Past Glories

It's hard not to write this and make it sound like it was put together by someone wearing a pipe and slippers going on about decimalisation and free school milk. But people keep going on about the need to give some context to the work of Digital Gas, so here is a deliberately random (and hopefully entertaining) selection of previous work.  

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  • NME 1990-95

    When there was nothing more to life than music, arguments and drinking. I was news editor of the British music bible for five years, working alongside Danny Kelly, James Brown, Steve Lamacq, Stuart Maconie, Andrew Collins, Mary Anne Hobbs and many other talented and argumentative folk.

  • GQ: 1997-99

    It's testimony to the way Conde Nast runs their operation that the features editor who followed me only left the company in 2011 to become editor of Esquire. I joined James Brown's editorial team, gave Jamie Oliver his first break in magazine publishing and tried to justify the £200 a month parking fines issued to Boris Johnson, who was gainfully employed as our motoring correspondent. And all I got in return was this lousy magazine cover.

  • #5 MAGAZINE 2009

    I was the launch editor for #5, the digital magazine published by Manchester United footballer Rio Ferdinand. His connections suddenly meant we were leapfrogging the likes of GQ in the queue to interview people like 50 Cent. We created a fantastic digital magazine template, which has been barely touched in the two years following its launch.

  • ZINE 1986-89

    The first time I was due to interview John Peel he failed to show up. But the fact he apologised on air that evening and dedicated Night Nurse by Gregory Isaacs made it well worth the wasted hour in BBC reception. A week or so later we went for a curry and for the next decade and a half we would bump into each other from time to time. He would complain about stuff. I would try desperately hard not to make an arse of myself. All this came about largely because of the senseless ambition of a college friend who thought we could wipe the NME off the face of the planet by launching our own magazine. He was wrong, but it wouldn't take him long to change the face of British publishing by inventing some magazine called loaded.

  • GOLFPUNK 2004-07

    After inventing loaded magazine, Tim Southwell then established independent publishing company KYN. I was deputy editor of GolfPunk, a title that punched well above its weight, winning a prestigious PPA Award for best edited magazine and being named by The Guardian newspaper as one of the Top 50 magazines in the world. The real success of the magazine, however, was demonstrated by its popularity with international licensees.

  • 100 WELSH HEROES 2002

    I was editorial director of this cultural history project for the National Assembly for Wales. It's worth noting that it attracted more votes than the heavily-promoted Great Britons series on the BBC. In the end it came down to a shootout between Owain Glyndwr and Aneurin Bevan, despite a late surge from Motorhead's Phil Campbell.

  • UNION-UNDEB 1999-2002

    OK, so I left one of the best known magazines in publishing (GQ) to start a members club in Cardiff. It made perfect sense at the time. Working in partnership with the Manic Street Preachers and their manager, Martin Hall was a privilege. There are so many great stories to tell. Not now, though...

  • MUZIK 1996-98

    I freelanced for Muzik and it's got a very special place in my heart. I got to work with some really talented people who were really enthusiastic about my work - a really positive environment. None other than Rob Da Bank was the office assistant at the time. As you can image, the (very) long weekend spent with Sasha & Digweed in San Fransisco was unforgettable.

  • 90 MINUTES 1995-97

    This IPC magazine was the underrated precursor to Fantasy Football and Soccer AM. We took the embryonic loaded magazine under our wing and they returned the favour by growing so quickly we had to move offices. I was features editor during Euro 96 and this Spice Girls story was one of the few times we went for a non-football cover. Writer Juliette Wills showed Posh Spice a photo of David Beckham for the first time. "He looks nice," she said. The rest, of course, is history.

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