ARTHUR VAN PELT, THE NETHERLANDS
FOUNDER OF SPFREAKS.COM, 2003 | SMASHING PUMPKINS CD COLLECTOR
Around the year 2000, I met Thom Jones (UK) and Detlef Knispel (Germany) in the collecting community. We were frustrated by the incomplete online discography information about our favorite band, and we decided to try to do it bigger, better and bolder. With my brother Bernic, aka RedWolf, (hats off to you bro, you brought a dream alive!), we built a fan site focused on collecting that has seen several updated new features over the years. The people on the current About Us page run the new site built by Leah (see below) in 2013. Our team of over ten dedicated Smashing Pumpkins fans worldwide, to include our writing team, definitely reaches around the world; from Canada to Belgium the Philippines and several other countries. My job on SPfreaks is to bring order in this online chaos. Meanwhile I try to write articles for our blog. See you around on SPfreaks!
DEREK MILLER, USA
TEAM MEMBER SINCE 2007 | SMASHING PUMPKINS VINYL COLLECTOR
I met Arthur through my own failed Pumpkins website called www.pumpkinography.com. I had no means (or business) building a site of the magnitude of SPfreaks. Once I saw behind the curtain of SPfreaks, I folded my website and joined forces with Arthur. Currently I manage the content uploads, edit most blog articles, provide research when needed, and stare at other people’s collections. That is, when I’m awake.
GEO FOLKERS, USA
TEAM MEMBER SINCE 2011 | SMASHING PUMPKINS JUNKIE/COLLECTOR OF EVERYTHING
To support a positive atmosphere within the fan base, I decided to contribute my passion for The Smashing Pumpkins to the friendly people at SPfreaks. My personal journey is to help preserve the art and legacy of The Smashing Pumpkins for others. Currently, I manage the social media of SPfreaks, write blog articles every now and then, and provide additional research when needed. And it still needs lots! Ø
SHAHARAINE P. ABDULLAH, THE PHILIPPINES
TEAM MEMBER SINCE 2013 | SMASHING PUMPKINS FAN
I met Arthur and joined SPfreaks after randomly answering an “open call for writers” ad on their Facebook page in early 2013. Before that, I was a rather misanthropic writer who adored The Smashing Pumpkins. Currently, I write and contribute articles for SPfreaks, minus the misanthrope (on good days).
LEAH KARABENICK, USA
WEB DESIGNER, HOUSE MOM SINCE 2012 | JUST A GIRL WHO REALLY LIKES THE BAND
I met Derek on a remote island in Puerto Rico. He said he ran some sort of band fan website. The site, he said, needed a facelift and voila, here we are. I am a producer/sometimes graphic designer/analyst/interaction designer from Chicago, IL and the journey redesigning SPfreaks has been the most interesting side project I’ve ever taken on. I think that these guys are doing something extremely special and their dedication and love for this band and their members is truly admirable.