About Us

Founded in the 1990s, Interference.com is an international U2 fansite featuring a lively discussion forum and a U2-themed but general interest pop culture webzine with a focus on new music.  We have more than 45,000 registered members and an average of over 200,000 visitors each month. And you can find us on Twitter or Facebook.

Our webzine seeks writers and photographers to share their work and offers internships that often earn college credit. In particular, the webzine wants new and innovative work studying the music, lyrics, and culture of U2, especially critical and reflective essays (1500-3000 words) for our U2 Commentary & Analysis section where we have already featured the work of U2 scholars such as Beth Maynard, Tim Neufeld, and Laurie-Britt Smith. Please direct all webzine inquiries & contributions to our senior editor Andrew William Smith (Andy@interference.com).

Our staff includes:

Christine Vecchio. Forum Administrator. Sicy@interference.com

I fell in love with U2 in 1987 when the Joshua Tree album came out.  I was just 14 years old but already I knew that this was going to be a band that I would fall in love with.  I was lucky to be able to attend my first U2 concert (and first concert ever) in November of 1987 in Oakland, CA.  It was a very emotional experience and one that I will always treasure.

I’ve had the opportunity to see U2 about 6 more times since then and each experience is incredibly special to me.

I came across Interference in 2001 while looking for U2 tickets.  I have since been actively involved as admin running and maintaining the forums on a daily basis.  I have met some wonderful people over the years whom I now call my best friends.  This community is very special, and if it weren’t for U2 and Interference, many of us would not have the wonderful experiences and memories that we have today.

Andrew William Smith. Webzine Editor. Andy@interference.com

Born in 1967 in Chicago, I grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan before finally settling in middle Tennessee in 1996. I’ve been a U2 fan since War in 1983 and saw my first show on The Unforgettable Fire tour at Detroit’s Fox Theater in late 1984.

As a high school student in Southfield, Michigan, I got involved in music journalism and independent radio.  I edited my high school newspaper, wrote and edited various fanzines including U2-USA, traveled to see bands like 10,000 Maniacs and REM. In 1987, I followed U2 on the first leg of the Joshua Tree tour as a guest of opening band Lone Justice and their lead singer Maria McKee.

After graduating from Wayne State University in 1994 with a BA in English, I moved from Michigan to Tennessee. After earning a Master of Arts degree in English at Middle Tennessee State University, I began my career as a college writing instructor in 1999. Around 2005, with a full-time teaching post finally secured at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, I embraced rock journalism and community radio with the gusto of my youth. Today, I’m an editor here at Interference.com and host a weekly radio show on WTTU 88.5 FM every Monday night from 8-10pm called “Teacher on the Radio” (now streaming at tntech.edu/wttu). Each summer, I volunteer as the “dean” of The Academy, a workshop tent at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.

I have a daughter named Ruby who is a manga artist, voracious reader, rock ‘n’ roll drummer; she starts MTSU in fall 2011, studying graphic design. She attended her first concert with me in 2009: Muse and U2 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

(Photo:  Andy Smith & Luke Pimentel. December 2008. San Francisco.)

Luke Pimentel. Webzine Editor. Luke@inteference.com

As a youth, Luke Pimentel quickly established his dominance in the cutthroat social strata of grammar school by choosing the ultra-hip clarinet over such widely reviled social misfits as the drums and electric guitar. Today, Luke continues to live and work in his native land of Northern California.  When not soaring past golden hills of vineyards on a magic peace carpet made of cannabis, he can be found in San Francisco and its surrounding environs, enjoying the fruits of the area’s vibrant, diverse music scene, and occasionally reporting on those fruits for Interference.

Luke holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Cinema from San Francisco State University, and prides himself on being a completely unrepentant fan of Canadian power trio Rush.

Mark Long. Webzine U2 News & Reviews Editor.

I was born in Stanford, California, but have lived my entire life in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
I always have loved music. I spent my childhood listening to my mom’s Johnny Mathis and Henry Mancini albums and enjoyed being taken to orchestra performances and operas. The first concert I was allowed to choose to attend was Weird Al Yankovic at Vallyfair Amusement Park in 1985.I have absolutely no musical talent of my own. Thankfully, I do have some writing talent due to a combination of an overactive imagination and great composition teachers in school. In high school, I met my wife through a mutual interest in writing. We now run a marketing firm together, and we both cherish that we mostly get to write for a living.
I was first introduced to U2 by NBC’s Friday Night Videos.When the New Year’s Day video debuted, I thought, “How cool are these guys in their coats with their instruments in the snow?” I had no idea as an 10-year-old in 1983, that I would spend a significant part of my adult life following the band.  My mom wouldn’t let me go to the Joshua Tree tour in St. Paul in 1987, and my wife and I were too poor to see the ZooTV Tour at Target Center in 1992. So, I didn’t get to see U2 live until 1997 at the opening night of the Pop Mart Tour in Las Vegas. I have since traveled to many different cities in the U.S. and several countries to see the band.
I was a long-time member of AOL’s U2 Message Board, but came to Interference in 2005 as AOL shut down most of their online communities. The “Blue Craic” truly is an addiction, and it is a pleasure to connect with people around the world on the topic of U2 or on topics that have nothing to do with the band. I’m glad to call Interference.com my online home.