According2g.com is FIVE!

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Born on the same day:  Grace Jones and According2g.com

Born on the same day: Grace Jones and According2g.com.   Photo taken by a complete stranger.

5 years ago on this very day, I launched the website According2g.com.   The impetus for this site was simple – I was sick of seeing so many corporate sites not give you the “real” scoop on the hottest art events and concerts.  I was tired of watching countless websites kiss celebrity ass or hate on them not based on in person experiences but instead based solely on following the pack instead of leading the way by copying popular internet opinion.  In short, it was “Us vs. Them” and I decided to be an alternative for US so we didn’t have to support THEM to get our information.  They say to be the change you want to see in the world, so that’s exactly what I did and have continued to do 5 years on.

With that thought process, in 5 years, I’ve written:

over 6,600 posts (which averages to over 3 posts a day, 7 days a week)

posted 365 concert videos

written about 830 celebrity “Encounters with G”

reviewed 900 Art exhibits

reviewed  825 concerts

and wrote essays about 225 social observations, all the while posting over 13,000 world exclusive photos that I took! I typically only write about events where I could find something positive to say.  I’d estimate that less than 2% of all the blogs I’ve written are based in negativity – occasionally, doing my “job” as a journalist, I felt it was my duty to call out a celebrity on their bullshit, but overall if I had nothing nice to say, I just chose not to write about it.  Can you say the same about your other favorite sites on the internet?  DOUBTFUL!

In those 5 years, I’ve clocked several million page views, certain artists/bands/websites/celebrities that I admired from afar are now my friends and either my words have been quoted, my picture has appeared or my videos have been reposted on nearly every website and music magazine that I’ve spent most of my life being a fan of (from New Music Express to Rolling Stone to The Daily Mail!). I’ve heard more times than I can count that my images in a Google search or story I’ve posted made a positive impact in someone’s life – that’s always been the goal, so MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!  I get stopped in the street occasionally with people wanting to take MY photo; I was recruited by MTV to host an episode of their show “Weird Vibes” and to those who know what a huge fan of MTV I’ve been for the majority of my life, that a major life accomplishment!  Also, the statistics I posted above (which are not easy to accomplish) are not matters of opinion.  Quite the opposite, they are facts and these are facts that you will not find on nearly ANY other blog on the entire internet.  Trust me, I’ve looked!  For that and more, I express my deepest gratitude!  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!

It’s not all wine and roses, as they say, and I’ve experienced a lot of really bad stuff too.  Sadly, as it turns out, many of the people that at the beginning of this quest that I thought were “US” have turned out to be “THEM,” and again, this applies from the people behind the scenes in publicity and marketing all the way up to the artists (in all genres) themselves.  If you’ve learned nothing else from this site, you should know that plenty of A-listers have reached the top and are also nice people, so I’d like to remind you that it CAN be done!  I’d also like to remind everyone that these communities are not necessarily mainstream all across the world, so here’s two of the golden rules that I live by:  One -  you can catch flies easier by using honey instead of vinegar.  Two – get over yourselves!!!  You could have it so much worse, so be grateful that anyone even cares about you and your art.

Since According2g.com came into being 5 years ago, the way people consume news has changed dramatically  (whereby anything longer than paragraph is now considered a “think piece”), everyone seems to just want a disposable photo (that they probably didn’t take themselves), focusing on a negative story instead of something positive is championed and Google and anti-social media sites such as Facebook want you to pay them to reach your followers that you grew organically (brilliant for them, but really crappy for people like me as this model makes it impossible to make a living off blogging), so what is the alternative?  I’m an artist in my own right – composing song lyrics, writing books of poetry, making abstract paintings and I’m currently working on a coffee table book.  These types of projects (and I’m open to collaboration, so please hit me up!) are going to be taking precedence and I can’t tell you where the next stop on the journey is, but each day and each step of the way fills me with excitement.

To those that have gone on this journey with me and are still with me, I thank you unconditionally for your love and support.  It means the world to me.

With love,

G

PS.  The photo above is me with Grace Jones, taken backstage after her show at the now defunct Roseland Ballroom in 2012.  She invited me backstage after she picked me out of 3,000 people in the crowd to dance on stage with her!  It was not only one of my “signature” and essential New York moments (which once again proves that if you put yourself out there, ANYTHING can happen), but Miss Grace Jones and According2g.com share the same birthday.  So happy birthday to us both!

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Happy 4th Birthday, According2g.com

Posted by The G on May 19, 2013 under The G Spot | 2 Comments to Read

Photo by Alan.

According2g is 4

According2g is 4

My, how time flies.

4 years ago on this day, I launched According2g.com.  At the time, I had no idea where the path would lead, but I just put one foot in front of the other, took out my camera, snapped some photos and started writing – 7 days a week!

Flash forward 4 years later and because of this blog, I am now friends or friendly with so many of my heroes.  I’ve had the oppotunity to see and meet nearly all of my living heroes in the realms of music and art.  My stories have been reposted on home pages of internet titans and some of my favorite bands, which continues to blow my mind.  Earlier this year, a video I took of the closest thing we’ll probably ever get to a Smiths reunion and the went viral and landed me on Rolling Stone and NME’s website, two publications I’ve been reading ever since I was a child!  Because of this blog, I had the opportunity to host an episode of “Weird Vibes” for MTV, a channel I’ve been watching since it launched in 1981.  Because of this blog, I’ve had the chance to talk to hundreds of my idols and for all of these things and so much more, I am eternally grateful!

In addition, since I launched this blog, here’s a few “by the numbers” statistics:

- I’ve written approximately 700 posts about encounters with some of the world’s biggest celebrities, artists and rock stars.

- I’ve written close to 800 concert reviews.

- I’ve written over 800 posts about art exhibitions.

-  There are 1460 days in a 4 year period and the only counting these reviews and experiences, in 6,300 plus posts, I’ve experienced over 2,300 events, which equates to over 2 events in a day, 7 days a week!!!  I challenge ANY blog in the world to live up to these standards:  taking your own photos, experiencing the events first hand and writing about them, 7 days a week.  Many other blogs are much more successful than me, but they are nowhere near as hard working.  And that is a fact!

I will not lie and tell you that this blog has helped my bank account as of this writing (but it’s coming, so I’m not worried), but no matter what happens, these amazing life changing experiences can never be stripped from me and that is something you cannot put a price on.

I would also like to put it out there in the world that I am looking to host or appear on more art/rock/celebrity based shows and also would love to collaborate with artists on songs.  If you didn’t know, I’ve been known to write some pretty kick-ass song lyrics (however, I cannot write music, so I need your help!)  I would also like to work with artists on a new line of T-shirts that I have brewing in my head, so if you or anyone you know can help me achieve these goals, please get in touch.

Back to the blog…

I thank all my readers for sharing these stories in their social media circles.

I thank all the artists whose works have inspired me to keep writing even when it seemed like there was no light at the end of the tunnel, and when you think of all the technical glitches and stress that comes with blogging 7 days a week, this feeling happens a lot!

Last and certainly not least, I thank YOU for reading this.

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!

All my love,

G

 

According2g.com All-Stars Tell Us Their 2013 Resolutions (Part 2)

Posted by The G on January 1, 2013 under The G Spot | Read the First Comment

Photos by G (except where noted).

If you can see this, you’ve survived the Mayan apocalypse. 2013 is here!  I took a brief survey of some of According2g.com’s All-Stars in the fields of art, music and publishing to find out what their 2013 New Year’s Resolutions are.  For those, like me that don’t make resolutions anymore, I asked them to tell us what they are looking forward to in 2013. Click on their name to be directed to their websites to learn more about these great minds.  Thanks to everyone that participated and I hope 2013 exceeds your dreams, goals and visions!

Mark Kostabi in front of his art.

Mark Kostabi in front of his art.

“I’m looking forward to a continuing Obama Presidency and an improving global economy due to less wasteful, more intelligent and focused behavior. I’m also looking forward to spring weather.” – Mark Kostabi, Artist.

Jill Jones (right) performing with Jeremy Gloff

Jill Jones (right) performing with Jeremy Gloff

“I am looking forward to being the bitch I always knew I could be and to just go rogue this year!” – Jill Jones, Singer

Michael Musto

Michael Musto

“My resolution is to let go of old grudges and start developing some new ones. For the new year, I’m looking forward to human rights, cultural enchantment, and social bliss, but I’m not looking forward to any action film sequels.” – Michael Musto, Writer

Don Porcella

Don Porcella

“1. I am looking forward to the rest of the country realizing that all people have the right to love who they want and to celebrate that relationship in marriage.
2. I am looking forward to the rest of the country realizing that Muslims are not to be feared and in fact they are just like us.
3. I am looking forward to alternative forms of health care that utilize what is already here on earth. We are cutting down the rain forests and yet there are a lot of plants that can benefit mankind.
4. I am looking forward to humans embracing nature in everything we do. I want advertisements (ie., car commercials where the car dominates nature) to embrace nature not destroy it. We need this planet more than it needs us and if we don’t embrace it and take care of it, it will get rid of us for it’s own survival.

As far as new years resolutions… those are hard because most people who make them don’t keep them and then they feel guilty. My New Year’s resolution is to be nice to nature and humans and to lead by example. My job is to make new things and to not copy others. I want people to celebrate the hand made and to value it over technology. I want people to start talking to each other again instead of texting. Let’s return to the real next year.” - Don Porcella, Artist, Musician, Coffee Maker

 

Kenny Scharf at the West Hollywood Library

Kenny Scharf at the West Hollywood Library

“I’m looking forward to continuing health no matter what happens in 2013.  If you’re not healthy and feeling good you can’t enjoy the good times or battle the bad.  I’m having a show in late April of new sculptures and paintings at Paul Kasmin Gallery (in New York).   Also I’m involved in a futures show at the Museum of Art in Mobile, Alabama, which will include murals, installations and paintings, and  a large outdoor mural in Santa Monica, California, as well as other fun and big stuff (more work) that I don’t want to announce just yet.   Most of all, I hope the world makes the huge changes (wean off petroleum, for example) that need to take place in order for the children to inherit a better place!” – Kenny Scharf, Artist

#CLOUDZbyTY

#CLOUDZbyTY

“I am finalizing on designs for a t-shirt, cell phone cases, sticker sheets and the Summer 2013 Graphic Sunglasses! I’ll also be honing in on a location to paint my first public mural as well as my first public art show on my own in Manhattan. Some important first steps for the burgeoning artist – ALL of which G will be present and covering…i hope.” – TY, Artist

Jon Burgerman

Jon Burgerman

“I’m looking forward to making more stuff, being in New York more, traveling a little less and meeting more people – friends, neighbours, peers and pizzeria owners.  My Visa will expire in 2013 so I need to make the most of being in America before I’m shipped off back to the UK.  Cheers + happy holidays” – Jon Burgerman, Artist

Painting by Ari Lankin

Painting (and photo) by Ari Lankin

“My New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier” – Ari Lankin, Artist

Nir Hod

Nir Hod

“2012 was an amazing, special year. I wish 2013 will be a year of correction -  we have to discover new things and understand that many things we like or want are not necessary any more. We have to wake up from some dreams and create a new one better and powerful one. I want to be surrounded with great people in a beautiful places that will bring me inspiration and magic always to touch other people’s hearts and minds.  I want the summer to be longer and time to be slower.” – Nir Hod, Artist

Scooter LaForge

Scooter LaForge

“My Resolution for 2013 is to surpass my creative limits and to learn to speak fluent Spanish! Also, to have my project at the Bronx Museum (fall 2013) blow people’s minds! Hope to see lots more of you this coming year too!” – Scooter LaForge, Artist

Eric Eyeball Richardson

Eric Eyeball Richardson

“My resolution for the New Year is less porn and more painting or is that backwards damn it!?!
Happy New Year’s, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa!” – Eric ‘Eyeball’ Richardson, Artist

 

Thanks again to everyone who participated and I hope 2013 exceeds your goals, dreams and visions!

What are you looking forward to in 2013?  What are your New Year’s Resolutions?  Tell us in the comments section and most importantly, HAPPY 2013!!!!

According2g.com All-Stars Tell Us Their 2013 Resolutions (Part 1)

Posted by The G on under The G Spot | Read the First Comment

Photos by G (except where noted).

If you can see this, you’ve survived the Mayan apocalypse. 2013 is here!  I took a brief survey of some of According2g.com’s All-Stars in the fields of art, music and publishing to find out what their 2013 New Year’s Resolutions are.  For those, like me that don’t make resolutions anymore, I asked them to tell us what they are looking forward to in 2013. Click on their name to be directed to their websites to learn more about these great minds.  Thanks to everyone that participated and I hope 2013 exceeds your dreams, goals and visions!

Art by Nathan Sawaya

Art by Nathan Sawaya

“I resolve to rock the art world by creating art unlike anything the world has ever seen before. Also to eat less trans-fats.” – Nathan Sawaya, Artist.

St. Paul Peterson

St. Paul Peterson

“I am looking forward to creating new music for fDeluxe in 2013!” – St. Paul Peterson, Singer/Musician

wall by Skinner

wall by Skinner

“I’m looking forward to a year of health and new creativity, emotional understanding of myself and others. Doing more murals, ripping super hard and letting the universe be the complete exponential train-wreck that it is without taking on the negativity that comes with it! Also trying to get my cats to not pee on top of each others pee in the house.” – Skinner, Artist

Peter Davis (photo courtesy of Peter Davis)

Peter Davis (photo courtesy of Peter Davis)

“My resolution is to drink less coffee and finish a photo project that I am doing for The Coalition for the Homeless, my favorite charity. And also, when not editing my magazine SCENE, finish my book so my agent is happy.” – Peter Davis, Editor-in-Chief of Scene Magazine

Art by Free Humanity

Art by Free Humanity

“My New Year’s resolution that I have had for about a zillion years is to treat every day like New Year’s, every day like Christmas and every day and every moment as special as the next.  With every breath, I remind myself of the infiniteness and momentariness of this moment that is always with me.  Shit if i could only be that poetic all the time (laughs).”  – Free Humanity, Artist.

Matt Gross (photo courtesy of Matt Gross)

Matt Gross (photo courtesy of Matt Gross)

“I’m looking forward to these albums in 2013:

Autre Ne Veut – “Anxiety”
Ulrich Schnauss – “A Long Way To Fall”
Indians – “Somewhere Else”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Title TBD (due in spring)
Sky Ferreira – Title TBD (due in spring)” – Matt Gross, Editor-in-Chief, A Heart Is A Spade

Eminem by Borbay

Eminem by Borbay

“I always end my year with a recap, and begin with goals… though the latter are usually kept to myself. In 2013, I’ll make an immediate splash with the Kick Ass Actors in Kick Ass Roles exhibition, and while it’s like telling a pitcher he has a no-hitter going in the 4th, I’d like to sell out. Beyond that, I want 2013 to be to 2012, what 2012 was to 2011, a major step in the right direction — new collectors, great press, creative progress… Beyond the easel, I want to be the best husband I can be for my wife Erin, a true friend to the good ones, and continue living an honest life of passion.” - Borbay, Artist.

 

Rob Shuter (Photo courtesy of Rob Shuter)

Rob Shuter (Photo courtesy of Rob Shuter)

“Laugh out loud EVERY SINGLE day” – Rob Shuter, Entertainment Columnist

Isengart

Isengart

“To continue living a creative life, to concentrate on work and friendships, and to not let the greed, stupidity and vulgarity of our time have too much of an impact on the time I’ve been given.” – Isengart, Singer/Performance Artist

 

Paul Zepeda (photo courtesy of the artist)

Paul Zepeda (photo courtesy of the artist)

“For 2013, I have resolved to go bigger and bolder in my work, which is my life. That includes exploring more of this beautiful planet we are on for inspiration, as well as creating new worlds on canvas and expanding their international reach. After an amazing year in 2012 of establishing myself in NYC (thanks in large part to a stellar group of friends and colleagues) and achieving dream after dream, I look forward to all that the new one has in store for me.  Keep an eye on my progress here: http://www.Zepeda.us” – Paul Zepeda, Artist.

 

Phillip Lumbang

Phillip Lumbang

“I gotta think of a resolution first. Haha” – Phil Lumbang, Artist.

Stay tuned for 10 more resolutions and 2013 goals!

 

 

According2g.com’s Top Concerts of 2012

Posted by The G on December 5, 2012 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

Photos and video by G.

I saw hundreds of bands again in 2012.  Which shows were my favorite of the year?  Read on!

 

1. Grace Jones live at Roseland Ballroom.  October 27, 2012.

 

Radiohead

Radiohead

2. Radiohead live at the Prudential Center.  June 1, 2012.

Portugal The Man

Portugal. The Man

3. Portugal. The Man live at Music Hall of Williamsburg. April 20, 2012.

Bjork

Bjork

4. Bjork. Biophilia live at Museum of Science.  February 12, 2012.

Pulp

Pulp

5. Pulp live at Radio City Music Hall.  April 11, 2012.

Susannah and St Paul

Susannah and St. Paul Peterson of fDeluxe

6. fDeluxe / Sheila E. at BB King’s.  August 29, 2012.

Jake Shears and Ana Matronic of Scissor Sisters

7. Scissor Sisters live at Terminal 5. July 7, 2012.

Morrissey

Morrissey

8. Morrissey live at Radio City Music Hall.  October 10, 2012.

Shirley Manson of Garbage

Shirley Manson of Garbage

9. Garbage live at Webster Hall.  May 22, 2012.

Bernard Sumner of New Order

10. New Order live at Roseland.   October 18, 2012.

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