Not limited to just rock music, AltWire covers all genres of Alternative music including Alt-Rock, Alt-Pop, Indie, Electronic and even Alternative Hip-Hop. Our mission is to cover and bring attention to new artists outside the public radar, while also covering the fantastic artists you already know and love. Since 2013 we have been determined to bring you, our valued readers, strong interviews and content that digs deeper than most websites in our class. We hope you enjoy what we have to offer, and shall you have any questions about AltWire please do not hesitate to contact us.

Interested in submitting content or becoming a writer for AltWire? Send an email to [email protected], with a short introduction and two examples of your writing and we will be sure to follow-up with you as quickly as possible!



Ed Oswald
Ed Oswald was the co-creator of AltWire and father of founder/editor-in-chief Derek Oswald. Credited by his son as the inspiration to create AltWire, Ed enjoyed going to concerts and had a huge passion for Alice in Chains, Evanescence, Stone Temple Pilots, Chevelle and Linkin Park. During his time at AltWire, Ed helped conduct some of the site's current largest interviews, such as Anthrax, Flyleaf, Three Doors Down and more.

On April 10, 2016, Ed passed away from a sudden heart attack. He was 59. Ed remained a committed contributor to AltWire up until his death, and his impact on the site will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace, Ed.Rest In Peace, Ed.


Derek Oswald
Derek Oswald is the founder of multiple media outlets including Altwire and The Linkin Park Association ( He's spent the last 16 years involving himself in various areas of the music industry, and loves to create music, even if he isn't that good at it. Can be found binge watching Netflix, and repeatedly bypassing the 'are you still watching' prompt (seriously...why does that even exist)?
Brian Wells
Social Media Coordinator
Writer of news and novels, album reviews and artist profiles. A seasoned concert photographer who has lost the ability to attend a concert without bringing a camera.
Follow on TwitterFollow on Facebook
Samantha Warren
Press Coordinator
Professional napper. Comic con go-er. Storm chaser enthusiast (yes I really chase tornadoes). Chances are I'll pick naps over you, but if I like your band I'll go to your show!


Amanda Bourne
Amanda Bourne is a just and loyal Hogwarts alumna who (very much in Hufflepuff fashion) spends a majority of her days and nights working to save four-legged friends at an emergency vet hospital. When not in the hospital, Amanda spends her time at shows, hiking, traveling, singing, or taking photos of mundane things to appear brooding and artsy. She sadly has a very unfortunate addiction to potatoes and potato products and can often be found waist deep in a pool of tater tots. Although she much prefers the company of animals to humans, feel free to say hello if you spot her in the pit or on the lawn at a show in the Philadelphia area. We promise she doesn't bite! Really!
Jon Feineman
A world-weary digital wizard who spends his days adrift in an ocean of sound. Programmer by day, craft beer lover with an art degree by night. Sampling and cover song enthusiast. Beat junkie who will ride any synthwave head-on into a cosmic storm of doom metal and space rock. Beard enthusiast. Devout Saganist who may or may not be an incarnation of Odin. Pretentious drivel.
Joe Gagliano
Joe Gagliano is an electro-mechanical technician and Storm Spotter by day, Metaphysical Examiner/Paranormal Investigator/Eliminator by night. May or may not be a force wielder. Joe has earned a Masters in making inappropriate jokes with a minor in immaturity. Basically is living his life that would make his younger self proud. If you've made it this far, we applaud you and award 10 points to Gryffindor.
Follow on FacebookFollow on Twitter
Amanda Gail
Writer and photographer based out of Fort Worth, Texas. Lover of all things beautiful, with a music taste that cascades all over the board. In her spare time you can find her cuddling with her two dogs and binge-watching Supernatural. A girly-girl with a metal heart, and truly one of a kind.
Follow on FacebookFollow on Instagram
Jade Jewell
Jade is 28 and hails from Indiana. Though she was an English major in university, she still finds trouble speaking the language and is often found reading a book with her two chihuahuas. She is a self-proclaimed bad dancer, a body positive activist, and all around nerd.
Follow on Twitter
Omayra Lopez
Omayra is a Florida girl, mother of three, and visual artist sharing all things art, fun and the beautiful things in life. She firmly believes that one creates their own reality and applies that to her own life by marching to the beat of a different drum, using her camera as a tool for that purpose. Omayra is a jack of all trades and masters them all. When she's not behind of the camera, she's in front of it. Her experience as a model, helped her develop her eye as a photographer.
Liz Peña
Liz is a a Florida based music writer, model, and artist who has been surrounded by live music her entire life. Her favorite artists are Jimi Hendrix, Melanie Martinez, and Bayside. She has a passion for travel, the outdoors, and live music of all kinds.
Follow on TwitterFollow on Facebook
Abby Lynn Pierce
"Keep your feet on the ground, when your head's in the clouds" - Abby says these Paramore lyrics describe her and her lifestyle. She's always got her head in the clouds, her creative gears never stop turning and she's constantly seeking new adventure to capture though her camera lens.
Follow me on FacebookFollow me on Twitter
Erin Spencer
Metalhead from Northampton England, when not at college Erin can usually be found rooting around record stores, sewing or reading comics with her cat. She is a self proclaimed "low-key" Goth and loves all things spooky, however she is still fond of many things that are fun and colorful. Her guilty pleasures are RuPaul's Drag Race and WWE.
Sarah Spohn
Michigander who goes to concerts like it’s her job. Knows how to walk with a purpose and always enjoys a good press pass. Forever using one too many puns, Beatles references and inserting timeless Billy Madison jokes at inappropriate times.