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Hi. I'm Alex and I'm 24 years old and have a dog named Hector. I'm an MA Musicology Graduate (with Distinction). Currently working as a piano teacher, and keys player for Top Cat Collective. Also a writer for various publications including Songlines, Sounds and Colours, Pigeons and Planes, and Serious. Looking for work as a Staff Writer and Freelance Writer.
I am currently finalising the press release for Serious' Take Five initiative, held annually in Kent. I was invited for a two-day visit on location at the Artist Development Programme. Previous writers have included John Fordham, Daniel Spicer, Jane Cornwell and Kevin Le Gendre. Read more about it here: http://www.serious.org.uk/about/artists/artist-development/take-five
I have started writing for Pigeons and Planes Magazine. My first feature entitled 'Deeper than Rap: Grime is not a subgenre of hip-hop’ was published in November 2015 and received over 3,000 shares and significant acclaim. Access it here: http://pigeonsandplanes.com/2015/11/grime-hip-hop/. I am currently compiling their UK MCs to watch list for 2016.
I have been contributing to Sounds and Colours Magazine for the past 18 months. My first contribution was a DJ mix of Digital Cumbia, which reached 1st in the Mixcloud Latin Chart. I currently write live reviews, CD reviews, and have continued my mix series.
My roles for the internship (Sep-Oct 13) included proofreading, managing online blog material, conversing with contributors, and collating pictures and information for magazine articles. I continue to write for the magazine, having completed their centrefold feature on 2015’s festivals in March. I now write their overseas festivals column, in addition to regular CD and live reviews. Recent features include an Introducing segment on Full Attack Band, and the World's Best Festivals guide for 2016 (forthcoming in Issue #118).
I undertook a Masters in Musicology at City University, and achieved Distinction classification. Modules included Researching Music in Contemporary Culture, Critical Readings in Musicology, Interdisciplinarity and Collaborative Process, and Popular Music and Society. This was in addition to my Major Project, entitled 'The role of performance in grime music: a departure from the recorded form’. I was supported by the Robert Anderson Scholarship for the duration of my studies. This was awarded as a consequence of my academic achievements in my undergraduate degree.
Music BMus (Hons) - Class I Modules undertaken: African-American Music Studies: gospel and blues; Music Traditions of the Middle East; Music Traditions of the Far East; Jazz: Its History and Music; Popular Music; Studio Composition and Audio Art; Sound Recording and Studio Techniques; Sound, Art and Techno-culture; Dissertation on ‘Grime as Genre: Subcultures, Space, and Consumption’. Awarded the prize for Best Overall Performance.
I was awarded this following a course in 2014 in conjunction with the EFG London Jazz Festival and Serious. One of the writers on the course was chosen to have their piece published in Jazzwise magazine. I was the youngest attendee on the course. The article was published in Issue 193 of Jazzwise Magazine, February 2015. Entitled 'Christophe Chassol's Indiamore - The Write Stuff Selected Review'.
This prize was awarded for best overall performance in my undergraduate degree at City University London.
This was an award for funding for the duration of my Masters degree.