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Emily Viterelli

1. What first inspired you to create? and going forward with your creative outlet, what motivates you to keep up with it?

The energy and inclusiveness at hardcore/punk shows is mainly what inspired me to start creating and start shooting film photos at shows. Going to hardcore/punk shows helps me get out of my own head, be myself, and not worry about anything else. I wanted EVERYONE to know how badass this community of people is, and I felt like the best way to do that was to take photos of the bands I see and all the people I meet at the shows. Honestly, a lot of things motivate me to keep creating. Every time I develop a roll of film and see the photos I’ve taken, it just makes me want to take even more photos- especially when the bands I take photos of are stoked too! My friends also motivate me to keep creating.

2. What have you been up to during quarantine? Have you been creating more or less than before; and how has that impacted your sales?

During this whole quarantine I’ve been roller skating almost every day, and I’ve been working on my zine called “Safe In My Skin” which I’ll definitely be distributing at Fem-Fest when shows can happen again. I’ve been loving all this free time.

3. Out of all your releases, which of them holds the most meaning to you and why?

I definitely think my latest zine that I’ve been working on called “Safe In My Skin” holds the most meaning to me. (Trigger warning for the next sentence only) It holds the most meaning to me because being abused when I was younger has always made me feel extremely uncomfortable in my own skin, and being a part of the hardcore scene and creating art has helped me heal and become Safe in my Skin. I’ve made one zine before, and it was about The Chlorophyll Cave (a DIY spot here in SLO).

4. What does it mean to you to be a female creative in your field? How do you feel you are represented?

Being a female creative in the hardcore/punk community is awesome, but I feel like often times the shows are somewhat male-dominated, so it’s nice to have fem representation whether it’s me or some other girls in the pit or taking photographs.

5. What's your Go-To cereal?

One of my favorite cereals would have to be Recess Puffs. Chocolate and peanut butter is such a bomb combo and the cereal feels nostalgic to me cause I remember always eating it with my brother and sister when we were kids.

6. What have been some of your favorite music releases of 2020? Any artists readers should check out?

Gouge Away came out with two new songs this year that are SO good, and the lyrics really coincide with what’s going on in the world right now. One band that I think everyone needs to go listen to right now is G.L.O.S.S. (Girls Living Outside Society’s Shit). They’re my favorite band, and their lyrics mean so much to me. You can find them on Bandcamp or Spotify, seriously, go listen to them right now!

7. Anyone you'd like to promote and give some love to?

The 4 people I’d like to give a special mention to are Lou (@moonknows), Silas (@ko0l_dad), my sister Kyleigh (@shibbynibby), and Ruben Preciado (@rubennpreciado). They’re all such badass creators, and their art inspires me an insane amount.