About The Backstage Rider

The Backstage Rider“Thank you for making my trip such a pleasure” – Alex James, Bassist, Blur, October 1991

What’s a Backstage Rider? A rider is the list of things that a band asks a promoter or venue to provide when it plays. You know the Van Halen thing with “No Brown M&Ms”? Smoking Gun has a great list of riders, too.

So I guess I am the Backstage Writer. Why?

I once lay on a bed with Richey Edwards, guitarist from the Manic Street Preachers (who disappeared in 1995), and we made fun of the videos on MTV together.

I drank wine backstage with Spiritualized in San Francisco. I snogged Mike Doughty from Soul Coughing in Buffalo. I cooked a Sunday roast for Irish band Therapy? in Toronto. I taught Lou Barlow from Dinosaur Jr/Sebadoh how to use Twitter in Vancouver. I danced with Keith Flint from the Prodigy, while Massive Attack DJed, and Jarvis Cocker looked on, in London. I took infamous classical violinist Nigel Kennedy on a pub crawl in Copenhagen (and stole some of his violin strings).

I met the Cult when I was 14 and interviewed Steve Earle when I was 17. I’ve gone to a house party with Dean Wareham and Luna, sat with Green Day in a kebab shop and The Verve in a coffee shop, been on a tourbus from Seattle to Vancouver with Dinosaur Jr and Henry Rollins, taken a cruise with Weezer, watched both The Charlatans and the Beautiful South play footie, danced on stage with L7, asked Oasis why they thought they were such hot shit, chatted with Skinny Puppy’s Ogre while he was covered in fake blood, seen The Cure 10 times, had Leonard Cohen tell me I was a beautiful person, been kissed twice on the cheek by John Taylor from Duran Duran and I have had a beer with almost every cool Canadian band popular during the 90s. I have kept a journal and every single gig ticket of every single show I went to between 1984 and 2000. The rest of the tickets are now framed on my wall.

But I’m not a groupie. Not really.

This is a blog about (mostly rock/indie/alternative/techno) music and my life in and around it.

Besides the regular reviews, photo galleries and interviews, Backstage Rider is about history lessons, cult heroes, crazy characters, loud gigs, silly decisions, awesome albums, dumb conversations, fun chats and the musicians or DJs that make the songs that make the whole world (or at least record-store clerks in ironic t-shirts) sing. I’m a music writer and photographer, and have also written and shot photos for Consequence of Sound, The GuardianNME.com, Drowned in SoundVancouver Sun and others.

I also used to handle press, online publicity and marketing for indie-rock legends Sebadoh and my pics of the band have appeared in the Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix the Washington Post Express, The Northampton Valley Advocate and more. Other band pics have appeared in Vancouver’s Georgia Straight and Vancouver Sun. I’m also an occasional speaker on things rocktacular (and social media). I’ve got an actual B.A. in Journalism and have won some awards. But don’t hold that against me. Come and rock on with me. \m/

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Posted by Mikala   on   16 November 2009

17 Comments

Comments
Jan 5, 2010
10:09 am
#1 Thee Martian :

We found you Backstage Rider. And we are impressed. Best of luck.

Jan 12, 2010
1:43 pm
#2 Danny Echo :

Nice work! I am a fan indeed!

Jan 12, 2010
7:18 pm
#3 Stan Sutter :

Leonard Cohen is right!
Brilliant stuff Mikala.
Congrats

Jan 14, 2010
12:27 pm

Cool Site!

Jan 15, 2010
4:19 pm
#5 Heather Kennedy :

You are honestly my hero. Like you didn’t know.

Jan 22, 2010
11:54 am
#6 Kathy :

Very, very cool site!! Congrats!

Jun 17, 2010
11:38 am
#7 Mat :

Nice one Mikala! Ride on…

Feb 2, 2011
2:06 pm
#8 Will :

I hope you have stopped writing Electronic Music Reviews, because they sucked.

Feb 26, 2011
4:42 am
#9 Gary Baker :

Funny that – just the other day I was chatting with Mick Jagger about name dropping.

Author Feb 26, 2011
5:12 pm
#10 Mikala :

Yeah, Keith Richards said much the same to me, once, when we were hanging out and he was making me one of his mix tapes. He said Mick is always going on about stuff like that ;)

Apr 21, 2012
2:15 am
#11 Cherry :

Okay, now I know what Backstage Rider is all about!!!

Cool meeting you at OLP the other night.

Very much liking your site, lady. Keep up the good work.

Aug 23, 2012
12:59 pm
#12 Alex :

Good site. Liked the Richey story, wish I was a bit older so I could’ve been a Manics follower in those days.

Sep 13, 2012
1:20 pm
#13 Matt :

Just found out about your blog from a tweet and although I am late to the party, I must commend you…

I just read it and I think your “about” writeup above is a triumph of blog “about” pages. Magnificent!

Look forward to exploring the site, best of luck with whatever you’d want the best luck for… ;)

Matt Lowen

Author Sep 13, 2012
1:43 pm
#14 Mikala :

AWWWWWWW THANKS MATT! :D Rock on and welcome to the party; you’re never late \m/

Apr 15, 2014
11:10 am
#15 David :

Nice meeting you at Malkmus the other day. Great site!

-Dave

Author Apr 15, 2014
11:36 am
#16 Mikala :

You, too Dave! And thanks for readin’!

May 22, 2014
3:45 pm
#17 Vanessa Marshak :

You had me at John Taylor….wink wink, xo

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