About Red

katiecMusic 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 world of English new-folk a few years ago, and was instantly enamored by the London-based 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.

In my non-folk life, I’m an editor for LinkedIn’s content branch, LinkedIn Today. I joined LinkedIn as part of the Pulse team, and I couldn’t be happier with my new gig. If you want me to talk your ear off about our Influencer program, just holler (or send me a tweet over at @LinkedInToday).

I also write for a handful of other music blogs (The Owl Mag, MXDWN, etc), and I’m the American Music Editor for The 405. I frequent Bay Area coffee shops and can be spotted at shows around San Francisco, snapping photos on my iPhone. If you see a bespectacled ginger, come say hello.

Cheers! Katie

8 thoughts on “About Red

  1. James Beeny

    Hi Katie,

    I just read your contribution in the PRS magazine in England and found your comments on the ‘folk’ revival very interesting. I therefore thought I would look up your blog…I am certainly going to be following from now on. Anyway, I thought you might be interested in having a listen to my band Virgin Soldiers. I set the group up a year ago and I hope that you might enjoy our music. Our main ambition is to be unique, but still melodic and exciting. We haven’t yet found a genre to appropriately label our music, so are just calling it acoustic pop, but given that a cello, violin and viola are integral parts of the band, I’m not sure this term is quite right…perhaps you have some thoughts on this? There are 5 songs on our myspace page, http://www.myspace.com/wearevirginsoldiers, 4 of which feature on our debut EP Moving On… (which will be released later in the year). Our other songs are quite different to these, and we will have a second EP coming out early next year. Anyway, I would love to know what you think of us, and I will certainly be checking out some of the bands that you recommend.

    Kind regards


  2. Manny

    Am manny a song writer/singer from Milton Keynes,Just wondering how I get involve with your blog.Here is a link to my music below 

    Kind regards 


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