The Team


Liam Rider

 Liam Rider

Liam Rider is an accomplished music journalist and musician from Kent, England. Liam founded Vita In Musica in early 2016.

He has a wealth of experience in music journalism, having written for a number of online publications, including Onslaught Radio. In addition, he also studied music journalism at West Kent College in Tonbridge in 2010.

When he is not writing, Liam is an avid photographer and videographer, contributing live gig photography, live videos and video interviews to ViM. He also offers his services as a freelance photographer for local and national bands.


 Alec Damiano

Alec Damiano is an award-winning alumna from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She has interviewed prominent musicians for The Blaze 1330 AM, such as Doro Pesch (Warlock, Doro), Rachel Bolan (Skid Row), and Jason Rainey (Sacred Reich). Her works have been featured on prominent metal news outlets like, as well as official band social media pages (King Diamond, Nervosa, Exmortus). In addition to contributing to Vita In Musica, Damiano also runs The Blog of Shredding and is the founder, bassist, and lead singer of metal band Varkan.

Her top five bands are: Queen, Megadeth, Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, and Iron Maiden. Her first rock concert was Queen + Paul Rodgers, and her first metal gig was Scorpions. In her spare time, she can be seen headbanging at underground thrash shows, often with a camera in hand.


 Mark Steele

Hi, I’m Mark Steele. I’m best described as a ‘noisy music enthusiast’. Such is my wide span of music that I’m into., became disillusioned with mainstream music in my mid teens. or more importantly dance music that was doing the rounds at the time. I was ‘converted’ by a couple of school friends when I discovered the likes of Metallica. Carcass. Obituary. Paradise Lost and Sepulture: and passed the ‘grand initiation’ when I went to my first gig. Which was Sepultura touring ‘Chaos AD’ with Paradise Lost promoting the ‘Icon’ album as support.

By default, I would say that I specialise in death and black metal genres. However, my taste is broad and covers such artists like Ozric Tentactles, Steve Hillage. Jimi Hendrix. Pink Floyd and Mike Oldfield – and at the darker end of the spectrum with the likes of Emperor, Burzum and Darkthrone. Not forgetting all the genres and subgenres inbetween – including dabbling into post punk. darkwave and trad goth styles too (Play Dead. Siouxsie and the Banshees. Clan Xymox. Xmal Deutschland to name but a few).


 Phoebe Messenger

1st gig: 30 Seconds To Mars (A long long time ago)

Bio: Deftones enthusiast and pessimist rambling on about music in the manner of an optimist wherever they let me! Most likely to be found on a train (amongst other forms of public transport) with my earphones in or lost somewhere in London attempting to locate a gig. Opinionated with no genre boundaries – if I was asked to review a musical I’d be buzzing.

5 favourite bands: Deftones, Pearl Jam, TesseracT, The Smiths, Foxing

 Matthew Brown

Hi there! I’m Matt, Late 20’s, Goth/Black Metal hybrid based in Edinburgh, Scotland with a taste for bourbon, headbanging and loud, loud tunage.
Music lover (I’ll listen to just about anything that takes my fancy) Mostly Metal and Industrial with a fair chunk of Punk and Alternative thrown in. I also like some of the more niche and nasty beepy and throbbing elements of Darkwave, EBM and Industrial. I like live music, growling vocals, loud guitars and long walks on the beach.

First (Proper) Gig: American Head Charge – Glasgow King Tut’s many moons ago. I’ve been going to small local gigs since I was old enough to get past security.
Favourite bands: The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, Judas Priest, Lola Angst, Satyricon, Sepultura and Miss Construction. At least that’s what I say when I’m forced to pick a few and by no means is an exhaustive list.