Below, you’ll find a quick summary of the major publications, websites and even government offices I’ve previously written for. If you really can’t resist knowing every single little article, however, you’re very welcome to click here for a list of each and every published piece that’s appeared on my quest for world domination. If it’s not here, I didn’t write it!
The Seoul Government and Tourism Office
As a Seoul resident of 18 months, I contributed dozens of articles to the websites, leaflets and press releases of the Seoul Government Tourism Authority, who employed me as an English language tourism writer for a period of around 1 year. These included a wide selection of monthly ‘what’s on?’ articles, describing and promoting music, sport and cultural events around Seoul. I also completed more practical work for the site, including an article explaining the (very complex) city bus system in detail, and answered questions sent to the tourism office by potential visitors. Several examples of my Seoul Tourism work can be found on the official website, here.
My 15 page contribution to the Museyon Guidebooks New York publication on Music + Travel is on the subject of the Dublin Celtic Punk scene, exploring everything from the origins of Celtic Punk in Irish traditional music through to Dublin’s modern-day, mohican-clad rockers. We also delve into Dublin’s most notorious venues, and the instrumental aspects of Celtic Punk. The guide is available in book format only, and can be purchased through amazon.com here. My Muyseyon web profile can be found here. Release date September 27th 2009.
As a Seoul Entertainment scene expert, the Seoul Government assigned me as a personal guide to Lonely Planet writer Martin Robinson during his visit to Seoul to produce the 6th edition of the Seoul City Guide. I produced over 30 pages of location recommendations on behalf of the Seoul Government, which Mr Robinson then used to assist in production. I also assisted in hands on research of bars and clubs in the infamous Hongdae nightlife district, as well as taking part in interviews of Korean musicians for publication.
I have been a contributing writer for award winning Irish music magazine State since early 2009, and produce several articles a month covering live concerts, album reviews and all other areas of contemporary Indie music. I also frequently interview major artists for the magazine, with recent published interviews including Von Bondies, And So I Watch You From Afar and Anti Pop Consortium. My State Magazine online profile and links to my entire State article backlog can be found here.
Bling Magazine is Korea’s leading youth culture magazine. In Late 2008 I became the first ever writer to have an English language article published in Bling Magazine, alongside a profile introducing me to readers as a ‘genius’. Since then I have maintained a regular semi-political rant column, in which I have been able to explore social politics in an offbeat way, as well as producing regular stories on music, nightlife and fashion. On behalf of Bling, I also regularly interview English language artists who perform in Korea. These have included Pendulum (the biggest selling Drum and Bass album of all time), and German trance band Blank and Jones. Bling Magazine can be found online here.
ASEAN Tourism are a multi-country Asian tourism agency aimed at promoting ten East Asian countries, including Thailand Malaysia and Indonesia. Working in collaboration with their office in Singapore, I produced a range of articles for their business promotional brochures, focusing on hotels and venues for meetings and presentation in the city of Shanghai. I am also producing articles exploring similar destinations in Hong Kong.
The Korea Herald
The Korea Herald is South Korea’s foremost English language newspaper, published daily, with a circulation of 250,000. When living in Korea, I made occasional contributions to the community section of the newspaper, including articles on Korean expats living abroad, and a ‘how to’ article on obtaining concert tickets in South Korea. The Korea Herald can be found online here.
South Korean expat music magazine Rokon gave me my first published experience, working as a music reviewer. Within three months I became the lead writer, and went on to achieve half a dozen cover stories and a number of big name interviews (including My Chemical Romance and the Brand New Heavies). In total Rokon printed around 60 of my articles over a duration of around one year, before the the magazine rebranded as….
Produced by the same team who made Rokon Magazine, Eloquence takes a more expansive look at expat life in Seoul, incorporating politics, fashion and travel on top of music content. I produce a regular rant column for the magazine entitled ‘Vomit’ as well as contributing numerous articles on music, travel and social politics. Eloquence Magazine can be found online here.
AU (or Alternative Ulster) magazine is a popular music magazine focusing mainly on the indie and rock genres, produced in Belfast and sold throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland. My contributions include monthly album reviews, as well as interviews and feature articles. My biggest feature to date was a major cover story on an English traveler attempting to travel to every country in the world within a year, all without flying, covering his experience on the North and South American, European and African legs of his epic journey.
James has also made substantial non attributed, web-content (SEO) contributions to the following sites:
Travbuddy.com is a FaceBook affiliated website with over 1.5 million members, and the host of a huge amount of user generated site information for travelers. Whilst content is ususally solely user generated, TravBuddy hired me to produce more professional and inspiring desintation overviews. It is a long term project, and I am in the process of producing 180 throughly researched, polished pieces to improve the overall written standard of the site.
Find A Course is an Irish-based website focusing on all aspects of education in the Republic of Ireland. I contribute regular articles describing in detail various different aspects of education (from night course, to full on PhD and degree courses) and educational funding to the site, where they are published as ‘features’ to be used by the fact finding public. My articles also appear on the FindACourse network, which currently stretches to around 40 sites.
A selection of my music-related articles have been used on the Jagermeister Korea website, including album reviews, interviews and a selection of commentaries on the behaviour and attitude of various artists (50 Cent, Amy Winehouse, Britney Spears). I connected with Jagermeister through my published work at Rokon and Eloquence Magazines, and a few of the articles published on the Jagermeister site were agreed re-prints of my Rokon work.
A few others: