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A New Journey…

So, where do I truly begin? 

First up….hey, everybody! 

Allow myself to, um, introduce myself…..my name is Patrick DeMarco, creative director of this here Philly Mixtape business. Or as I like to say…I’m an an out-and-proud 10 year Philly transplant from good ol’ Bucks County (hi, Mom!) who just really, really, really likes to dish about music and entertainment happenings and shenanigans. 

And at this very moment in dear, sweet precious time…….I want to thank you, for giving me time to breathe, like a rock, you’ve waited so patiently..oh, wait, hold up, let me pause Ms, Aguilera.

Okay, there we go….

…so, thank you, thank you, thank you. 

Whether you’ve followed Philly Mixtape since that very first Instagram post when it was just an airborne thought with a picture of the glorious Philly skyline attached, or you’ve jumped on board this crazy ass ride as the blog has been (somehow!) moving along these past few years….you better press play on some Toni Braxton because it all truly means the world to me. 

And of course…whether you’ve truly gone out of your distance (don’t y’all have jobs?) to block Philly Mixtape from your existence, or you’ve wanted to give someone a Regina George inspired punch-in-the-face because there goes…yet…another….article….I know, right? 

Thank you.

As long I’m evoking some kind of emotion from this here pile of stuff, then it feels like I’m doing my job….and I can’t wait to keep the volume going up…

…..earplugs, perhaps? 

However, there’s a very, very special place in my Mariah lovin’ heart for those of you out there who may know me from my Philadelphia Magazine days where I began my journey five years ago as a former DJ-turned-writer at its sister publications, G Philly and Ticket.

Just to clutch my career pearls for a moment…Mr. Middleton…thank for you not only being so patient with me as you truly taught me right, but also how to write, and for understanding my crazy brain when it was time (and wildly relevant) to hand out the 2013 Miley Cyrus inspired Twerk Awards…one of our proudest collaborations. 

In fact, it was from those little, whacky ideas that a year in at Philly Mag I got this weird and (hopefully) wonderful idea (channeling Barbara Walters)….why not start up a blog that not only features local and legendary entertainment, but a touch of mainstream music love as well!

While Ms. Fergie Ferg was right in saying that this industry can be ice cold and ridiculously shade-y (to my fellow creative underdogs…they’re comin..but don’t you ever, ever give up…ever), but this ride that nothing could have prepared my existence for has been nothing but spectacular and at every corner insanely surreal. 

But now it’s time to unveil some crazy plans that I truly hope will turn my creative baby (they grow up so fast!) into a top-notch, five-day-a-week online entertainment publication over this next wave of crazy thoughts….eek! 

However, as long as returning favorites like 5 Reasons Why–make that–6 Reasons Why, Rewerk Wednesday (shout out to ALL of my fellow DJs) and last, but never, ever least…Forgot About Friday (oh, how my creative loins have missed you so) will be working it out for all of us, then I’d say we’re off to a rockin’ start….

….and when it comes to your weekly local and legendary entertainment groove, I’m happy to say that it will now be served up seven days a week with not one, but two slaying editions…so slide those events on over, kids!  

We also have to show some love to the new guy on the weekly block…..#TBT….and let’s just say I’ll be on the prowl for some kick-ass guest writers to help throw it back for all of us very soon….

…..to all of the fabulous Philly entertainment venues out there…..that monthly venue spotlight is about to shine brighter than Ms. RiRi’s diamonds and I look forward to calling on each and every one as this new journey steps along, so we can ALL truly showcase the different local entertainment havens that this great city has to offer for everyone from all walks all of life… 

…..and because you take pride in thinking that you might have been the one responsible for starting the Kimmel Center website crash when tickets for Hamilton went on sale, you can always expect a monthly dose of that #PhillyLovesBroadway love right here on Philly Mixtape. 

But perhaps the part I’m most personally excited about is the greater purpose that all of the mumbo jumbo you’ve just read comes with….

………so if you don’t mind, I would just like to break some shit down Ariana-style for a quick moment..

……..because for me, a beaming light has (finally!) arrived with this new journey and indeed…it’s beginning to give back everything that the darkness stole….one glorious day-at-a-time. 

As someone who just recently began a new walk of life after years of darkness plagued my core to the point where the disconnect from the world became excruciatingly unbearable, the recent day that I made the connection to begin a journey of reinvented mental health…was the day I got my life back. 

Or, should I say, it was the day that I felt like I truly just got home. 

While this new strut has certainly not been easy, with the process of recovery being even harder, I look forward to using my platform to spill about it all, because recovering from anything and starting anew is never, ever easy for anyone….no matter who you are.

But when we’re all in it fighting and pushing through this thing that you call life together, it makes it all that much easier. 

And I oh, so strongly encourage anyone who may be fighting this fight (you’re also never alone) that there are a lot of options out there for you to check out…and it may be the greatest thing you’ve ever done for your general state of well-being. 

I’m also happy to say that this new journey has inspired a new staple column that’s certainly been infused by the legendary Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Because whether you’re walking the dog/cat, shopping at the Ack-a-me, just kickin’ it at the crib, or just having one of those days (calling…Jagged Little Pill), there’s a song for….all of it

Because at the end of day, a big ol’ slice of life along with a feast of music and a tea about entertainment is best enjoyed and served among great friends….and that’s just what we’re going to do. 

Just one last sip….to all of the incredible actors, actresses, drag queens, drag kings, divas, DJs, performance artists, songwriters, musicians, singers, chanteuses, dancers, instrumentalists and of course, DJ Jazzy Jeff, thank you for not only making spilling tea a true art form in the Philly Mixtape world, but for continuing to be an inspiration to everyone. Come back and break mugs anytime! 

Okay….so, here we go now…let’s all get busy and holy shit…do I have a lot of work to do…and I truly can’t wait. 

Thank you again to you all and please, please continue to be simply the best in your path as if your name is Ms. Tina Turner….because, why wouldn’t you? 

No further statements…for now. 

Patrick