Derek Robertson is a freelance music writer, editor, and digital journalist with over ten years’ experience contributing to a variety of publications, both in print and online. Having written for the likes of the Guardian, the Independent, the Quietus, Clash, Loud & Quiet, Timeout, and Vice, as well as a three-year stint as the English Editor of PERDIZ magazine, he is now Editor-In-Chief at Drowned In Sound, where he oversees editorial direction and is involved in digital strategy. He also contributes to Subbacultcha, a Dutch independent music and art platform devoted to emerging artists, writes artist biographies, provides content for several internationally renowned festivals, and has been a BBC Sound Of pundit for several years.
Music Magazines? Over there, in the Museum...
Derek Robertson Drowned in Sound (GB), Marjolijn Winten Nolala (NL), Ralf Niemczyk Freelance Music Journalist (DE), Dan Stubbs TI Media (GB)
Is music journalism an endangered species? Are just we happy with Facebook, Instagram, Spotify and Youtube? Yes, we are. But what comes next and what else will survive? Where and how do you promote music in these times,
when radio will also be gone and journalism having been replaced by bots and algorithms...
Derek Robertson Drowned in Sound (GB)
Marjolijn Winten Nolala (NL)
Marjolijn Winten is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Nolala - an online magazine on the stories in music. During her marketing career at Universal Music, Warner Music, Viacom International Media Networks and a brand activation agency, she discovered that paying attention to lyrics can heighten the listening experience. At the same time, research shows that only 1/3 of people listen to lyrics. She saw an opportunity: the listening experience of 2/3 of people can be improved!
With Nolala, Winten encourages music lovers to discover the stories in music by publishing background articles on mainstream music and in-depth interviews with artists and music lovers.It’s her mission make the world discover the value of lyrics and Nolala is just the beginning..
Ralf Niemczyk Freelance Music Journalist (DE)
Ralf Niemczyk has written about pop music since the 80s, and from 1985 to 1995 he was editor and managing editor of the pop culture magazine SPEX. In the mid-nineties he worked in Berlin as duty editor at the techno magazine Frontpage, and in the early noughties he worked for the web platform popkomm.de, which dealt with news about the entertainment and online industries. In 2011 he moved to Berlin and became the editor in chief at MusikExpress, from 2012 editor at Rolling Stone, and since the summer of 2015 he has once again been freelance.
Dan Stubbs TI Media (GB)
Dan Stubbs has been working in music journalism for more than 15 years, first as a freelancer for Q, MOJO and more, and full time for NME since 2012. In that period, NME has been through more changes than ever before in its 65-year history, relaunching as a free print title and then, last year, as a digital-only brand. It closed the year with its biggest ever audience of 16 million monthly readers.
Manfred Tari Pop100.com (DE)
Manfred Tari is working as a professional in the music industry since 1987. Already in 1984 he organized his first festival in Dortmund, from 1989 until 1998 he organised the concert program of the German music convention Popkomm, from 1999 onwards he worked as a journalist mainly for trade publications such as Musikmarkt, IQ-Magazine, Music & Copyright and Vip News. From 2004 until 2008 he worked for the conference agenda of Popkomm and since 2009 has provided the same service to the Hamburg based Reeperbahn Festival Conference.