Into the what now..?
Who are we and why do we matter?
Into the Hill is a community of creators developing audio, video and written content for the web in order to draw attention to original, compelling art, especially music and film.
In other words…
Into the Hill is a creative community with a passion for the arts, especially music and film. We are writers, music producers, filmmakers and graphic designers with a shared vision: to draw attention to compelling, excellent, original art. Therefore, we hope to explore - in a contemplative, imaginative fashion - what exactly makes good art and how one ought to go about properly experiencing, critiquing and examining said art.
Thus, Intothehill.com is the record of our journey - and we hopes yours, as well - through the ever-evolving landscape of independent music and film.
What is it that sets Intothehill.com apart from other music and film websites and blogs?
First, we are a community of artists. Intothehill.com is more than a blog, online magazine, or source for industry news. It is that and more. This website is a record of the work and discoveries of a particular community of creators, and as such represents our particular tastes and perspectives. We are not journalists seeking objectivity. Nor are we industry insiders with an agenda to push. We are music and film lovers just like you, drawing attention to art and artists we love and hope you will too.
Second, we are creators. We have participated in the art forms we write about and document. This means that you, the reader, get more than stale reports of what’s happening in the music and film world. From podcasts to videos to free original recordings we offer creations that not only expose you to great artists but also maintain their own artistic merit.
Finally, we offer highly original, regular content. In addition to album reviews and industry news, we give you regular features that introduce you to artists on an intimate level, as well as explore music and film from an intellectual, spiritual and artistic perspective. These are more than blurbs about the latest albums and artists to which you should be made privy. They are explorations of the power of music and film to confront and challenge who we are.
So, what content can you expect?
THE HILL SESSIONS:
This is the backbone of intothehill.com. Into the Hill searches for talented artists and invites them to record a live audio and video “Hill Session.” These are the artists as they actually sound, accompanied by a unique visual experience.
As music lovers, we know that you want to get to know an artist before you lay down the cash to download an album. That’s why we provide a free e.p. of the artist with each Hill Session. This is totally original content available only at intothehill.com, created specifically for our website. Consider this our little “thank you” for stopping by. Maybe you’ll fall in love with these artists the way we have and will in turn support them by going to their shows or buying their music. If that happens, we know we’ve served both the artist and the listener.
Featuring a wide variety of artists and genres, Into the Hill reviews focus on the way that a particular band or artist fits into the current landscape of modern music as well as the aesthetic merits of their work. We want to point you towards quality independent art by quality artists, as well as exploring the work of already established musicians.
Including both print and audio interviews, hear it straight from the artists themselves. Learn how and why they create the art they do.
A monthly (or more) column written by resident senior contributing writer, T Clair, Miracle Valley is dedicated to exploring and critiquing the ideas, images, and beliefs that makes up our modern ethos. Primarily concerned with the arts, this often humorous feature also discusses politics, pop culture, and famous dead people.
Our resident movie expert, David Kern, and other contributing writers offer their take on film. Sometimes they discuss the latest news or movies that have grabbed the attention of independent film lovers. Other times they explore the power of film through critical essays that treat this often under-appreciated art form with a scholarly flair. Regardless, the reader will walk away with a fresh appreciation of the relentless grip that film holds on our collective conscious.
ETHOS R NEWSWORTHY:
Penned by Into the Hill Senior Contributing Writer, Mr. Riley Miller, but under the uber-appropriate pseudonym Ethos R. Newsworthy, this feature is a sometimes serious, sometimes satirical examination of the important pieces of news and information that dominate the ( mostly artistic) world. We are all consumers each day of vast amounts of information and knowledge, some worthwhile, much of it not. It is up to each of us, in our own way, to learn discernment and discretion when wading through the mire of modern (and yes, postmodern) culture.
RULED LINE SEQUENTIAL:
Resident artist and Senior Contributing Writer, T. Clair (otherwise known as Tyler Smith), will be sharing his talent and love for comics. You know, that great American art form: from Calvin and Hobbes to Charlie Brown to Far Side, you grew up with them and grew up because of them and sometimes imitated them. We here at Into the Hill say enough is enough! Time for the comic to return to its former satirical, poetic, undeniable glory!
To that end, T. Clair will be offering his own comic cartoons, generally art themed, generally mean as a hungry bear, generally laugh out loud hysterical.
THE BEST OF:
You know? As in, best films of the last year, best albums, best songs by a band, best guitar solos. Yeah, lists. Lots of them.
- Letters to the Zeitgeist:
Commentary from art critics on the artistic zeitgeist in which we live. Interested in the history of American arts, the way influence is important in the development of artistic genres, and the way in which the average person is effected by the various artisitc mediums.
- Letters from the Road:
Just what it says. Musings and thoughts from artists as they perform on the road. Ever wondered what it would be like to live your life from a tour bus? Well, now you can find out.
Free music. Original videos. Intimate chats with your new favorite musicians. In-depth analysis of cutting edge film and music.
This is the record of our journey.
Consider this your official invitation.
Better yet, grab your pack and journey with us.
It’s a great view from The Hill.
The Into the Hill Team