Baltimore's own Rams Head Live! Just to name a few. Johnnie also puts a lot of time and energy into his music-related charity ventures - WhatYouGive.org, inspired by Tesla - and Cancer Sucks! Charity With Attitude.
Susan (Sue) Hodges Grant has been writing for over 20 years for various national and international publications. She studied journalism at Loyola College in Baltimore, MD and started as an intern with a local music magazine in 1988. With a bevy of experience with various positions from a hard rock/heavy metal columnist to Executive Editor, she currently does freelance work penning book reviews, history and travel writing as well as music journalism. With a post-grad degree in Library and Information Science, she is the librarian usually banging her head to Metallica while searching student queries.
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