I’m a London-based writer with extensive experience in music, film, PR copywriting and editorial.
I started out as Staff Writer at Warner Music UK before continuing in a similar role as a freelancer. At present, my work for the company is predominantly for Warner Bros. Records and Parlophone but I also contribute to WMG labels including Rhino, ADA, Atlantic, FFRR, Warner Music Sweden, Roadrunner and One More Tune.
The majority of my time is split between writing press releases and artist biogs as well as editing text from other writers or territories. In most cases, this involves collaborating with the PR, marketing and A&R departments plus management and the artist themselves.
Press releases promote new activity (releases, tours, videos) from a range of artists across all mainstream genres, while artist biogs – written in the style of an interview feature – are vital in shaping the image of an artist, whether by introducing them to the media for the first time or by presenting a new narrative for an established artist.
From 2006 to early 2015 (and the 100th issue relaunch), I worked as freelance film editor for music magazine Clash. I established its first structured film section, and led its coverage – features, interviews, festivals and more – in varying forms as it evolved a reputation as one of the UK’s leading music publications. During this time, I managed the film content for three special issues focused on all things cinematic: two regular issues and one that was distributed exclusively at Cannes.
My other contributions to Clash included overseeing online film content (2014-2015), notably a popular weekly column that provided a spike in traffic each Friday; advertorials for the likes of Avid and Relentless; and advising on the programming of two Mexican film nights to celebrate Day of the Dead in conjunction with El Jimador.
I have also written for companies / titles including Ambiel Music, AM Publicity, Azoff, Backpass, BMG / Chrysalis, Catholic Herald, Cent, Childhood PR, Deewee Records, Echo Beach Management, EMI, Fear PR, Grolsch Film Works, Just Football, Just Music, Logo, Loose Music / Silva Screen, Monocle, One Little Indian, PIAS, Polydor, Public City PR, Record Collector, Real Life PR, Relentless Records, SEG Entertainment, Soda Pictures, Sonic PR, Spinefarm, Tuned, VICE, Virgin Records and Yala! Records. In addition, I ran an Icelandic film blog which was featured by the nation’s Land & Synir film industry magazine.
Contact: ben_r_hopkins AT btinternet.com / https://twitter.com/mrbenhopkins.