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Managing Director

Martin Carvell has been the Managing Director of DJ Mag worldwide since 2006.

A fan of electronic music since his teenage years, he promoted events when he was a student before securing work with Blonde Media and then well-respected directory the Music Industry Manual (M.I.M) in the UK.

He took over as MD of DJ Mag when he was 25 and has seen the publication, along with the Top 100 DJs and Top 100 Clubs polls, grow exponentially with the rise of dance music internationally over the last decade. He's been at the helm of the publishing company as it has branched out into producing franchised magazines in France, Italy, Spain, Holland, Germany, USA, Latin America, Brazil, China, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Austrailia, India as well as for Ibiza and Croatia, which has helped secure DJ Mag's position as the global voice of dance music.

Carl Loben

Editor-in-Chief

Carl has been a music journo since the dawn of time. He started writing about electronic dance music in the early ‘90s, and fell in with the DJ Mag family about 20 years ago. As well as being the current editor of the flagship UK mag, Carl is also a DJ and has had a go at being an artist manager, producer, promoter, label boss, radio presenter and lecturer too.

Martin Brown

Art editor/ Head of colouring-in

Been knockin round discos for donkey’s years...

Favourite drink: Cheap Spanish Brandy

Deputy Editor

Despite scoffing when his school teachers told him he should be a journalist, Ben joined the DJ Mag team as a staff writer in summer 2016. Now the deputy editor, he spends his time enjoying jungle and techno, long raves in the dark and incoherently mumbling about nightclubs. 28/M/London, GSOH, etc. 

Tech Editor

‘The’ Mick Wilson tech editor of DJ Mag was originally one half of the successful DJ duo Parks & Wilson and has enjoyed a fruitful career in the dance music industry, with over 25 years under his belt. He has been lucky to play at some of the scene’s most iconic clubs and venues as well as producing some very good records. He also knows a thing or two about music technology…

Production Coordinator

Having left her career in fashion to return to uni to study music, Becca now works at DJ Mag as office manager, live-streamer, resident belcher and general noise-maker. As well as this, Becca is 'drum & bass's leading lady' (Wall, A. DJ Mag, 2018) and can be found singing/songwriting/warbling under the name Becca Jane Grey.

Chris Blackhall

Sales Manager

Geordie born and bred. Migrated down to London in November 2010 and started at DJ Mag a month later. Part of DJ duo Blackhall & Bookless mainly playing and producing music on a more techno-based tip. He also runs a club night called Jaunt which hosts events in Newcastle and London as well as the label, Jaunt Records.

Heath Holmes

Commercial Director.

Heath joined DJ Mag in 1999 as a sales executive. He has worked with four different owners of the magazine and all four editors. He now heads up the commercial team.

Fashion Editor / Lucky Seven

The longest serving member of the team (shhhh), Helene has weaved her way through many roles at the magazine, from Assistant to Clubs to Music editor before introducing the fashion pages and Lucky Seven feature to DJMag. One of the original 'door bitches', she's also a DJ, a mother and a Patterdale Terrier's favourite person.

Advertising Manager

Iain received his dance music education in Bristol before moving to join the DJ Mag team in London five years ago. He now manages advertising and media partnerships and occasionally finds the time to embarrass himself on dancefloors around the world.

Off The Floor Editor

Editor of DJ Mag’s Off The Floor arts pages, Kirsty Allison grew up in pirate radio, TV presenting, and DJing with Irvine Welsh et al in the Manumission Motel. Her debut novel, Psychomachia, set in '90s London and Ibiza, drops late 2019. Editor and publisher of Cold Lips, she performs poetry with music as Kirsty Allison and The Vagrant Lovers. Remixes required!

Pic by Carl Fox

Rasa Sadauskaite

Bookings Manager

After freelancing as a music journalist and launching her own music column in a fashion magazine, Rasa moved to London and joined DJ Mag as a booking/project manager where she oversees DJ Mag Insight. She is also a singer-songwriter and producer at music project, Rasa.

Digital

Head of Digital & Partnerships

Simon has been at DJ Mag since 2008, where he started as Marketing Manager. These days he heads up the Digital & Partnerships departments, while maintaining the twin responsibilities of being a new(ish) dad and following Arsenal FC.

Deputy Digital Editor

Industrial ghetto funk only please.

Euan

Live Broadcast Manager

Loves rugby, hates going out.

Jon

Digital & Video Producer

Coming from the outskirts of London, Jon dropped out of school to come and work for DJ Mag in the digital media team. He creates dynamic video content for DJ Mag's social media platforms and also runs live streams from around the world.

Video Production Assistant

Liam joined the team on a short placement at the start of the year, but like a bad smell he wouldn’t leave so we gave him a job. He likes to travel and sometimes he films stuff.

Reviewers

Progressive / Big Room Editor

Angus Paterson is a freelance journalist, copywriter and electronic music obsessive, originally from Australia and now based in Berlin
Ben Arnold

House Editor

Ben has been a devotee of house music since first hearing Playing. With Knives on Stu Allen's Key 103 radio show in Manchester, before he was old enough to be found legally on licensed premises. He once went on a road trip with Pete Tong and David Guetta, and he's interviewed everyone from Masters at Work to Nina Kraviz, Sasha to Derrick May. And he's only been turned away from Berghain once.

Electro Editor

Ben Murphy is the former editor of DJ Magazine. He’s had bylines in The Guardian, Time Out, Crack, Electronic Sound, FACT, Clash, Bandcamp Daily, i-D, Red Bull Music, RBMA, Vinyl Factory, Highlife, Songlines, XLR8R and more, and has delivered sleeve notes to record labels Warp and Harmless. His musical tastes are very broad, and he (still) likes to buy records and download stuff from Bandcamp regularly.

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Albums and Grime Editor

Born and bred Londoner Felicity originally joined DJ Mag as a staff writer - unintentionally sparking some beef between DJ Sneak and Jackmaster on her first day in the office. She has since started editing the albums/compilations section in print as a freelancer, as well as the grime reviews page - tending to favour anything that runs along at 140 beats per minute.

Hard Editor

Kutski is one of the true pioneers of the harder styles of dance music, showcasing the full spectrum of hard beats at clubs and festivals the world over. Along with this he has produced for all the major labels within hard scene and remixed mainstream artists for commercial labels. His dedication to spread the sound also includes his chart topping podcasts, BBC Radio 1 shows, and monthly review page for DJ Mag for over a decade!

Tech House Editor

Work to the rhythm, live to the rhythm, love to the rhythm, slave to the rhythm. There's not much in life that beats a rolling bassline groove. Give it some welly and let's have a party. 

Neil Kulkarni

Hip Hop & Trap Editor

Neil has been writing about hip hop music for a quarter of a century, is the author of 'The Periodic Table Of Hip Hop', 'Eastern Spring' and 'Bring The Noise: The Stories Behind Hip Hop's Biggest Songs' and is constantly being told by his kids to turn his music down. He lives in his hometown Coventry and should really have grown up by now.

Bass Editor

Oli Marlow is a writer and music journalist based in London. He also owns and operates the record label Sonic Router Records.

 

Drum & Bass Editor

While studying Popular Music Journalism at Southampton Solent University, Nicola had always taken an ardent interest in dance music and graduated with a Special Award for Contribution to Club Culture Journalism. Starting her career interviewing artists for event promotion videos, she followed the path of her true passion into traditional copy journalism. Under the moniker Whisky Kicks, Nicola specialises in drum & bass and has spent the last six years as the regular reviews columnist for the genre in DJ Mag.

Freelancers

Freelance Writer

Straight out of the Valleys, Dave Jenkins has been writing about broken beats, strange noises and unhealthy sounding low-end frequencies for almost 20 years. He edits UKF.com and presents D&BTV, he owns too many caps, he loves hummus.

Freelance Writer

Harold Heath used to be a producer and DJ and is now a freelance music journo. Thinks he’s funny. 

 

 

Freelance Writer & DJ Mag Croatia Editor

Kristan has been writing about house and techno for DJ Mag for more than a decade from his base in Leeds. It is there that he also runs not-for-profit, community-based online station KMAH Radio.
Mark Hume

Digital Designer / Developer

As a designer Mark has worked for clients ranging from Tate, Serpentine Galleries and Imperial War Museums through to Lovebox, HMV and Daniel Avery.  As a DJ he’s spent the last 18 years obsessively building a music collection that centres around disco and house. He DJs regularly across London and hosts 2 radio shows.

Freelance Writer

Born and raised in Bulgaria, Mira first caught the rave bug at one of the first techno parties in Sofia in the late ‘90s, headlined by Mayday founder WestBam and Loveparade promoter Dr Motte. These days, she’s based in Berlin and you can often find her exploring sweaty nightclubs, dancing with her eyes closed, and reviewing for DJ Mag.