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MMROC Artist & Designer

Christina Meyer

As the artist, owner, and sole creator of the graphic design studio,¬†BLUE ALIEN DESIGN, Christina's the newest member of the Metal Mayhem ROC Team. She‚Äôs the creative mind behind the design and creation of Metal Mayhem Roc‚Äôs new logo, as well as the new¬†look of¬†our ¬†metalmayhemroc.com¬†¬†website. Christina¬†teamed up with Jon ‚Äúthe Vernomatic‚ÄĚ Verno to¬†give MMROC a bold new look across all of our many platforms and listening services. "We have new ideas for some great new MMROC promotional gear, also!"¬† To see more of Christina‚Äôs artwork check out her business page at:

BlueAlienDesign.com

www.facebook.com/mybluealiendesign  

Born and raised in Penfield, New York, a suburb of Rochester,¬†Christina's been a true Metal Head from childhood.¬†She attended high school with team members, Jon ‚ÄúVernomatic‚ÄĚ Verno, Bill ‚Äúthe Rager‚ÄĚ, and ‚ÄúSouthern Cal" back in the 1980‚Äôs. Christina remembers the earliest days of the Metal Mayhem radio show when it was just ‚ÄúCheech & Vern‚ÄĚ covering the metal scene for a few hours every Friday night on a local public broadcast station, circa 1985. She says, ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs absolutely amazing to me how far MMROC has come and how big it has all gotten."

 

WHY ARE YOU A METALHEAD FOR LIFE?

I have always felt that Metal accurately expresses my ambition, determination, and hard core attitude for life. As an artist, music inspires the hell out of me, and I can’t help but notice the similarities between visual art and music. Both are forms of art, the only difference being in the way we physically interact with them. Music has always inspired some of my greatest works of art, and I’ve even named several of my artworks after the songs that inspired them. My music tastes have morphed through the years from plain old Heavy Metal in my early years, to Grunge Metal, and even Industrial Metal. However, these days I find myself loving female fronted Death Metal bands such as Arch Enemy and Jinjer.

 

WHO ARE YOUR MT. RUSHMORE OF BANDS?

Bands:  While growing up hard core, worshipping the likes of Iron Maiden, Metallica, and Pantera, I have grown to love Tool for their incredible talent (Danny Carey), and most of all, Alice In Chains in my more mature age. Layne Staley’s voice and song writing bring tears to my eyes every time I listen. I can relate to all of it quite literally. I think this is because Layne and I have battled the same demon. I've been very fortunate to come out of that battle with my life intact, whereas my dear friend Layne was not that fortunate. (RIP, Layne)

Songs:¬†¬†Without a shadow of doubt,¬†‚ÄúNutshell‚Ä̬†by¬†Alice In Chains! I cannot even think of another song that so clearly relates to how I feel quite often. Unknown Secret: I¬†actually cry a little every time I see Alice In Chains performing ‚ÄúNutshell‚ÄĚ live & unplugged with the late great, Layne Staley.

 

WHAT ARE YOUR MT. RUSHMORE OF SHOWS?

1982: My fist concert ever! Judas Priest & Iron Maiden together doing the "Screaming for Vengence" and "Number of the Beast" tour, at the Rochester War Memorial.

1994:¬†Pantera,¬†Far Beyond Driven tour, with openers¬†Sepultura¬†&¬†Biohazard, at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. This was the greatest show of my life! because I actually made it up onstage while Pantera was performing! All thanks to a ‚Äúmomentary lapse in security‚ÄĚ caused by Phil Anselmo. LOL. I walked right over to my favorite Pantera band member, and got a bigtime ‚Äúbro-hug‚ÄĚ from none other than Phillip Anselmo himself! Hell yes!¬†ūü§ė

1994: Soundgarden, Superunknown Tour, at the Rochester War Memorial. I have always loved Chris Cornell and I personally believe he was one of the most talent musicians I have ever been fortunate enough to see live in concert.

 

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT METAL MAYHEM ROC?

Metal Mayhem ROC, formerly ‚ÄúMetal Mayhem‚ÄĚ was a staple of my childhood growing up in Penfield, New York. As the majority of us team members all grew up together. I always loved calling ‚ÄúVernomatic‚ÄĚ on Friday nights trying to get a dedication song played on the show so I could hear my own name on the radio. That was so cool! Today, Metal Mayhem ROC has grown into a well-known podcast, radio show, and YouTube channel, always covering our favorite bands and staying true to metal heads everywhere. When I was asked to do some artwork and updates to the brand, I was absolutely honored, and extremely grateful to be reunited with my childhood pals. I only hope I can give the show what it deserves, and that‚Äôs a brand image that‚Äôs as cool as the fans who keep this all going! Rock On!

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