About Us

Music Mecca is a Nashville-based online music publication featuring artist interviews, release news, immersive show reviews, and more. We are a small, independent team of writers and musicians with the primary intention of helping indie artists get more eyes and ears on what they’re doing. While we steer towards that, we also conduct pieces on more established artists as well.

We try to keep things fun and light, and focus on the artists behind the music as much as the music itself. We typically cater to instrument-driven music and songwriters, but we’re always open.

A quick breakdown of the categories:

Nashville’s Newest- This focuses on artists making music in Nashville with new releases either out or coming out. As a Nashville-based operation, we want to help promote the hometown musicians working hard as best we can. Priority goes to the locals.

Around The Block- The same as above, except these focus on artists from all over the country and the world for that matter. We are a part of Submit Hub and ReverbNation, and get lots of artist submissions through those outlets on top of the other avenues in which we connect with artists.

Nashville Nights- Immersive show recaps. We’ll typically cover smaller to mid-sized shows, and always obtain official press/photo passes for each show we do. Fun, informative, and sometimes off-beat gonzo music journalism.

Gallery- Photos of local shows taken by photographers who shoot specifically for us. Again, we always obtain official photo passes for our photographers. Most of the time we shoot photos of artists we’ve done an interview with, or are conducting a show review for.

From The Vault- These are a bit older from when we did generic articles on various up and coming artists.

Music Mecca launched in 2017, and what actually began as a music classifieds website (think all-things-music Craigslist) transformed into a full-fledged online music publication. We’ve since become entrenched in the local community, including Belmont University’s Internship Program, The Entrepreneur Center’s Advisory Program, and continue to expand our local/national network of artists, businesses, and music-related agencies.

Our mission is to maintain a consistent stream of entertainment and information regarding both new and established artists. If we can be a unique and useful avenue for dedicated artists to get more exposure for their music, we’ll be psyched. And with that, we hope to be a resource for fans to read about their favorite artists, and discover new ones.

Towards the end of last year, we shot a pilot web series called Nashville Deck Sessions, and hoped to get a full season in this spring, but due to the virus, those plans were halted- for now.

Stay tuned, stay well, and read about some of the folks behind the site.

Paul Howard

Editor-at-large

Paul started playing bass on a cream-colored Fender Squier at 17, and when his curiosity for writing began several years later, he taught himself guitar and began writing songs. Paul first sought out freelance writing gigs while volunteering at a hostel in California at 23, and would continue to do so throughout the years. While living in tents and bunk beds that same year, he started writing what would be his nonfiction humor travelogue book, Vagrants in Paradise, which was published in 2016 and featured at the Southern Festival of Books that same year and again in 2017. Paul moved to Nashville from Ithaca, New York, in the winter of 2015. When he’s not writing or recording music, he can be found rough-housing with his two dogs, making piles of wood in his backyard, cooking, and skateboarding.

Nina Kindrachuk

Contributing Journalist/Playlist Curator

With the encouragement of several voice teachers along the way, Nina first picked up the mic in her school’s 5th grade talent show and hasn’t stopped since. In awe of Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald’s vocal prowess, the other-worldly vocal quality of Ariana Grande, and Maggie Roger’s flower child persona, Nina is confident that she’ll spend the rest of her life facilitating and making music. She’s always loved writing (and, funnily enough, struggles to answer simple questions without a caveat), but had a newfound respect for writing prose while at a technology-free summer camp for young composers. When she’s not working at her home away from home at the Walden School, she’s focused on completing her music business degree
at Belmont University, fantasizing about a future on the East Coast, geeking over anything related to psychology, or reading up on the feminist theory.

Andre Sabatini

Administrative Consultant

Andre currently works in the college admissions system in Knoxville, Tennessee, but played an important role in the inception and growth of Music Mecca. In the early days of the site, Andre helped generate ideas and finances, and managed various other behind the scenes objectives. He grew up with Paul in the Finger Lakes Region of New York, and is a long time acoustic guitar player and fellow lover of the arts and finer things.

 

Anthony Fili

Graphic Designer

Anthony is a local Nashville artist and graphic designer, and go figure, also grew up with Paul and Andre in New York. Anthony is responsible for the Music Mecca logo that has been printed on guitar picks, matchbooks, koozies, stickers, and seen by the tens of thousands of visitors to the site and elsewhere. As you can see, he’s also an avid axe master, and has played and recorded in multiple bands in town. He’s an exceptional artist, and you can check out his artwork on his Instagram HERE. Drop him a DM if you’re in need of some design work or commissioned art!

New Contributors

Samantha Ribler

Elizabeth Ring

Patricia Figueroa

Past Contributors

Joe Markferding

Ridge Bethea

Marie McGlone

Olivia Nicholson

Henry Gregson

Katie Knipper

Mikala Woods