Real Talk – Finn Mckenty (The Punk Rock MBA)

After starting his Youtube channel in 2017 Finn Mckenty has now achieved 177,000 subscribers and is highly respected for his in-depth content discussing music culture in every detail. Naming himself "The Punk Rock MBA" Finn has made content that investigates many topics that have not really been brought to attention for fans of respected genres. With his content becoming increasingly popular with every video and a brand Podcast just launched, Finn Mckenty has certainly earned himself respect as a voice of the alternative music community.

Since starting the Punk Rock MBA have you found that there has been an increase in the discourse surrounding significant moments or cultural turning points in the hardcore scene?

Not really, it’s more or less the same as it was in 2017 when I started. As for the current development of Hardcore it won’t really ever change it sound much, the genre has more or less been the same since the late 90s.

If you could pinpoint a few moments from shows or records that changed your musical adventure, what would they be?

I would have to say: Suicidal Tendencies “Lights Camera Revolution,” Youth Of Today “Break Down The Walls,” Shelter “Attaining The Supreme,” Blink-182 “Enema Of The State”.

You talk about American acts in most of your videos, what do you know about the hardcore scene in the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe?

I wouldn’t say that’s entirely true; I talk about lots of non-American bands, especially when it comes to metal. That said, I focus mostly on innovators and drivers of culture, and the fact of the matter is that with some exceptions (particularly in metal), America exports much more culture than it imports. Most Euro bands are imitators of American bands, so there isn’t much for me to say about them.

How did you get contacts within the industry, when did doors truly start opening for you as an individual?

I just went to shows and made friends with people. I have never really cared about “the industry.” I don’t know that I’d call myself a journalist either, but the first time I interviewed a band was Capitalist Casualties in 1993 or 94.

Why do you think your videos and channel content has been so popular?

I talk about a part of the scene that really nobody else on YouTube does, so I have a monopoly! My advice for people who want to establish themselves as a Journalist in the industry is that you have to have something different to say. Don’t settle for the default. Create as much content as you can, for a long time, and eventually things will happen for you.

How did you come up with the name “The Punk Rock MBA”

I decided to call myself “The Punk Rock MBA” because I am into business (that’s the MBA part), and grew up on punk and hardcore

What is your main problem with the music industry in 2020?

Most of the people who work in the industry are pretty flakey and unreliable. As someone who values professionalism, that’s hard to deal with.

Interview by Rob Kent

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