Hello, So today The 405 celebrates its second birthday and I thought it would be a good opportunity to say a few words. Tonight we'll be celebrating our second year of life by throwing a massive party at Pure Groove. At some point tonight people will probably look to me to give some sort of speech and due to the fact that I hate spotlights being turned on me, I'll probably chicken out. So if you attend tonight and that is the case, please refer to this post. Everything that comes along with this website is exhausting, especially when you already have a full-time 'day job'. We receive hundred of emails a day, a ridiculous amount of promo's through the post every week and are constantly promoting some sort of event we're associated with or putting on. I'm 25 but at times I feel like I'm ageing at double time. It's stressful, time consuming and sometimes frustrating. That's one percent of the entire process. The other 99% is wonderful and I mean that in the truest sense of the word. Opening our inbox every day is an exciting process and it's humbling to think that people might care about what we say. It's a nice feeling. In terms of thanking people I'd like to start with all the people that come to the site. You put us down when you think we're wrong and pat us on our back when we get it right. I seriously can't thank you all enough. A super extra special thanks go to the people (like Duncan) that come by on a daily basis. It means a lot to us that you do. Secondly I'd like to thank the people that work for the site. We have a HUGE team working for us now but you all make things tick. There wouldn't be any content if it wasn't for all your hard work and enthusiasm. So thank you. You're my extended family. In terms of industry people, we have a lot to thank. I apologise If I miss your name out but my memory is pretty bad. Jack Alcopop (love that guy), Stagecoach (my brothers), Claire Lim, ABOF, Glasgow PodcART, Duke Raoul, Debbie Ball, John Rogers, Sebastian Reynolds, Kev BSM, Ben Winbolt-Lewis, Simon (Pure Groove), Bruce Hay, Dan Griffiths, Gillian Millian, Holly Appleton, TLOBF, Rich Thane, Jamie Summers, Ivano Maggiulli, Lauren Barley, Radar Maker team, Lisa Durrant, In House Press, Emma Charleston (ART!), Matt Brown, Zoe Miller, Adrian Reed, Rich Walker, Seth Hubbard, Tilly Kneale, Woody, Jack (EYOE), EYOE. That's just a small portion of the people that I should probably thank. A blanket thank you goes to all the bands we've put on too. Lastly, and this is very important to me, I'd like to thank Peter Roome and Rob Barwell. If it wasn't for those two and their hard work, we'd have a crap website. They designed and developed everything that you see right now. Their enthusiasm for this site makes them as an integral to this site as me or anyone else that works on the site. It's hard to really put into words just how grateful I am to you both and I can't wait to see the new site design in action. That's it (I promise). Hopefully see some of you tonight. I'll be the drunk in the corner. Oliver // The 405
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Will Slater would like to say something too... While contributing to The 405 I've approached certain people in the music industry for coverage opportunities and a few of them have been hugely welcoming. It's because of those people that we have had so many amazing opportunities for interviewing artists and reviewing unique shows. Those who stand out strongest for me would be Bedroom Community. I'd like to send a huge thanks to them for being so good to us and I've had some great experiences following their music. I've also worked closely with A Badge Of Friendship, who we owe gratitude for all their advice, support and offers for gig promotions. It would be a crime to leave out Stagecoach, our favourite band of all time and our extended family. They've been giving us shoe-ins and leg-ups from the start, and whenever our groups get together we put on parties that would make Andrew WK proud! As a writer I can't thank enough all my colleagues and best mates, who make this website the most worthwhile project I have ever worked on. And a special thanks, of course, to anyone who subscribes to The 405. Judging by the quantity of views and quality of comments that we get, it seems that quite a lot of you care about what we have to say, which makes me proud.
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Danny chimes in: Oli and Will have it about right. My main message to anyone reading this is: thank you for getting involved, whether it's mainly on the forum like Benzil, by making well informed, passionate and educated comments like BookLovers or just by regularly supporting our events even though you probably never look at the site (like Ediz, haha!). Obviously I'm not going to name everyone here but hopefully you guys know by the way we are towards you in person and over e-mail that you seriously griddle our bacon. I want to thank all the contributors again, old AND new. We've had a lot of new blood over the past couple of months, especially on the film side of things. Like Oli says we get a LOT of e-mails, and I work full time too, so I apologise if I ever neglect or don't reply to you guys as quickly as you'd like but I want you all to know that I never mind getting badgered (in fact, I enjoy it), so don't ever hold back from chasing me up on things! It's you guys that make this place what it is, and Oli, myself, and of course all of us strive every day to make being associated with The 405 something to be really fucking proud of. The single best thing for me about The 405 as a website, an online magazine, and all the other stuff we do, is our community. Ok, we may not have the massive forum of DiS or anything, but the fact that I've made so many friends, and actually MET so many people that we 'meet' on Twitter or in the comments section says a lot to me. It says we've got a bright fucking future and man oh man I can't wait to tell you all about some of the things we have lined up! Special mention must also go to people like Anna M, Wee Claire, Radarmaker, Simon @ Pure Groove, Rich's Thane and Hughes, Jack, Ben and Berkely @ Lazy Acre (fucking great label), Ben Eshmede @ Arctic Circle (incredibubble shows), Anthony Chalmers (all round leg end) Halina Rifai (Happy birthday to her today too!) mark Gamble (AND him..!) Oliver Primus ('cuz he's too modest sometimes)... ...and everyone else who either goes above and beyond their duty to help us out or simply inspires us to reach greater heights. If i've forgotten anyone, slap me next time and I'll give you a kiss. See a whole bunch of you tonight, and if you've not met me before, i'll be the one with the slightly foppish hair, the Japandroids teeshirt and smiling like a massive loon. Come make friends! and for the record i'm not emo FFS!. Header image by stiffrowlands.com