19 Secrets Music Journalists Will Never Tell You
There's a lot less sex and drugs than you might think.
1. Some band members assume you're there because you want to sleep with them.
2. And if you're a female music journalist, you lose count of the amount of times you're mistaken for "the girlfriend".
3. Sometimes reviewers don't actually go to the show they're meant to be writing about.
4. Some music journalists always think they're right, and get into arguments with the world's biggest rock stars.
5. But bands talk, and reputations can be ruined quickly.
6. Every journalist has their favourite PR person who they can rely on.
7. Some bands are easily annoyed by their fans.
8. If you interview a band you've idolised for years and they turn out to be utter arseholes, it's hard to listen to them again.
9. A surprising amount of magazines don't actually pay any more.
10. But the freebies can sometimes make up for it.
11. Sometimes you find a band really early on in their career who you just know are going to be huge but your editor won't listen to you.
12. There's a lot less sex and drugs than you might think.
13. Every journalist has that horror story of the time they forgot to press "record".
14. Hardcore fans are a nightmare.
15. Likewise, fans who spam magazines to feature a new band can do more harm than good.
16. There's nothing worse than being offered an interview with a band only to find that it's an email interview.
17. Some journalists just ask the same questions to bands without listening to them first.
18. Former school "friends" can be THE WORST.
19. It's never wise to befriend a band.
This is the experience of several people who have worked in the industry. Thank you to all who contributed.