Music is the one thing that’s always been the same. Certainly my tastes have changed, my knowledge has increased, but it has never been anything less than a joy, a motivator, and an essential life force. It’s taken on a crucial role in my topsy-turvy life, maintaining my emotional homeostasis even when I’m closest to completely losing it.
My decision to devote myself to music felt very unconscious, about as voluntary as deciding to breathe. My decision to write about music was more purposeful: thus, this blog begins.
Here’s a bit more about me:
My name is Katie Carroll, and I graduated in 2011 from the University of California, Berkeley with a double major in Rhetoric and Political Science. Although I live in the Bay Area, my head almost permanently resides in London, England: I’m a proud Anglophile, with a Tudor rose tattoo to prove it. As with music, I really don’t remember when I fell in love with the United Kingdom, but I’ve had British maps on my wall and books on my shelves since elementary school.
It’s no wonder these two loves eventually intertwined. I was introduced to the wonderful world of English new-folk a few years ago, and was instantly enamored by the London-based movement (yes, I’ll call it a movement). I was fortunate enough to study there in the fall of 2009, and I spent as much time as possible soaking up the music scene–and now I can’t wait to go back. Until then, I observe from a distance: reading about, listening to, and occasionally viewing English bands as frequently as possible.
This blog will be not entirely Anglo-centric, or purely folktastic, but you can expect a fair amount of Mumfords and Marlings, Flynns and Finks. This is your official warning.
p.s. I’m also a singer, a marketer (former Director of Business/Advertising/Marketing, CalTV; former Paramount Pictures promoter; social media admin), a clothing nut (spent too long as a sales associate at Anthropologie), and a coffee/tea addict (former barista; lover of Ceylon 1 Teas; teapot collector).
I’m looking for a new gig! I’ve worn many hats, so if you’re looking for a community manager, brand strategist, writer, or researcher, send me an email. I’m formerly the Social Media Manager at Hipstamatic, and I also served as the co-editor of the company’s iPad magazine, Snap. See more over at LinkedIn.
I also write for the wonderful music blogs The Owl Mag (videos editor), MXDWN, Thank Folk for That, and For Folk’s Sake. I am the American Music Editor for The 405. I also have my hand in some freelance social media endeavors.
I tweet like a crazy person, so check out my jumbled twitter feed in the right column or click here.
Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!