THE GUARDIAN – What Does It Take To Be A Music Producer?

the guardian - what does it take to become a music producer

Another piece for The Guardian on careers in the music business. This time some interviews with DJ Chuckie (of Dirty Dutch) and Marc Kinchen (AKA MK).

I produce music myself and so working on this musical careers stuff is beyond fascinating to me. I still dunno how to make people to pay me to make angry music all day, but I’m getting there.

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THE GUARDIAN – What Does It Take To Run A Record Label?

the guardian careers - running a record label

I interviewed some super interesting people in the music industry for The Guardian about careers in the music business. I spoke with Simon Dunmore of Defected Records and Toby L of Transgressive Records. A lot of it didn’t make the final cut but both of these guys had some fascinating insights.

As a longterm musician myself, this is exactly the kind of assignment I love!

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GOTHINKBIG – Ultimate Guide To Video Sharing Sites

A guide for GoThinkBig on video sharing sites for career success!

I wrote another guide about self promotion for careers/inspiration site GoThinkBig.

This one’s about the medium of video, which I use with erm…variable success.

If you’ve got something useful to say, you are obliged to say it. Right?

Here’s my youtube channel if anyone’s interested. Hope it helps 🙂 !

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GOTHINKBIG – Jobseeker’s Guide To Document Sharing Websites

A guide for GoThinkBig on marketing using document sharing websites,

A short guide for Bauer’s GoThinkBig on how to use document sharing sites like Scribd and Issuu for career and business advancement.

It’s basically guerilla marketing with PDFs, and you can do it for free.

Been doing this kinda stuff (with varying success, lol) for a few years so thought it might helpful to pass on what I’ve learnt.

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YAHOO FINANCE – The Biggest Budget 2013 Issue? Legalise it!

a piece for yahoo finance on legalising cannabis

An op ed kinda piece for Yahoo Finance in which I argue on why we should legalise cannabis in the UK.

Not telling people what to do and freeing up an estimated £6.7 billion in savings and tax revenue seem like pretty good reasons, but there are others too. 🙂

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YAHOO! MOVIES – IG88B: No Points For Second Place

Yahoo Movies - IG88B, No Points for second place

Recently, Yahoo asked me to write from my perspective on an ongoing basis about Star Wars. And how could I refuse such an offer?

So here’s one of my first pieces, a little backstory into IG88B, the assassin droid who was on a mission to kill everything that wasn’t a droid. He failed, of course, but the backstory is actually kinda hilarious.

So yes, this Star Wars ‘beat’ is gonna be pretty nerdy, but as with everything else I write/do, it will be subjected to a combination of my irreverent/irrelevant humour and intense hyperbole.

Just how you like it.

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SKIDDLE – 5 Minutes With… Delilah

Interview with singer Delilah for what's on guide, Skiddle

Fun interview with/unleashing nonsense questions upon Atlantic Records signed singer-songwriter, Delilah. I enjoyed it.

I wonder where her music will take her next…?

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SKIDDLE – 10 Minutes With… We Are Scientists

A humorous interview for listings website Skiddle with American indie rockers We Are Scientists

So, when you come in with the stupid questions, We Are Scientists give as good as they get.

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YAHOO UK LIFESTYLE – Piece On Eckhart Tolle’s The Power Of Now

A piece for Yahoo UK Lifestyle on Eckhart Tolle's The Power Of Now

Before I was the occasionally fun, mostly cheerful, intermittently prolific word slave you may or may not have met, I was a misanthrope with long hair and a long face.

Obviously, I stopped all that. Asides from deciding that living a boring and shitty life wasn’t going to be for me anymore, I read a book by Eckhart Tolle called The Power Of Now.

I wrote a little about the book for Yahoo, though Yahoo made a bit more of the focus on me instead.

But who gives a toss about my past, eh? The book is a life changer. Or was for me. Now I want others to read it.

Also it was nice to write something personal and with my name on it, since lately all it seems that I’ve been doing is ghostwriting on tropical fruit and Caribbean cruise holidays.

Hope you enjoy! 🙂

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YAHOO UK NEWS – I Was there…

A piece for Yahoo UK News about the UK Diamond Jubilee in 2012

Every now and then instead of writing a ‘how to’ guide for Yahoo, they let me/make me write about stuff like cake or my hometown of Croydon…

So I did. This was about the Diamond Jubilee and ‘being there’ for the summer riots that resulted in stuff getting burned down right by my house. People seem to like reading about that.

Also I decide to thrust my opinions about British social cohesion onto the reader. BE WARNED.

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