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The Maker Issue
The Rose City is full of boutique manufacturers—from guitars, pedals, amps, cables and microphones to innovative technology that’s breaking barriers. In issue #18, meet your local instrument and gear makers who fuel our music scene and economy.
We also hear new music from soul legend Ural Thomas alongside rising talents Donte Thomas, Maarquii and May Arden, explore several local record labels to watch, and learn how to sell merch.
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From The Editor
You Gotta Fight For Your RightChris Young - Oct 18, 2018
Calling all musicians and makers, "Let’s stand together as a united group," says Larry Crane of Jackpot! Recording Studio. Now is our time to disrupt our city’s development in a meaningful way...
How to Sell Your MerchChris Young - Oct 12, 2018
Get Paid! is our new panel series with MusicPortland and J-Fell Presents. Our first quarterly session is all about creating, marketing and selling your merch. Come to the Doug Fir on November 4...
Portraits of Portland Music
The Color of SoundAndrea Janda - Nov 15, 2018
Myles de Bastion of CymaSpace and Audiolux Devices lights the way for inclusive encounters with music through his groundbreaking technology.
The Portland Playlist
The Portland Playlist: Ural ThomasChris Young - Oct 12, 2018
It’s time for Ural Thomas to spread love and bring The Pain—he shares the songs that inspire his music, plus a couple that he just can’t live without. Listen to his playlist now!
Vortex MarketplacePortland and Oregon's vibrant music scene is supported by a bevy of local businesses and artists who value music in our community. The following supporters of Vortex Music Magazine play a vital role in encouraging, enabling and cultivating the music that circulates through the veins and culture...