Face The Music: Jenny Valentish

10 November 2015 | 12:47 pm | Artist Submission

"A fistful of sandwiches and some phone numbers."


How did you first become involved in the music business? I wrote a fanzine (in London) that did pretty well. Then I became a music publicist straight out of uni, working on Swans, Afghan Whigs, The K Foundation (The KLF) and tons more.

What's your area of expertise and what experience do you have? Eight years experience as an editor, first for triple j's magazine, Jmag, then for Time Out Melbourne. I've held senior editorial roles at Guitarist Magazine (UK) and Ralph. Now I freelance for newspapers.

What topics will you be mostly talking about at Face The Music? I'll be having a yarn with Matt Coyte, Brodie Lancaster and Fred Pessaro about the art of music writing — from long-form essays, to what features really hit the nail on the head this year.

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What do you hope to personally take away from Face The Music? A fistful of sandwiches and some phone numbers.

What's one question about the music industry you'd love to have the answer to? Is the large-scale festival going to become extinct?