We're a month and a half into the new year, and what you have done with yourself? If your first answer is, "Not much," then don't fret; you only have a little over 10 months left to not follow through on your New Year's resolution. If your second answer is, "Well, I've been to a lot of concerts," then we may have just the thing to help you get your ass in gear: The Dallas Observer is making a fresh call for music writers.
If you love going to shows and want to find out what artists are thinking, what their influences are, what the venue is paying them and what their lyrics say about our culture, then the time is perfect. We're looking for folks just like you.
So what else are we looking for in our would-be writers? Here are some guidelines:
— A good working knowledge of the Dallas-Fort Worth and North Texas music scene, including country, hip-hop, metal, punk, electronic and dance music (among others).
— Strong opinions about the music they listen to and a willingness to share and articulate them.
— An eagerness to report on and learn more about bands and genres outside of their comfort zone, especially ones outside of typical indie rock and mainstream coverage.
— The ability to generate story ideas, including more conceptual and outside-the-box pieces that go beyond standard show reviews, previews and band profiles.
— Some experience interviewing bands and reviewing shows preferred, but not required.
— An adherence to deadlines and ability to meet them on often-overnight time frames.
Does that sound like you? You bet it does. Interested candidates should send writing samples and a brief introduction to our music editor, Jeff Gage, at email@example.com.
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