Follow me on Twitter @samdavies313 for regular article posts Freelance journalist with writing published in BBC, Crack, Dazed & Confused, DJ Mag, Dummy, the Guardian, the i, Mixmag, Pitchfork, Reader's Digest, Resident Advisor, Vice and XLR8R. Co-host on hip-hop podcast Exit the 36 Chambers, available on all platforms. Formerly digital editor and social media manager at football & culture magazine PENALTY. Check my contently page for full portfolio.
- Geezers need excitement: a history of drugs in football groundsViolence, racism and verbal abuse are on the rise in Britain’s football grounds. Many blame cocaine. But a number of illegal drugs have been popular among fans at one time or another, with each having an impact on the atmosphere around the sport and the country. Sam Davies takes a deep dive into footy’s druggy underbelly.
- The Matrix and the sci-fi stories that predicted life in 2021The dystopian movement known as cyberpunk is bigger than ever. But as the genre's greatest film franchise returns, is truth stranger than fiction, asks Sam Davies. Read: https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20211207-the-matrix-and-the-sci-fi-stories-that-became-a-reality
- More than music: how drill took over the worldIn the last decade, drill music has become ever more popular while inspiring debates over its links to violence. Now the rap sound is flourishing in many continents, writes Sam Davies. Read here: https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210607-the-controversial-music-that-is-the-sound-of-global-youth
- Interview with LD (67), figurehead of UK drill, from prisonFrom his music to his manner, LD embodies the endless complexities of what drill has come to be – as his LP Who’s Watching drops, the drill godfather addresses his relationship with the police, his past, and the contemporary scene Read here: https://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/52039/1/ld-67-uk-drill-figurehead-whos-watching-prison-interview
- Mike Skinner: The RealistThe Streets was never a solo project. Mike Skinner is often thought of as a one-man band: he started The Streets in the early 2000s and recorded his debut album, Original Pirate Material, in his bedroom in Birmingham, stuffing his wardrobe with duvets and using it as a vocal booth. Over the next decade, four more Streets albums were released, all of them written and produced by Skinner. Read in full: https://trenchtrenchtrench.com/features/mike-skinner-the-streets-interview
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Freelance JournalistSelf Employed
London, United KingdomFreelance
Writing for a range of outlets across several areas of popular culture, including music, film, photography and social issues.
Games ManagerSport Inspired
- London, United KingdomFull Time
In charge of organising sports festivals for primary school children across the UK, a programme designed to introduce kids to the benefits of playing sport. Role included giving speeches, helping with the running of each event on festival day and recruiting schools and sports clubs in the weeks beforehand via email and telephone.
- Article Writing
- Content and Media Writing
2.1 BA Joint Honours English & Hispanic StudiesUniversity of Nottingham
- Nottingham, United Kingdom
Four-year course with one year spent abroad in Madrid and Lisbon. English studies included a range of literature and linguistics, while Hispanic studies covered culture, history and art, teaching to a competent level in Portuguese and to fluency in Spanish.