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uDiscoverMusic.com takes an in-depth look at some of the most influential music in the world – and the artists that created it. Full of news, reviews, features, videos, curated playlists and quizzes, it’s an essential home for fans of all types of music. Among its contributors, the site has a team of respected authors and journalists who are passionate about what they do, with decades’ worth of experience in print, online, radio and TV journalism.

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Staff Writers

Sam Armstrong
With many years’ experience in the industry, Sam is a self-confessed music nerd – “a fan first, a writer second”. Seeing nothing wrong with listening to The Beatles one minute, and Megadeth the next, for Sam, music is a never-ending voyage of uDiscovery.

Angus Batey
Having spent a large part of his time writing about music – and hip-hop in particular – for the likes of Hip-Hop Connection, Mojo, Q and the NME, Angus has more recently focused on a different kind of explosive scene: defence and aerospace, which he has covered for Combat Aircraft and Digital Battlespace, among others.

Max Bell
Worked for the NME during the golden 70s era before running up and down London’s Fleet Street for The Times and all the other hot-metal dailies. A long stint at the Standard and mags like The Face and GQ kept him honest. Later, the esteemed Record Collector and Classic Rock called.

Paul Bowler
His love affair with music began as a ten-year-old obsessed with the likes of Madonna and Nik Kershaw. While he has since written on a vast variety of styles including hip-hop, R&B, world, psych, prog, ambient and dance, a love for the giddy highs of pop music has never left him.

Martin Chilton
A former culture editor of The Telegraph, where he was also a music critic, columnist and interviewer, Chilton has also edited books on jazz and a partwork magazine on the history of rock. He has chaired talks with musicians at major festivals and was also once a roadie on George Melly’s tour of China in the 80s.

Jason Draper
Was the reviews editor of Record Collector magazine for ten years. His work has appeared a number of publications, including Music Week, Metal Hammer, the NME and Uncut, and has written a number of books, including two on Prince: Life And Times and Chaos, Disorder And Revolution. Beck once claimed that their interview “inspired him to go back into the studio”, which means he can die happy.

Mark Elliott
Mark Elliott has an interest in pop that’s bordering on the obsessive. Including a complete run of Madonna and Pet Shop boys releases, he’s amassed a huge collection of 15,000 records and almost as much music memorabilia. When he wasn’t out buying more, you’d find him publishing magazines such as Time Out, Empire and The Face, and, in more recent times, writing books. The next one’s on Stock Aitken Waterman. Inevitably.

Richard Havers
Writer of many books on rock, pop, the blues, jazz and more. Producer of reissues and box sets, writer of sleevenotes and broadcaster. Richard’s most played track of the last year on iTunes was Lyle Mays’ ‘Close To Home’.

Ian McCann
Ian McCann is the editor of Record Collector magazine. He has written for the Financial Times, Telegraph, Independent, The Times, NME and Q, and was a regular reporter on BBC Radio 1 during the 90s. He is a crazed vinyl collector, specialising in reggae, soul, jazz and… everything else. He has more than 300 credits on albums; they have made him rich enough to be able to afford a lottery ticket every week.

Joel McIver
Author of 30 books on rock music, Joel McIver also writes for The Guardian and many other magazines and newspapers. He frequently appears on TV and radio.

Oran O’Beirne
The driving force behind Ireland-based metal blog Overdrive, Oran can usually either be found on the end of a dictaphone, interviewing one of his musical heroes, or having his ears blasted by the sound of a full-throttle band whose gear is turned up to 11.

Tim Peacock
Initially a staff writer with Sounds, one of the UK’s three major rock weeklies during the 80s and 90s. He has since contributed to Irish rock paper Hot Press, edited online publication Whisperin’ And Hollerin’, and co-wrote The Rhythm & The Tide, the story of the early years of seminal Liverpool cult band The La’s.

Paul Sexton
Writer-broadcaster who contributes to The Sunday Times, Billboard, Music Week and many other titles, and presents and produces shows for BBC Radio 2, Virgin Atlantic and Emirates. Is partial to everyone from James Brown to James Taylor.

David Sinclair
During an illustrious career that has seen him work in senior positions as the Sunday Times and the Sunday Telegraph, David Sinclair also held the post of music editor of The Times, and has written a number of books on subjects as wide-ranging as Edgar Allan Poe, Lord Snowdon and the history of the British pound.

Laura Stavropoulos
LA based music writer/editor with a passion for vinyl and vocal runs. Specialised in profiles and covered international music scenes for MTV, among others.

Charles Waring
When his attempts to become a New Romantic pop god were thwarted, Charles Waring gave up playing music and began writing about it instead. He got his first break at Blues & Soul magazine in the 90s but has spent the last decade and a half writing mainly about jazz for Mojo and Record Collector. He has also curated many compilations and to date has worked on over 300 sleevenote projects. When he’s not writing, he can be found cruising seedy backstreets looking for record shops to satisfy his vinyl fetish.