I like anything that sucks more than I do.
I grew up listening to Yellowcard, Less Than Jake, Punchline, and Fall Out Boy. These bands ignited my exploration into the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre local music scene and allowed me to find the lifestyle I truly loved.
At sixteen, I purchased my first DSLR camera. My Olympus E-510 showed me the world behind the music. I shot live music every weekend — honing my photography and editing skills, while creating some truly amazing friendships. A year later, I founded Jumpship! Photography and gained clients from all areas of Northeastern PA. I wanted to do more, so I campaigned with The Syndicate on Vans Warped Tour and Uproar Festival as a marketing team member for the bands signed with Red Bull Records and Duff McKagan’s current band, Walking Papers.
I found surrounded myself in underground music and the local scene as much as I could. I claimed edge as many of the other hxc kids did, but I broke edge at 18 and got a black eye for it from still to this day, the toughest girl in our local scene who is still a pretty close friend.
I didn’t know it then, but the friends I made in the NEPA scene ended up saving my life. They showed me that there was more than what was in front of me at this moment in time through music and I can never thank these people enough.
Today, I listen to what I like to call “sad bastard music” along with basically anything with a catchy beat and solid lines. I have very positive feels for all things local and DIY, but I also have a lot of love for Taylor Swift and Drake.