ABOUT THE SITE.
sideonetrackone officially began in the spring of 2012. It was the culmination of years of enthusiastically written, but poorly promoted and barely read blogs written by Rob. He wanted to create something more permanent and (slightly) more professional, without losing the enthusiasm and informal approach he had tried to bring to his various other outlets.
The goals of sideonetrackone are simple. Through the musicians, artists and other people we feature, we want to help inspire people to live creative, independent lives. We want to remind people, and ourselves, that even though life can often be full of frustration, restrictions and disappointment, there are ways of not just surviving, but turning all that negative energy into something powerful and inspiring in itself. All you have to do is work at it.
Thanks for reading.
Want to contribute? That’s awesome. Click the link under the search bar to find out more.
ABOUT THE STAFF.
ROB DAND //
“Diatribist, confessor, provocateur, humorist, even motivational speaker…his is an enthusiastic and engaging chatter”, says the Washington Post of Henry Rollins, who is not the editor of this webzine.
Rob Dand, 26, amateur hat wearer and accidental football programme collector, has never been featured in the Washington Post. He is, however, the editor of this website.
He has previously put together a number of blogs visited only by drunks and insomniacs, and made regular contributions to more reputable sources such as Noize Makes Enemies (circa 2008-2011) and A Short Fanzine About Rocking (circa 2009-present day). Highlights of these endeavours included interviews with The Bronx, This Will Destroy You, Comeback Kid, Bangers, November Coming Fire, The Arteries, The Carrier, Caravels and others.
He also contributes fairly often to local sports website The Fans Paper, and once took a nice picture of a beach which has somewhat bizzarely found a home on www.findmybeach.com. Yes, that is a real website.
Away from all this, he enjoys weak cups of tea, stories about the end of the world and writing about himself in the third person.
Rob lives in Paignton, Devon, England with his family, his dog, and his turntable.
Rob’s top five Thunderbirds:
LEE GUMBRELL //
CONTRIBUTING WRITER (RECOMMENDATIONS)
Lee has been writing about his records on These LPs (http://theselps.blogspot.co.uk) since April 2012 because the internet seemed like a safe place to store his memories of record shopping and opinions of music. It turns out that people like to read this and look at pictures of vinyl, so that was an added bonus. He has been contributing recommendations to sideonetrackone since the summer of 2012. He lives in London and makes the most of the large number of gigs the city enjoys.
His other hobbies include making lists, visiting Banquet Records and watching CSI.
Lee’s top five Die Hards:
Die Hard With a Vengeance
Die Hard 2: Die Harder
Die Hard 4.0
A Good Day to Die Hard
STEPH CROSS //
CONTRIBUTING WRITER (INTERVIEWS)
Steph is currently studying for a PGCE in English and Media at Exeter University. She has an interest in getting to know about independent DIY music and arts projects; hence why she is involved with the amazing (I didn’t pay her to say that – Rob) sideonetrackone.
If she is not trying to find out about the latest music bands or projects, you can probably find her at a vintage market or shop, trying to find a retro bargain.
She also likes to find any possible excuse to eat cake and is made even happier when this is combined with a cocktail or two.
To view some of her previous writing projects, you can check out her blog at: www.itsdefinitelystephanie.wordpress.com
Steph’s top five crisp flavours:
Salt and Vinegar
STEVE HARRISON //
Steve, 28, is a quirky, optimistic Welshman, teller of poor jokes and performer of bad impressions (although he would no doubt disagree with this). He’s currently coming to the latter stages of a part time photography course, and keen on carving out a career in the field, he jumped at the chance to join the gang.
If he’s not walking around with his camera, he dabbles in playing/writing songs on his acoustic guitar, goes to gigs and is always on the hunt for new bands to listen to. He believes it will be Cardiff City’s year this year (He says that every year – Rob).
To view some of his other photography work, check out:
Steve’s top five Frijj flavours;
Chocolate fudge brownie
Raspberry jam doughnut