the team



Up until January 2016 the blog was a one woman show.
For the first four years of house in the sand's existence, all content was created by founder Vanessa.

As the website is slowly but surely turning into some serious business, it was about time to find some talented creators to produce posts, photos and videos in order to keep it rolling.

If you're curious and want to find out who's writing and photographing for HITS,
you're in for a treat!

Get to know Team HITS below!


name: Vanessa Jertschewske (also known as Jetwash)
position: founder, owner, editor, writer, photographer, interviewer, maid of all work
location: sort of near Stuttgart, Germany. But not really.
web links: photo portfolio | twitter | facebook | youtube | instagram

coffee or tea?: Teeeeeeea.
early bird or night owl?: Night owl. I sometimes wish I wasn't though.
spirit animal: Betty White.
first concert I've attended: No Angels (a girl band) somewhere in Karlsruhe, Germany... I was six years old.
favourite gig I've been to this far: Martin and James at Luxor, Cologne back in 2012 with support acts Dan Dietrich and Jim Kroft.
guilty pleasure song: "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" by Wham. Like a yo-yo.
a song I wish I'd written: "You Need Me, I Don't Need You" by Ed Sheeran. It's badass!
the greatest invention: The internet. Duh!
favourite city for (live) music: Berlin. And Manchester.
non-music related hobbies: Photography, obsessing over animals and making delicious (vegan) food.
people who deserve a shout out: Alright, let's do this! The Photo Ladies, Chris Pate, Martin Kelly, James Edan, Jim Kroft, Ben Barritt, Dylan Cassin, Nessi Holt and Betty White.

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name: Alex Lloyd
position: photographer, gig reviewer
location: Sheffield, UK
web links: website | twitter | facebook | instagram

coffee or tea?: Pepsi Max
early bird or night owl?: Night owl
spirit animal: Pug
first concert I've attended: We Are The In Crowd in Liverpool
favourite gig I've been to this far: Paramore in Manchester
guilty pleasure song: "Untouched" by The Veronicas
a song I wish I'd written: "Last Hope" by Paramore
the greatest invention: Digital cameras!
favourite city for (live) music: Manchester
non-music related hobbies: Photography, gaming, weightlifting, and record collecting!
people who deserve a shout out: Tom Craven and James Lynd 

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name: Adam Reeve
position: writer
location: Essex, UK
web links: blog | twitter | facebook

coffee or tea?: I'm British so it's clearly gonna be Tea. It runs through our veins, and is more vital to maintaining our staying-aliveness than Oxygen.
early bird or night owl?: I love staying up til the early hours when everybody's asleep and the world is silent for a little bit. So I'm definitely a willing Nightowl, but an accidental Earlybird too.
spirit animal: I feel like Sloth is an obvious answer so I'll say an Axolot. They're happy little things that always have a smile planted on their face. Just like me - even when I'm screaming internally.
first concert I've attended: My Uncle's this cool ass dude who's been in tons of bands since I've been born. I believe one of his bands in the 90s played a gig at some festival in Basildon and I was there, and it was awesome.
favourite gig I've been to this far: Reading 2014 was THE greatest festival of all time. QOTSA's headlining set on the Friday was the greatest thing of all time. I cried a little bit.
guilty pleasure song: I've been digging a lot of Nelly Furtado lately. Her song "Promiscuous" is dead good. I was also a huge fan of Miley Cyrus' "On My Own" too.
a song I wish I'd written: D'Angelo's "Really Love" as it's the sexiest song around. Can you imagine being the dude that wrote and sang that? Deary me.
the greatest invention: The Internet, or about 4% of it.
favourite city for (live) music: London hands down. I've been to the likes of Manchester, Liverpool, Brighton etc but London has venues everywhere. The coolest ones are the ones that are kinda tucked to the corners, so it's almost like you have to go out of your way to find them. I like that.
non-music related hobbies: Eating a lot of pizza, trying to read all 1300 pages of Stephen King's The Stand, and dancing horribly.
people who deserve a shout out: There's so many. Scott from Clue Records, Zack from Tree Machine Records, Nikki from EatKS, Molly from FutureProof, oh and Bill Gates. Dude's a good guy.

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name: Liam McClair
position: writer
location: Manchester, UK
web links: blog | twitter | facebook | soundcloud | instagram

coffee or tea?: Tea, perhaps a peppermint just pips a flat white which is delicious
early bird or night owl?: Total Night Owl.
spirit animal: I'll go for an Orangutan as they are likeably with big arms
first concert I've attended: Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues band is the first I remember, I may have gone to A Beautiful South when I was really little.
favourite gig I've been to this far: Rage Against The Machine at Leeds Festival 2008
guilty pleasure song: Not sure I have one to be honest, I am pretty proud of most the songs I like perhaps that means all of them!
a song I wish I'd written: "I Can't Write Left Handed" by Bill Withers or "Tonight I'll be Staying Here With You" by Bob Dylan, maybe I'd write a mash up of the two!
the greatest invention: Electro acoustic guitar
favourite city for (live) music: Manchester
non-music related hobbies: Football, cinema, reading, writing poetry, big fan of stand up comedy
people who deserve a shout out: Morgan Harper Jones, Stained Glass Ceiling, Run and Hide Records

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name: Saar de Graaf
position: photographer
location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
web links: twitter | instagram

coffee or tea?: TEA
early bird or night owl?: Night owl
spirit animal: Wolf
first concert I've attended: Coldplay Mylo Xyloto Tour 2012
favourite gig I've been to this far: Coldplay Mylo Xyloto Tour 2012
guilty pleasure song: Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
a song I wish I'd written: Oasis - Champagne Supernova
the greatest invention: Photo cameras
favourite city for (live) music: Amsterdam
non-music related hobbies: Hiking in the woods, photography
people who deserve a shout out: Felix White, The Photo Ladies

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name: Reva May
position: photographer
location: Detroit / Toledo, USA
web links: website | instagram

coffee or tea?: Coffee
early bird or night owl?: Night owl
spirit animal: Koala
first concert I've attended: Taste Of Chaos 2006
favourite gig I've been to this far: Underoath 2016
guilty pleasure song: "TiK ToK" by Kesha
a song I wish I'd written: "Dive" by Nirvana
the greatest invention: Photoshop
favourite city for (live) music: Detroit
non-music related hobbies: Reading, Netflix
people who deserve a shout out: The Photo Ladies

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name: Gina Garcia
position: photographer
location: New York, USA
web links: website | twitter | instagram

coffee or tea?: Kombucha and Matcha Tea
early bird or night owl?: Night Owl
spirit animal: Hedgehog
first concert I've attended: Ed Sheeran in Phoenix, AZ
favourite gig I've been to this far: K. Flay at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn
guilty pleasure song: "Dangerously" by Charlie Puth
a song I wish I'd written: "There's A Light That Never Goes Out" by The Smiths
the greatest invention: Digital cameras
favourite city for (live) music: Brooklyn
non-music related hobbies: Photography, traveling, cooking and baking (vegan) food, reading, hiking and painting
people who deserve a shout out: Joanna Garcia, The Photo Ladies

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name:
Cissy Ding
position: photographer
location: Seattle, USA
web links: website | facebook | instagram

coffee or tea?: Coffee
early bird or night owl?: Early bird
spirit animal: Snorlax
first concert I've attended: Macklemore 2012
favourite gig I've been to this far: Daughter
guilty pleasure song: "Satellites" by James Blunt
a song I wish I'd written: "Let Her Go" by Passenger
the greatest invention: Smart phones
favourite city for (live) music: Seattle
non-music related hobbies: Photography, shopping, cooking
people who deserve a shout out: The Photo Ladies, Derya San for mentoring me and lending me gear

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name: Maggie Clark
position: photographer
location: Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
web links: website | twitter | instagram

coffee or tea?: Neither. But I'm trying to get into both.
early bird or night owl?: Night owl!
spirit animal: Penguin
first concert I've attended: I think Fergie or Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana. Throwbacks!
favourite gig I've been to this far: Eric Church at Red Rocks in Denver, Colorado.
guilty pleasure song: Probably some Broadway musical song or a Disney song.
a song I wish I'd written: "American Candy" by The Maine. The song or the entire album, to be honest- both are great.
the greatest invention: Camera, duh!
favourite city for (live) music: I love when I get to attend shows in Orlando, Florida.
non-music related hobbies: Dogs and traveling!
people who deserve a shout out: The Photo Ladies, forever!

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name: Jess McPhee
position: photographer
location: London, UK
web links: website | twitter | facebook | instagram

coffee or tea?: coffee
early bird or night owl?: definitely a night owl.
spirit animal: -
first concert I've attended: Evanescence at Wembley Arena in 2012
favourite gig I've been to this far: that's way too hard... Dead! or The 1975 at Reading 2016. Green Day at the Emirates Stadium in 2013 was incredible too.
guilty pleasure song: "9 to 5" by Doly Parton
a song I wish I'd written: anything that's been written by Halsey or The 1975
the greatest invention: coffee. cameras. the internet - take your pick!
favourite city for (live) music: London! Southampton's and Brighton's a close second because I used to live near and play shows in both.
non-music related hobbies: reading, writing, photography - can I put guitar?
people who deserve a shout out: Heather White, The Photo Ladies, Sophie Elliott & the Parallel Magazine team and my band Crack Foxes

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name: Melissa Rodriguez
position: photographer
location: Los Angeles, USA
web links: portfolio | twitter | facebook | instagram

coffee or tea?: definitely some strong coffee in the morning, and a nice cup of tea at night
early bird or night owl?: night owl for sure
spirit animal: a koala, because given the chance, I would sleep 22 hours a day, too
first concert I've attended: *N SYNC's PopOdyssey tour in 2001
favourite gig I've been to this far: blink-182 at the Wine Amplified Festival in Las Vegas, October 2014
guilty pleasure song: "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-A-Lot ... please don't judge me, it's just so catchy.
a song I wish I'd written: "Across The Universe" by The Beatles
the greatest invention: Google and YouTube, you'd be surprised how much you learn from others
favourite city for (live) music: I am going to be biased and say Los Angeles, only because I haven't yet had the chance to travel elsewhere for live music
non-music related hobbies: photography, drawing
people who deserve a shout out: There are so many, but I need to shout out to the musicians who gave me some great shots and constantly promoted my work on their pages: Throwaway Kids, Sofia Zorian, The Wild Young Hearts

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name: Sam Lichtenstein
position: photographer
location: New York City, USA
web links: website | instagram

coffee or tea?: coffee!
early bird or night owl?: def a night owl
spirit animal: penguin
first concert I've attended: *N SYNC, when I was 5!
favourite gig I've been to this far: any twenty one pilots show
guilty pleasure song: "Closer" by The Chainsmokers
a song I wish I'd written: "Work Bitch" by Britney Spears
the greatest invention: 35mm camera
favourite city for (live) music: New York City!
non-music related hobbies: reading
people who deserve a shout out: The Photo Ladies

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name: Gabby Ames
position: photographer
location: Virginia, USA
web links: website | twitter | instagram

coffee or tea?: definitely coffee!
early bird or night owl?: night owl, it takes me forever to fall asleep
spirit animal: sloth
first concert I've attended: The Cheetah Girls back in 2006
favourite gig I've been to this far: I saw Catfish and the Bottlemen for the first time back in October and they were absolutely incredible!
guilty pleasure song: "The Tide Is High" by Atomic Kitten
a song I wish I'd written: "Sea Of Love" by The National
the greatest invention: cameras and music
favourite city for (live) music: Washington D.C.
non-music related hobbies: Photography, reading and taking my dog, Cuzco, out for walks
people who deserve a shout out: The Photo Ladies

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You want to be a part of the amazing HITS team?

Write to Vanessa at houseinthesand@web.de with the subject "team application" and we'll have a chat! 


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