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Team Writers

Jim Allen
Jim Allen has contributed to print and online outlets including Billboard, NPR Music, MOJO, Uncut,,, Bandcamp Daily,, and many more. He’s written liner notes for reissues by everyone from Bob Seger to Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and is a singer/songwriter in the bands Lazy Lions and The Ramblin’ Kind as well as a solo artist.

Molly Andruskevicius
A journalism graduate whose love of music began with Bob Dylan’s album Desire, Molly has a love for all things rock and blues, and her work has appeared in the NME. Despite spending thousands on her master’s degree, she finds writing personal biographies to be beyond her capabilities. Some would say that’s money wasted, but she prefers to not get involved in such discussions.

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.

Jamie Atkins
Currently based in London but born and raised in the South West, Jamie has written about music for the best part of a decade, having previously worked in both the health service and educational institutions. Consequently, he owns scrubs with his name embroidered on them, corduroy trousers and far too many records.

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.

Terry Beezer
Renowned for finding the best new bands and being one of the most passionate members of its community, Beez (known to his mum as Terry Bezer) is one of rock’s most notorious and outspoken ambassadors. Having hosted on Scuzz TV in the UK and presented at the world-famous Download Festival in the UK (as well as writing for Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Classic Rock and Rock Sound magazines), Beez now hosts his massive Transatlantic podcast, That’s Not Metal, out of California, with new episodes every Friday.

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.

Patrick Bierut
A screenwriter and culture critic living in Los Angeles, Patrick has one cat and appears on the podcasts Late Fees and The Cable Box for RNC radio.

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.

Spencer Bright
The biographer of Peter Gabriel and Boy George, Spencer Bright is a former music critic for London’s Evening Standard and Daily Mail, and has contributed to most national newspapers.

Louis Chilton
A freelance writer living near London, Louis has written about music, film and TV for publications including The Independent and the i newspaper.

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.

Didier Deutsch
Didier C Deutsch is a reissue producer with a broad experience in pop, jazz, soundtrack and Broadway recordings. A native of France, he came to this country in 1962, and worked as a journalist before becoming a Publicity Director at various labels, including CTI, RCA and Warner International. In 1986, he joined Sony/Legacy as a producer, curating the catalogues of such artists as Tony Bennett, Dave Brubeck, Johnny Mathis, Henry Mancini, and Stephen Sondheim, among many others. He is currently V.P. of Jazz Catalogue at Verve.

Jason Draper
Was the reviews editor of Record Collector magazine for ten years. His work has appeared in 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.

Tyler Dunston
Tyler is a writer from Chattanooga, Tennessee. His writes about music for Consequence of Sound and Treblezine, and his creative work can be found in Red Wheelbarrow, Philadelphia Stories, Cathexis Northwest Press (online) and elsewhere.

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.

Julie Epstein
A native of Los Angeles, Julie Epstein works for Universal Music Group and has contributed to various publications including Angeleno magazine and The Santa Barbara Independent newspaper.

Caren Gibson
With her parents having met while both working at the legendary Abbey Road studios, it was perhaps inevitable that her Caren Gibson’s path would follow music. Cutting her teeth as sub-editor on Kerrang!, she progressed to reviews editor during that magazine’s golden era. After a four-year tenure as deputy editor of Metal Hammer, she retired to the country to cuddle some puppies. But the quiet life didn’t cut it and rock’n’roll called her back to the fray, where she now contributes to Planet Rock magazine.

Nisha Gopalan
Nisha is a music and culture writer who has worked at Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine and Nylon. She has also contributed to the New York Times, Billboard, and NME.

Rashad Grove
Rashad Grove is a journalist and Co-Host of The Briz and Rashad Experience in Princeton, NJ. His work has appeared on BET, Billboard, MTV News, Medium, High Snobiety, Revolt TV, Okayplayer, The Source Magazine, AllHipHop, Ambrosia For Heads, and some others. You can catch his brilliance on @thegroveness on social media.

Stu Hackel
Stu Hackel has been a Universal Music consultant for 20 years, writing essays and producing compilations, with a focus on the Motown catalogue. He’s been a college radio program director, a community radio DJ and a major market newspaper music editor, in addition to being a long-time hockey writer.

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 boundless passion for music made him one of the most knowledgeable experts in the field. Co-founder and former editor-in-chief of uDiscover Music, he sadly passed away in 2017 and is sorely missed.

Ryan Healy
Ryan Healy is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer. His work has appeared in Gothamist, Neon Signs, The Scofield and The Village Voice.

Kerstin Hern
Kerstin is an LA-based music writer who covers the metal scene. She’s also worked as a tour manager for several metal artists and marketing manager for Universal Music, Republic Records, Oblique Artist Management and Century Media Records.

A hip-hop historian, lecturer and author, JayQuan lives in Richmond, Virginia. He currently operates and produces a series of educational short documentaries called Foundation Lessons.

Ilana Kaplan
A freelance writer and editor living in Brooklyn, Ilana has written for Rolling Stone, NPR, Billboard, Refinery29 and more.

Jeanette Leech
Jeanette is the author of Fearless: The Making Of Post-Rock (nominated for the 2018 Penderyn Music Book Prize) and Seasons They Change: The Story Of Acid And Psychedelic Folk. She has written for The Wire, The Quietus, Shindig! and fRoots, and lives in Canterbury.

Alyson Lewis
Alyson Lewis is a freelance writer and editor in Cleveland, Ohio. She’s written for Complex, Vice, and other media outlets. When she isn’t working or creating beverage recipes, she’s rewatching old Sade interviews, annoying her cat, and practicing stand-up routines in her living room to a (fake) live-studio audience.

Theresa Lopez
Best known for her pop culture think pieces in the Boston Globe, among others, Theresa decided to pursue a career in music at age five, when she met Elvis Presley’s former drummer DJ Fontana.

Emily Mackay
Emily Mackay is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in NME, The Observer, The Guardian, Pitchfork and The Quietus. She is also the author of the book in the 33 1/3 series on Björk’s album Homogenic.

Ian McCann
Ian McCann is the former 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.

Paul McGuinness
Paul McGuinness is a music and history journalist based in England. Paul has interviewed legendary musicians from around the world, and travelled to experience the music he loves in its natural settings. He’s stood in awe at doo-wopers busking on a street corner in Greenwich Village; sat in with the band at a late-night juke joint in Mississippi; supped cocktails in the shade listening to salsa music in a Havana courtyard; and performed at a festival on a remote Hebridean island. He is the editor of History Revealed magazine.

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.

Ben Merlis
Ben Merlis is a musician, music publicist and music historian from Los Angeles. He was raised on oldies, hip-hop and punk, in that order. He is currently writing a book on the history of Cold Chillin’ Records and the Juice Crew, published by BMG and due out in 2019.

Brett Milano
Brett is a music writer and author of Vinyl Junkies: Adventures in Record Collecting (St Martins, 2003) and Don’t All Thank Me at Once: The Lost Pop Genius of Scott Miller (125 Press, 2013). He has been a publicist at Rhino Records and an editor at OffBeat magazine in New Orleans. He currently writes weekly in the Boston Herald.

Reggie Mint
The heath correspondent for a UK press agency, Reggie has a particular interest in neurology and finds that a love of Jamaican music provides “the perfect escape from doom and gloom stories about the NHS”.

Jacob Nierenberg
Jacob is a sentient flannel shirt and freelance journalist from the Pacific Northwest. Words for Consequence of Sound and Treblezine, in addition to uDiscover Music. If you see him, say hello.

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.

Zenobia Ortis
Zenobia spent her youth working in record stores in Hollywood before moving to New York to be a jazz singer. Having all she could take of rats and cold weather, she moved back to LA and started an astrology blog that gained a following for its meanderings on music and pop culture contextualised through divination and the dark arts. Then, having all she could take of teenage witches, she went to grad school and got a MA in Music Industry.

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.

Tasha Pert
Tasha cut her teeth writing for the sadly now defunct Sandman Magazine, then the largest independent free music publication in the UK, covering artists and shows across Yorkshire. After getting her journalism degree, she went on to be editorial assistant for, an online magazine specialising in PR news and features. Her music writing continued on her personal blog and she has contributed to various zines throughout the years.

Domenic Priore
Author of Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock’n’Roll’s Last Stand in Hollywood and the AMC documentary Hollywood Rocks the Movies, Domenic is a LA-based pop-culture historian and archivist who covers music, history and politics.

Oregano Rathbone
West Country-based journalist with a penchant for prog, psych and all things off the beaten track.

Nicola Rayner
A freelance editor, dance critic and travel journalist, Nicola Rayner has edited the publications Dance Today and Discover Britain, and her work has appeared in Time Out, The Guardian and Dancing Times, among other titles.

Wyoming Reynolds
Though he may sound like one, Wyoming Reynolds is, in fact, not a cowboy. Growing up in a small Northeast locale, Reynolds has had a passion for music ever since his father first played him the opening chords of ‘Like A Rolling Stone’. From there, he’s quietly pursued journalism – beginning in high school with a bunch of zigs and zags along the way. Reynolds can be found at either his local watering hole or enjoying the splendour of the beautiful outdoors and weather that Southern California has to offer.

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
David Sinclair has been chief rock critic of The Times and a contributor to The Sunday Times. He was a columnist for Rolling Stone and Billboard, and has written books on ZZ Top and The Spice Girls. He is a singer, songwriter and bandleader with the DS4. His fifth album, Sweet Georgina, is released in April 2018.

Da’Shan Smith
A pop culture and music columnist based in New York, Da’Shan Smith’s writing has been featured on Revolt TV, MTV News, Vibe and Pitchfork, as well as in Billboard. When he’s not retracing the influential history of contemporary trends and music genres, he’s DJing mixes under the name Nightshawn101.

Phil Smith
UK-based collector and electronica aficionado, Phil Smith is currently trying to clamber out from under several piles of charity-shop vinyl and vintage mixtapes.

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.

Jeff Terich
Ever since bluffing his way through his first interview with a band in college, Jeff Terich has been feeding his voracious appetite for music, both old and new, the best way he knows how: writing about it. He’s the founder of the website Treble, recently wrote the music column The Setlist for San Diego Magazine, and has contributed to American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Kerrang!, Stereogum, San Diego CityBeat and the San Diego Union-Tribune. He lives in San Diego with his wife, two cats and a rapidly expanding vinyl collection.

Hannah Vettese
A lover of 60s girl groups and female-fronted soul and pop records, Hannah can be found wittering on about them anywhere that will let her.

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.

Jason Zumwalt
Jason has worked as both a writer and voice actor in radio, television and feature films. His most recent work includes forty episodes of The Ranch starring Sam Elliot, Debra Winger and Ashton Kutcher in which he served as a writer and story editor. His feature films Flock of Dudes starring Chris D’Elia, Marc Maron and Kumail Nanjiani, and Urge featuring Pierce Brosnan can be found on Amazon.

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