Seattle Music Insider was founded in 2009 by Greg Roth. SMI is an online magazine featuring news and information focusing on established and emerging artists who represent a variety of genres of music.
Greg, who is also serves as SMI’s Creative Director, is unique in the world of music journalism. Not only is he a multi-media journalist, he is also an accomplished musician. He also drives the creative look, feel and branding for SMI. His years of writing, arranging, and performing live music in a variety of genres inform his ability to communicate the message and the mechanics of music.
Founder Greg Roth hosts a weekly internet radio magazine show called SMI Radio. It features in-depth interviews and music from a variety of artists. SMI Radio streams on several internet radio stations and can be heard on multiple platforms, such as iTunes, SoundCloud, TuneIn Radio, Stitcher Radio, and Podcast Machine.
Roth interviews a wide variety of artists, from classic rockers and contemporary acts, to up-and-coming local bands. Roger Daltry (The Who), Lee Oskar (WAR), Alan White (Yes, Plastic Ono Band), Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson), Adrian Belew (Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Talking Heads, King Crimson) Thomas Dolby, Jeff Lynne (ELO, Traveling Wilburys) Urge Overkill, Blues Traveler, Wheedle’s Groove, Fitz and the Tantrums, Phantogram, Vicci Martinez, Allen Stone, Star Anna, Hot Bodies in Motion, Pickwick, Lemolo and Ivan & Alyosha are just a sampling of the artists he has spoken with. Roth is a fixture at events such as Bumbershoot, Synergia Northwest, Sasquatch, and Capitol Hill Block Party, providing a unique insider take to an otherwise public event. In 2009, Greg became a featured writer for the Seattle Examiner.com. (See his articles here.)
Roth appeared on KOMO News Radio in 2010 as a music correspondent for Bumbershoot, reporting the daily highlights. Currently, he hosts an internet radio show that can be heard weekly on NWCZ Radio and is available on iTunes, Soundcloud, TuneIn Radio and Stitcher Radio. In addition, Roth serves as co-host along with Levi Ware for Melodic Caring Project live streams and interviews. Roth’s work on SMI reflects his philosophy that music is the universal language, and builds community. He believes it has the power to unite people of every race, religion, gender, and persuasion. So come along for a trip inside Seattle’s astoundingly diverse music scene! Drink in the 360 degree coverage as Roth and his talented team brings you the inside stories of musicians and their art! As part of Seattle Music Insider, Greg Roth spotlights the best in local musicians and events, to serve the broader community through the power of music.
SMI has several contributors with various journalism and music backgrounds who cover artists appearing at various venues around the Northwest.
SMI’s content includes live reviews, record reviews, artist previews, artist and venue features, new music previews and live previews, as well as exclusive artist interviews. In addition, several photographers provide content for rich photo slideshows that accompany a majority of our live reviews.
Besides covering shows around the region, they have covered major Northwest festivals such as Bumbershoot, Sasquatch, Capitol Hill Block Party, Summer Metldown, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, Chinook Fest, Underwater Music Festival, 107.7 The End “Summer Camp” Central Washington State Fair, KISW Pain in Grass, and City Arts Fest.
SMI’s philosophy is that music builds community, and that music is the universal language. We believe it has the power to unite people of ever race, religion, gender, and persuasion.
It is our desire to provide rich digital content using a variety of mediums, and to be a valued resource to music lovers – not only in the Northwest – but around the world.
Seattlemusicinsider.com has readers in all 50 states of the U.S. and in over 18 countries.