About Us

Music Mecca is a Nashville-focused online music publication featuring artist interviews, release news, music business and event spotlights, and more. We are a small, independent team of writers and musicians.

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. 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 always obtain official press/photo passes for each show we do. Fun, informative, and sometimes off-beat gonzo music journalism. [Sadly on hiatus for now…]

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 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 stream of entertainment and information regarding both rising and established artists. If we can be a unique and useful avenue for dedicated artists to get more exposure for their music, well that’ll be just great. 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 with Nashville 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. 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 bruising his shins skateboarding.

Nina Kindrachuk

Playlist Curator/Social Media Contributor

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. She’s always loved writing (and, funny 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. Drop him a DM if you’re in need of some design work or commissioned art!

Current Contributors

Samantha Ribler

Elizabeth Ring

Rachel Kolibas

Elyssa Vandentop