Introductions are in Order: Who am I and What is This?

Together Pangea Playing in The Constellation Room in OC 2014

Together Pangea Playing in The Constellation Room in OC 2014

Hello. My name’s Andrew. I run Full Force Hi-Fi by myself right now, and I’m going to be using this space for some writing about music, audio or whatever!

You may not know this about me, or honestly know me at all, but before I was making record mats and accessories for record players, heck, even before I was collecting vinyl in the first place, I was a kid with a camera and a dream of becoming a photojournalist. I would often sneak my cameras into local concert venues and document all the local bands on my first small blog named “Chill-out man!” After the venue I visited most, The Observatory in OC, started cracking down on just anyone bringing in their cameras in, I decided to reach out to some of the local music magazines to get a press pass and start publishing my photos. I reached out to 3 and I heard back first from Music In Press which still up in some capacity today, but most of the articles on the site are gone now.

Photo of Thomas Waale from Coastal Access I took in 2013 for the first article I wrote for Music in Press

Photo of Thomas Waale from Coastal Access I took in 2013 for the first article I wrote for Music in Press

I was only 16 at the time and was afraid they wouldn’t be willing to give someone my age a chance, so I chose to not disclose that. They sent me off to write my first article and take my first pictures as an unpaid music journalist to prove myself. I talked with the band that I started but was later kicked out of (story for another day perhaps) and ended up covering one of their local shows. Music in Press liked it and published it, and the next thing I know, they want to meet me. They had a meeting at a local restaurant, and as surprised as they were by my age, they didn’t seem to mind it. I was officially in.

The Zombies Playing at The Observatory OC

The Zombies Playing at The Observatory OC

Things began to got more serious the more I continued to write and cover concerts. I got a press pass at a few local venues including the aforementioned venue: The Observatory, and even started getting into nearly any show I wanted to go to for free. Things got interesting when I got to interview one of my favorite musicians at the time, Frank Maston, and came to a climax when I got to take photos for the legendary band The Zombies. Unfortunately all things must end, and after a few years with them, Music in Press shut their doors. There were a few revival attempts, but all ended shortly after they started. With Music in Press gone, so went away my photojournalism. I took photos for some friends bands after that here and there, but I kind of just lost steam after a while.

Well, lately I’ve got the wind to my back, and I’m in the mood to write about music again. While working on my store, I’ve been researching a lot about audio and music, and I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with so many of you and it has re-sparked my love for music and audio and so much more that I want to start writing about it and taking photos and video again.

So… what can you expect here?

To be honest, I don’t even know yet. I have lots of plans rattling around in my head: music reviews, concert photos, gear reviews, opinion pieces, vintage restorations, street recordings, interviews, guest posts, and more. If you have any ideas for me or want to write something yourself, reach out to me: Andrew@FullForceHiFi.com and perhaps we can publish it here. The general message is that this is for fun, and whatever goes, goes.

For now thank you for all your support and keep listening to music! Stay tuned for what’s to come.