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Music Journalism with Eve Barlow

About the SEssION

The session with Eve Barlow will focus on her journey from law graduate to music journalist, and will focus on how she grew an expansive career from scratch. She will discuss her early years working in-house at music magazines, then transitioning to freelance self-employment Stateside. She will also be able to shed light on the role of a music tastemaker, and how she goes about finding the next breakthrough act. There will be opportunity for questions and advice for those who seek to explore opportunities in this side of the music industry.


About Eve Barlow

Eve Barlow is a music and culture journalist. After graduating from the University of Manchester in 2007 with a Law LLB  with Hons, she pursued a career in media, beginning as a Deputy Production Manager at Bauer Media. Between 2009-2012, Eve edited some of the biggest entertainment magazines in the UK including Q Magazine, MOJO, Empire, FHM, and Kerrang! In 2012, Eve was invited to become the Deputy Editor of the NME, then the biggest weekly print music title in Europe. As second-in-command, Eve ran the shop floor and produced a weekly print product, while also liaising with the online team responsible for the leading music website in the world, NME.com. During her tenure at NME, Eve was integral to breaking several enormous world acts, including Haim, Disclosure, Wolf Alice, Jessie Ware, Chvrches and more. She also leveraged world exclusives with global acts such as Daft Punk, David Bowie and Arctic Monkeys. Eve was responsible for heading print content at the NME Awards, which is one of the UK music industry's biggest nights, and led the NME team at the Glastonbury music festival in both 2013 and 2014. Eve's reputation in the music industry for nurturing new music and building communities is second-to-none.

In 2014, Eve left the NME and emigrated to America. She has spent the past six years in Los Angeles as the go-to music and pop culture writer for countless titles including The Guardian, The Sunday Times of London, New York Magazine, GQ, Billboard, EW, NPR, Pitchfork, ELLE, and more. She has written over two dozen cover stories and interviewed the biggest stars in the world; from Debbie Harry to Kim Kardashian, Billie Eilish to Future, Dave Grohl to Lenny Kravitz, and Shania Twain to Robert Pattinson, to name a few. She has continued in a tastemaking role and writes bios for emerging and established acts, and has been crucial in the coverage of growing acts such as The 1975, MUNA, Maggie Rogers, Clairo and Lizzo. Eve has been at the forefront of widening the scope of pop culture coverage and a leader in progressive intersectional representation as regards equal coverage of female artists, LGBTQ+ artists and BIPOC artists.

For more information and examples of Eve's work please see: https://evebarlow.contently.com/

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