About Us

Music Mecca is a Nashville-centric online music publication featuring artist interviews, reviews, premieres, playlist curations, business/event spotlights, and more. We are a small, independent team of writers and musicians working primarily to help spread the word of new music by artists you don’t see pasted on TV screens, magazines, and other common things.

We typically cater to songwriters and instrument-driven music, 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. It can also include unique music events, music business spotlights, streams, and so on. Priority goes to Music Mecca’s hometown.

Around The Block- The same as above, except these focus on artists from all over, namely within North America and Europe. 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 reviews. We’ll typically cover smaller to mid-sized shows, and obtain official press/photo passes for each show we do. Fun, informative, and sometimes off-beat gonzo music journalism. [Painfully on hiatus for now…]

Top Picks- Well they ain’t the bottom picks…

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

Playlists- We maintain and update multiple playlists, curated primarily based on artists we’ve worked with or covered to some capacity. They range from mellow indie songwriter tunes, to barn burnin’ country and bluegrass, to pure guitar-led rock and roll among others. A range of genres and moods for your day-to-day.

Gallery- Photos of local shows taken by photographers who shot 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.

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 Nashville community, including Belmont University’s Internship Program, The Entrepreneur Center’s Advisory Program, and continue to expand our network of artists, businesses, and music-related agencies.

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

In the summer of 2020, we shot a web miniseries called Decent Exposure, where we filmed interviews and brief outdoor acoustic performances in East Nashville with local artists.

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

Paul Howard

Editor-at-large

It all started with the soundtracks to VHS skate videos and a cream-colored Fender Squier bass for Paul. And when his curiosity for writing began in his early twenties, he taught himself guitar and began writing songs. Paul first sought out freelance writing gigs while volunteering at a hostel in California in 2013, 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.

Andre Sabatini

Administrative & Financial Coordinator

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 accumulate 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.

 

Erin Victoria Edgar

Lead Journalist

Erin Victoria Edgar is a Belmont University student from the Bay Area of California. When she’s not writing stories or songs, you can find her listening to music while cuddling with her two cats or trying a new workout. She plans to pursue law school following her graduation.

Rachel Kolibas

Senior Journalist

After a minor existential crisis over what she wanted to do with her life in the music industry, Rachel found Music Mecca while searching for internships that might be of interest to her. As someone who wanted to try everything from management, to marketing, to publishing, Rachel hadn’t thought of music journalism as an option for her before, but knowing how much she loved to write, she gave it a shot. Rachel is in her fourth and final year at Belmont University studying audio engineering and dance. Although she loves producing her own music, she’s found a passion for writing about artists far and wide. Rachel is working towards her own album that she hopes to release some time next year.

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 many 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. Drop him a DM if you’re in need of some design work or commissioned art.

Current Contributors

Elyssa Vandentop

Linsey Rotter

Stephanie Monteiro

Zac Blackwell

Emilee Grissom

Samantha Ribler