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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.

uDiscoverMusic.com is operated by Universal Music Group, the largest record label in the world and home to the greatest artists in history.

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Staff Writers

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.

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.

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.

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 will be sorely missed.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.