Hi! I'm a freelance copywriter and music journalist with reviews, interviews and features at publications including The Guardian, Pitchfork, Noisey (Vice), Dazed, The Quietus, The Wire, FACT, Bandcamp Daily and Electronic Sound. Through years of experience and working with feedback from editors, I have honed strong research and storytelling abilities. As a copywriter I have written press releases, artist biographies and campaign emails for a number of festivals (including Sound City Ipswich and Wild Paths), music venue The John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, artist management and record label PR (PIAS and PAN). I have also worked as a freelance sub editor for Gigwise and The Quietus.Locked Pro Plan feature
My freelance copywriting work includes artist biographies for record labels including [PIAS] Recordings and PAN alongside independent artists. I also write press releases for music venues the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts and The Smokehouse, successfully resulting in coverage from The Quietus, Gigwise, Crack, Louder Than War and local press. I have also worked as freelance PR for Sound City Ipswich festival, and alongside PR for Norwich's Wild Paths festival.
As a music journalist, I have contributed reviews, interviews and features to publications including The Guardian, Pitchfork, Noisey (Vice), Dazed, The Quietus, The Wire, FACT, Bandcamp Daily and Electronic Sound. Through years of experience and working with feedback from editors, I have honed strong research and storytelling abilities. Between 2016 and 2017 I was a regular reviewer at The Wire Magazine. For The Wire in 2018, I reviewed Tirkultura, a 24-hour installation in Cēsis, Latvia. I am a regular contributor to The Quietus, having written reviews, interviews and features for the publication since 2015.
Duties: Sub-editing features and interviews, using Google Documents and Word to track and suggest changes. For SEO of the Gigwise website, I used link building in order to improve visibility of articles in Google searches. Uploading content onto the Gigwise site using their CMS. Turned content from raw copy (press releases) into news pieces, approx 5-6 per day, 2,000 words in total
Organising booking of equipment and assisting the coordination of influencer events. Editing creatives and assets on Adobe Photoshop and Canva for publishing on social media channels. Helping to maintain a good reputation for clients on the agency roster, acting sensitively to their needs. Scheduling posts using Hootsuite. Assisting with the planning and scheduling of competitions on social media.
Duties: Maintaining the Centre's internet presence, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine accounts. I monitored and recorded activity using Google Analytics and Wordpress. Attended a SEO workshop with a SEO specialist. I applied knowledge gained during the workshop to improving the John Peel Centre website with backlinks and inbound links, consequently directing traffic to the website in order to boost visibility on Google searches. Helping to co-ordinate and promote the Centre’s regular BBC Introducing… Suffolk performances. Writing of sponsorship letters. With the direction of the line manager, I secured sponsorship from local businesses such as Bosch for the Centre’s seasonal brochure. I also wrote promotional copy for the Centre’s seasonal brochure. Assisting with the management of the Centre’s box office. This involved selling tickets in person and over the phone. I dealt with customer enquiries and refunds with a polite and helpful manner. With artist management, I helped organise the online promotion of gigs via Facebook competitions and interviews with artists. Uploading events onto WeGotTickets using the website client system. Writing and emailing monthly events newsletters to over 1,000 subscribers using MailChimp, recording clicks and opens in an Excel spreadsheet. I discussed the layout and content of the email with the John Peel Centre’s events team. Writing press releases for upcoming events at the Centre. Attending monthly events team meetings and taking minutes. I brought together a team of volunteer designers in order to make posters for upcoming events at the Centre and held introductory meetings. Creating flyers, posters and organised their distribution and printing. I held meetings to discuss distribution costs. Helping disabled visitors, OAPs and Adults at Risk to access the venue. Co-ordinating events alongside family support charity Homestart. Being responsible for the cash float and reporting at the end of events. If the venue was short staffed, I offered to help clean the venue and work on the bar.
Duties: Helping to maintain and add to the newspaper's pool of writers and discussing pitches. Editing articles according to the newspaper’s house style. Designing newspaper layouts and editing pages using Adobe InDesign. Writing weekly features and opinion pieces. Compiling a monthly events listings column for events off-campus. I ensured that I covered a diverse range of events that had potential to appeal to a wide range of students at the University.
Working within a small team of award-winning journalists, I was involved during the production of the April edition of The Stool Pigeon. Working to tight deadlines, I contributed my own articles to their online website using Wordpress and basic HTML. Using the Internet, I sourced and secured contracts with further stockists for the magazine; researched and compiled information in preparation for Record Store Day and researched sources and used these to update the Twitter feed. Other responsibilities included updating spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel; filing incoming press releases; organising promotional CDs for review and liaising with major record labels and PR companies.