Photo Credit: Graham Fielder
Starting an Emo revolution from scratch that has blossomed into a celebration of the bands that helped us all through dark and dire times, Emo Nite is alive and abounding with nostalgia for music lovers worldwide. Bringing to life events that promote inclusiveness and recollection of music that matters, Emo Nite founders, T.J Petracca, Babs Szabo, and Morgan Freed are planting their roots at venues in major hubs throughout the country and their inevitable expansion is bound to come. I caught up the creative visionaries at The 2017 Alternative Press Music Awards powered by Monster to discuss their Emo Nite tattoos, bringing the celebration to life and more.
Congrats on bringing to life such a unique and fun experience. It has been super fulfilling for a variety of fans to see the bands that they grew up with coming together to celebrate music and life both old and new. Tell us about how Emo Nite was brought to life.
Babs – It’s funny because last night, we did karaoke and it reminded me of when T.J and I met and did karaoke together to Dashboard Confessional. Believe it or not, that is kind of where the idea started. We said to each other, “We should do this at a bar and play the songs that we love”.
Wow, truly started from scratch, eh? Tell us about the bands and musicians that you have been bringing together and how these collaborations have come to life.
T.J – Our biggest accomplishment this year was reuniting From First To Last at Emo Nite LA!
Babs – It was the coolest thing that we have ever done.
What a way to bring together music lovers that have been drowning in that genre of music ever since their high school days with those that are relatively new to the scene. Tell us about some of your tattoos that are your favorites at the moment.
T.J – We all have Emo Nite tattoos! We did a tattoo day in Los Feliz at Marlet Tattoo and invited all of our fans to come and get $50 tattoos from a flash sheet! It was super cool and it meant so much for people to come out and put our logo on their bodies.
Babs – I asked so many of the people if they were sure that they wanted to do this!
Morgan – Big shout-out to Travis Furton and Bryce Oprandi at Marlet Tattoo! They have been our friends for awhile and they let us have that day at the shop while being super accommodating; it was awesome!