For over a decade, DIY has been at the forefront of music discovery.
A monthly, free magazine based out of London, DIY deals with everything exciting about alternative music. Be it buzz bands in back rooms or stadium sized monsters, it delivers exclusive interviews, brilliant photography and essential reviews. It’s not just through print, either. With the longstanding website bringing the latest news and amazing music to the world 24/7, DIY has everything covered.
We have had ‘quite a few’ people enquiring about work experience of late. Unfortunately, we don’t currently have the capacity to have any additional bodies in the office as it stands, nor the time to mentor anyone in a way any of you lovely people would deserve. We’re always on the look out for new writers, though (see below)!
Wanted: Feature Writers
DIY is on the look out for talented writers excited by music and with a flair for infecting others with their enthusiasm to join our team.
Working across online and print, DIY contributors form part of a highly active community searching out the best stories, features, interviews and more across the spectrum of alternative music. Working together and with our editorial team, the emphasis is on great ideas, bringing our readers the most exciting, informed publication possible.
This is a paid role, with renumeration on an article by article basis. It can be conducted remotely (you don’t need to be in London!) and hours are flexible.
Reporting to our editorial team, our online staff writers are responsible for dealing with everything happening now in the world of music. Some of the possible responsibilities include:
- Sourcing original news, by conducting interviews, fostering relationships with bands, PRs and labels, monitoring social media and online networks, or by using specialist knowledge of genres and artists to report stories others don’t or have missed.
- Pro-actively conduct interviews with artists announcing news in a timely fashion, with DIY relevant acts about wider issues currently on the agenda, and longer interviews around releases, tours and industry schedules beyond what we can include in the magazine.
- Identify and write features, blogs, opinion pieces, lists and other longer form pieces around news stories and current events in music alongside the features desk.
- Producing extra ‘online exclusive’ content around things we’re publishing in the magazine.
- Produce online reports and photos from key events, to bring the excitement of live music to the website.
- Write track reviews and ‘first listen’ reaction reviews of new tracks as they debut.
- Secure video, album and track stream exclusives, and work alongside the features desk to secure album stream exclusives.
- Create playlist pieces based on current or forthcoming events, and work with bands to curate their own exclusive playlists.
- Produce content that can be referred to over a long period, acting as a definitive guide to high profile acts.
- Turn press releases and announcements into news pieces for the website, identifying original angles where possible.
- Promote fast moving news events in an engaging fashion via social networks.
To apply, send us your details and a few examples of your writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wanted: Live Reviewers
We are currently looking for people to both report on and review live events across the UK. From tiny pop-up gigs to large festivals both in the UK and abroad, we’re after skilled writers to cover all kinds of live music.
Sometimes it’s a morning-after report on a DIY-affiliated live gig, usually it’s a full-on gig review. Ideally, you’ll be keen on attending gigs of all sizes on a regular basis – and be able to write about them well in a timely fashion.
Please email three examples of your writing – including at least one live review - to email@example.com.
Wanted: Live photographers
We are after live photographers to cover gigs across the UK – from house parties and dark basement venues to arenas (mostly somewhere between, if we’re honest), all-dayers, festivals and more.
If you can deliver sharp images quickly from even the darkest lighting situations (we’ve been there), send a link to your work – featuring live gig photos only please - to firstname.lastname@example.org.