French/Italian national, adopted Londoner and a little bit Japanese. Currently based in London having previously spent time living in Italy, France and Japan. I am a writer and journalist with a passion for words, music and the internet and over ten years experience in various industries and positions. Deep down though I am just a nerd who loves working with words and likes to try his hand at different things. I am currently writing a book on modern hip hop production. I also have a tendency to mutate languages and I quite like food.
Over the years I have worked as a copy editor for a national newspaper, managed website content for medium and large companies, written a fair share about hip hop and electronic music, taught English in Japan, raised money for the victims of the March 11 tsunami and earthquake, founded and run a non-profit arts and culture project and built websites. The one constant in all this has always been working with words, music and technology and how the three intersect and complement each other.
An up-to-date CV of all my experience can be found on LinkedIn. Below are some highlights from my portfolio of work over the years:
After more than ten years doing what I do (the writing and editing and web and arts and so on) I’ve realised that organising it all into a coherent portfolio is harder than I originally thought. Which either means my achievements are a lot less important than I thought, and therefore don’t really deserve to be thought of as portfolio material, or that my tendency to try my hands at different things has just found another way to strike me down. Either way, here’s my second attempt at an online portfolio.
Over the years my writing (mostly music and travel) has appeared in ATM Magazine, The Japan Times, Undercover, Scratch, One Week To Live, The Bangkok Metro, Asahi Shimbun, FACT, Serie B, Playground Mag, RBMA, Shook, Hyperdub, Elusive Styles, Spannered, Quietus, and ukhh.com. That’s a more or less an exhaustive list. I’ve also had a short story published in Quakebook (following Japan’s 2011 tsunami and earthquake), done liner notes for albums and had editorial/writing input in a Japanese guide to Dubstep.
When I first set up my blog (back in 2006) I published as much of my writing on it as I could, which at the time had mainly appeared in print. I added to it as I went along for a few years but these were the years I actually slowed down writing wise. Anyways all of that can still be found in this portfolio section and I’ll be adding to it, retroactively and proactively, as and when.
Radio wise I still run and (irregularly) present the Rhythm Incursions podcast series and its (regular) monthly incarnation on BLN.FM. I used to also run and present Turntable Radio but that’s now been buried though one day Trick and I will get it together to properly archive the 4 years or so of shows that people still ask about. I’ve done my fair share of guest appearances on radio shows over the years including Dublab (both LA and Japan), NTS (London), Resonance FM (London), Radio Citta Del Capo (Bologna) and some local stations in Manchester and France the name of which I’ve forgot. Some of these appearances can be found in the portfolio section of this site.
In 2008 I founded Original Cultures, a non profit arts and culture project, which I still run to this day alongside three close friends who are based in Bologna. I mainly handle content, promo, funding and artists management for the event side of things and A&R and day to day admin for the label side of things. While we each have our own specialities and duties, we do whatever needs to be done to keep things moving, you know.
Since 2005 I’ve also A&R’d 4 compilations, done some freelance A&R for Project Mooncircle and now A&R for my own label, Original Cultures. I also work, in a variety of capacities, with various independent artists I’ve got to know over the years doing everything from connecting, helping with bookings, copywriting and more. I also regularly copywrite bios and press releases for labels including Vlek Data, Mr Bongo, Rwina and more.
I’m available for freelance and contract projects, whether remotely or working from an office. I am currently based in London though I am open to relocating for the right contract/opportunity.
You can view some of the services I offer below and contact me directly for a quote or anything else you may have a question about.
Previous clients and employers: The Asahi Shimbun/International Herald Tribune, ID Community Publications, FACT Magazine, Intel UK, Electronic Arts, Ford UK, Red Bull Music Academy, ukhh.com and more.
I have over 10 years’ editorial and writing experience in both print and web publishing. This includes writing and editing small/medium-sized B2B and B2C publications, copywriting for daily newspapers as well as corporate clients (all sizes), managing content for consumer websites in various industries and freelancing for a variety of music publications worldwide.
I love print, it’s where I started, but I also love and value digital publishing. Today most of my editorial and writing work is conducted within that world. As such I’m well versed in the production processes behind both print and web publishing. I can write, edit and correct and more importantly I know the implications these actions have on the actual publishing process.
I’m a self-taught writer and further refined my writing and learnt my editing skills through experience and courses at the London School of Printing.
Previous clients and employers: Curved Pressings, Vinyl Carvers, Great Hotels of the World, ID Community Publications, ukhh.com, Resonance FM, Shlomo, Cosmic Bridge Records, Arclight Productions and more.
Unlike words, my love for the web didn’t really start at an early age seeing as how the internet wasn’t really around then and we had to do things and talk to people in real life. I found myself becoming more than a ‘user’ online after finishing university and turning my end-of-degree thesis into an online resource. This ended up being my first major web project, Spin Science, which focused on the turntablist artform. I retired the project in 2007 having learnt a lot about content management, writing, social media (before it was a buzz word) and online publishing.
I’ve been working online professionally since 2005, focusing on content and media management/creation, digital marketing, social media and SEO. Words are important to me of course but I also believe that web publishing isn’t just about words anymore and so an understanding of how the web works, and how content is consumed and shared is equally important. Which is why I’ve got a keen interest, and experience, in various web technologies and trends (some call it wasting time, what do they know). I’m also self-taught to various degrees in web skills such as HTML, CMS, CSS, PHP, and MySQL.
I like making the web a better place in my own way, starting with treating words on the web as importantly as they should be in print.
Previous clients and projects: Vlek Data, Warp Records, Project Mooncircle, Needlework Records, Nihon Kizuna, Original Cultures, Nod Navigators, Cosmic Bridge Records, Goth Trad and more.
I love music almost as much as I love words. This interest soon grew into an obsession as I became older and the combination of both is why I became a music journalist. The more I became involved in writing about and documenting music, the more I also involved myself in parallel artistic and creative activities.
A friend once joked that I connect people like Nokia. Thing is, it’s sort of true. Over the years I’ve worked in a freelance capacity with many small independent labels, companies and artists doing promotion, A&R for compilations and releases, DJing, producing and presenting radio shows, organising events and most recently setting up a non-profit arts and culture project to bring forward a more personal vision of modern performing arts from a global perspective. The latter has also since become a label, which I run with partners focusing on A&R, content and promotion.
The experience I’ve gained and skills I’ve learnt in the process have been invaluable and have almost always fed in one way or another into the other work I do, be it writing or web wise. The last few years have been particularly good in that regard and I’d like to continue bringing forward music and art I feel worthy of people’s time and money, as well as work with artists and companies who want to do interesting, creative things within music or art.
Following my stint on the FACT desk this summer I now spend a lot more time working with them both in my freelance capacity and as one of the weekend newsdesk editors. As part of this we’ve been discussing a lot of different feature ideas and one thing that came up was doing more round [...]
Following my work on the liner notes for Goth Trad’s album for Deep Medi, New Epoch, I was put in touch with a Japanese guy working on a dubstep guide via my good friend Ryo from the SRK. The idea was to put together one of those guide books Japanese people are so fond of, [...]
Continuing the theme of using research work for my book and turning that into features, I did an Essential on Guillermo Scott Herren, known to most as Prefuse 73, this past summer for FACT. As with the Dabrye one before it, this was a way for me to start processing a lot of the ideas [...]
As part of their fifteenth anniversary celebrations RBMA are publishing a book titled ‘For The Record’, which compiles fifteen conversations between influential artists from across the years alongside additional articles and features on the importance of some of those featured. My written contribution to the book is in the shape of some of the artist [...]
Drum n bass was my first dance music love. It kind of changed my life when I first moved to the UK in the late 90s, and a few years later it would turn out to be one of the genres I most involved myself in when I first started writing about music (semi)seriously. You [...]