DOMINION COLLECTIVE’S EDITOR-IN-CHIEF SIGNS OFF

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PUBLISHED BY JOE FITZPATRICK

As the 90’s alt-rock band SEMISONIC sang in their infamous tune, “Closing Time,” every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end. After moving to Richmond, VA, I have gained perspective on where I’m at in my career, and the time has come for me to venture into a new project. The end of Dominion Collective marks the beginning of a new chapter in my life, but our success continues to thrive in our music and culture.

Since October 2012, the staff and contributors of Dominion Collective strived to foster a sense of community in music and art scenes throughout Virginia (the Commonwealth), as well as provide a voice to the local artists. We also provided a platform to aspiring music journalists throughout the region in honing their craft, learning more about local bands and businesses, and provided an opportunity to be involved in the collective experience of building our brand. When we expanded our coverage to include artists from Washington, DC (the District), we opened our doors to a wider, more inclusive market, and we were rewarded handsomely with interest and support from members of the community.

When I founded our website four years ago, it initially served as an outlet for me to continue to hone my skills as a budding journalist, eager to join the ranks of other music journalists I looked up to in publications such as Alternative Press. Since my late middle school years, I have had an intense passion for music, which fueled my interests in photography and writing. After earning my Bachelors degree in English with a journalism concentration, this website has been integral in my career development in so many ways beyond writing and photography. It taught me about branding and content management. It taught me leadership skills and how to manage a regional team. Furthermore, it taught me the value of collaboration with local partners, social media marketing, and digital strategy.

Even though we will no longer be publishing new posts on our website or social media pages, our experiences and the connections we’ve made will stay with us. I would like to thank all of the contributors for helping me to keep this website active and contributing their unique voices to our Collective. Thank you to all the talented artists, bands, and businesses that let us share their stories and build their brands, especially those we had opportunities to partner with in the support of local events and contests. It was a pleasure working with all of you, and I hope we can collaborate in the future on other projects.

In our absence, we encourage you to reach out to the following blogs for coverage:
Golden Age Review: www.goldenagereview.com
New Noise Magazine: www.newnoisemagazine.com
DC Music Download:  www.dcmusicdownload.com

If you have any questions, or if you would like to discuss other opportunities, visit www.about.me/joe_fitzpatrick to keep in touch.

DOGWOOD TALES DROP DEBUT VIDEO

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WORDS BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTO PROVIDED BY GENEVA RECORDS

On July 28, the acoustic duo DOGWOOD TALES released the music video for “Another Harvest Moon,” which will be featured on their debut self-titled 7″ available August 12 through Geneva Records. Kyle Grim, one of the co-founders of the band, released the following statement about the concept of the video:

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DEBUT EP BETTER “BELATED.” THAN NEVER

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WORDS BY JOE FITZPATRICK AND TIM FOGG

PHOTOS BY JESSICA BRYCE AND BILLY SOURS

How do you take your emo pop? BELATED. prefers it “acoustic driven.”

In the driver’s seat is Jordon Ronan, the former vocalist of SHARP SLEEVES, a Blacksburg-based pop punk band previously known as HERO TO HUMAN.  In February 2016, in between college classes and writing music, Ronan drafted Tim Fogg from the Richmond punk band A COLLEGIATE AFFAIR to play lead guitar.

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MULTIMEDIA COLLECTIVE BUILDS NETWORK OF ARTISTS

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS AND VIDEO BY WILL FISHER

While their home base isn’t exactly the “Fortress of Solitude,” located in the middle of the Arctic Tundra, The Cold Collective, headquartered in Richmond, Va., is no longer a secret society. On July 16, 2016, the brand will launch its debut projects and shine some light on the rising talents in this growing  digital community.

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RICHMONDERS LANCE BANGS PREP TO PARTY ON THE ROAD

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS BY HENRY ARCHER AND YONEL BEAULIEU

Formerly known as COLLIN THIBODEAUXX (CTXX), named after guitarist and vocalist Collin Thibodeau, the Richmond, Va. trio now recognized as LANCE BANGS love to party, especially in a house or basement — the dirtier, the better. The  band recently rebranded to reflect the focus on the band as a collaborative effort rather than a solo project when drummer Drew Lanzafama and bassist Joel Alicea took a more active role in the band’s creative process.

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DC MUSIC DOCS LAUNCH WEEKLY WEB SERIES

VIDEO PROVIDED BY DOMINIC ELLIOTT

Dominic Elliott and Mylie Durham IV began playing music together in 1997 when the pair started their first band, FREELOAD, while attending Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Md. Since then, the two local musicians, who’ve grown up in the Washington, D.C., metro area, continue to perform in various ensembles. 

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NEW MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL COMING TO WINCHESTER

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PHOTOS PROVIDED BY ARDY WUNDER

On September 17, 2016, Willow Grove Farm in Winchester, Va. will host the first Valley Fusion Festival. With a focus on bringing in both nationally recognized and locally touring artists, the festival strives to highlight the talent of the musicians and visual artists in the Shenandoah Valley, with the goal of creating a new space for artists to demonstrate their work in an accessible location.

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THE SPLIT SECONDS FIND THEIR SWEET SPOT IN D.C.

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS BY AMANDA LIN AND MIKE DOBBINS

Hailing from our Nation’s capital,  THE SPLIT SECONDS have graced the stages at a multitude of the District’s well-known music venues including DC9, Tree House Lounge, and The Wonderland Ballroom, among others.  THE SPLIT SECONDS dabble in the punk rock of the 70s while also adding in some modern-day flair with undertones of 60’s pop and garage rock. 

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