Photo by Hannah Terzek.
As with any functioning and prospering music community, it is only as good as the sum of its parts. Long before Charlotte was my home, it was a destination for shows and comradery for my friends and myself throughout our formative middle and high school years. Now living the post-graduate life and sitting squarely in my mid-20s, I wondered how I could help give back to the scene that has given so much to me.
For Michael Rice and I, the Oddboy Collective was merely giving a title to an extension of ourselves we had established years prior. We both had and continue to serve the role of “primary support man” for many of our friends’ musical projects. We also both majored in Communication Studies in college, and we both wanted to help encourage participation from all parties who found solace in the same shitty venues, dive bars and damp basements in which we, too, had taken refuge.
Interviewing buzz-worthy Queen City artists seemed like a no-brainer as far as the kind of basic content with which we wanted the Collective to start. Creating transparency for local and regional artists alike deconstructs the false idolization of local bands that have no real interest in perpetuating community and inclusiveness, but rather their own brand and gimmick. Had it not been for the welcoming environment both Michael and I found in local shows during our earlier years, our lives might have been drastically different than they are today.
Being informed is half the battle, and ultimately that is the main goal of this effort. There are some incredible bands here in Charlotte, in North and South Carolina and in the Southeast in general. Moving forward, Michael and I plan to branch outside of Charlotte even more, but remaining focused at our core on helping in any way we can here in our city. A print edition of our first few interviews, articles and submitted pieces will be available in the coming months along with a photographic lifestyle blog, if you will, of our “collective” group of friends, musicians and artists alike.
At the end of the day, the power of keeping local music alive and well rests in all of our hands. Start a band, book shows, design flyers, create events, invite your friend from work or school to attend a function with you; this is ultimately the way to further cultivate the great things we already have going here in Charlotte and our state.
The Oddboy Collective is online currently at theoddboycollective.wordpress.com.