About Us

Founded in 2019, by Andrew Daly, Vinyl Writer Music is a journalism site dedicated to the love of music. Vinyl Writer Music features interviews with artists and bands, as well as columns centered around the art, science, and business of music. Meet the team here at Vinyl Writer Music.

Andrew Daly

Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Columns: Vinyl Writer Music Interviews; Stories from the Stacks; Open Your Ears

Since he was a young child growing up on Long Island, NY, Andrew has always loved writing and educating himself about all things music. Present-day, Andrew is proud to share his love of music with the world through his writing, and the result is nothing short of beautiful: articles and interviews written by a music addict, for fellow music addicts. Andrew is a manager at a landscape design firm by day and runs Vinyl Writer Music by night.

Joe O’Brien

Senior Editor

Columns: Mix-Tape & Memories; Records, Roots & Ramblings

Joe has always been a huge music fan. Growing up on Long Island, NY, USA, Joe did chores and dumpster dove for bottles with his best friend Andrew to trade bottles for money to buy vinyl. Joe is a Registered Nurse in the ER by day, and a life-long music lover by night. Having been an avid consumer of all things music since he was a child, Joe’s diverse collection of over 3,000 albums tells the story of a man who simply loves music. Joe’s goal is to write about what he is most passionate about and share new and exciting music. Joe lives on Long Island, NY with his beloved dog Scarlett.

Andrew DiCecco

Senior Columnist

Column: Shredful Compositions

Predominantly known for his NFL coverage, Andrew DiCecco is a Pennsylvania-based journalist with a profound passion for Rock music and its illustrious history.

What initially began as a childhood hobby collecting CDs eventually evolved into a full-blown absorption into the world of Rock and Roll. An aspiring rock historian, Andrew seeks out every autobiography and documentary on Rock artists imaginable to further his knowledge to go along with a growing collection of vintage albums and magazines.

Andrew’s musical preferences include, but are not limited to, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Van Halen, AC/DC, Guns N Roses, KISS, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, and Ozzy Osbourne. An innate appreciation for guitar heroes, Andrew cites Vito Bratta, Eddie Van Halen, John Sykes, Dave Meniketti, George Lynch, Vinnie Vincent, Dave Mustaine, and Bill Leverty as some of his personal favorite players.

Andrew is also a regular listener to SIRIUSXM’s Trunk Nation with Eddie Trunk, his primary inspiration for pursuing a career in the industry.

Andrew Earle

Columnist

Column: Rapid Musical Perspectives with P.S. Idiot

P.S. Idiot (aka Andrew Earle) is a one-man rhythm section. Having spent the better part of the last 30 plus years Playing Bass (and drums) touring in Canada (Ontario, Quebec, and the East Coast) as well as the eastern USA, Andrew is reassuming his old pen name from the late 80s/early 90s of his old Punk/Metal Fanzine. I’m sure you’ll enjoy his perspectives on whatever comes to his mind the day he’s due to publish an article. At roughly 4,000 albums (vinyl, cassettes & CDs combined), he is more than a one-trick pony.

Anthony Montalbano

Columnist

Columns: A.M. Radio, Anthony’s Airwaves

Anthony Montalbano grew up in New York and North Carolina. Anthony is a baker by day and a contributor to the Vinyl Writer cause by night. With a passion for podcasts, Pop Punk, video games, and more, Anthony brings a unique and fresh perspective to the team. Anthony’s column is a catch-all for the things he loves most, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Joel Andrews

Columnist

Column: The Technical Corner

Originally from New Brunswick, Canada, Joel started to really collect vinyl at a time when people were practically giving it away as they moved their collections over to CD. It became clear that he had a strong penchant for how things work when his father arrived home one day to find four-year-old Joel had completely disassembled the family turntable! Joel purchased a turntable when there were only two models left on the shelf, which is still in use today! Joel is into a wide variety of genres, everything from Jazz to Metal and everything in between, and his love for how things work has never faded; it led to an electronics path in college and then computers. His focus has always been on: how do things work, and why?  What led to design decisions, how were things improved upon, why did some formats fade while others remained? These days, Joel works as a cloud consultant in Toronto, Canada but still finds time to tinker with electronics and electronic repair when he can.

Erin O’Dell

Columnist

Column: Vinyl Femmes & RPMs

Erin O’Dell lives in Red Lion, PA with her boyfriend, 5 cats, a snake, and a lot of ridiculously cringe-worthy jokes. She is an ethics, history, and philosophy of world religion studies major. She may or may not also be a mermaid. She enjoys video games, vinyl, macaroni & cheese, reading, Bollywood films, bowling, and outer space. Her favorite music genres include Symphonic Rock, Heavy Metal, Indie, and Soundtracks. Her favorite bands are Counting Crows and In This Moment.

Dylan Peggin

Columnist

Column: The Record Spinner

Dylan Peggin was born and raised in Vineland, NJ. Music has always played a huge part in his life, thanks to his parents who brought him up on bands such as Rush, Genesis, and Yes. At the young age of two, he became a member of the KISS Army and has never looked back since.

Dylan started his vinyl collecting journey in 2014, partly inspired by musician Jack White and his label, Third Man Records. What started out as a casual hobby turned into an issue when Dylan realized he could not expand his ceiling to make way for his ever-growing vinyl collection.

On January 1st, 2018, Dylan started The Record Spinner, a YouTube channel about vinyl collecting and music. Videos are uploaded every Friday based on a myriad of topics such as mastering engineers, pressing plants, and best-sounding pressings. Other content is featured, as well, such as artist analysis videos, monthly vinyl hauls, record store vlogs, unboxings, interviews with musicians, and much more.

Dale McCurry & Bambi Grinder

Columnists

Column: NoteWorthy Music

NoteWorthy Music is a collaboration by Bambi Grinder and Dale McCurry in the Ozarks. We are a music journal and salon platform supporting the music industry and giving voice to a growing chorus of diverse artists. We are transgenre, embracing art without labels. We celebrate art and artists by honoring the genuine creation and spirit of all who create and by receiving all art with respect and kindness—and without prejudice.

Each of us has a lifelong love affair with music. As writers, we are drawn to the song and deeply interested in the creation process.

Visit us at NoteWorthyMusic.org.

Contact NoteWorthy Music through either of the following:

Dale McCurry: dale@noteworthymusic.org
Bambi Grinder: bambi@noteworthymusic.org


Keith Kowall

Columnist

Column: Left of the Dial

In every music group, there’s that one guy you can always count on to post some amazing, obscure music that you didn’t even know you needed. Keith is that guy. As an avid music fan and DJ, Keith has existed in music communities and immersed himself in music for as long as he can remember. His expansive collection of thousands of albums spans all possible genres. When he’s not busy curating his own collection, Keith takes his time stocking his booth in the Antique Mall of American on Las Vegas Blvd full of awesome vinyl and collectibles. Keith lives in Nevada with his wife.

John Siden

Columnist

Column: Surface Noise

John Siden grew up surrounded by music from a young age. There was always music playing around the house or while driving in the car, mostly Country and Western on all forms, including vinyl, 8-track, and cassette. John’s first personal interest in music was piqued when he saw an ad for the Monkees TV show, featuring reruns. Collecting records soon became his main hobby. John’s interest in writing has been around for as long as Internet access has been a thing. Since 2019, John has had a YouTube channel called Surface Noise where he discusses music mostly focused on vinyl. John works in the security industry, is an avid reader and lover of film. He also plays guitar and sometimes accordion.

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