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The Ex Man Podcast Ep. 65 – Tom Bejgrowicz (ex-A&R for Century Media, Graphic Designer)

Doc speaks with Tom Bejgrowicz, also known as Tom B, the guy who originally signed God Forbid to a record deal with Century Media records, about getting started in the music industry with Caroline Distribution and working bands like The Misfits, what he originally saw in God Forbid that made him want to sign the band, his obsessive passion that saw bounce between an A&R career and his life as a graphic designer, helping found the genre and coining the term “New Wave of American Heavy Metal”, and his recent work as a graphic design, teacher, and starting Unbuilt Magazine with Randy Blythe and Alex Skolnick.

This episode features the song “Chains” by Davola from the album Inherent and the song “Amendment” by God Forbid from the album Reject The Sickness.

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The Ex Man Podcast Ep. 60 – Steve Joh (A&R for Prosthetic Records, Ex-Century Media)

Doc speaks with Prosthetic Records A&R guy, Steve Joh, about getting started in the music industry working at Caroline Distribution, getting hired by Century Media to run Noise Records, eventually taking over the A&R job at Century Media, explains what an A&R person actually does, the enthusiasm of the early years at CM, leaving the label and touring with God Forbid, his thoughts on the changing music industry, leaving CM to to join Prosthetic Records, and gives some thoughts on God Forbid’s career shortfalls.

This episode features the song “The Huntress” by The Iron Gates from the EP The Story Thus Far.

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The Ex Man Podcast Ep. 07 – Mike Gitter (A&R for Century Media Records, ex-Roadrunner, Atlantic)

Doc vents about the holiday blues, and speaks with Century Media A&R guy, Mike Gitter, about his start as a journalist in the early punk and hardcore scene, his time in the major label world at Atlantic records, the process of making records with bands, his legacy at Roadrunner Records and working with bands like Killswitch Engage, Glassjaw, and Ill Nino, and reveals what he looks for in upcoming bands.

This episode features the song “Calculating Fate” from Death I Am and a live version of “Numbered Days” from KiIlswitch Engage.

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In Memoriam – A God Forbid Retrospective

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It’s only been a week since we closed the door on God Forbid, but with so much outpouring of affection, sharing of memories, disclosures of sadness bordering on mourning from friends, fans, fellow compatriots in the music industry, and my own reflections burrowing their way from my subconscious to the surface, I thought I should share some of my thoughts about what kind of legacy we left.

In all honesty, it feels silly to use a word like legacy when talking about my own band, but I was actually having some sentimental feelings about the musical catalog God Forbid has amassed when I was preparing for the last couple shows we did, before I decided to leave the group. I was practicing a few songs I hadn’t played in a while, and in that time, I started listening back to some songs and albums I hadn’t heard to in quite some time. And in that moment, I felt a deep sense of pride and accomplishment. For perhaps the first time, I heard a distinct sound that permeated from our first album to our last. Although that sound had evolved over time and become more nuanced and composed and lost some of it’s teeth, much of the feel was there. The groove was consistent. Dynamics always played a part. Darkness and melody persisted and coexisted. The words spoke about pushing through and striving for better.

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THE TIMES, THEY ARE A CHANGIN’ (Posted Oct. 5th 2011 on Metalsucks.net)

Singularity

There seems to be a firestorm in the metal world regarding the state of the industry, Spotify, illegal downloading, and the philosophical struggle between capitalism and artistic integrity. Lines have been drawn in the sand and it’s getting fucking personal. I have remained rather silent on the sidelines but all of this action has inspired me to enter the fray.

But I’d like to approach this discussion from a different angle than the one that has been taken thus far – one which deals with some issues that are beyond music. Perhaps you could call it a political discussion, or a cultural discussion, or even a philosophical discussion. I want to talk about the idea of ownership, and what exactly that means in our modern, western paradigm, which is one rooted in competition-based capitalism.

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