1. Who are you?
I’m Peter Hodgson. I started playing guitar when I was about 8 years old, and I studied Professional Writing at the University of Canberra, while simultaneously undertaking a course in Freelance Journalism from the Australian College of Journalism. I’ve written for publications including BMA, Curio, Underdog Online, Beat, InPress, Rip It Up, Revolver, Drum Media, Urbane, The Brag, and probably a bunch more I’ve since forgotten about. These days I contribute reviews, interviews and a guitar lesson column to Mixdown Magazine, and I’m also a reviews contributor to Australian Guitar, and I do the occasional article for Australian Musician Magazine. Some of the articles on I Heart Guitar were written for Mixdown but have been expanded upon or otherwise tweaked for blogging purposes. Any views, comments, etc expressed herein are my own unless otherwise indicated, and do not represent the views of Mixdown, Australian Guitar, Australian Musician, or any other publication I work for or have worked for in the past.
2. Where can we hear you play?
3. Do you make any money from this site?
A little bit, a couple of bucks here and there from Google Adsense ads and affiliate commissions. I also have site sponsors from time to time (hi Italia Leather Straps!). But I still have to work full time. I’d love to do the blog for a living some day. CLICK HERE if you’re interested in advertising on the site.
4. Can you interview me/review my CD?
Sure. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me about your band and any relevant releases/gigs etc. It helps if you have a commercially available recording, even if you’re only selling it through your own website, but I’ll occasionally highlight guitarists I find on Myspace, YouTube, etc who might not have a CD available. If this is you, get in touch.
5. Who’s mentioned I Heart Guitar?
Tech – What Is Twitter? (May 2009) – Perhaps the most interesting reads, however, are the many guitar bloggers on Twitter. Bloggers like I Heart Guitar’s Peter Hodgson and Guitar Noize’s Jon Bloomer both post regularly, from what they’re listing to at the moment to guitar news and everything in between.
Article on I Heart Guitar – This guitar blog maintained by Peter Hodgson is a rapidly growing site, thanks in large part to his prolific yet engaging Twitter presence. Updated daily with industry news, press releases, new gear announcements, and occasional interviews, it’s readily apparent that Hodgson truly does “heart guitar.”
While most of the posts are press releases for new gear, Hodgson is as current on it as anyone out there, even beating a few more established “corporate” guitar sites to the punch on many of them. He’s also secured some pretty big names for interviews, including recent chats with Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis (June 29) and Chickenfoot’s Joe Satriani (June 16).
We Heart Hodgson (July 2009) – Some great news came my way the other day. Peter Hodgson, the hip guitarist who writes the I Heart Guitar blog, is being featured on DiMarzio Inc., maker of some of the best guitar pickups in the world. They’re using clips of his guitar playing on their website to showcase their John Petrucci (Dream Theater) signature pickups, the Crunch Lab 7 and LiquFire 7.
Top Guitars Blogs – iheartguitar is making waves not only online, but in print. This blog is pure professionalism. His content is very well written and the writer (Peter) flows with knowledge, and his website’s name [iheartguitar] is the perfect name for Peter, because he truly does love guitars. Read his blog and you’ll quickly see how passionate he really is. Keep up the good work Peter!