ROBIN ERVOLINA – Publisher / Editor-in-Chief
Robin has been writing and shooting longer than she can remember. She’s been listening to music longer than that. She discovered a kinship with the music industry after working as a singer and songwriter in Nashville, TN back in 2001. Unlike Dorothy, seeing the veil pulled back and the wizard revealed did not send her home; rather, it sent her wandering for a way to play a hand in the raising and caring of the music she loved so well. Over a decade later, Robin was gobsmacked to find she could combine her love of music, photography, and writing with her inherent ability to be opinionated about … well … anything. Currently serving as Editor-in-Chief, as well as writer and photographer, for Shockwave Magazine is her soul-feeding passion.
MICHAEL MCGEEHAN – BALTIMORE MANAGER
It all started when I was 7 or 8. My father would take me to the library weekly and I would grab every single KISS album. My friends would make fun of me in second grade because I had a KISS lunchbox, which I still have mind you. Then it was Blondie. Then Rush. Over the years, I grew to love music more and more and it got harder and louder. Then, one day, I discovered 97 Underground, and that did it. The floodgates opened. Metallica, Kix, Ratt, Megadeth….all the bands regular radio didn’t play, this station played. I wanted more. I then worked in a record store and started to go to concerts (yes, I was underage but tough.) I partied with bands, hung out backstage at the infamous Hammerjacks and other places, and here I am years later still that guy, older and wiser yes, but with the same passion for this little hobby of mine. My music collection has very few rivals that I know of (as of 2016, I own over 9000 CD’s) and it grows daily. Shockwave now completes me and it and I are one. If you see me at a show, come up and say hi. I love to talk music nostalgia with anyone and everyone.
THOMAS RUDZKI – BUSINESS MANAGER
HEAVEN BASSETT – ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR /JOURNALIST
“Have an opinion and learn how to articulate it. Now, adapt to being wrong. If that’s too hard, try comedy.” Heaven is good with words, bad with words about herself. She is a master of creative writing, whisperer of difficult artists, and Sherpa to new writers.
DEANNA JACK – WRITER/ SENIOR EDITOR
SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING TEAM
MAXINE FRISBEE – EDITORIAL ASSISTANT / JOURNALIST / FACEBOOK
Writer, Interviewer, Whatever…
SCOTT LANGEVIN – PHOTOJOURNALIST / INSTAGRAM
Scott’s passion for photography has landed him in the pits! Residing in Connecticut, he will be covering the NYC/CT area. Shooting photos since he was old enough to handle a camera, his drive has only gotten stronger. Bought his first SLR at the age of 16. Believes in the “shoot to kill” method & finding that right moment! He’s got a background as a mechanic and loves working with his hands. Married for 5 years, he loves traveling, craft beer, tattoos, cars, and loud music….oh, and he’s a crazy cat guy. He also owns his own photography business. He’s hoping to provide a glimpse into the local rock scene in his area, and help the little guys make it big. “feel the music through my lens.”
EMILIE RAE – JOURNALIST / TWITTER
Shockwave’s resident metalcore guru. I love anything scream-o and skinny jeans. Residing in Grand Rapids, MI, I cover shows at home to Detroit and Chicago and beyond. We have an incredible music scene in the Midwest and I am blessed to be able to share it with you all! My love of music started many years ago. I started going to rock shows in my late teen years and I never looked back. There’s just something about being a part of that energy that is so amazing, it can’t really be put into words. I’m also one to get lost in the lyrics. I love nothing more than closing my eyes and letting the music take me away.
KRISTI BURNISON – PHOTOJOURNALIST
In the upper midwest where they say things like “Don’tcha know?” and “Yeah, you betcha!” Kristi is that one girl at the stoplight head banging to metal. Raised in the land of country music, Kristi’s parents never stopped her from experiencing anything new, so at age 8 she stole her brother’s Korn CD and never looked back. Fast forward to the present: Kristi writes, photographs, interviews, and loves every second of it. When she’s not crushed against the rail at a rock show, she’s rolling in grass with puppies, because she loves dogs as much as she loves music. You’ll never catch her at a gym, so if you’re looking her up, she’s the girl tucked quietly in the corner of a bookstore with a (you guessed it) pumpkin spice latte. Those ear buds you see in her ears? They aren’t playing pop; they’re playing I Prevail. Now, let’s get rowdy.
BILL CANNON – JOURNALIST
MATTY COX – JOURNALIST
Matty doesn’t like to talk about himself. He has a talent for making his Editor-in-Chief write his bio, buy presents for his dog, and admire his skills in making people comfortable, happy, and open with their stories. He is an avid writer, lover of Captain America, and insightful conversationalist.
JACOB DeCOURSEY- JOURNALIST
ERIC DeRIZZE – PHOTOJOURNALIST
LATEEFAH DOUGLASS – JOURNALIST
JAY OAKLEY- JOURNALIST
I specialize in 80s rock and metal, especially glam. My favorite bands are Motley Crue, Lizzy Borden and Kiss. I love writing and going to shows, and I get the most enjoyment out of conducting interviews. I always want the readers to get all their desired information as well learn things they might not know. Rock On!
TYLER PIPHER – JOURNALIST/EDITOR
Tyler Pipher is a Full Sail Alumni who earned his Masters in Creative Writing for Entertainment. Writing out of Orlando, Florida, he’s most popular for his journalistic work in the music and art scene with numerous publications in Mieux Magazine and Shockwave Magazine.
TIFFANY ANN SINGLETON-MITCHELL – PHOTOJOURNALIST
Whoever said being having kids will prevent you from following your dreams and having the time of your life, lied to you. When not home taking care of my three sons, you can find me in the photo pit taking those awesome, upclose shots of all your favorite, and my favorite bands. Starting out as the typical fan girl and concert junkie, I took those moments when I felt the most alive and turned it into a career goal. So now I am doing what I love, learning from the best of the best and having the time of my life in the process. It’s never too late for anything. I am living proof of that.
GARY THORN – “WEB GUY”
Gary picked this title for himself ‘Nuff said
MARY FERSNER – JOURNALIST
CHRISTIE GERBER – JOURNALIST
It’s really not easy to talk about yourself without feeling vain but I’ll give it a shot. To quote Russel Hammond (played by Billy Crudup) in one of my favorite movies, ‘Almost Famous’, “I dig music.” Plain and simple. I grew up with a Mom who loved country music and a Dad who spoon-fed me the Beatles, Stones and Zeppelin. Somehow I ended up being a metal head more than anything. I listen to all types of music, don’t get me wrong, but if someone pointed a gun to my head and made me choose a genre, I’d say METAL. Oh and I’d probably scream Slayer afterward…just cause I like to scream Slayer sometimes. When I’m not with my kids, I can be found at a local metal show. Supporting local music is something I do, and do well I might add. I’m Christie Gerber, Shockwave’s resident trouble maker, music reviewer, eye batter, gum chewer, call maker, bitcher, and partner in crime to Mikey Rocha. See ya ’round…
LAURI LINDQVIST – JOURNALIST
Lauri Lindqvist is a hermit who lives on coffee and dark, atmospheric, melodic and/or epic music, and occasionally forays out to headbang at shows, but mostly communicates with the rest of the world through the written word. When not spouting his opinions on music, he pens gentle rants about social justice issues or gets lost in epic science fiction and fantasy stories.
MIKE ROCHA – JOURNALIST
Socialite, geek, writer, promoter, workaholic.. the full package rolled into one. Always looking for the next big event, or the coolest new people to meet and party with. Love music, and love people who know where to find great music.
JASON THERIOT – JOURNALIST
“Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence” – Robert Flip
For more than three decades music has been the teacher and I the student. My experiences include; artist management, booking, promotions, live production and many other areas of the music industry. Over the years I have met many of the fans, bands, artists and professionals that make this industry thrive and survive. Music is a journey and I want to share it with you because knowledge is power. I hope to see all of you in my travels.
DIANE WEBB – PHOTOJOURNALIST