©Alex Zalewska

I'm a journalist, broadcaster and occasional DJ based in London. I am about 77% less serious than I appear in this photo.

I write, edit and present things across music, film, TV and the arts and my work has appeared in the Guardian, Observer New Review, The Times, The Independent, Q, NME, Dazed, i-D, Vice, Mixmag, The Quietus, Evening Standard, BBC Music and beyond. In my 12+ years as a journalist, I've gone on the razz with Idris Elba, shoe-shopping with Queens of the Stone Age, partying with a holographic pop star, grilled Kurupt FM on a rooftop and corralled Boy Better Know for their first cover shoot. 

Prior to going freelance, I was the Deputy Editor at weekly arts and entertainment magazine the Guide, where I put notable cultural figures such as Skepta, Björk, Four Tet, ANOHNI, Mica Levi and – yup – Gordon the Gopher on the cover. I also created a Facebook Live series where I got to sit around in Caitlin Moran's kitchen and got a guided tour of Wolfgang Tillmans' Tate show, hosted a Guardian x NTS radio series with guests including Stewart Lee, Neneh Cherry and Bobby Gillespie, and presented four shows for Beats 1 with Christine and the Queens, Lady Leshurr and Metronomy.

Back in the Jurassic Period, I was the youngest section editor at Time Out, where I ran the clubbing and nightlife pages, covering everything from the then-nascent grime and dubstep scenes to clubs closures and bizarre DJ trends, including accidentally inventing the short-lived craze “micro-clubbing”. 

Currently I have a monthly radio show on Worldwide FM, where I explore new music from around the world and pretend I am the next Kirsty Young. I like to interview people, and have hosted Q&As with the likes of Annie Lennox, Ata Kak, Haim, Holly Herndon and Nina Kraviz, as well as an awards ceremony, The Oram Awards, to celebrate women in electronic music.

I also co-run The Music Circle's fundraising event Rumble In The Jumble, which has raised thousands of £££ for Oxfam's projects in the DRC, Myanmar and its Refugee Appeal, and has featured donations from Kate Moss, Elton John, Florence Welch, Noel Gallagher, Mark Ronson and many more. 

Selected articles