Music JournalistWhat do you get when you combine a love for music and the written word? What else, but, music journalism. It is a rare talent to have both an ear for good music and the ability to pen words that accurately – and artistically – describe music. So what does a Music Journalist really do? Well, they listen to music, critique it and then write it down for others to read. Since there are lots of new genres of music today, and even more solo artists and bands under each genre, many people prefer to rely on a music journalist’s word and listen to a band or artist that a reliable music journalist applauded.
A music journalist’s work isn’t limited to criticizing new bands. Some music journalists prefer to exclusively write reviews about new albums, tours, concerts, musicals and even instruments. Usually, they either say Yay or Nay; encouraging or discouraging other people to listen to this particular band or artist. But if their reactions are negative, music journalists tend to have a more subtle approach because by disapproving this genre of music or this band, they also put their own careers at stake.
There is also a different kind of Music Journalist who specializes in doing interviews with the people who are directly involved like, the band members or even the manager. This kind of journalist needs to be able to put other people at ease, relate to new people they haven’t met and basically conduct a good interview. This is a difficult job since not everyone can be at ease in other people’s company and at the same time be very knowledgeable about the music industry and be a good interviewer to boot. But of course, there are also those who can combine writing reviews and conducting interviews at the same time.
A Music Journalist can work in different places. The most obvious is to go and work for a music magazine. But many women’s and men’s magazines also do features on new music or instruments. Album reviews are the most common, along with interviews with the band members or artist. Newspapers also cover different kinds of music related news and an interview with a passing touring band is also common. But when it comes to music journalism, the Internet is one of the best places to have an article published.
There are pros and cons when it comes to music journalism. The pros are that one can work closely with one’s favorite musicians, gain access to after parties and concerts and of course, you can hear about the latest music before the rest. The cons are that you have to work really hard in order to produce just one article or interview and the salary hugely depends on your abilities.
Music journalists usually work freelance and that’s the reason why the salary could go way up one day and plummet tomorrow. But journalists working for a publication get a set salary and a bonus for a job well done.