Richard J. Nardo

Freelance writer

Long Beach, NY

Richard J. Nardo

Freelance Sports, Music, Digital Marketing, Food & Lifestyle Writer.


24West Case Study: Mutemath Embark On Arena Tour Opening for Twenty One Pilots!

2016 was a monster of a year for Mutemath, one of the most revered bands in the word of progressive indie rock. Mutemath has always been known for their dynamic and innovative live shows. The band started 2016 on a successful national headlining tour that very much lived up to that reputation. Once that run had wrapped, the band moved on to a support role on Twenty One Pilots’ Emotional Roadshow arena tour. 24West developed a digital marketing strategy around these dates aimed at capturing 21P’s fanbase, a lot of whom were being exposed to Mutemath for the first time.

When Will Then Be Now? 3 Music Tech Trends in 2017

[Editors Note: This blog was written by Rich Nardo. Rich is a freelance writer and editor, and is the co-founder of 24West a full-service creative agency focusing on music and tech.] As we’ve all grown accustomed to over the past decade, the music industry we will come to know over the next 300 some odd days will look very different than the year we just bid farewell to.

Engagement: Myspace’s Real Legacy for Indie Bands

[Editors Note: This blog was written by Rich Nardo. Rich is a freelance writer and editor, and is the co-founder of 24West a full-service creative agency focusing on music and tech.] I came of age in the world of independent music at a time when the key to launching a new band was a successful Myspace page. Link to Story

Lincoln "Smokey Eyes"

I've been a big fan of I Surrender Records for years, so it comes as no surprise that "Smokey Eyes", the first single from their latest signee, Lincoln, has been on repeat for the past few days. The 19-year-old Cincinnati-native has created an angst-riddled, alt-rock anthem anchored by churning guitars, driving percussion and a massive hook.
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Hayes Peebles - Ghosts

Very few things can offer the sort of solace on a cold day that a slow pour of whiskey can. From the moment it hits your lips, you can track the warmth as it traverses down your throat and finds a home in your belly. Suddenly, you're perfectly comfortable despite the plunging temperatures. The song starts off largely around an easy-going acoustic guitar riff and sparse bass and ambiance.
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10 F*cking Awesome People I Only Know About Because Of The Joe Rogan Podcast

Rickson Gracie is one of the greatest names in the history of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In addition to his revolutionary impact on BJJ, Rickson is also a dedicated yogi and surfer. If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend checking out “Choke”, a great documentary about his life. Mike Baker is a retired covert field operations officer in the CIA…translation he was a real life spy.
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How To Get Writers to Actually Open Your Emails

[Editors Note: This blog was written by Rich Nardo. Rich is a freelance writer and editor, and is the co-founder of 24West, a full-service creative agency focusing on music and tech.] It’s often said that the internet and home recording has made it possible for anyone to explore their creative side musically.
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Does Your New Band REALLY Need A Facebook Page? And If Not Where Should Your Efforts Go?

Ah, I remember it like it was yesterday...November 7th, 2007. That fateful day when “Facebook Pages” became a thing and, seemingly overnight, caused the final death rattle of Myspace’s relevancy for bands. In the almost decade since, having a strong presence on Facebook has become arguably the most important aspect of an artist’s online presence.

Is Diversity the Key to Success In The Current Music Industry?

The shrinking financial opportunities in the music industries have been dwindling long enough that it is no longer newsworthy. What’s important now is finding the answer to the question “How can music business professionals (and artists) survive the age of streaming and consumer A.D.D”? Over the past few months we’ve seen a lot of articles come out that seem to focus on whether or not streaming can save the music industry.

How To Tell If You Had A Successful SXSW

Every year I make my way down to Austin for SXSW with a definitive ‘To Do’ list. This list includes people I need to meet with, bands I need to check out and new technologies and application in the music world that I need to familiarize myself with. By Thursday about 94% of these goals seem to go out the window and I settle into just trying to preserve enough positive connections and gained knowledge to warrant having spent money to go down in the first place.

Say Anything - Promoter Bio

Over the twelve years since the release of ...Is A Real Boy, Max Bemis, the man behind Say Anything, has developed into a revered and mythical character in the alt-rock world. Over the course of releasing four progressive and fan-beloved records, Max has swayed in many different creative directions, but has always maintained a central core based on the band’s ethos of “Do Better. Be Better. Or at least have the hope that better exists for you”. Two years after the release of Hebrews, arguably Max’s most ambitious and critically-acclaimed album to-date, and accompanying tours with The Front Bottoms and Modern Baseball, Say Anything have returned with the surprise release of I Don’t Think It Is (Equal Vision Records). The decision to release the record as a surprise came from Max’s admiration for artists like Beyonce and Kanye West whose unique release methods are rarely seen in the rock world. As Max puts it, he had become a bit weary of doing the same song and dance leading up to the actual end-game, people actually listening to something”...
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It’s Not A Sad Occasion for Coach Coughlin…But It Is For The Rest Of Us.

Tom Coughlin was born on August 31st, 1946..ten days before my father. Both men fit the archetype of the driven, stoic patriarch that inspires those around them to be their best self. Both are able to be compassionate and genuine while still encouraging you to be tough and disciplined. Finally, not a bad word (that I know of) seems to be spoken by anyone who has had the chance to really get to know either of them.
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Richard J. Nardo

I have a diverse background covering the topics of sports, music, digital marketing, food & lifestyle as well as writing for business purposes (bios, press releases, mission statements, brand overviews, newsletters, proposals and copywriting for social media posts and advertisements). You can view my portfolio at

Business Writing Clients Include: Votiv, El Camino Media, Big3 Records, AAM Artist Management, Trigger Marketing + Management, APSPDR+, Merrifield Records, Baltimore School of Music, Young Buffalo, Fit For Rivals, PLS PLS, Vinny Vegas, Stein Sang, RPM MSC GRP, Mono Music Group, Master Shortie, Say Say

Pubications I've Contributed to: Linkedin Pulse, Hypebot, Buzzfeed, Pop Break, Big Blue United,,, The Brooklyn Game, New York Noise,, &

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