Last week, running into Greg Alvarez from Audio Junkie at Churchill's Pub yielded us a handful of awesome, tiny homemade pins. They are the coolest little guys you could ever want to poke into a backpack or T-shirt or guitar strap. Designed by the brilliant minds over at Bleeding Palm, each displays the image of a bleeding ear.
Audio Junkie is a video journal that, according to its creators, "captures a culture immersed and obsessed with audio." The pins, like everything else about Audio Junkie, have a fun, smart aesthetic that is both not intimidating and actually cool.
Greg and his brother Eduardo work with Ron Gesualdo, shooting, booking, and editing each online program. They highlight talented artists from South Florida. "Every episode is a new experience for us, shaping and evolving what
Audio Junkie is for the viewers and us," Greg says. "So in a sense, it is our own twisted
surreal video journal."
The intro to each episode has a Twilight Zone, B-movie
You're entering a zone, the Audio Junkie zone. It's a collaborative
project. Greg says of those who support the production of each video,
"the handsome man that sometimes appears in
our intros is John Caignet from Jolt Radio. We also have Dashing Gabe
from the Gun Hoes, and Ricardo Trevino helping us with the audio
So far, Audio Junkie has produced seven videos featuring the
and interviews with quality musicians from Miami and Broward. "We wanted
to have some kind of document that would
show how vast and varied the Miami music scene is," Greg says of the
The bands don't
fit any one genre. They choose them based on intrigue, quality, and the
idea that the bands have something to say. "We are truly audio junkies, and seeking new sounds and ways of expression has always interested
us. For example, when we shot the Kenny Million and Rat Bastard episode,
we were totally ignorant as to what 'noise' was, and as soon as we
shot the episode, we immediately gained a new perspective and
appreciation of the art form."
Not only do the
brothers put out videos but they also perform as the Jellyfish
Brothers and put on genuine underground shows at their
warehouse/apartment space Suite 206. He says they "always loved the DIY
attitude and wanted to give people a different experience to the other
live venues in South Florida, something more intimate and impactful." People come out for the music, not just for flirting or partying.
The gatherings at Suite 206 have the same values and intent as the video series. Audio Junkie is doing what others only talk about: creating a real underground scene of existing bands in South Florida and bringing those bands to the world. It is homegrown, authentic, awesome in the most real sense of the word, unpretentious, and, most of all, musically delicious.
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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.