10
Jul

My interview with Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley in this week’s Kerrang! is doing the rounds. I even got interviewed by The Independent about it at the end of the piece. Real journalism. Here’s an extract…

“The thing that struck me most throughout the interview was how positive Deryck’s outlook was,” said Kerrang!’s news and online editor John Longbottom. “The prospect of being able to focus once again on his music and his life with his fiancée; of regaining full mobility and of getting back on stage seemed to be the driving forces behind his fight.

"He spoke like a man who had not only woken up from a coma, but woken up from the spiralling disconnect that he’d been experiencing with his day-to-day life.”

30
Jun
Here’s another example of a single-space Superheader in action, this time running in conjunction with a homepage takeover.

Here’s another example of a single-space Superheader in action, this time running in conjunction with a homepage takeover.

29
Jun

Myself and Vijay Amar at EMPIRE magazine came up with the concept of the Kerrang! Superheader. It’s an optional, configurable area of content on the Kerrang.com homepage. The section can be deployed for breaking news or live events (festivals/awards ceremonies/etc) and can house multiple pieces of related content in one clean area.

The top screengrab (above) shows its first run out, when we used it as a hub for the Relentless Kerrang! Awards 2014. It housed a live video stream of the red carpet, links to the live blog of the ceremony and a list of nominations.

The second screengrab shows the superheader in a single-space configeration, hosting live Google Hangout with rockstars including Andrew W.K. This allowed fans to interact directly with bands via Twitter, asking questions using #KerrangHangout

27
Jun
I won a Bauer Media Award today for my work on Kerrang.com. I’m delighted and really grateful. It was a complete surprise and it feels great to be recognised for my work. Next year we’re eligible to be nominated for the best website award, so I’m gunning for that now.

I won a Bauer Media Award today for my work on Kerrang.com. I’m delighted and really grateful. It was a complete surprise and it feels great to be recognised for my work. Next year we’re eligible to be nominated for the best website award, so I’m gunning for that now.

24
Jun

Just did a farewell interview with one of my favourite bands in the world, The Swellers, who announced they’re splitting up today. I’m glad I was the one to do it, but there were moments – and I don’t say this lightly – when it nearly broke my heart. Talking career highs, the realities of the music industry and what it means to travel the world for a decade, on a shoe-string, with your best mates in tow was as bittersweet as it comes. 

Ultimately, I think it’s more about what they represent that hits me though. They’re every band, and every person, out there who sacrifices a normal, easy life to do what feels right. Everyone who took the hard road out of nothing more than a bloody-minded love for what they do.

They worked hard, they never had a gimmick and they never took shortcuts – they never sold out their sound and they damn well never got the recognition that they deserved. In my mind, right now, they’re one of the last, honest bands in punk rock and, pretty soon, they’ll be a footnote, drowned out by a thousand and one bands who do it for all the wrong reasons.

I’m not going to sit here and tell you that they were the best band in the world because, objectively speaking, they weren’t. But that’s not the point. They were passionate. They were honest. They were talented. They were real. And I think what really gets me, is how little all of that counts for. The Swellers were THE underdogs – and now, that’s all they’ll ever be.

27
May
My project over the past 6 months was to redevelop Kerrang.com. Here are the jaw-dropping results.

My project over the past 6 months was to redevelop Kerrang.com. Here are the jaw-dropping results.

29
Mar
Tomorrow I’m moving out of this room. It’s served me well as both a living space and a home office during my couple of years of freelancing – and it’s one of the only places since university that I’ve felt properly at home.
I’m looking forward to moving into my new flat though, as well as the inspiration that always comes with a change of scenery.

Tomorrow I’m moving out of this room. It’s served me well as both a living space and a home office during my couple of years of freelancing – and it’s one of the only places since university that I’ve felt properly at home.

I’m looking forward to moving into my new flat though, as well as the inspiration that always comes with a change of scenery.

25
Feb
24
Feb
A photo I took on a walk in Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, last year. Very foreboding.

A photo I took on a walk in Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, last year. Very foreboding.

23
Feb
I went along to the #KERRANGTOUR2014 and met one of my all time heroes, Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland (pictured here as the ghost of Hunter S Thompson… possibly)

I went along to the #KERRANGTOUR2014 and met one of my all time heroes, Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland (pictured here as the ghost of Hunter S Thompson… possibly)

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I'm a 26 year old writer and designer. This site contains my portfolio of journalism, creative writing, graphic design, art and photography.

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I'm News & Online Editor at:

Kerrang! magazine

and I'm the Art Director at:

Signature Brew

Most of my design work is under non-disclosure agreements, however some of the brands and companies that I've worked with include:

EMI Jack Daniel's BT

Microsoft Mastodon

Professor Green Rock Sound magazine

MEATliquor National Grid

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