XChange 2015- Music Journalism workshop

The Course:

As part of the fourth edition of IndiXChange2015, a music-writing workshop is being held in Chennai. The 3-day workshop on Music Journalism will be conducted by London-based world music critic Simon Broughton (Songlines UK, The London Evening Standard). It is designed to offer Indian journalists fresh perspectives and practical skills in music journalism, the workshop involves a series of eye-opening seminars and practical training. Among the partcipating artists at this workshop: Howie B, musician and producer will also be performing and interacting with the participants. 

At the end of the 3-day workshop, the best piece will be published in Songlines Magazine, UK. 


Dates: 27- 29 Nov

Timing: 9 am - 9 pm 

Venue: Taj Connemara, Chennai 


Details of the course 

Participants will be aksed to write reviews, news stories and interviews. These will be submitted each day to a closed website and reviewed in the workshop sessions. We’ll learn how to avoid the pitfalls and make the writing interesting, entertaining and informed. Whether you are writing for print, for PR, for a blog or simply for fun, come and hone your skills. 

The best review will be published in Songlines Magazine.


Who can apply?


- The program is aimed at journalists and aspiring writers looking to hone their skills. 

- Participants must be available during the three days of IndiEarth XChange 2015 - November 27th – 29th in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.


How to apply?


1. Participants must already have a 3-day XChange pass (available for purchase here) 

2. Click on the button at the bottom of the page - the workshop registration fee is Rs. 500 (per person)

2. After you make the payment, you will be redirected to an Online Submission Form

3. Fill in the form, and submit it!


Please note:


1. Read the Submission Rules & Regulations carefully and ensure that you comply with all the requirements 

2. No registrations will be considered beyond the deadline date of 26 November, 2015

About Howie B


He’s one of the creators of trip hop. He collaborated with Soul II Soul on their epochal Club Classics Vol 1. He’s written songs with Björk. He’s produced U2. He’s played bonkers sets of boshing techno. He’s remixed everyone from Placebo to Annie Lennox and worked with everyone from Hans Zimmer to Brian Eno. Howie B is all these things: a musical polymath in a sea of pop inebriates.

His output has grown ever more diverse in scope in recent years; collaborating with long-term friend Craig Richards on an album and label project, scoring a show for the Milan Planetarium’s Space event, working with The Band’s Robbie Robertson and Matthew McConaughey writing the closing title music to Scorcese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, scoring numerous Chinese feature films, fronting the crazy alt-rock project Beautiful with members of post-punk act Marlene Kuntz, setting up his label HB Recordings and releasing his first studio album in over five years Down With The Dawn.  


Chart singles:

    "Angels Go Bald: Too" (1997) – UK No. 36

    "Switch" (1997) – UK No. 62

    "Take Your Partner By the Hand" (1998) – UK No. 74 †


    East 17 – All I Want

    Tricky – Aftermath

    Tricky – Ponderosa

    Björk – Post

    Tricky – Maxinquaye

    Everything but the Girl – Flipside

    Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen, Jr. – Theme from Mission: Impossible

    U2 – Pop

    Björk – Homogenic