The Core Cave Dweller Team
Here's a little bit about us.
Admin, Primary Contact and Founder (California, USA)
James was born in South Africa but spent most of his life living between New Zealand and Australia and now calls California home. He comes from a sales, advertising, and government background and has a bachelor's in anthropology and history and a post-grad in political science. He is currently working in the music industry as a live online event producer and event advertising director. He has loved alternative and extreme music for over 15 years. This is not his first writing gig, having formerly managed a successful travel blog, which he traded in to pursue a more musical direction. James is also one of our two brewers (the more junior of the two). He listens to an ungodly amount of music ranging from death, black and doom metal to dark ambient, folk punk, reggae, hip hop, and dark country, and just about everything in between.
Admin and Podcast Tech (Queensland, Australia)
Matt has had a long career being a serial pest across a number of platforms, having spent many years working in radio, running podcasts, working on music and zines (R.I.P Too Fat to Skate and TBC Mag), and generally being involved in local music scenes. You could find him several glass pies deep trying to sell art from someone he’d only met that night at exhibitions or in the same state yelling over barriers at shows before launching his dumb ass off the stage. He's been writing reviews and interviewing bands long enough to call it a career though without the money to show for it. Music isn't his only passion, being an obsessive reader with interests in politics, philosophy, and history. The man has hosted graveyard shift radio shows playing whatever tickled his extensive fancy, new release country music, and breakfast radio with all the pop hits, and everything in between. Now It’s time to go back to his bread and butter; focusing on alternative and extreme music.
Admin and Head Brewer (Connecticut, USA)
Brendan is a career chef by trade with over 17 years of professional cooking under his belt, he has two children with his wife living in CT. Brendan is a man of many hobbies like BMX biking and getting involved with live shows passing out flyers for new events or local bands and venues just to help out, he got involved with heavy music as a teenager getting into the hardcore/punk and metal scene in the New England region where his DIY attitude came from, as he got older he took up home brewing and has been doing so for the last six years, and happens to be Cave Dweller's brewmaster. Writing is a recent passion, but one that he has taken to quickly and plans to plenty more of.
Writers and Guest Writers
Outside of our core team, we have several writers and guest writers that submit reviews on a regular basis.
Will is a freelance writer and recruiter based in London, UK. Having grown up listening to hardcore and punk in his teens, he slowly developed a passion for all music of the heavy variety, in particular doom, sludge, black, and drone metal. Along with Cave Dweller Music, he also writes his own blog Wolves In The Drone Doom, as well as for The Sleeping Shaman, VM Underground and Nuclear Gore. He is a guitarist/vocalist for experimental doom metal band Bloodswamp and bassist for black metal band Skullthrone. He also still loves hardcore.
Yari's passion for music extends to his professional life as an advocate for freedom of expression in legal & political scholarship. His tastes in music (from hip hop to opera, to punk, pop, and even obscure patriotic songs from central Asia) are not unlike the influences on the progressive and experimental metal he loves and reviews for Cave Dweller Music - difficult to narrow down. These tastes are why Yari was brought on to join the team.
Nick has been listening to metal since his early teens, constantly listening to a wide variety wherever he went. Whether it be in the war-torn streets of Tripoli, Lebanon, the Northern beaches of Morocco or on top of a mountain in Morayshire, Scotland. Nick listens to the classics a lot and tries to understand their magic while also branching out his horizons towards new sounds and styles. He runs the label Hessian Firm, while also playing in a few bands like Kepler and Sic Semper Tyrannis.
These are the entities that we have an official partnership with and fully endorse.
Record Label/Review Site
A collective of passionate musicians, writers, artists, and music aficionados united by their shared passion for Metal music and the surrounding culture. Both a label and music review site. These guys were Cave Dweller Music's first official partner, back when we were still Not Your Grandfather's.
Record Label/Social Media Agency
Not for profit record label and media agency that eats, sleeps, and breathes metal. These guys are a true metal family and we are glad to be a member of it. Also our partner in beer, with Cave Dweller brewing a custom batch for the label.
Labels, PR Firms and Individuals We Endorse
These are other labels, PR firms, and individuals that we trust, and endorse, show them some love.
An artist and a PR personnel under one moniker, creating artworks, photography, and related designs by commission, handling public relations and copy-writing for artists, bands, and labels.
Other Sources That We Enjoy
Here are some of the sites/pages that we follow and you should too.
We Riff in a Society
Metal music and memes. Self described as a "SATANIC COMMUNIST ORGY OF CASTRATION"
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