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I'm a longtime contributor to MTV, Billboard, Alternative Press and MovieWeb. I've worked as on-air reporter, host, writer and producer for MTV, MSNBC and E!. I have provided opinion and commentary to programs on VH1, IFC, G4, Fuse, Current and Oxygen. I have written for Huffington Post, Premiere, OC Weekly, SFGate.com, NextMovie.com, MTV's television and movie blogs and other publications. I am the founder of Superhero Productions, providing broadcast, online and aftermarket content for a number of clients including Lionsgate, Sony and Warner Bros. I personally handle artist management for a handful of bands. "Ryan Downey has established a history of breaking some good scoops in the last few years, and you could certainly do worse than bookmark [him] to check in on." -- Ain't It Cool

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

AP: Vans Warped Tour Oral History

This was one of the most exhaustive and thorough pieces I've ever put together: the oral history of the Vans Warped Tour, which is now in its fifteenth year. I conducted well over 30 interviews with the people both on the stage and off, including members of Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Underoath, Blink-182, The Vandals, NOFX, Less Than Jake, Fall Out Boy, As I Lay Dying, Rise Against, H2O, Throwdown, Thursday, Pennywise, Sum 41, Paramore, MxPx and No Doubt. It was a pain, but it was a pleasure.

1 comment:

Jeremie Charfauros said...

Hello from Guam.
I just recently read your interview with The Used in the September 2009 issue of Alternative Press Magazine.
It is an aspiration of mine to write for AP Mag and I was wondering if you can point me in the right direction to be able to do so.
How did you end up where you are today?
How did you get the opportunity to write for AP?
I have much I want to talk about, but understand that you have your own obligations to meet.

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-Jeremie Charfauros