HQ: Brighton, England
I got into music journalism the old fashioned way – waited until I was two years into a doctorate on modernism and then on the suggestion of a friend subjected the reviews editor at Kerrang! magazine to an endless stream of harassing emails. It took only four months to wear down her resolve to the point where she was either going to have to give me work or take out a restraining order against me – and lucky for me she opted for the former. So, I quit my part-time job, started getting my ass to every show I could, and it didn’t take long for me to realize I’d actually stumbled into my dream career.
I reside on the UK’s south coast, and from my city by the sea I’ve been contributing prolifically to Kerrang! since jumping onboard (she was my first and will always have a special place in my heart). I wrote for Revolver for a while, and these days I also scrawl words for Outburn and of course good ol’ AP. With my resumé I don’t take offense at being thought of as ‘the metal guy,’ I live, breathe, and love the stuff --but I’ve retained my enthusiasm for good music drawn from just about every genre. Okay, some of the stuff I listen to might not be regarded as good per se, but if I like it I like it, and I doubt I’ll ever lose my hunger to hear the next thing that’s going to turn my world upside down and leave me staring at the speaker with my jaw agape.
Oh, and I’ve nearly finished the doctorate, which I’m hoping will make me the most ludicrously (and somewhat pointlessly) overeducated music hack around – though I of course welcome challengers to my crown.
TEN OF THE VERY BEST ALBUMS OF ALL TIME, ACCORDING TO ME (Not A Definitive List)
- Killswitch Engage – As Daylight Dies (2006)
- Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral (1994)
- Converge – Jane Doe (2001)
- White Zombie – Astro Creep: 2000 (1995)
- The Afghan Whigs – Black Love (1996)
- Neurosis – Times Of Grace (1999)
- Jimmy Eat World – Clarity (1999)
- Devil Sold His Soul – A Fragile Hope (2007)
- Will Haven – Carpe Diem (2001)
- Meshuggah – Chaosphere (1998)