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About stateofbass

Dr Martin James is Professor of Music Media Industries and course leader of BA(hons) Popular Music Journalism at Southampton Solent University. Martin is an internationally renowned music journalist who worked on the editorial teams of some of the biggest magazines on the International market. Over the last twenty years he has regularly contributed to almost every major music and lifestyle magazine, and numerous daily broadsheet newspapers. Martin has also written several Internationally published and critically acclaimed books about music. Since 2008 Martin has coordinated Southampton Solent University's associations with some of the UKs finest independent festivals including Glade, Bestival, Camp Bestival and Blissfields. In 2009 Martin organized the University's first music industries conference 'Solent Music Industries Live Event' (SMILE), featuring some of the biggest names in the world of music sharing their knowledge with students. SMILE is now an annual one-week event in Solent's calendar. Martin has also played in numerous bands to varying degrees of success!

SSU’s Popular Music Journalism team announces the second Word Up! conference

Originally posted on Popular Music Journalism:
Southampton Solent University is to host its second annual music journalism conference, Word Up!, on Monday 3rd November, at the Solent Lecture Theatre in the SM building at 12-4pm. After last year’s hugely successful…

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A silent voice across the MEdiaverse: The Next Day as identities prosumed

Back in March 2013 I posted an article in which I tried to analyse Bowie’s comeback album The Next Day. Quite a few things about ‘Bowie now’ intrigued me so I worked on some of my ideas around social media … Continue reading

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Super Discount 2, The Sage Gateshead, 2005

Super Discount 2, The Sage Gateshead, Friday 11 February 2005 The sight of three balding producers bobbing their heads up and down as their fingers manipulate mixing keyboards, desk and computers to work up a breathtaking house-music storm may not be … Continue reading

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Roisin Murphy, The Dome, Brighton, 2007

Roisin Murphy, The Dome, Brighton, Wednesday 28 November 2007 In interview, Roisin Murphy appears not to suffer fools gladly. Direct, single-minded and occasionally a little belligerent, she comes across as a strong women who is in total control of both her … Continue reading

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Patrick Wolf, St George’s Church, Brighton – 2007

Patrick Wolf, St George’s Church, Brighton Monday 26 November 2007, The Independent The irony can’t have gone unnoticed as Patrick Wolf walked through the audience to the stage wearing an embellished approximation of a Roman soldier’s helmet. The venue is, … Continue reading

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Roots Manuva, The Sage, Gateshead (The Independent – 2005)

Roots Manuva, The Sage, Gateshead Wednesday 02 March 2005 Roots Manuva’s raps are delivered with the kind of gravel-distressed, ganja-soaked growl that takes years of larynx-burning inhalation to achieve. Strange, then, that he should open his latest tour in a … Continue reading

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23 Skidoo Interview, The Independent

Rock the dancefloor? We built it It may have been 15 years between 23 Skidoo albums, but that didn’t stop them laying the foundations of UK dance and hip hop. Just ask the Chemical Brothers The Independent, Friday 30 June 2000 If … Continue reading

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Vinyl Memories #2 – James White and the Blacks – Off White (1978) & James Chance and the Contortions – Buy Contortions (1979)

    Punk’s year zero clarion call seemed increasingly empty as the UK lurched towards 1979’s winter of discontent. The music that had once seemed so brave had become reduced to a standardized three-chord stereotype by a generation of young … Continue reading

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Vinyl Memories #1 – Sex Pistols ‘Never Mind the Bollocks… Here’s the Sex Pistols’

The first band I ever saw was Pink Floyd. I was bored. A few days later I first heard the Sex Pistols’ ‘Anarchy in the UK’. I was enthralled. In those few moments my life was changed forever. I went home, took … Continue reading

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MOUNT KIMBIE – Cold Spring Fault Less Youth (Warp)

Here’s a review I wrote for Electronic Sound… I’ve been thinking a lot about how always-on streaming consumption impacts on perceptions of music in terms of historical and socio-cultural significance. How do we understand music when text is stripped from … Continue reading

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