I was just shy of 10 when the first issue of ANTIGRAVITY dropped, way back in 2004. Although I don’t remember exactly when I first picked up a copy, I still vividly recall the excitement of scouring the Quarter to find new issues as a kid. It wasn’t always easy to track down, but it always felt well worth the effort. Each issue offered stories of bands that other publications didn’t cover in their pages. ANTIGRAVITY became a vital part of my education, expanding my notion of what New Orleans music could be to include things far outside the scope of the time-honored traditions we all know and love. As a teenager, I’d cut out pictures and pages from the magazine and decorate my wall with them in a fashion not far removed from the collaged pages in this issue. Occasionally, I’d even open the magazine and be pleasantly surprised to see a photo of myself going crazy at a show.

Even after eight years as a contributor and two years as an associate editor, I still look forward to every issue with the same enthusiasm. Perhaps it is because this publication is first and foremost by the community, for the community. Our contributors are fans who humbly labor to share the things in New Orleans that light a fire inside of us and that we think deserve to be known in the city and beyond.

Former editor Beck Levy once referred to ANTIGRAVITY as a “profit-proof” publication, a sentiment that I believe is responsible for its longevity. No one involved has any delusions that our contributions to this humble rag will pay our bills. We do not cower and chase after clickbait-driven ad revenue. Instead, we simply try our best to amplify the stories we think deserve to be heard, regardless of whether or not they fall into the far too often narrow-minded notions of what makes up New Orleans.

During my tenure with ANTIGRAVITY, I’ve gotten to interview some globetrotting titans of New Orleans music like feel-good funkster George Porter Jr. (of the Meters) and provocative misanthrope Mike IX Williams (of Eyehategod). It is always a pleasure to sit down with big names (both from in and out of town); but my favorite moments have typically been getting to speak with lesser-heard voices from the local music community, such as the rambunctious punks of Trampoline Team and the heavy riffers of Mountain of Wizard. Similarly, a large portion of the nearly 250 reviews of music, literature, and film that I’ve written for ANTIGRAVITY have been dedicated to lesser-considered works painstakingly crafted by locals.

My proudest moment with ANTIGRAVITY is, without a doubt, being trusted with the task of orchestrating a massive tribute to the late, great Hollise Murphy (September 2021 #206), the vocalist for Fat Stupid Ugly People and someone who embodies ANTIGRAVITY’s neverending goal of uplifting local voices. To Hollise, it didn’t matter if a band could draw 3,000 or only three people. If he liked it, he was going to go off and sing its praises from the rooftops. Every month, I and my fellow contributors hope to conjure just a bit of that enthusiasm. 

Top photo: at a PEARS show at Siberia, photo by Gary Loverde (May 2016 #142)
Bottom photo: the author (center) with Eyehategod in Japan (December 2023 #230)

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