PETER RICHARDS Who are you? Harvard educated. Illuminati member. Blacksmith. These are all things that I am not. I am Peter Richards and I’m the co-founder and writer for the Canadian music blog, PeteHatesMusic. You can find me on Twitter @PeteHatesMusic

What do you do? Career Highlights? I post videos and songs that I love on PeteHatesMusic. I also post interviews, concert reviews, and geeky tech things that interest music nerds. I often dabble with alcohol as I write.

Career highlights include any gig that gives me free beer, covering (and surviving) the marathon events that are the Camden Crawl in London (think 2 day NXNE), the 12 day Ottawa Bluesfest, and Optimus Alive in Portugal, plus interviews with bands that have won or been nominated for Juno Awards, Mercury Prizes, and Australian Independent Record Awards. I’ve also won Best Music Blog at The Canadian Blog Awards and been shortlisted for Best Pop Culture & Entertainment Blog in the Ninjamatics Canadian Weblog Awards.

What makes a good video? What stood out about your picks?

Any video that I want to show my friends for some reason is a good video, as my friends are judgmental meanies. Videos that are engaging and keep me in either suspense or hysterics are key qualities.

What stood out about the videos I picked was the amount of money they were willing to give me for my vote! That, and they were creative, captivating, and had me wondering what was coming next. I’m a terrible guesser, so I was always pleasantly surprised.