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About Me

I’m the London Correspondent for Rolling Stone Australia, and a freelance writer covering music, film, comedy and travel. I’m also a DJ and promoter, and run my own club night called How Does It Feel To Be Loved?

From 1989 to 2000, I worked for Melody Maker, first as a freelance, then as Media Editor and then as Features Editor, and made the final shortlist twice for IPC’s Commissioning Editor Of The Year. In 1995, I was a judge on the Perrier Panel. Since the start of 2001, I’ve written for The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent On Sunday, Evening Standard, The Scotsman, Scotland On Sunday, The Sunday Herald, NME, Empire, Metal Hammer, Amazon, Yahoo Music, BBC Online and BBC Choice. I edited two listings supplements for NME (Bring It On and the O2 Music Guide), and co-ordinated music coverage on Heinekenmusic.com for IPC. I also spent six months working on The Editor page at The Guardian. I'm currently working as a freelance reporter for BBC 6 Music, reviewing live shows and interviewing fans.

How Does It Feel To Be Loved? is a bi-monthly London club night that mixes Eighties indie pop with northern soul, Tamla Motown, girl groups, and Sixties heartbreak. Described by The Guardian as "absolutely the best night in the whole of the world" and Big Issue as "a speakeasy for anyone who suspects that their life is one big Smiths song", HDIF has played host to a range of guest DJs from Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch and Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake to The Wedding Present's David Gedge and legendary Smiths/Blur producer Stephen Street. I’ve taken HDIF out of London several times, DJ-ing in Valencia, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Glasgow and the Isle Of Man. I also promote monthly live shows at The Windmill in Brixton under the banner HDIF Presents.

If you’d like to contact me about any of the above, you can email me here. The jokes that were originally in this profile can be supplied on request.

 

 



Ian Watson
Music, film, comedy and travel journalist based in London


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