Brandon Hughes and Alex Faultersack (Charles Conway) created SkipFiction in 2015 after seeing local artists passed over by local media. They were searching for a way to give them the attention they deserved, and found it in SkipFiction. The following is the original “about” message from Charles Conway:
Skipped right over. The artists and creators of the Midwest face a difficult task when trying to expose their craft to the world. Scattered around Detroit and Chicago are a countless number of talented individuals looking to showcase their work. All around us is an untapped wealth of creativity. These musicians, designers, poets, and artists are leaving their imprint and defining the style of our heartland. Their works represent the best parts of our culture.
SkipFiction wants to showcase this scene. We want the world to see everything the “flyover country” has to offer. This blog was developed to support the people who make this area unique. Made by local artists but built for everyone, we at SkipFiction want to know who you’re listening to, what you’re wearing, and where it’s all happening! Together we can make something all our own.
If a man raps in the woods, does anybody sign him?”
As an artist myself I know how hard it is to get the exposure we feel that our work deserves. Based out of Grand Rapids Michigan, I’ve seen a lot of kids in the same position. I ask myself why the radio sounds the same when we have the most diverse acts all share the same local stages. I’ve watched people at open mics that left me picking my jaw up off the floor. SkipFiction is my way of giving back to everyone who inspires me to do what I do, and the fans of anyone who is in my same position.
We thank anyone who participates with the acts on stage. We celebrate the open minded people who subscribes to our movements. The artists we feature are nothing without an audience like you. We applaud you for keeping it real. Always, SkipFiction.
– Charles Conway, Co-Founder and Hip Hop artist, 2015
Schyler Perkins and John Akers are Co-Editors-in-Chief of SkipFiction. Before a gap in management, both were contributing writers. After seeing the stagnation of the production occur after the founders moved out of town, and ex-editor Kelsey May Frasier (who worked wonders for SkipFiction while she was with us), they asked to take the reigns. Since then, they have worked together, with John’s background of collegiate studies in English and professional background in newspaper writing and Schyler’s collegiate background in business and creative nonfiction writing, and professional background in journalism and odd jobs, to create the future of SkipFiction. What drives them are a focus on community, the interconnectedness of the arts and of art scenes, and communicating the stories of our peers.
SkipFiction remains loyal to its original concept. Our goal is to uplift local artists and musicians, and are dedicated to providing local coverage and quality criticism, as well as being a platform for community voices. As members of the local arts community, we aim to create a space where artists in the community see themselves and their interests reflected, showcasing the artistic talent that inspires us and the journalistic talent that communicates their gifts through this publication.