Kryptonite was created in 2014 by high school friends, Victoria Race and Danielle Immerman.
Kryptonite is currently an online publication offering concert reviews, album/track reviews, interviews, playlists, and photos. The publication is present on several social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Spotify.
In April 2015, the publication organized and sponsored the Kryptonite Music Festival at the world famous Cleveland Agora. Acts included Cities & Coasts, The Midnight Slander, Thundercougarfalconhawk, and current Managing Editor, Sophie Sand. All proceeds from the event were donated to the Cleveland Rocks Foundation.
Currently, Victoria and Sophie serve as the brains behind the publication. They regularly attend shows together in the Cleveland area and constantly complain about schoolwork to each other. Victoria and Sophie are responsible for the overall vision and aesthetic of Kryptonite. Aside from keeping each other sane, they bounce ideas, set goals, and are constantly moving forward.
Beyond running the publication, both Victoria and Sophie contribute to the magazine’s content. As a writer, Victoria organizes the publication’s interviews and writes most concert reviews. Sophie is responsible for taking live photos at local shows and writing occasional reviews.
Learn more about Victoria and Sophie below. Other contributing writers and photographers can be found here.
(Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Writer)
Victoria co-founded Kryptonite in 2014 as a project in high school. She organized the 2015 Kryptonite Music Festival at the renowned Cleveland Agora, and writes most of the interviews and live reviews for the publication. Victoria is a Cleveland native and in her spare time, she enjoys traveling and the visual arts. Her favorite artists include Citizen, Dear You, Moose Blood, Matchbox 20/Rob Thomas, Phil Collins, The Smiths, Alt-J, Cake, The Moxies, Falling in Reverse, and Twenty One Pilots.
Fun fact: She collects ticket stubs and vinyl.
(Managing Editor, Photographer, Writer)
Sophie joined Kryptonite as a photographer in July 2015 after performing as an acoustic act at the Kryptonite Music Festival in Cleveland. She regularly contributes as a photographer, writer, and helps to run Kryptonite’s site and social media accounts. Even after ten years as a classically trained cellist, Sophie still seemed to find her way back into the pop punk world. She has had experience photographing anything from punk, to metal, to rock, and even to EDM. Some of her favorites include The Front Bottoms, All Time Low, Tyler The Creator, The 1975, AJJ, and Twenty One Pilots.
Fun fact: Her hearing has decreased by 300% since starting music photography.
Tomiko “Tommy” Sand
(Motivational Office Cat, Nuisance)
Victoria and Sophie were driving down i-480 on October 2nd for an IRONTOM show at House of Blues Cleveland. Along the way, Victoria spotted a small cat sprinting along 5 lanes of traffic. How did she spot that? We still don’t know.
Victoria turned the car around and circled back to the orphaned cat. At this time, this underweight cat had buried herself into a storm drain. Sophie tried luring the cat out with no success, she ended up reaching into the sewer and grabbing the flea-ridden, parasite-infested cutie pie.
She went home with Sophie, already named Tommy after the concert Victoria and Sophie were supposed to be covering. She was 0.9 pounds and 3 months old.
It took a few months for her to get rid of the fleas and parasites, to gain back all her weight, and to grow her full fur coat. Tommy learned how to be a cat and is now happily living with Sophie and her other rescue cats.
Fun fact: She doesn’t understand that the bell on her collar makes it impossible for her to hide/hunt.
Find Tommy on Instagram.