Editor's Note: 2018, that was interesting!

Hey guys!

We're super close to entering 2019.
Some of you might already be in the new year, depending on where you live and when you read this.

Every year on December 31st, I sit down to reflect on the year and share my thoughts with you.

I usually find a metaphor for each year and sometimes I'm pretty proud of my words.
But for this one, I'm afraid I'll be a bit boring.

To me, 2018 was a confusing year.
Personally, I had to figure out a lot when it comes to people.
I had to end friendships that were no longer good, I had to realise that not everyone has empathy and sometimes that got pretty hard to cope with.
As hard as it was at times, to let go of someone who simply doesn't contribute to your well being, it was also healthy and I believe that we need to see the bad sometimes, in order to recognise and cherish the good.

Professionally, 2018 was pretty good, actually.
Whilst I was going through the motions, I often didn't realise that actually, the year wasn't bad.
The one thing I'm most proud of, is the fact that house in the sand is still going.
There were 365 days this year on which this journey could've ended - but it didn't.
It might not always have been smooth sailing, it was quiet a lot because life got in the way,
but it was always the online home I've built it to be.

We grew as a team, we got to cover gigs all over the world.
We learned new techniques, we learned new skills.
We met new people in the industry and we never gave up sharing the music we love.

The biggest highlight of the year was hands down our anniversary show in Berlin.
Something that seemed so far away to reach, turned into the most magical experience I've ever had with HITS. I can't thank everyone enough for making this happen.
There's no better place to have a little happy cry than the backstage area of a brilliant venue in Berlin.

A lot of artists, labels & managements trusted us to share their music in a decent way, and we truly hope we did you all proud.

But 2018 also impacted us all on a global level.
We, as a human race, had to navigate through inhumane actions, had to come together against hate and ignorance and had to stand up for ourselves and those in need.
And as hopeless as some moments have looked, and still do, I think we all did a pretty good job.

As for 2019 - we are working on the biggest project I have ever started.
It is still a secret, which makes me sound like such a douche bag, but I can't wait to share it with you.

Besides that we promise you to be sharing music you'll love.
We promise to support music whichever way we can.
And we promise to bring your favourite artists closer to you.

Those of you who are reading this and have supported us in any way - 

you are the reason this page exists.
You have so much power when it comes to who gets to continue and who doesn't.

And it means the world to me that you care.

Thank you for staying with us in 2018,

thank you for joining us in 2018
& thank you for heading into 2019 with us.

See you soon!

Credits // Words & Photography: Vanessa Jetwash


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