Well it has been quite an interesting few weeks for me. Firstly the Evening Standard named me, alongside my two fellow Shiny Media co-founders, as one of the 1000 most influential Londoners. Blimey was my mum proud.
Then T3 included me on their list of the 50 most important people in consumer electronics (thanks Kat!).
In what has to be some odd kind of karma I then got shortlisted for a Hackenflack, though I am going to have to try a hell of a lot harder next year to win that one.
So encouraged by all this acclaim from my peers I have decided to break new barriers and start, wait for it, a new blog – PopJunkieTV
For the last few months I have been working with Victoria Shortt of Victoria’s Jukebox fame, and Sean Hannam of ‘can I interest you in sitting in a bath with me?’ fame on an indie music vidcast called PopJunkie. Some episodes have been really good, others could have done with us setting the colour balance before shooting, but there you go.
Anyway PopJunkie has now morphed into an all new music blog of which I am very proud. In addition to the three of us we have tempted some top notch bloggers and journalists into writing for the site and boy are they good. There are some great features like the top 100 London tunes, lots of new bands, great lost pop albums and, as we are all prisoners of our pasts, a bit of music tech. I think it is great, but then what do I know? I was the man who launched a Twitter blog!
Sure we won’t be competing with Pitchfork or the NME for the time being, but I think there is space for a music blog that is a bit like Mojo or Uncut in the old days – before they started taking themselves too seriously. Sean described it as like The Guardian’s (wonderful) music blog but with knob gags and stupid videos. He’s probably right.
Anyhow pop over and let us know what you think. I have several other more, how shall say it, commercially focussed sites on the boil, including one that is very video-lead. That’s for another time though.