About

The Team

About FtLP

Here is a fantastic article that kind of summarizes what we’re about from our UK friends at Crash Doubt!!!

For The Love of Punk has humble beginnings – We started this whole thing on a couch in Denver in 2011. Co-founders Johnny Wilson and Dawn Wilson were looking for a way to promote the local Denver scene they loved so much. Realizing most punk-centered music sites focus on “the big guys,” they decided to go for it and put the locals they loved into the limelight.

Eventually FtLP caught on, and dozens of Colorado punk rock lovers wanted in on the action and started writing not just news, but album and show reviews and shooting photos of the bands they love. Not long after, in 2012, Managing Editor Krista Gjestland took FtLP to Detroit and the Midwest and Reviews Editor Ross Hostage started beefing up our reviews coverage. Now we have Patrick Houdek and Kendra Sheetz well on their way to conquering Chicago alongside contributors in New Mexico, North Carolina and more. We even have a few Italian friends getting in on it! In addition we now have more than 100 sponsored shows under our belt and have sponsored several fests including Punk Rock Bowling, Riot Fest and Bled Fest.

Over time we developed some clear goals that we believe sets us apart. We believe in honest, real punk rock. We don’t have time to split everything into subgenres, but we can all tell pretty quickly when something just feels real. When we find that realness, we want to share it with as many people as possible. We don’t believe in exclusives or taking anyone’s right to their own music. We just want to exist as a microphone for bands and artists to use to connect to their fans, and as a place where we can all gather and share our love of punk rock. And, of course, we want to bring you some of our favorite local bands, wherever local is for each of us.

In case you wondered, we’re still doing this from a couch. We just have a few more couches.

F.A.Q.

So why use 'Punk' in your name?

So why use 'Punk' in your name?

Well, pre MTV punk nation, punk never had a sound. Think back to days as early as the Clash, Minutemen, Descendents, Husker Du, the Specials, etc. Did any of these bands sound the same? Nope, it has never been a sound to most who love punk. That was corporations narrowing down a market to make tons of dough. We’ll be covering “honest” music, period. There are genres, sub genres, cores and more. We’re not going to sit here and explain that to anyone. This is up to the individual to decide for themselves what punk is. So just think of punk in the sense of honesty and we shouldn’t have to revisit this question.

Why do you always say FtLP? It's not the right acronym, brah.

Why do you always say FtLP? It's not the right acronym, brah.

Pretty simple. It’s our zine and we can do what we want…dammit! Rolls off the tongue better and ftlop certainly does not. Nice amount of syllables too. It’s going to sound good with some other titled plans we have. So just deal with it and work with us here.

Can I write for FtLP?

Can I write for FtLP?

You sure can. You first have to be a member to submit. All news and event submissions with be looked over. You MUST site your sources if you got information from another site and we should be all good. Please write things in your own words. This will be the case for all news submissions, Columns are a little different. Just submit your idea and we’ll look it over and see if it is literary genius.

Can I get paid from FtLP?

Can I get paid from FtLP?

Ummm, unfortunately, no. As of now we have no sponsors or any way to pay people for their content. You will get credit for your work and also if you submit photographs, please watermark them or indicate who shot them. We’re not looking at taking claims on anyone’s work. Just giving the work a place to reside.

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