Raven Divito: Founder & Photographer.
In 1999 Raven realized how music would become a large part of her life when she crossed paths with a new friend whom was an avid supporter of the underground music community in San Francisco. Raven was instantly attracted to the intoxicating and often mesmurizing world of punk in the underground circuit. Along with the up close and personal experience she was exposed to, she realized this was the direction in life she wanted to pursue. The following year Raven frequented countless performances of local San Francisco bands. She was able to interact and network within the music community which allowed her to capture true nuances of the bands she followed through photography.
Near the end of 1999 Raven relocated to Southern California's Huntington Beach. She came upon a copy of "Skratch" magazine one day. "Skratch" a local webzine of underground bands, clubs and current music news, exposed Raven to the local music community. It seemed to Raven this was the ticket she needed into the local scene by contributing photos. The Orange County music scene was exploding with bands such as, The Weirdos, Circle Jerks, T.S.O.L., Agent Orange, Adolescents, D.I., Rancid, along with many others. Raven found herself in the middle of the wave, her true journey had begun and she was having the time of her life.
In 2005 Raven relocated to Seattle and connected with the music community. She continued photography and fulfilled another passion playing in a band. After 5 years in the Northwest, Raven decided to move back to Orange County. She reconnected with old friends, musicians and it was then that she realized her true passion was behind the lens. Raven has spent the past year building her credentials in the music community, contributing photos to countless bands.
Some of her photos have been published in magazines ie; Cherie Currie (formerly of The Runaways) chose one of Ravenz pictures to represent her alongside an interview in North Coast Voice. Stencil Magazine (UK) published Ravenz pictures of Steel Panther. New Born Authority of Los Angeles featured her photos in their self titled album along with band promotions. Fu Manchu featured Ravenz photos for their new album "Gigantoid". Inazuma and Dime Runner currently feature Ravenz photos for promotion.
Her objective is to give back to the music community that has and still continues to inspire and motivate her.
This website is an expression of Ravenz past...present & future!
Marcus Solomon: Contributing Writer
Brief Biography of Marcus Solomon
The liberating sounds of punk rock first found me in 1978 during a visit to Paramount Skateboard Park. It was there that I first heard music from bands like The Dead Kennedys, Sex Pistols, Black Flag, The Clash, The Ramones, and other odd-sounding groups such as The Flying Lizards, Suburban Lawns, Gang of Four, Devo, and The Normal. The weirdo punk kids at the skatepark were much more interesting and friendlier than the gang members, aloof stoners, and arrogant jocks at my high school, and I knew from that day forward that I found a place where I truly belonged. That first exposure to the new combined subcultures of vertical skateboarding and punk cured me from the disease of trying to fit into normal society and from seeking acceptance from people who had no desire to be my friends in the first place. I immersed myself in vertical skateboarding (eventually becoming a sponsored amateur as an Upland Pipeline local) and as soon as I could drive, I started going to live shows in 1979. My first show was The Suburban Lawns at the Whisky in Hollywood. The excitement and wonderfully strange ambiance of those early years in the new, thrilling, and somewhat dangerous Los Angeles/Hollywood punk scene still exists today…if you know where to look.
That is why I write about life in general, philosophy, music, live punk rock shows, and sometimes interview the people who make it happen. I want to point the way so that others can find some of the things that I find amazing, interesting, creative, and worth experiencing. My first writing endeavors were home-made skateboard/punk fanzines that I would pass out to friends and strangers at the skateparks and the live shows. Over the years, I have written for magazines such as Skratch, Razorcake, and have had a couple of things published in AMP and Thrasher. By contributing to Ravenz Punk Pit, I intend to continue sharing with others the thrill of live punk rock and other music and happenings that are usually off the radar.Punk is not dead and it will never die as long as there are those who keep the fire alive by making aggressive and unique music while people like you and me keep showing our support of the true underground music scene.
During the week, I am the owner and operator of a small tutoring center in Rancho Cucamonga. I enjoy teaching and helping others whenever I can. I have found the most satisfaction in doing what I love and in seeing those that I have taught over the years to achieve success. One thing I often tell my tutoring students is to find what you love and to make it your life’s ambition. My personal philosophies are embodied in the Buddhist tradition and I was a Samanera (novice/temporary) Buddhist monk twice. This aging body is full of aches and pains, but I still ride my skateboard, go to live punk shows, and even though I have entered my 50s, I still feel like a 16 year-old until I look in the mirror. Music is a magical thing. It can take you to a place where the exhilaration of sound and sensation can completely erase the stresses and complications of the world for a few precious moments; it is one of the Nirvanas.
Write to Marcus at: firstname.lastname@example.org