Bio

@thecultureofme is a music, art, news, mp3, and nightlife photography Web site based in New York City. The focus is to consume for the consumer, provide resources of all kinds for the culturally needy, and document the lives and lifestyles of the young and vital. Think demographically of a Netflix addict who happens to peruse Interview magazine and seeks out open bars and killer DJ sets as often as possible, all the while setting style trends and knowing the best bands, tech, and brands before you’ve even heard of them.

Jeff Meltz aka @thecultureofme has been a professional nightlife and event photographer in New York City since 2005. During that time he has made his mark on the fashion, art, music, event and nightlife worlds with an energetic and refined approach to photography. Jeff believes that the magic is in the smallest moments, and seeks to capture that power in each image he creates, whether documenting an elegant runway show, candid moments shared on on the street or inside a raucous nightclub scene. His site is one of the most respected blogs among the new generation of Brooklyn and Manhattan influencers and luminaries.

Things to note: deathly afraid of cream cheese, some Indian food, bad grammar, the sound of ligaments/bones/hearts breaking, and insects. Also looking endlessly for a lyric to match “Teenage dreams/ so hard to beat”.

Disclaimer

MP3s on @thecultureofme are available for a limited time only and are intended for evaluation purposes. If you like what you hear, support the artists featured by buying their records, rocking out at their shows, and wearing the t-shirts for VICE to make fun of.

(Ed. note a/o October 5, 2009: The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will soon pass requirements that put into law that blogs—like @thecultureofme—must clearly disclose any freebies or payments they get from companies for reviewing their products. Now, we don’t get a check for making reference to band X, Y or Z, but boy, we’ll tell you, we get a lot of freebies and payola-like items from labels, PR companies, independent artists, etc. We’re on mailing lists and press contact databases, just like the tens of thousands of other “tastemaker” blogs and Web sites you all read every day. So, yeah, secrets are out, we guess. If you didn’t already know that, then, er, consider yourself enlightened. We don’t work for any of these labels, PR firms, artists, promoters, etc. and all of the opinions that appear on this Web site are ours and ours alone. We never make reference to things that we don’t like and wouldn’t think our readers would like or we wouldn’t back on our own, so rest assured: we’re merely using them to get free CDs, tickets to shows, invites to special events, crap and news like they’re all using this site and others like it to make even more money while claiming the recording industry is dead.)

Have a news tip or came across something that I should know about? Email me: jeff@thecultureofme.com.

If you own copyright to one of the songs posted or images used and would like it removed, simply email us and we’ll promptly take care of it.

All photographs posted are copyright their respective owners or the property of @thecultureofme. If it looks like I took the photograph, it’s probably because I did. Any reproduction or further uses are restricted without the proper consent. Again, just email and I’m pretty sure we can work something out.

Some praise

"…rather splendid music blog." - Mark Hooper, Guardian UK

"You’re like the blog-house gazette." - Dances With White Girls

"a tireless events photographer, writer, party organizer and curator of [a] music, arts, awesome, etc. Web site" - Damien Neva, Ford Models Blog

"Thanks to music-photography blogs like @thecultureofme, you can forgo attendance at just about any hipster forum and still feel like you were there…the musicians and their eccentric fans are captured through a fuchsia-tinted lens." - Sophia Betz, Zoom-In Online

"…a hip New Yorker who writes about the music, art and nightlife that inspire. Take one part Studio 54, one part Village Voice, add a large helping of originality, and you’ve got @thecultureofme" - TypePad feature

"…normally great…" - vainattempt blog

"that blog just keeps getting bigger and bigger doesn’t it?" - RCRDLBL.com

"Apparently humor is lost on the likes of your pathetic indie ass…" - Kristen, a reader

"writes about music and things I want to read about." - a StumbleUpon user

"…some great stuff." - Blake Garris, Buzzgrinder.com

"And by ‘me,’ they mean ‘you,’ and by ‘you,’ they mean someone super hip. Music! Art! Fashion!" - Anne Stewart, "53 of the Best Indie Music Blogs"

"@thecultureofme has been busy — every time we open our goddamn inboxes, we’ve got three new emails from them. But unlike those reminders from your mom to make a dental appointment, their emails actually get opened. Why? Because they consistently find the best up-and-coming tracks and they have something intelligent to say about them. Music blogging at its best." - MeanRed Productions

"Your [sic] gay" - Jon, a reader

"The hippest of the hip, @thecultureofme chronicles music that should be in the know as well as the happenings of those in the know, specifically of NYC nightlife. Tunes + tales of the city = cultural coolness" - Popsense.com

"You’re really interesting and I’m glad to have been a part of that." - my psychologist

"T@thecultureofme is not only A) down with the Royal We, B) not above posting the Doherty heroin video with a ‘Godspeed’ wish at the bottom but C) out of EVERYONE that is posting the new Hot Chip track, asks that you sign up for the band newsletter… which was the whole point of the free giveaway to start with. The other blogs should be ashamed." - punkphoto

"Nicely writted [sic] personal blog with some various indie etc. musical offerings and more" - Gravy Bread

"I think what you’re doing is great." - mom and dad

Terms & Conditions

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@thecultureofme expects it may need to revise its privacy policy as it develops the features of its future site. We will make reasonable efforts to inform users of any changes, but the spirit of this policy will be maintained, and our policy not to sell, exchange, rent, trade, or give email lists to unaffiliated third parties will never be altered.

Use of @thecultureofme’s Web site is not restricted to registered users, and we expect to provide a rad experience to all users.

If you have any questions about our privacy policy, please feel free to email us at: info@thecultureofme.com

What we will do with your information:
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Children’s privacy:
This site is concerned about the safety and privacy of children online. Because of this, we will make all efforts to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA). COPPA and its accompanying FTC regulations establish United States federal law that protects the privacy of children using the Internet. We do not and will not knowingly contact or collect personal information from children under 13. Our site is not intended to solicit information of any kind from children under 13, and we will develop our site with the capacity to block acceptance of information from children under 13 whenever age-related information is requested. It is possible that by fraud or deception by others we may receive information given to us or pertaining to children under 13. If we are notified of this, as soon as we verify the information, we will immediately obtain parental consent or else delete the information from our servers. If you want to notify us of our receipt of information by children under 13, please do so by e-mailing us at info@thecultureofme.com

Security:
This site has measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of visitor personally identifiable information that is under our control. For example, only select staff and contracted individuals have access to personally identifiable information provided by visitors to non-public areas of our site. We use industry-standard encryption technologies when transferring and receiving sensitive personal and financial data from our site. Please note, however, that security breaches can occur even if reasonable steps are taken to prevent such breaches; for example, we cannot guarantee that information provided through our sites will not be illegally accessed on our servers or intercepted while being transmitted to us over the Internet. Please contact us if you believe there has been any breach of the security of this site.

Please Note:
I plan to regularly update and add new features to this Web site. Because of this, I expects to revise its privacy policy as its site develops. Such amendments will be posted in the privacy policy section of the site. As stated above, the spirit of this policy will be maintained, and our policy never to sell, exchange, rent, trade, or give email lists to unaffiliated third parties will never be altered. This site links to other like-minded Web sites, but is not responsible for the content or the privacy policies of those Web sites.