About Us

Founded in 2019 by Andrew Daly, Vinyl Writer is a journalism site dedicated to the love of music. Vinyl Writer 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

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

Since he was a young child growing up on Long Island, NY, USA, Andrew has always loved writing, music, drumming and collecting music on CD, tape and vinyl. After losing his life-long vinyl collection in 2014, Andrew began his vinyl collection from scratch again when he met his future wife Angela in 2015. Andrew’s love of music only further blossomed as his collection spanned all genres possible. After amassing over 3,000 albums in under two years, he knew it was time to finally follow his dream of being a music journalist, and thus, Vinyl Writer was born.

Andrew’s not only the go-to friend for music trivia, but his intricate knowledge of the ins and outs of the music industry allows him to develop engaging questions that really tap into each artist and individual to deliver insightful and enjoyable interviews. He’s 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 lives on Long Island, NY, with his wife Angela and their four cats, Oliver, Patrick, Charlie and Kevin. Andrew’s collection of over 4,700 vinyl albums, plus several hundred tapes and CDs, tells the story of his passion for all that is music. Andrew works as a Horticultural Operations Manager by day and runs the Vinyl Writer website by night. Andrew is also the admin of several Facebook groups dedicated to music.

Email: andrew@vinylwriter.com

Angela Daly

Website & Social Media Manager

Columns: Memes; Music Lovers Series; NY Hardcore Never Dies; Setting the Record Straight; Women Who Love Vinyl; Notes of Nightingale

Angela Daly has always been passionate about both music and writing. She grew up in Queens, NY, USA, and immediately felt at home in the local Metal and Hardcore music scenes as a young teen. Angela works as a Registered Nurse in Cardiovascular Research by day, and as a freelance journalist in music and public health by night. When she’s not busy drinking chai lattes, trying to pet every animal she encounters and attempting to save the world, Angela dedicates her time to educating her friends and family about health and music, one article at a time! Angela has been a Board Member of Nurses Who Vaccinate since 2012. She is also the admin of several groups on Facebook dedicated to music, vinyl collecting and public health. Angela lives on Long Island, NY with her husband Andrew, their four fat cats Oliver, Patrick, Charlie and Kevin, and more than 4,700 vinyl albums which span every wall and inch of their one-bedroom apartment. She enjoys all things science, painting, crafting, doing puzzles, forgoing human social plans to spend more time with her cats, and singing the wrong lyrics with strong conviction to her favorite tracks.

Email: angela@vinylwriter.com

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.

Andrew DiCecco

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.

Email: adicecco@vinylwriter.com

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

Column: A.M. Radio

Born in Long Island, N.Y., USA and growing up listening to oldies, Anthony’s passion for music began in the mid 90’s when his older brother would take him into his room to listen to music that wasn’t exactly appropriate for him at the time and thus, his passion for pop punk was born. Heavily influenced by bands like New Found Glory and Taking Back Sunday, his musical tastes have grown over the years. With the help of his first roommate to spark Anthony’s love of vinyl, his collection grows more and more. Aside from music, Anthony loves cooking, photography, baking, anything electronic and has a huge passion for horror movies, video games, podcasts, books and TV shows. He now resides in North Carolina where he carries on in his great grandfather’s footsteps as a baker.

Email: anthony@vinylwriter.com

Joe O’Brien

Columnist

Column: Mix-Tape & Memories

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.

Email: joe@vinylwriter.com

Erin O’Dell

Columnist

Column: Vinyl Femmes & RPMs

Erin O’Dell lives in Red Lion, PA, USA 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, USA. 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, featuring artists that reside in Rock, Metal, Punk, Alternative, Psych and Indie, just to name a few genres. 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. The channel has grown to reach almost 3K subscribers, obtained over 300K views and received 1.5 million minutes in watch time. Dylan is also studying to receive a BA in Music Business with Berklee College of Music and he hopes to take what he is doing on YouTube to bigger heights.


Mike Zagari

Columnist

Column: The Analog Chronicles

Mike Zagari grew up in New Jersey, USA, and music has always been a staple in his life.  Mike’s first musical obsession was Bruce Springsteen (still is), and his love of Rock ‘N Roll and all genres only grew from there. Mike teaches 11th grade US History and uses vinyl as an avenue for teaching as well as historical expression. It should be noted that some students think he’s cool, but most think he might have lost his mind! But in the end, Rock ‘n Roll is history, and history is Rock ‘n Roll! Mike lives on Long Island, NY with his wife and three children.

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