MEET THE TEAM THAT MAKES VISCERAL HAPPEN.
Hello hello I’m Ali! I started Visceral on a whim on my parent’s kitchen table in the summer of 2019, trying to connect real people with real stories and a mutual love for music. I have recently graduated Uni and balance my time between presenting shows at the Science Museum, making coffee and Forrest Gumping the anxiety away. My musical journey started with the UK Top 40 at age 10 and is now a little bit more varied thanks to the influence of wonderful people throughout my life. I want Visceral to be an interface for encouraging this sharing and collaboration to shape people’s sonic stories.
Hi I’m Rachel, currently isolating back home with my brother @alisdairgrice at our family home in Reading. Outside of Visceral, I’m about two-thirds of the way through a Master’s in politics and history in London. In sixth form I was in an all-girl rock band, and I am still forever chasing that high. I love live music and festivals (growing up in Reading definitely helped that), and have always enjoyed playing music, be it piano, (very poor) bass, or singing in rogue church and school choirs.
Hi! I’m Alistair, 23, and currently isolating back home in rural Surrey. I live and work in London, doing PR for a whole host of brands. I love collecting records, discovering new music and regularly go to gigs and festivals (I’ve worked at @greenmanfest for nearly 5 years now and have pretty much recommended it to everyone I’ve met).
Hi! I’m Gayath, a 28 year-old living in South London. I became part of the Visceral team earlier this year and I’m loving every minute of it. Music played a big part in my childhood which continued into my adult years. I played a few instruments growing up (badly) and continue to play guitar and bass (still badly). My music taste has changed over the years but one thing is for sure, I love great music in any format. I hope you guys enjoy the great content we’ll be putting out!
Hi, I’m George, a 22 year old Biomedical Science graduate from Oxfordshire, currently working as a lab assistant. My main musical interests lie in the world of rock, metal and hardcore but i’m also partial to a bit of pop and electronic music. Going to shows and mixing with London’s vibrant hardcore scene is by far my favourite pastime (something that I am sorely missing in the current global climate).
Hi! I’m Jack, 22, and working at a pub (beer, you are sorely missed) in Reading. I’ve spent the last three years at Birmingham Uni. The city exposed me to a whole stack of new music, and a new side to the stuff I already knew. If we’re talking music, expect the whole range: hip-hop, dance, soul, jazz, pop. I love a good beer (see figure 1.), good food, and a good book.
Hi I’m Jonny, I’m 21, just about finishing up my History degree in London. I’ve been playing flute for 14 years, guitar for 9 years, going to gigs and festivals for 8 years, collecting records for 5 years, doing a monthly Spotify playlist for 4 ½ years, did student radio for 2 years in first and second year, learning sax for 3 years, writing music blogs for 2 years, learning bass for 10 months and writing for Visceral for 3 weeks. Please indulge me as I continue to spend way too much of my time on musical exploits.
I’m Philippa, an English Literature grad who has recently made London my home. Finding new music was a way of creating a soundtrack for my transition from University to real (?!) life, and over the past few months my musical world has been expanded through exploring small gigs in London pubs by up and coming artists – an exhilarating and hedonistic experience I can’t wait to resume. I’m currently working for a charity and love running, reading, and a big slice of cake.
I’m an English graduate and my main interests are writing and cinema. Like everyone else on the team, music is a pretty fundamental part of my day to day life, and I’ll often find myself up late at night down a Spotify rabbit hole discovering artists. I love collecting records, and I’m starting to run out of space. Outside of Visceral, I’m interning at a film advertising agency.
Paramedic by day (and sometimes night) I have a bit of a different background to the rest of the crew hence why you may not have heard from me recently. I grew up around music with my dad constantly playing one thing or another, from Bruce Springsteen to Snoop Dogg which has given me a massively varied music taste.
Hip-Hop is where my obsession for music started. Honestly, it began with my fascination with the life and death of Tupac Shakur. So many questions. What sparked the East coast West coast beef? Who murdered Tupac and Biggie? How did the genre even get here and what was their influence? A whole lifetime couldn’t answer these questions, that’s the beauty of it. Being a fan of music leads you down endless rabbit holes of discovery. Falling in love with a new artist is euphoric and finding a new sub-genre reminds me of Alice’s first steps into Wonderland.
Hi I’m Will, my brain is currently rotting due to Quarantine in South London. I graduated from the Uni of Notts in June and I’m currently interning at Cream Collective records. I grew up listening to my brothers’ 00’s emo/alternative music which I thankfully eventually grew out of (sorry, xD RaWR). Indie is my go-to genre but I’ve really branched out over the last decade and try and listen to as many genres as possible. I’ve played guitar for the last 11 years, Piano since I was 5 and I’ve only recently started writing for VISCERAL. I spend way too much of my time scrolling Spotify but now we’re stuck in self-isolation, I’m allowed to indulge myself so who really cares anymore.