A bit about me
I have been writing professionally for 13 years, specialising in electronic music since 2010, though my experience stretches beyond music to news, current affairs, politics, showbiz and travel. Previously holding long-term positions at The Sun, The Mailonline and The Independent, I am currently Techno Editor at Mixmag, European Editor at US festival website Fest300 and Creative Director of my own online platform Don't Lose The Magic as well as regular contributor to Time Out, Thump, i-D and many more. I am the author of global festival guide 'Around The World In 80 Raves' and also recently launched the management wing of Don't Lose The Magic, taking care of two fledgling artists, Kareful and Aesthetic Kid.
What I do
I write about electronic music for several high-profile publications including Mixmag, Thump, i-D and DJ Mag. Previous employers include The Independent, The Sun and The MailOnline. With over 13 years of national level journalism experience, writing to a very high standard comes as second nature to me and I pride myself on my ability to craft engaging editorial and to glean, often personal, information from my interview subjects.
As well as writing features, interviews and reviews I often work for press agencies and management companies to compose artist biographies and press releases. One of my largest projects was for Disturbing London, the management company that looks after Tinie Tempah, among others. Other past clients include Sony, Southern Fried Records, Ministry Of Sound and Defected.
I am currently Techno Editor at Mixmag and European Editor at Fest300. In the latter role I am responsible for the website’s European festival content and managing the editorial schedule. I assembled my own team of writers who I work with to conceive, commission and develop content ideas. I edited and published two issues of a graffiti magazine called ‘Keep The Faith’ in 2009 and 2011 respectively and look after every aspect of my own website, Don’t Lose The Magic.
I manage two artists, Kareful and Aesthetic Kid, both of whom are pushing distinct new sounds. The role has allowed me to employ various skills from mentoring to writing and press while utilising my extensive network of contacts across journalism, event promotion, PR, bookings and other managers, too. Working with young people to guide them and impart the knowledge I have acquired has been a long-time goal of mine and it's an extremely rewarding and exciting new venture.
I have been painting graffiti for over 17 years, building up a huge portfolio of work painted in and around London and several other European cities. I have painted commissions for radio stations, weddings and charity rally vehicles bringing my unique, personal touch to each project. In 2015 I won an historic court case against the British Transport Police related to my graffiti magazine ‘Keep The Faith’.
I’ve been DJing since 2012 with gigs at Space in Ibiza, Corsica Studios (for Jaded), XOYO, The Nest, Basing House, Plan B (now Phonox), Building Six (for Cocoon), Lightbox, Cafe1001 in London, plus Zur Wilden Renate in Berlin and Studio 76 in Madrid. Plus bookings for H&M (in-store), Nuts magazine, White Men Can't Jerk, and several weddings. I organised my own monthly party, ‘Give It Up’ and hosted a radio show on Hoxton.FM, both of which ran for over two years.
Clients & Testimonials
Marcus Barnes is a professional and talented journalist as well as a thoughtful and intelligent writer.Ursula Kenny, Deputy Editor (Features) - The Observer
Marcus is one of the most passionate journalists in his field. The projects we’ve worked on together have been nothing short of excellent and he delivers fantastic features every time.Sarah Hall, Senior Publicist - Sony/RCA
I booked Marcus for freelance digital producer shifts at Time Out way before I found out we had a mutual love of jungle and drum and bass (bonus points for that). He’s always been a pleasure to deal with – he brings positive vibes and digital know-how to any project.Mark O'Donnell, UK Digital Content Editor - Time Out
Marcus's reviews as Mixmag's Techno Editor are a great illustration of the authority, clarity and knowledge that he brings to his writing. These qualities are also apparent in his feature work for the magazine; most recently he pitched, organised and produced a fantastic feature on clubbing in Beirut. Because it goes beyond just quality writing and great ideas; every editor wants writers who are responsible, organised and motivated, who won't start a project without finishing it, and who are willing to take responsibility for seeing things through. Marcus is one of them. I enjoy working with him and look forward to doing so more in the future.Duncan Dick, Editor - Mixmag
I do a lot of interviews. When I say a lot I mean a lot, and there are definitely some journalists that I will always drop everything to support. Marcus Barnes is one of these guys. He’s got an infectious passion for dance music but rather than being some nerdy geek who lives atop an iron tower surrounded only by his Ostgut Ton back catalogue, he lives in the trenches getting involved in every aspect of the scene and for this he gets my full respect and admirationSeth Troxler
Marcus has built up a much-respected, brilliantly creative and increasingly popular music blog for The Independent. Not only does he actually know what he’s talking about, but his infallible reliability, diligence and sense of taking initiative makes him a pleasure to work with – and it’s a greater pleasure to see such positive responses to his work. His passion for what he does really says it all.Laura Davis (Blogs Editor, Independent)
I only see Marcus out when I’m raving! What does that tell you? It tells me his two feet are firmly planted on the ‘club sludge’-drenched floor… living it, not dreaming it… oh and he’s a top scribe, of course!Jamie Russell (Hypercolour)
Marcus is one of the best writers we deal with. Not only do we get superb work but there’s an enthusiasm, conscientiousness and astute critical eye that we rarely see elsewhere – highly recommended.Dean Muhsin (Dispersion PR)