As a cold, bristly evening started to roll in, the music
students of Solent University huddled into Vinilo Record Store to discuss the
ever-changing music industry, but more precisely music journalism.
The guests – Sam Ford of So Young Magazine, Adam England of
Audio Addict Magazine and Ruby Tuesday as assistant tour manager to discuss how
they got into the industry, any advice they can give and their own stories of
being a freelancer.
The talk was presented by Lucy Wynne, who wanted to get to
know the real, gritty stories of music journalism. She was met with stories from Ruby Tuesday of
being a female in this industry and how men couldn’t believe she was the
assistant tour manager and asked for the ‘real’ tour manager as well as stories
from the editor of So Young Magazine talking about creating a magazine in
Southampton when everything is focused in London.
The editor of Audio Addict Magazine, Adam, constantly
mentioned that he was still a student and couldn’t answer the questions
properly as he was still learning his craft, which was a disappointment. However, Sam Ford’s stories were more
interesting as he was someone who didn’t even think he’d end up in this
industry. As someone who studied sports
and did So Young Magazine on the side, it was interesting to hear the stories
of how he funds the magazine – through merchandise and a price on the magazine
as well as his stories on the early days of the publication.
As the night drew to a close, the hard-hitting realities of
music journalism stumbled in as Ruby talked about how she has never been paid
to write about music, throughout her degree and after, she was paid to write
other journalism pieces, but not music.
Sam spoke about the reality of there will never be a full-time wage as a
music journalist because not only does everyone want it, but even the big
publications don’t have full time employees, only part time and freelancing.
Although the realities of this industry are grim and
hard-hitting, everyone came back from the event feeling positive that they have
what it takes. Talk Tonight Events have
plans for future events every month to do with different parts of the music
industry so watch this space as they climb the ever-growing ladder of the music