Anthony Fantano is a music journalist whose meteoric rise to fame came about as a result of his music-reviewing YouTube channel and website called The Needle Drop, which he founded in 2007. The now reputable and well-known music critic has also done some work as a video producer and has recorded some music with the stage name Cal Chuchester. Some of his most popular songs include “Mykey Come Back” (2015) and “Don’t Talk to Me featuring Fellatia Geisha” (2018).
As of 2012, his YouTube channel had about 10,000 subscribers but subsequently, due to his extremely good performance, it has grown to attract more than 1,000,000 subscribers. Interestingly, his growing popularity and competence fetched him the On The Rise competition award which was given to him by YouTube in 2011. He then followed it up by landing the Beyond The Blog award in the same year during the MTV O Awards. With all his successful endeavors and achievements, Anthony Fantano has nicknamed himself the internet’s busiest music nerd.
The founder of Needle Drop was born on October 28, 1985, in Wolcott, Connecticut, where he was raised. There are currently no available details about his parents and siblings. Regarding his education, Anthony Fantano studied political science, broadcast communication, and journalism at Southern Connecticut State University.
After graduating from Southern Connecticut State University, the famous music critic kicked off his career at his alma mater’s radio station in the mid-2000s. There, he worked as a music director and got the chance to acquire deep knowledge about the different genres of music. A few years later, by 2007, he left the college radio station to work at Connecticut Public Radio where he got the opportunity to be the host of the radio program The Needle Drop. He later then kicked off The Needle Drop; a text reviews for songs and albums in that same year and finally launched its video review version in 2009.
Anthony Fantano spent the next few years juggling different gigs before deciding to devote his full time to The Needle Drop project in 2011. He thereby terminated his previous job appointments and became fully engaged with the project. He made his music reviewing website and YouTube channel to be versatile as it can review different genres of music, including hip hop, jazz, pop, rock, indie, folk, experimental and many others.
The music reviewing website and YouTube channel works by rating songs and albums on a numerical system of 0-10. Interestingly, only 3 albums have proved to be impeccable so far, by scoring the perfect number 10 and they include: To Be Kind by Swans, To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar, and The Money Store by Death Grips. Nevertheless, his tremendous works on vlogging have been publicly acclaimed as he gained a spot on the Guardian journal in 2011. With all this, the famous music journalist is unarguably one of the most fully engaged internet music reviewers.
But despite all the success, Fantano has not been far from controversy. At a certain time in his career, the Connecticut-born vlogger found himself at the center of a controversial statement following an accusation by The Fader magazine that he uses his website and online channel to promote racism. Fantano made it clear to the public that he doesn’t have a biased opinion while reviewing different kinds of music and neither does he favor white artists over blacks. Soon after that, Fader removed the article on which the controversial statement was made.
Anthony Fantano Family – Does He Have a Wife or Girlfriend?
Anthony Fantano is a married man. After many years of dating, the famed music critic tied the knot with his longtime African-American girlfriend; Dominique Boxley. Interestingly, his wife features sometimes on The Needle Drop vlog as she entertains their fans with her favorite songs. It’s no doubt that she has all along been of immense support to her husband.
The founder of The Needle Drop vlog stands at a height of 6 feet (1.85 m) which is more than the average height of an American male. Information regarding his other body measurements and weight are not known, however, just be looking at him, you can tell he takes good care of his body.
Having attracted about 1.72 million subscribers to his YouTube channel since its launch in 2007, and achieving 412.5 million total views from those channels, it quite evident that Anthony Fantano has amassed enormous wealth from his vlogging. According to celebrity net worth, the music journalist’s net worth is estimated to be about $750,000.