Editor’s Choice #1: Jon and Ted Edition
As of today, our esteemed editor-in-chief Andrew Rothmund is stepping down, handing the reins over to senior editor Jon Rosenthal and associate editor Ted Nubel, collectively operating as co-editors in chief. He'll continue serving as one of the many invisible minds behind our Twitter account and participate in podcasts as well -- as our strongest, and perhaps only, advocate for deathcore, his perspective is invaluable.
Editors-in-chief Jon and Ted feel it's appropriate to reflect briefly on this change but also feel that attaching music to it is kind of tacky, so just for this edition of Editor's Choice we'll skip the tunes.
Look at me, I'm the Captain now. Let a new reign of terror commence.
Just kidding, I guess. "Jon Being the Boss" was never something I actually wanted when I first started writing for Invisible Oranges over five-and-a-half years ago. I just wanted to write about metal. I'd actually "retired" from writing at 23 or so, and hopping back in after a few years of silence after being recommended to Joseph Schafer by a friend at Relapse Records was strange. I wasn't "the boss" like I was at my old website, which I ran from 2010 to 2013, and working under people was so much easier than wrangling an army of freelance writers, which is akin to nailing Jell-O to a tree. My mistakes were corrected, I got guidance, things were pitched at me… it was the life. I did what I wanted when I felt like it, so long as it was turned in on time. Not too shabby. Of course, this was years ago now, and my position has gradually changed to a position in Management, but I never felt any sort of weight like I would as Editor in Chief. I was honestly worried about how it would be, being in charge again. Would it be different? Could I handle it the same way I did when I was younger? The future was so uncertain, but I knew this day would come.
Needless to say, I have some lofty-and-not-so-lofty goals and expectations for myself which will be implemented over the next "however long I'm editor" amount of time. The long and skinny of it is: I want Invisible Oranges to be your favorite metal music site, and, god dammit, it will be. Mark my words. Or don't! Expect to see me around more, too.
So there you have it. With all that being said, we'd love to hear from you! Do you have thoughts on music and stuff and maybe even suggestions for us? Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. Want to write for us? Send an email to email@example.com. We'd love to hear from you.
Funnily enough, when I was recruited for Invisible Oranges by Andrew Rothmund this time last year, I was planning on doing more show photography and reviews than anything else. Well, 2020 didn't go how anybody expected, and 2021 looks to have its fair share of surprises as well. Jon and I are taking on the burden of Editor-In-Chief as a duo, which is not something I had at all anticipated, but I'm looking forward to it all the same. It's a little weird to go from editing/owning a tiny local show photography site to working as the editor of a much less tiny general metal commentary outlet in just about a year's time, but hey, everybody uses Wordpress behind the scenes, so the skills are transferable.
I plan on writing as much as possible besides focusing intently on, as Jon aptly put it, nailing Jell-O to trees, but increasing our writer base and diversity of perspectives is a big focus this year -- we all have our own preferred subgenres and our own takes on music, and the more of those that we can cultivate into interesting content, the better. There's far more music than we can ever cover out there, but my goal for 2021 is to widen our net and bring out the best, regardless of how deep underground we have to furrow.