I’m a copywriter, content designer, journalist and sometime writer. Back in the day, I ran the UK’s first and greatest underground dance music magazine, Soul Underground. I’ve been a photographer and a TV researcher.
Copywriting, editorial, content
I’ve done this, on and off, for 25 years. It’s all in my CV (PDF, 72KB). Highlights? I wrote a chunk of GOV.UK for the site’s launch, developed all the marketing and e-commerce material for foska.com, created and implemented a content strategy for the British Council and was the first digital copywriter at Imagination.
The UK’s first underground dance music magazine, Soul Underground is remembered today for launching dozens of careers, championing rap, house and other black music years ahead of the mainstream press, and inventing a new type of music journalism. I published and edited all 38 issues.
Catch The Beat
At the end of 2009, DJhistory asked me if I’d like to create a Soul Underground anthology. I said yes. The result is “Catch The Beat“, an amazing 440-page behemoth available at amazon.co.uk, amazon.com, Waterstones and all the usual places.
I’ve written for publications including The Wire, The Guardian and Attitude. My favourite piece is “Too Blind to See It“, an examination of the roots of house music.
Teaching and workshops
I lecture and run workshops on writing and editing for the Web. I’ve done this for the London School of Journalism, the British Council and UK Trade & Investment. I’m also a guest lecturer on Lucy O’Brien’s music journalism degree at University of the Creative Arts.
I make mosaics. I studied with Emma Biggs at her studio and also at a couple of West Dean College‘s amazing Summer Schools. I mainly work in unglazed ceramic using the indirect method, but recently spent a week working with smalti at Orsoni in Venice.