My name is Michael D. Bell and since I remember, I’ve always loved music. When I was little, my parents used to play music while we drove to visit relatives. Elvis Presley, Bob Marley, and Frank Sinatra were the protagonists of those long music-filled trips.
Also, my mom used to sing me their songs with her tuned voice making me learn them with passion.
As I was growing up, my dad would share his vinyl albums with me, which he used to listen to when he started dating my mom. Bands like The Who, Led Zeppelin, Simon & Garfunkel, Black Sabbath, and David Bowie were some of the ones that caught my attention.
When I was 16, I went to my first concert with my dad. We saw Ronnie Davis. His passion for music was intact and seeing all the attendees singing the lyrics with him, made my admiration for the music and the sensations it produces to increase.
That night I became the number 1 fan of music and from that moment on, I started to attend any concert I could.
While I was studying music history and journalism, I managed to get an internship at one of Canada’s leading print magazines. However, as time passed, I noticed that fewer people bought the magazine because they preferred to read the articles and interviews online.
I realized that everything was changing, and it was no longer necessary to depend on a big important magazine to make a space for you in music journalism. I opened my blog, taking advantage of all I learned during the time I worked for the magazine and my college studies.
With my blog, I would have more freedom to write without anyone pressuring me about it. After meeting with several friends, Trench Town Oddities became a reality. A place where the passion for rock, metal, punk, and even reggae music is shared.