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Alumni Profiles
July 13, 2017

Alumni Profile: Gavin Van Vlack of Burn

Back in the day, at least in the circles I traveled in, the idea of being into punk and any kind of athletic pursuit was like petting the cat backwards... it just wasn't an option. Sports were for jocks, and jocks were NOT punk! But now that's all changed, especially in the hardcore scene - hardcore and fitness go hand in hand, especially the more intense flavors of fitness like jiu-jitsu, muay thai, Crossfit and powerlifting. Go to any BJJ academy and count the number of guys and girls with a bunch of tattoos who change into a Judge or Black Flag shirt after class... you'll lose count fast! It makes sense to me, because in my opinion a core element of hardcore is self-improvement, fearlessly looking in the mirror and asking yourself how you could be a better human - and in my experience there's no better way to…
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Alumni Profiles
June 20, 2017

Alumni Profile: Scott Viscomi of Alliance MMA

I've had a lot of hobbies and interests come and go, but two things that have stayed with me are hardcore and combat sports. I've been an MMA, jiu-jitsu and muay thai superfan since UFC 1, trained off and on since the late 90's and currently do jiu-jitsu 4 or 5 days a week - to make a long story short, I'm a lifer in combat sports. So I have a lot in common with Scott Viscomi, who is the Director of Event Sales & Marketing for Alliance MMA, a hardcore lifer, and fellow business dork - and I'm very happy to finally talk to him after trying to make this happen for a while. I'm especially stoked on this one because it represents almost exactly what I had in mind when I started this site a couple years ago: documenting those who never lost their fire - their connection to DIY culture…
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Alumni Profiles
July 18, 2016

Alumni Profile: Elgin James, screenwriter

If you're a hardcore kid, you almost certainly know the name Elgin James. The story of his past as a member FSU has been told many times in the pages of Rolling Stone, shows like Gangland and countless forum threads. But I'm not interested in rehashing that story, because it's a lot less interesting to me than what he's done since then. I'll admit that when I heard he left Boston to pursue a career as a filmmaker, I was skeptical: "The FSU guy?? What does he know about making movies? How's he gonna pull THAT off?" But he proved me and everybody else very wrong, carving out a spot for himself as a legit Hollywood director and screenwriter by sheer force of will. When I say "legit," I mean that he's worked with SHOWTIME, HBO, Sundance channel,  Universal, Blumhouse and Imagine, released a feature film called "Little Birds," and…
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Alumni Profiles
May 24, 2016

Alumni profile: Chris Wrenn of Sully’s and Bridge 9

You may know Chris Wrenn as the founder of Bridge Nine, one of the most important hardcore labels of the past 20 years (and home of the infamous B9 board). But as much as I love him for putting out bands like Have Heart, Terror, Death Threat and Ramallah, the fact of the matter is that nobody (including Chris) is making a ton of cash from releasing hardcore records. What you might not know is that Chris' "real job" isn't Bridge 9, it's his apparel company Sully's. Rooted in the rich and highly charged culture of Boston sports, Sully's was among the first of the new-school sports brands (along with Homage) that have essentially reinvented sports apparel, injecting a little punk rock attitude into what was previously a fairly conservative category. Take a walk down the aisles of Dicks, Walmart, or Target and their influence on mainstream retailers is obvious. I'm really…
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Alumni Profiles
April 19, 2016

Alumni profile: Chase Clymer of two70 and City Lights

I met Chase Clymer back in 2010 at a We Came As Romans show, when he played bass in City Lights, one of my favorite bands of the 2000s. I think he was only 19 or 20, but even then I was impressed by his natural hustle and how easily he fell into the role of the band's salesman. We ended up becoming good friends, and I watched him turn into a show promoter, graphic designer, and then (after the band called it quits) an entrepreneur as the co-founder of two70, a full service digital marketing agency in Columbus. I've been really stoked on watching Chase's career grow since I met him, and anyone who dreams about working for themselves could learn a lot from his unstoppable work ethic and networking hustle. Keep your eyes on this guy, he has a bright future ahead of him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oy290JLvjIg Give us your life story in…
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Alumni Profiles
February 16, 2016

Alumni Profile: Colt Cabana of the Art of Wrestling Podcast

Colt Cabana (nee Scott Goldman) is easily one of the most recognizable independent wrestlers at the moment. He’s the creator and host behind The Art of Wrestling, often considered the first wrestling podcast. While Cabana is known to some as “breaking the internet,” he should be known more for his DIY business acumen, which has extended to a fruitful life as an independent wrestler, comic, and world traveler. Cabana is a multi-title holder, guested on both Marc Maron’s WTF podcast and his eponymous TV show, but more importantly, he’s provided the template on how to be a completely self-sufficient DIY pro who hosts a podcast from his studio...APARTMENT. Give us your life story in a few sentences: who are you, what is/was your involvement in DIY culture and what is your "real job"?  Chubby Jewish sports-minded kid from the suburbs of Chicago dreams of being a pro wrestler.  So he…
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Alumni Profiles
January 31, 2016

Alumni Profile: John LaCroix of Ten Yard Fight, While You Were Sleeping, and much more

John LaCroix is one of the many people who I never knew back in the day, but whose name always came up in conversation. He's probably best known for playing guitar in Ten Yard Fight and Unrestrained, but I've always been a big fan of his work behind the scenes as the brains behind magazines like Extent, While You Were Sleeping and Swindle. He was also one of the first hardcore kids to become a legit "creative professional" outside of the music/ skateboarding/ etc world, with a very impressive resume as a Creative Director where he's worked with clients like Samsung, NASCAR, Apple, and ESPN-- check out his portfolio for more details. He's one of the best examples of what I'm trying to document here on PRMBA: people who used the skills that they learned from DIY culture as the foundation for a successful, inspiring career as a creative professional. Very stoked to…
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Alumni Profiles
January 28, 2016

Alumni Profile: Tim Coleman of Antihero Productions & MBA candidate

If you want to lose a lot of money really fast, booking shows is a really good way to do it. Which is why I have a ton of respect for the few people who actually make some money at it. If you can put on shows for a few years without declaring bankruptcy, you can probably make it in just about any business you choose to pursue. Tim Coleman is one of those rare people, a veteran promoter with shows under his belt that include bands like Veil Of Maya, Whitechapel, Stick To Your Guns, Agnostic Front, Counterparts, and dozens more. He's also the living embodiment of the PRMBA, currently pursuing an MBA. Check out his story, and drop us a line if you know someone else we should profile! Give us your life story in a few sentences: who are you, what is/was your involvement in punk/HC/DIY culture and…
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Alumni Profiles
October 27, 2015

Alumni Profile: Sean Ingram of Coalesce and Merchtable

Sean Ingram is the vocalist of Coalesce, who were one of the most innovative bands of the 90s hardcore scene. Along with bands like Converge, Botch, Deadguy, and Dillinger Escape Plan they pioneered the off-kilter, noisy, metallic that ended up laying the groundwork for metalcore as we know it today. He's also the owner of a couple companies including Blue Collar Press (who I highly recommend if you need to print some shirts) and Merchtable (who work with artists from Major Lazer and Dillon Francis to Kowloon Walled City and Old Man's Child). And last but not least, he's always been a somewhat vocal family man, which is something that I appreciate and admire a lot now that I am an old man who would like to have a family. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxk4u-r4xiU Sean in action with Coalesce back in 1997 Give us your life story in a few sentences: who are you, what…
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Alumni Profiles
August 19, 2015

Alumni Profile: Justin Brannan of Indecision and Most Precious Blood

Whether it’s Jello Biafra running for mayor of San Francisco or anarchist zines that support systematic change, punk rock and politics inherently go hand-in-hand. Known for shredding in Most Precious Blood and Indecision, Justin Brannan went from playing sick breakdowns to becoming one of the most respected young Democrats in the New York area. His change in job title is something I can relate to; following the breakup of my last hardcore band, I worked as a communication specialist for the Washington State House Democrats. Instead of being an idle armchair punk with strong opinions to share on the B9 Board, I was helping facilitate change on the homefront – even if that meant setting aside my own cynicism. Brannan is still very much an involved activist and works with the New York City Department of Education. A member of the PRMBA Alumni, Brannan gives us the low down on…
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