Asst. Arts Editor
Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 18:07
My name is Felicia Hunt. I’m a senior at UB majoring in communication with the journalism certificate. I’ve been at The Spectrum since January 2012 as a staff writer and the fall semester will be my first swing at being an assistant arts editor.
How can I accurately describe myself and my life thus far? Well, the usual ups and downs of life are always present. This past year alone, my mom suffered a blood clot, I had intestinal issues, I’ve changed jobs and I’ve suffered with self-image issues. While life has been tough, it’s been rewarding as well.
I’m sitting here now in my new (really warm) apartment in Buffalo and I have an amazing boyfriend who wasn’t part of the whole ‘forever alone’ plan. How can I forget that I get to interview some of my favorite bands, too?
Deciding to write for The Spectrum was a process. I had heard horror stories about the workload and how students don’t always care for the paper. That’s why I decided to wait a year before joining. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my communication degree, but I kept telling myself, “Hey, at least I’m not an English major.”
My decision to become a writer at The Spectrum was largely influenced by the lead singer of one of my favorite bands.
It was the first show I went to in Buffalo. I didn’t know there was such a music scene in the area until my 15-year-old cousin begged me to go with her to this concert at a skate park named Xtreme Wheels. Now, I thought it was strange enough that a live music event was at an indoor skate park, but nothing prepared me for the people that I met at that first show.
They sported crazy-colored hair, painted-on skinny jeans and band shirts with incomprehensible writing scrawled out in blood. While I enjoyed listening to hardcore bands in my room, pretending that I could scream like some of my favorite front men, being in the environment was totally new to me.
That October night changed my life. I met local band My City, My Secret that night as well as other people in the Buffalo music scene whom I can call my best friends today. After metal core group Memphis May Fire played their set, they went to their merchandise table to meet the fans.
The band has achieved so much since then to where it’s difficult to meet them at their shows. I walked up to vocalist Matty Mullins and shook his hand. We took a picture together with my cousin and our two friends. As they took off screaming, I decided to have a quick chat with Matty. I wanted to know what inspired him and what his favorite part of playing on stage was.
He chuckled and answered the questions honestly. He said that the fans inspired him to never give up and to keep pushing forward whenever times were rough. He then proceeded to ask me if I was a music journalist. Matty Mullins had just pushed me onto a career path -- a risky one, but a path I knew I should chase.