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Call for New Writers to TGTF (Spring 2017 Edition)

 
By on Monday, 10th April 2017 at 11:00 am
 

We’re looking for some new contributors to join our ranks here at the internationally respected and read There Goes the Fear. We’ve been going strong for over a decade and would love some music lovers to join us and make their mark on the body of work we’ve been building here. Please read all the items below before filling out the online application. I realise there are a lot of questions but trust me, there’s a reason for all these questions, namely that we are truly looking for people who are passionate about music and can write about it and people who will get along with us – ! Writing for us is also good experience that can advance your career: some of our writers have gone on to positions at major television networks, music magazines and other news outlets and venue management and booking.

So, what perks can you expect from becoming a contributor to TGTF?
1. Mentorship and constructive feedback on your writing from our editor Mary Chang and other staff
2. Access to music before release when working on single and album reviews
3. Access to shows and festivals when covering for live reviews (pending experience with TGTF)
4. Invaluable writing and networking experience in the competitive music industry

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

There Goes the Fear seeks new writers!

 
By on Thursday, 24th September 2015 at 11:00 am
 

We here at TGTF are currently looking for new contributors to join our staff here at the internationally respected and read There Goes the Fear. We are on the hunt for good writers enthusiastic about music who are as excited about music and to write about it, sharing their opinions and experiences with our readership.

Journalism and communications students, this is fantastic work experience: some of our previous contributors to TGTF have gone on to esteemed journalism positions at mainstream media (the BBC) and music magazines (Metal Hammer), as well as careers in marketing and PR.

Send an email to me at mary [at] tgtf [dot] net with short answers to the following:

1. Why you want to write for us?
2. Do you have any past writing experience and if yes, where? (Please provide links.)
3. Who are your current (active) three favourite artists at the moment, and why?
4. Where do you live in the world?

We’ll get in touch with the folks we think would be a good fit. Ta in advance, and thumbs up all around!

 

TGTF is Looking for Some New Writers

 
By on Sunday, 22nd June 2014 at 11:00 am
 

We’re looking for some new, good writers to join our ranks here at the internationally respected and read There Goes the Fear. Think you have what it takes to join us? Please read all the items below before filling out the online application.

If we like what we read in your application, we’ll likely start you out on a trial basis with other applicants so you can get a taste for what we do, you can tell if you like us and we can tell if we like you and one day, you just might interview someone amazing like Tom English of Maximo Park for us like our editor Mary did last month. Deal? Okay, here we go…

What’s required:
1. a love for music (This should be obvious, yeah?)
2. an open mind about music (For example, you might come into this as someone who listens to nothing but rock, but I like to push my writers out of their comfort zone, because you just might find something else you like.)
3. good to excellent writing skills (Please not apply if you cannot write complete sentences, you cannot or are not willing to write more than 250 words about a song or album or you do not know how to use punctuation.)
4. reliability and a strong sense of commitment to the Web site and to your deadlines (I’m not a happy editor when I have to chase writers down. We’re all adults here.).
5. a sense of humour (Trust me, we all get along better as friends!)
6. a complete application (Thank you.)

It’s a plus if you:
7. have previous music writing / interviewing experience (If you have this, please include links to your writing when applying.)
8. know basic HTML (I’m old skool.)
9. have a camera and can take photos at shows (This is great if you plan to cover shows for us.)
10. live in the UK or Ireland (Applicants from other countries will be considered in this call, but I’m especially looking to increase our writership in these two countries at this time.)

Thanks for your interest!

 

Quickfire Questions #25: Editor Mary Chang

 
By on Friday, 25th November 2011 at 11:00 am
 

So we’ve shared with you the Quickfire Questions answers from our writers and I was thinking some of you might be wondering how I would answer them…

1. What song is your earliest musical memory?
My dad was a crazed maniac when it came to fidelity of sound; the house I grew up in is still littered with the many speakers he bought over the years, after painstakingly researching each one through geeky audiophile magazines including one from this company that came into existence before I was in existence). So it’s really not surprising that my first musical recollection is something from his classical collection, probably ‘Nessun Dorma’ from Puccini’s Turandot (aka Pavarotti’s big number).

2. What was your favourite song as a child?
Madonna’s ‘Borderline’ was the first song I learned all the words to. I still know all the words, but it rarely gets played on radio these days. At the time, I didn’t understand that Madonna was this sexualised being that girls wanted to emulate and boys wanted to be with. All I wanted to do is sing along to it on my hairbrush. And dream about being a pop star one day.

The Rolling Stones’ ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ was my favourite when I got older. The awesome guitar riffs are there, the lyrics that you want to sing along to loudly at the top of your lungs are there as well. It came back to me years later in a introductory biology class in uni, when the professor was discussing respiration and said in passing, “it’s a gas, gas, gas!” and I sniggered loudly. With both pride and embarrassment, he identified me as the only person in the cavernous lecture hall to have gotten his joke.

3. What song makes you laugh?
Fine Young Cannibals – ‘She Drives Me Crazy’. There is a good way to do falsetto. (Exhibit A: Hayden Thorpe of Wild Beasts.) Roland Gift, he’s an example of someone with an embarrassing one that will now go into history thanks to the record-buying public. It’s not that he was a bad singer. ‘Good Thing’ proved he could sing, given the right material. In the right key. Generally anything by Art Brut also guarantees sniveling and snorting of the good variety.

4. What song makes you cry?
Coldplay – ‘The Scientist’. This probably sounds odd, as I don’t like Coldplay and think they’re massively overrated. When the song came out, I was very ill and I wasn’t sure I was going to live. I don’t care what anyone else says: coming to terms with your own mortality is the single most scary thing you will ever have to do in your life. I remember hearing it for the first time, breaking down in tears, thinking, “does this mean I am going to die before I’ve ever fallen in love?” The melody’s not great, but the lyrics “tell me you love me / come back and haunt me” gives me a lump in the throat every time.

5. What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Stephen Duffy and the Lilac Time – ‘Salvation Song’. My first love dedicated this song to me. He said I gave him great inspiration for songwriting. And he gave me a glimmer of hope, a beacon of light when everything in my world was dark. I have no idea where he is now, but I would think he would get a kick out of finding out I now run a UK music blog and play bass.

6. What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
I blame both my parents for this: I have a really bad temper. Crossing me is not advised. I cannot sit through Hoobastank’s ‘The Reason’. The last time I sat through this song, I was in my car, trying to find the hospital where paramedics had taken my father after he had collapsed at work, and this stupid song was mocking me. Seriously, every time I hear it now, I want to put my fist through a wall. Or a window.

7. Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
The Stone Roses – ‘She Bangs the Drums’. Mani’s thudding opening bass line, the minimalist taps on the drums, then the melodic guitar into Ian Brown’s sweeping vocal. I don’t know why it took me so many years to realise how dirty the song is (!) but it’s a prime example of being able to write a very good rock ‘n’ roll song that can mean different things to different people. It’s also very weird to me now knowing that the Stone Roses have reunited and are touring next year. In a good way of course: anywhere close to Washington they decide to gig, I am there.

8. Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
I really don’t read as much as I should. (I’m listening to music. All the time.) I think Stuart Maconie’s dry humour in both his music and UK heritage books is great. The writers I aspire to be like are Dorian Lynskey and Dave Simpson of the Guardian. It doesn’t matter the topic: I know when a piece has either of their names on it, I’m in for a balanced, intelligent, wonderful read.

9. If you weren’t writing for this blog right now, what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’m a science editor, which is as good a job as any if you still want to remain in the sciences but you can’t be a wet bench scientist (working in a lab). If I could give it all up, I’d pack up my things and move to a major city in England and be a music journalist. My dream job when I was little was to be a singer; I was in choir and did all the things in school you could do to prepare yourself for a career in music. Unfortunately, I just don’t have the voice for it anymore.

10. If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?
If I died tomorrow, I’d chose Mystery Jets’ ‘Serotonin’ (pictured on top, review here). Admittedly, I’ve listened to it a whole lot since it came out last summer. There aren’t too many albums that distill love and lost love in pure pop form as perfectly as this one. Listening to it, I’d never forget the people who had graced my life over the years.

 

Quickfire Questions #16: Writer Shari Fedak

 
By on Wednesday, 31st August 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

For the last day of August, we bring you the Quickfire Question answers from our Baltimore via Canada writer…

1. What song is your earliest musical memory?
Lionel Ritchie – ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’. When I was very small I used to demand that I watch a show on CTV called “Video Hits” – it was the 80s, so music videos were being shown even on mainstream television. I very clearly remember the video, it made an impression on me, I suppose. I remember trying to walk on the walls afterwards. It didn’t work out.

2. What was your favourite song as a child?

Either Blondie’s ‘Rapture’ or anything from Billy Joel’s ‘Glass Houses’. When I was, again, very small, my younger sister and I used to divide up my mother’s record collection – I got Blondie, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen, she got Dire Straits and Bryan Adams. I also really liked Corey Hart, had a poster of him that came with his record on my wall when I was 2 or 3. Think it was the first record that I owned wholly by myself. Requested it for Christmas.

3. What song makes you laugh?

The Replacements – ‘Kids Don’t Follow’. The beginning part, particularly. I do an excellent impression of it. I’ve been threatening to do it on stage with my band so many times it’s become a bit of an inside joke, which makes it funnier to me. Then the guitar part starts and I pretend I’m Bobby Stinson minus the drinking in my head even though I can’t play guitar. What a song.

4. What song makes you cry?
‘Married to a Lazy Lover’ by the Auteurs. It’s probably not supposed to make you cry, but there’s this part of the song when it crescendos and the organ comes in and I get weepy. I’m probably repressed. Anything by Journey. Not because I’m actually sad, but because I just would really like you to turn it off.

5. What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Well, the song that I’ll always attach to my first real boyfriend is the Sneaker Pimps’ ‘6underground’. No special occasion, it’s just the sort of thing I was listening to at the time. As an addendum, Death From Above 1979’s ‘Sexy Results’ is the dirtiest song I know. But that ain’t got nothin’ to do with love.

6. What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
Now, my anger is actually a fairly rare thing, but I think !!! (pictured at top) – ‘Pardon My Freedom’ sums it up fairly nicely. Or perhaps Luke Haines’ ever-simmering disdain would be more along the lines of my anger. I hardly ever get to ‘Pardon My Freedom’ levels.

7. Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Absolutely too many to count. Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’? That’s about my songwriting level. I’d be bathing in cash right now. Although I secretly suspect most pop songs are written by computers nowadays anyway.

8. Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Neil Gaiman or Robert Jordan! I’m a nerd. I mean, I really do read perfectly scholarly real literature, as I love reading, but sometimes you just want a story. Actually, Neil Gaiman really should be considered real literature (in comic and written form) if he is not. Just brilliant.

9. If you weren’t writing for this blog right now, what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Well, currently I’m a legal secretary now. I’d rather a) like to quit my job and do music full time, b) be the next Martin Hannett minus the drugs and the weight problem, or c) be a synthesiser technician. I cleaned up the insides of a Hammond Condor RSM unit (it’s a frequency to voltage converter, basically, with various footages and vibrato/tremolo control) and tweaked the trim pots and made it sing again the other day. It gave me so much joy. See above comment in re: nerd. I make no apologies.

10. If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?
I swear this changes ever month. Right now it’s Wire’s ‘Pink Flag’; maybe next month it’ll be the Modern Lovers; perhaps Richard Hell or Talking Heads. Maybe something by the Replacements or New Order. Perhaps I’ll discover a brand new band with a brilliant new album next week. I suppose it would be a bit egotistical to take recordings of my own band to Heaven with me, right? I’m pretty sure I’d miss my band a lot.

 

Quickfire Questions #15: Writer Luke Morton

 
By on Friday, 29th July 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

For today’s writers’ Quickfire Questions, we have our Lincoln native / recent London transplant, Luke Morton ruminating on his musical upbringing…

1. What song is your earliest musical memory?
I think it might be Meatloaf – ‘I’d Do Anything For Love’. I remember it being on a rock compilation my parents always had on in the car when I was a kid.

2. What was your favourite song as a child?
Depends how young you mean by child. When I was about eight it would have been Spice Girls – Say You’ll Be There, when I was 11/12 it would have been Slipknot – ‘Wait And Bleed’. And I still have both of those songs on my iTunes, don’t say I’m not eclectic.

3. What song makes you laugh?
The Lonely Island – ‘Boombox’ or ‘Like A Boss’. I probably love their album a bit too much. Also Flight Of The Conchords – ‘Hiphopopotamus Vs. Rhymenoceros’.

4. What song makes you cry?

There’s no song that actively makes me cry, but ‘No Surprises’ by Radiohead probably does leave me feeling a bit sadder.

5. What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Buckcherry – ‘Crazy Bitch’? Spinal Tap – ‘Sex Farm’? Dead Kennedys – ‘Too Drunk To Fuck’? I have no idea, I’m just saying songs.

6. What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
Quite a lot of my music is angry or heavy, so there’s a fair few. But for a quick cathartic release, at the minute I’d say Rolo Tomassi – ‘Party Wounds’ or Blackhole – Forever.

7. Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Any song which would have made me money? Probably anything by Black Sabbath, so I could have invented heavy metal.

8. Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Songwriter? God knows. Itch from the King Blues (pictured at top) has some fantastic lyrics, but then there’s people like Wednesday 13 who have some hilarious words in their songs. In terms of author, it’s got to be Douglas Adams.

9. If you weren’t writing for this blog, what job do you think you’d be doing right now?

I’d probably still be working as a chef and trying to scrape together enough money to go to loads of festivals. Either that or befriending a famous band and touring with them constantly and doing nothing.

10. If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?
I literally have no idea. I could be ironic and take AC/DC ‘Highway to Hell’ or something, but I’d get bored of the joke quite early into the whole ‘eternity’ thing. I’d probably take an album I hadn’t heard yet, just to give me something new. Otherwise I’d take one album I’d love and then get angry I didn’t pick a different one.

Luke Morton was our first regular Lincoln correspondent until he moved to London last month. (Well done Luke: living the dream! And believe me, we’re planning to take full advantage of Luke’s new location when it comes to covering gigs.)

 
 
 

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