Money can blind us, and just like it happens both on real life and in the movies – some people make desperate things in the midst of uncertain financial times.
A few years back, I believe it was 2012, I was approached by this gentleman called Cyrus Rhodes. He runs this site where bands for a certain amount of money that goes from US$25.00 to US$100.00 for an X amount of reviews and other services. The deal was, he was going to send me some reviews written by a group of writers and I was going to post it around here. You’ve read quite a few of them since. In addition, starting on 2014 I believe he offered me a job to write for him doing the same thing. I enlisted some of my writers and we were basically paid for writing this reviews which bands and PR agents had to paid in order to have written. I also received money by other advertisers to post some pre-written promotional pieces.
I’m not a journalist by any means, so my knowledge on ethics in that field is almost non-existent. Now, I am aware that I have made a huge mistake and want to apology with both new and old readers for this, plus bands as well. If you are feeling or felt fooled or cheated by this, I sincerely apologize and would make sure for that doesn’t happen again. My only intention with this publication has, is and would always be to promote new talents, many underdogs that have this amazing talent yet no one pays the attention they genuinely deserve and maybe catching on some established acts and keep you updated on what’s going on their career. And yes, while most the (if not every) news we post here are press releases copy/pasted (though we are hoping to have that fixed, it’s tough, but I can guarantee it has nothing to do with lazyness) – every act we interview or post about here are worth listening or watching. I read through most of the press releases and pretty much everything written by the awesome PR agents match very well with my own… hmm… criteria, I think it’s the word.
Every year we grow here on VENTS, thanks to awesome writers such as Song River and Erman Baradi, and other great writers that come and go – our quality gets better through time and we ain’t not looking back. But prior to keep moving on, I think I owned you guys this apology.
Peace and Happy New Year!
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