Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Rise

I live!

So here's the 411. My friend Rick has been writing in the Columbus media scene for several years. He's been on 97.1 and Fox Sports Ohio, but he found that the outlet for sports media has been over-saturated to the point where it was almost impossible to make a big presence. 

However, he found that the Columbus music scene was full of untapped potential with not a lot of outlets to cover them. Late last year he began to brainstorm an idea - Music in Motion Columbus. He contacted another friend of mine and we got to talking about building a brand around the awesomeness that is our city and music.

There are a lot of bands who have blown up lately coming out of Columbus. Most notably, twenty one pilots have captivated the entire nation, earning a Grammy and a #1 album. Beartooth has been making waves in the hard music community along with other Ohio groups such as Red Sun Rising and Starset. The CCM scene has blown up as of late with groups like Graceful Closure, the Orphan the Poet, and of course the old guard of House of Heroes and Relient K. Not to mention people like The Black Keys, The National, and Walk The Moon blowing up the alternative side. 

Needless to say, there are a lot of big things happening musically in Ohio. A lot of it comes through Ohio, and we want to be there to cover it. Our mission statement is pretty straight forward: 
"We are striving to become Columbus’ voice on local music; bands and artists from around Ohio playing in Columbus, and national touring acts that visit our city. Our goal is to showcase the amazing amount of music coming from within the hidden gem that is Columbus, OH."

Right? It's good stuff. And just 5 months in, we've gotten phenomenal feedback from the community. We love what we're doing, but we feel like we can do more! I personally have been working 2 jobs alongside writing for MiM, but in the past two months I've challenged myself to reach out so my old contacts from the Jester Promotions days and I've excitedly been lining up weekly interviews to get the word out. 

It's been a lot of fun so far. And Jester One Music has not suffered at all, despite the absence of content here. 2017 has been an outstanding year for new music, and I'm excited to press forward with the yearly countdown, which is now in it's 9th year! Never did I think I'd have the personal dedication to keep it going quite like that, but I'm excited to continue to put it all together.

I'll have some content coming from this site in the next few months. MiM is currently working to grow in Columbus, but I have other groups that I want to get on board with outside of the capital city so that when we do decide to expand, we'll be right and ready to rock!

Anyways, check out the site. Rick has worked hard to get everything rolling and it'd mean a lot to me to get more support going for the project. 

Thanks everyone! Can't wait to get more content going here as well!


Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Apologies to all. I've been working on a new music endeavor the past few months and haven't had a ton of time to update the usual J1M page. Last year I cut down my segments to a monthly "Stuck In My Head" feature, but right now I have something much bigger coming. Stay tuned - I'll have more details in the coming month or two.


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The 2016 Jester One Music Top 20 Countdown - #1

#1 - DMA's - Lay Down

It's here, it's finally here! December 20th, the day of #1! Are you as excited as I am?
Probably not. I'll be honest here - writing the Top 20 can be exhausting. At most I can blurb out 4 or 5 songs per day, and more often than not no more than 2. It is fun to reflect but the yearly toll wears me down and I'm grateful that the month of December is overtaken by Christmas music. But, enough of that droll! It's time for #1!

If we look back on the history of #1s, it is mostly dominated by new bands making an immediately big splash. Hockey, Young the Giant and Cadets had just started their lives, while Purity Ring, Fun. and Surfer Blood were working on huge sophomore efforts. DMA's follows suit in being a brand new band who just released their first full length LP in February. The Aussie alt-rockers give Oceania a strong one-two punch for the countdown and continue the theme of trios dominating the landscape. The band first broke out with the single "Laced" which would not be lost on an Oasis album, and quickly dropped an EP in 2015 featuring the single "Delete". The new album Hills End featured our #1 hit as it's only single and doesn't really have a ton of other standout material on it.

Our #1, "Lay Down" is absolutely a bust out summer smash. It's upbeat, exciting and filled with soaring guitars and splashy cymbals. It bursts out of your speakers and makes you nod and dance and just enjoy life. Despite it's upbeat demeanor, it's a song that struck true in all moods of 2016, be it happiness, sadness or otherwise. It's just a really fun song and it accompanied by a trippy video featuring members of the band going through their lives with crazy special effects and such. I think my two favorite parts of the song are the guitar solo before the 2nd verse and at the very end when singer Tommy O'Dell yells "Lay Down" in the background. It's nothing but good for the first second to the last. It truly is a deserving #1 and I believe it will stand the test of time come next year.

Thanks for tuning in! I'll have a recap whipped together in a few days including my favorite albums and other musical nuggets. Hope to see you then!

Title: Lay Down
Artist: DMA's
Album:Hills End

Previous #1s

2015: Purity Ring - Heartsigh
2014: Cadets - A Drop In The Ocean
2013: Surfer Blood - Demon Dance
2012: Fun. - Some Nights
2011: Young The Giant - My Body
2010: Hockey - Song Away
2009: Morrissey - I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris