IndieBeat’s Third Anniversary

It’s finally here: IndieBeat turns 3.

The pacing of Founder’s Week really reflects a typical work week for me. I spent a few days crafting and posting content for you, but got sidetracked with many of my other duties. A lot of the work I do here is behind the scenes, especially since 85% of IndieBeat relies on coordinating schedules & materials with the amazing artists I get to introduce you to. I feel guilty for not being able to post everything I had planned this week, but Founder’s Week is meant to be the first page of what’s to come (and 3 posts for 3 years is quite fitting). I’ll continue to share with you more personal musical experiences from here on out…but I’ll probably stick to a once a week goal.

So here’s today’s thoughts: It’s amazing how things perfectly line up in my life. I received a letter in the mail this week. I’ve known it was coming for 5 years now, but I didn’t know exactly when. It conveniently arrived during this anniversary week. Back in senior year of high school, we were to write a letter to our future selves. The future is now, people. I have been anxiously awaiting this letter, only because I knew I had a dollar in there, and boy do I need the money.

I opened it and the first thing 17-year-old Josh said to me was, “I hope you are doing something with your life and not being an idiot!” Sounds about right. Though sometimes I may tell you I’m not doing anything with my life (and that I am in fact a bumbling idiot), I think 3 years of IndieBeat memories prove otherwise (at least somewhat).

I started this blog to get out of my comfort zone. I have now worked with dozens of fantastic artists, a feat that seems daunting to my old introverted self. I’ve gotten 2 internships by using IndieBeat as my portfolio. I’ve used my amateur rock critic experience to fuel my honors literature thesis, an idea that still seems surreal to me. I started a podcast that people seem to be taking an interest to. I’ve even earned some cool points with people I never thought I would talk to. All this has boosted my confidence tenfold. I now realize that I’ve grown in these 5 years, but most significantly in the last 3. This music blog has taught me that even though I’m filled with self-doubt, I must be doing something right if all of this has come out of it.

I end that 5-year-old letter with a piece of advice that seems appropriate: “Experience Everything.” Because of IndieBeat I feel that I now experience all the triumphs and tribulations a bit more passionately, in order to learn from them. Now I know that seems like a cliche, since us millennials are supposed to be the experience generation, but that’s truly a goal that this site has helped my accomplish. Music is meant to be experienced, and I believe that the artists I feature help us experience our surroundings in new and thought-provoking ways. This 3-year experience has inspired me personally and professionally, and I hope I get to experience independent culture for many more years to come.

I value these 3 years. I thank all of you who have accompanied me on this journey, and who have put up with my adverb-ridden song reviews along the way. I wouldn’t be here without your support. Here’s to many more experiences!

Josh Pineda