AFI News Headquarters was launched on February 21, 2009 as a blog with the goal of aggregating all of the news about AFI’s upcoming album Crash Love. Our readership quickly grew because people enjoyed the convenience of not having to check a dozen different sources for their AFI news. Over the next few months, as anticipation for the new album rose, the site grew both in staff and in readership. We launched AFI Ignite, a larger site that included downloads, a complete discography, an encyclopedia, and more.
Over the past few years the site has made some impressive accomplishments and reached several milestones. We have received praise from the band, with drummer Adam Carson tweeting: “AFI News HQ keeps me updated with AFI. Really… it’s true.” They have also spoken favorably of the site in interviews and on the radio. Bassist Hunter Burgan has even left comments from time to time. Two weeks before the release of Crash Love we had the ultimate reward: an email containing four unheard songs from the album, of which we posted our reviews. In 2010 we organized the four-part Answer That and Stay Fashionable interview series, with a one of our staff interviewing a member of the band at tour dates across the nation.
On September 29, 2011 we launched our AFI News HQ supersite, which combines our excellent news system with the wealth of information we have compiled on AFI Ignite. This is the next evolution for our network, and we believe it is the best way to bring value to our readers and AFI fans worldwide. We look forward to making improvements for you in the future.
Site statistics (as of 5/13/13):
- 3,798,402 visits
- 3,853 Twitter followers
- 1,746 Facebook fans
Meet The Team
- Age: 19
- Email: Jason@AFINewsHQ.com
- Position: Owner/Admin
- Favorite Music: AFI, The Beatles, Dead Poetic, Disturbed, Green Day, Journey, Led Zeppelin, My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Rise Against, Simon & Garfunkel, Slipknot, Thriving Ivory, Trivium
- Hobbies: Writing, photography, self-filming horror movies, and creating music
- Pets: I had a fish named Harry Sosa when I was a youngster on account of my favorite book and baseball player. Though the pet store party pooper said he’d only live a few weeks, my little fish lived a powerhourse 2 years.
- Age: 20
- Email: James@AFINewsHQ.com
- AIM/Google Talk: James@AFINewsHQ.com
- Position: Site Admininistrator, Record Label/Industry Guru, Setlist Geek
- Favorite Music: Besides AFI, in no particular order: I Fight Dragons, Gallows, Violent Soho, Silversun Pickups, New Politics, The Airborne Toxic Event, Ballyhoo, Rammstein and many more!
- Hobbies: Guitar and bass. Audio production (PT10 with a Profire 2626 interface, email me if you wanna talk audio).
- Pets: A dog, Bapou. He’s a black lab and beagle mix with lots of other things mixed in. He’s the definitely of rad.
- Age: 22
- Email: Ruth@AFINewsHQ.com
- Position: Editor, Interview Queen Bee, Music Enthusiast
- Favorite Music: AFI, Chopin, Massive Attack, The Cult, Swans, Vivaldi,
Lush, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Swervedriver, A Place To Bury Strangers, The Knife, Portishead.
- Hobbies: Studying, Concert Promoter, Studying, French Films, Studying.
- Pets: My Dog Precious
- Age: 24
- Email: Danny@AFINewsHQ.com
- AIM: DannyDecay
- Position: Editor, Affiliations Director.
- Music: Other than AFI I enjoy the Cure, Joy Division, The Smiths, Moz, Have Heart, VNV Nation, Cold Cave, Minor Threat, Dead Kennedys
- Hobbies: Shows, playing video games, reading, soon to be learning how to play bass
- Pets: Three cats – Ozzy, Muchacho, and Annie
- Age: 20
- Position: Wditor/resident coconut
- Favorite Music: AFI, Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein, Michael Jackson, Sunny Day Real Estate, Jawbreaker, Matchbox Twenty, Angles and Airwaves, My Chemical Romance, 30 Seconds To Mars, Blaqk Audio, Hunter Revenge, some Prince, Eminem, Tupac, Green Day, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Megadeth. No country please, or jazz.
- Hobbies: Reading, drawing, taking pictures, listening to music. And lots of internet time. Oh yes, internet forever.
- Pets: 4 cats (Pele, Queequeg, Ember, and Fancy) and 3 dogs (Sasha, Chester, and Lola.)
- Age: 22
- Position: Writer
- Favorite Music: AFI, Rise Against, Circa Survive, Saosin, Billy Talent, The Used, Blaqk Audio, Apoptygma Berzerk, The Matches, 30 Seconds to Mars, Thrice, Against Me!, Innerpartysystem, Hot Chip, Anberlin, Chiodos, Tiger Army, Shiny Toy Guns, My Chemical Romance, Imperative Reaction, All Time Low, Eminem, Bad Religion, Dillinger Escape Plan, Nine Inch Nails
- Hobbies: Music and going to shows, movies and filmmaking, sleeping and being lazy
- Pets: Two basset hounds
- Age: 28
- Position: Writer
- Favorite Music: AFI, Enter Shikari, Blessthefall, We Came As Romans, Etc.
- Hobbies: Baking/Cooking
- Pets: i have a 2 year old son and a miniature dachshund named Gidget.