The Gift Machine
The gift machine is mainly the moniker for the songs of Dave Matthies, but has featured many different people over the years. Past members include Karl Blau, Phil Elverum (the Microphones, Mt. Eerie), Nate Ashley, Alex Parrish (Dame Dulce), Lisa Jackson (the Crabs), Steve Moore (Stebmo, Laura Veirs, Mount Analog, etc.), Jeremy Hadley (Vellela Vellella), and many more.
Kat Gardiner fictionalizes the experience of opening and closing an all-ages music venue and café in the small Northwest town of Anacortes, Washington in 2008. An adult coming-of-age story told in fragments, Little Wonder explores the bittersweet love affair that takes place between despair and hope whenever you try with all your heart to do something you believe in, and fail.
Amy Fleisher Madden
Amy Fleisher Madden (also sometimes known as Amy Fiddler) started a record label in Miami, FL, at age 16 and hasn’t stopped working since. Her label, Fiddler Records, is known for signing and breaking some of the most well loved bands in the indie music scene.
After an impressive ten years in Los Angeles, CA with Fiddler, Amy started Death + Taxes Magazine before fully committing to full time collegiate life. Upon graduating from the world-renowned Art Center College of Design with a degree in Advertising and Art Direction, Amy moved to New York City and began her advertising career as a copywriter at J. Walter Thompson. From JWT, Amy went to KBS+P, Grey, and finally Publicis as an Associate Creative Director.
Her most notorious campaigns for BMW, Charmin, Vanguard, can be seen on whatever size screen you stare at the most. Most recently, Amy published her first novel, A Million Miles, to critical acclaim and is currently frolicking around America in support of it.