Imagination… its limits are only those of the mind itself. – Rod Serling
As far back as she can remember, music and art have been enormous influences in Gail Flug’s life. During her childhood her paintings, photography and writing revolved around musicians she enjoyed, and she turned a hobby into a lifestyle early on. She began by writing a “music news” column for her junior high school newspaper and included original concert photographs of Queen and Cheap Trick in her Regents Art portfolio. It was only natural that this New York native would combine these passions into a career.
While in college, Gail dove into the music industry as an intern at WBAB, a well-known rock station on Long Island. Her experience with radio and journalism landed her a job at CMJ as their first Hard Rock editor. In the years to follow, she was employed in various facets of the industry including promotion, retail, publicity, marketing and management with continued commitments to freelance projects. Gail co-produced Fingers Metal Shop, a renowned show which ran for 20 years on WBAB, as well as compiled their weekly news segment, and she was often heard on the air. She also became a respected, internationally known journalist with articles, reviews and columns published in various consumer, trade and on-line outlets including RAW, Hit Parader, Creem, FMQB, Rip, Faces, Metal Hammer and Metal Maniacs, among others. Many of these contributions included her own photography – a talent which she developed since getting her first Nikon at age 13 – giving her professional another area to work with. A sample of her work can be found within the CD booklet of Visions Of Eden by Virgin Steele. Her liner notes credits include Five Man Acoustical Jam by Tesla and In The Beginning by Angel.
While working in marketing during the last decade, Gail applied her interest in art and advertising to newly acquired computer graphic design skills. Now as a triple threat, she can not only write a feature article or copy for an advertisement, she can provide the photographs and create the layout as well. During the ’00s she had a monthly column in Metal Edge in addition to contributing features and reviews to Cat Fancy, Goldmine, KNAC and Amazon. Gail is always thinking of innovative ways to bring her current project to the public, be it an interesting article, marketing for a band’s new album or an attention grabbing headline or concept for a client’s ad.
Another key to Gail’s success is her versatility. Her eclectic taste in music and pop culture, coupled with a knack for remembering interesting facts no matter how trivial, has allowed her to cover assignments across rock subgenres. She feels equally as comfortable writing about classic rock bands such as Foreigner and Peter Frampton as well as hard rock like Bon Jovi and Poison and the heaviest metal like Slayer and Megadeth. She appeared with Metallica during their first ever MTV appearance, has worked as a journalist and publicist and has lost count the number of times she has seen personal favorites like Dio and Iron Maiden in concert.
Gail’s latest venture is a blog called Veggies Rock, a project merging her journalism and photography experience with her design capabilities, coupled with her passion for music, vegetarian lifestyle and love for animals. She is already plotting imaginative and inspiring stories to give it the broadest audience possible.