Interviewing Alexander Gabrichidze of KHIDI alongside Najaaraq Vestbirk, aka Courtesy, Tbilisi, May 2018. Photograph:  Kasia Zacharko

Interviewing Alexander Gabrichidze of KHIDI alongside Najaaraq Vestbirk, aka Courtesy, Tbilisi, May 2018. Photograph: Kasia Zacharko

About

I am a writer and editor originally from the north of Scotland and now based in East London. I write about music, travel, culture and international affairs for the Guardian, the Observer, Resident Advisor, the Independent, the Calvert Journal and Mixmag, and my writing has appeared in Time Out, Vice, Thump, the Sunday Herald, the National, XLR8R, Electronic Beats, Metro and many others. 

My music and travel writing has taken me all over the world, with MexicoLebanon, Uganda, Rwanda, Panama, TurkeyRussia, Ukraine and Greenland among the places my mum has had cause to anxiously bookmark the Foreign Office advice for in recent months. I love writing long-form features about music, and my Resident Advisor pieces on Rub-A-Dub and Copenhagen's 140 bpm techno scene were particularly wonderful recent obsessions. I dip into foreign affairs reporting sometimes, reporting on mass protests and official corruption in Romania and Georgia lately and maintaining a special interest in the politics and culture of the Middle East. I have also presented panel discussions at music conferences in Colombia, Spain, the UK and elsewhere.

As an editor I have worked on every kind of content imaginable but am to be found most regularly on the sports desk at the Guardian and the Observer, where I have also somehow become known as the person in the office who loves frantically pulling together early-edition post-match quotes pieces with a total turnaround window of three and a half minutes. In the days of Myspace and nu-rave I was clubs editor at Metro in Glasgow, and then later at the National in Glasgow.