Apr ’12 – present, Exeposé Music

2013-01-22 02.21.11 pm

UPDATED 03/04/2013 at the end of editorship

Elected Music Editor alongside Anthony Prodromou in May, our editorship took full effect after Easter, since when we have edited 11/15 issues to date. We were fully responsible for all the content and design within the section, the latter based around templates given to us by the paper’s Editor. We have been fairly creative with those basic templates though, as I hope our sections prove.

I tended to direct the content and design, finalising with Anthony what to include each week, corresponding myself 90% of the time with our contributors and a large PR network, grovelling for interviews and press passes and conducting a large share of the interviews where we couldn’t find other writers to send.

Compared to our predecessors we were much more experimental and flamboyant with design, using many more cut-outs, transparency effects and generally varied layouts from issue to issue. In terms of content, we focused on maintaining a strong base of high-profile interviews, we introduced The Firing Range (a pithy, humour-focused singles review section) and varied features according to the musical climate and season. We let the content dictate the layout, dealing with design challenges as and when we had to tackle them on the day of editing.

Here are the interviews I ran for the paper:
Alt-J
Festival promoters (Glade, Bloc, Leefest, Farmfest)
Three Trapped Tigers
Jeffrey Lewis
Alt-J (again, after their Mercury win)
Willy Mason
Django Django (headliners of the NME Awards Tour)
Stornoway

And a list of interviews we managed to run, written and conducted by others:
The Temper Trap
Dry The River
Passion Pit
Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order)
Funeral For A Friend
The Joy Formidable
Frightened Rabbit
Reel Big Fish
Robyn Hitchcock

Here is a list of issues in chronological order with main features in bold and my credits alongside in italics – for the ones we are proudest of, skip straight to the **ed issues:

Issue 593, Week 25Alt-J interview, Revision Music feature (INTERVIEW, most DESIGN of copy and pictures [not Fortnightly Picks or Freebie of the Fortnight], some EDITING of copy, HEADLINES)
Issue 594, Week 27The Temper Trap interview, Dry The River interview, The Firing Range debut (Singles Reviews) & album reviews (Firing Range CONCEPT & DESIGN, Engelbert Humperdinck single REVIEW, interview EDIT, slight alteration to Fortnightly Picks column, some EDITING of copy, some DESIGN of copy & pictures – cutout, HEADLINES)
Issue 595, Week 29Festival previews, live review & Firing Range (arranging and conducting all INTERVIEWS with festival promoters, PREVIEWS for Bloc & Farmfest, single REVIEW, DESIGN of first 2 pages [meant to be double page spread], cutout, HEADLINES & BYLINES)
Issue 596, Freshers IssueAlternative Nightlife Freshers’ Guide, Three Trapped Tigers interview (INTERVIEW, nightlife guide pieces x 3, ALL EDITING & DESIGN [Anthony unable to make it] & HEADLINES & BYLINES) NB – new fonts, templates attributed to Editor
Issue 597, Week 2Festival reviews, Jeffrey Lewis interview, album reviews (INTERVIEW, DESIGN & EDITING 1st & 3rd pages, HEADLINES & BYLINES)
Issue 598, Week 425th anniversary issue (most copy in timeline, concept and DESIGN of timeline, main picture mash-up, some EDITING of copy)
**Issue 599, Week 6Passsion Pit interview, album reviews, Exeter living room live stream, Firing Range (substantial EDITING of interview & live-stream article, all DESIGN of new 3rd page layout & pictures [NB – bubble contains text in print copy], cutouts & picture DESIGN, HEADLINES & BYLINES)
*Issue 600, Week 8Peter Hook interview, Newton Faulkner review, ‘F*ck Da Policies’ bar (main picture concept & DESIGN, EDITING [particularly NF review], concept ‘F*ck Da Policies’, HEADLINES & BYLINES)
*Issue 601, Week 10Alt-J interview (again), opinion pieces, Firing Range (INTERVIEW, EDITING & DESIGN 2nd page incl. cutouts & vodafone folk pic [Cornell pixellated to hell through mistake by our editors], HEADLINES & BYLINES)
**Issue 602, Week 12Willy Mason interview, brief Christmas 2012 roundup INTERVIEW, EDITING & DESIGN 2nd page, HEADLINES & BYLINES)
Issue 603, Week 14‘The n-Exe-t big thing’ 2013 tips, Funeral For A Friend interview, album reviews (2013 tips concept, content-sourcing, [substantial] EDITING & DESIGN of first two pages [except events bar/freebie], EDITING of interview, HEADLINES & BYLINES)
Issue 604, Week 16(loosely) Valentines’ issue: Opinion pieces, BOTB review, ‘Foreplaylist’, album reviews (most EDITING & DESIGN incl. images and NEW ONLINE SIGNPOST)
*Issue 605, Week 18The Joy Formidable interview, Lee Scratch Perry review, Firing Range, album reviews (EDITING & DESIGN of interview [incl. new photo+headline layout], Firing Range)
**Issue 606, Week 20Bumper issue: interviews with Frightened Rabbit, Django Django & Reel Big Fish, Pink Floyd tribute preview, album reviews, Firing Range (Django Django interview [incl. ‘Djangofish’ sidebar], majority of DESIGN & EDITING, esp. navigating double page spreads , [perhaps over-]elaborate preview visuals and RBF interview visuals [slightly esoteric jokes about Exeposé’s previous issue and cocaine])
Issue 607, Week 22Final ever issue (accelerated nonsense): Robyn Hitchcock interview, Stornoway interview, (as requested) OTT opinion pieces, ‘Firing Eds Range’, absurdist album reviews (concept of all nonsensical content, 2nd-4th page DESIGN & EDITING, concept, design & byline for Firing Eds Range, Stornoway interview)

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