Prelude Press was and always has been the product of reinvention.
When we first started Prelude Press in 2014, it was born from frustration, from feeling stagnant working jobs that we didn’t love and covering artists that we weren’t passionate or excited about. It was created with a desire to shine a light on the little guys, to give a platform to those who might go undiscovered otherwise, and throughout the past seven years, it has gone through many reinventions itself.
From starting out as a bi-monthly online magazine dedicated to covering local Colorado musicians (you can still find those old issues HERE) and even publishing a printed version of our first anniversary issue, to transitioning to a website that posted new content daily, we have been constantly evolving and growing from the very beginning. The website has seen countless facelifts and redesigns, but through it all, we have always tried to stay true to our mission to highlight some of the best and brightest up and coming artists.
We haven’t always gotten it right. Prior to launching Prelude Press seven years ago, our combined experience in the music industry consisted of Dom’s time touring in bands throughout his teens and twenties, and the few years that Shannon had been photographing concerts for other local publications. To be honest, we had absolutely no idea what we were getting ourselves into when we set foot on this journey, and sometimes, that was our biggest weakness. We were always learning. We gained bad habits. We sometimes lost sight of our main goal to lift up the smaller artists because we were so excited to be working with musicians that we had idolized our entire lives. We said yes to too much, we spread ourselves too thin… But at the same time, those flaws made Prelude Press stronger, as well. Throughout the years, we learned how to navigate the music industry and as we grew, the outlet did, too. It continued to evolve, and we continued to reinvent ourselves.
Now, after seven years (and quite possibly one of the most challenging years for anyone working in the music industry), we are beginning to feel the same way we did back in early 2014: frustrated, stagnant and uninspired. Prelude Press will always be our pride and joy, but as we take this extended break for the first time in seven years, we’re going to use the time to refocus on what is important to us as an outlet, us as journalists, and most importantly, us as music lovers.
The music industry has evolved considerably since 2014, and we need some time to find a way for Prelude Press to fit into that ever-changing landscape in a way that will stand the test of time and continue to provide music lovers with something that is worth reading.
It’s time for us to reinvent ourselves all over again. We’re not sure when we’ll be back, or if we will even return as Prelude Press, but we hope to see you all soon.
– Dom & Shannon