• Introduction

    Salutations

    I'm Rachel Brodsky, an NYC-based writer and editor specializing in music, general entertainment (TV, film), and pop culture.

     

    My current role is a Staff Music Writer with Paste Magazine.

     

    My work has also been featured in: SPIN, MTV, Rolling Stone, Stereogum, The New York Observer, CLRVYNT, Village Voice, LA Weekly, OC Weekly, The Riverfront Times, Time Out New York, The Frisky, Thought Catalog, Tiny Mix Tapes, XLR8R, Flavorwire, PopMatters, Spinner (RIP), and others.

     

  • Rachel Brodsky's (Abbreviated) Resume

    Paste Magazine

    Music Writer 2016—Present

    • Pitch and write music features, lists, profiles, Q&As, blurbs, essays, and album reviews for PasteMagazine.com and the recently launched Paste Quarterly

    • Assist in booking Paste Studio sessions; host studio sessions via Facebook Live

    • Edit and publish music features

    • Occasionally contribute to Paste's TV section (Q&As, blurbs)

    • Work and develop relationships with music publicists

    Freelance Writer

    2008–2016

    To date, my writing has been featured in: SPIN, Rolling Stone, Stereogum, MTV, Paste, The NY Observer, LA Weekly, The Riverfront Times, OC Weekly, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, CLRVYNT, PopMatters, XLR8R, Tiny Mix Tapes, PrefixMag, Spinner (RIP), Flavorwire, and others.

    SPIN.com

    Associate Editor, 2016–2016

    Assistant Editor, 2014–2016

    • Wrote music news, features, lists, profiles, premieres, Q&As, blurbs, and album reviews

    • Assigned, line edited, proofread, and copy-edited features

    • Interviewed high-profile and rising talent
    • Assisted with managing Staff Writers

    • Posted to Facebook and Twitter

    • Tracked analytics

    • Managed SPIN’s weekly 7 Favorite Songs franchise
    • Hired and edited freelance writers

    • Built relationships with music publicists

    • Hired and oversaw intern staff

    MTV Buzzworthy

    Associate Editor, 2012–2014

    • Managed daily production schedule and editorial calendar for MTV Buzzworthy
    • Pitched, wrote, edited, assigned, and scheduled daily music + pop culture blog content
    • Managed Buzzworthy's freelance writer staff + assistant editor
    • Assisted in sharing Buzzworthy’s content on Twitter (@MTVBuzzworthy)

    • Conceptualize and direct Buzzworthy video content

    Time Out New York Kids

    Associate Web Editor, 2011–2012

    • Produced articles, slideshows and feature packages for the web via CMS
    • Pitched, wrote, assigned and edited articles for the magazine and website
    • Wrote and built two weekly e-newsletters
    • Oversaw social media including Facebook and Twitter
    • Supervised magazine's interns

  • Special skills

    News Blogging

    Profiles

    Q&As

    Cover stories

    Blurbs

    Editing, long and short-form

    Copy Editing

    Proofreading

    Social (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, Tumblr, etc.)

    Photoshop

    CMS

    Wordpress

    HTML

    Overseeing freelance writers and/or interns

     

  • Projects

    A few things I've worked on...

    SPIN 30th Anniversary Interview With Liz Phair

    On March 19, 1985, the first issue of SPIN hit newsstands. To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we’re revisiting a handful of records that the staff has previously awarded “Album of the Year,” a distinction the magazine started giving out in 1990....

    The 300 Best Albums of the Past 30 Years (1985-2014)

    SPIN's editors rank the finest releases since the publication's beginning in 1985

     

    Q&A: Shirley Manson and Butch Vig of Garbage

    Shirley Manson and Butch Vig Answer 20 Questions for the 20th Anniversary of ‘Garbage’

    Q&A: Built to Spill

    Built to Spill’s Doug Martsch Has No Advice for Anyone

    He’ll Be Back: Composer Brad Fiedel Reclaims the ‘Terminator’ Score

    The composer describes creating, losing, then regaining the music to the beloved action/sci-fi classic

    Frankie Cosmos Is Ready to Be Herself

    As Brooklyn's premier twee-pop singer readies her proper sophomore record, 'Next Thing,' she navigates the tricky intersection between adolescence and adulthood

    Juno Temple: ‘Kurt Cobain’s Voice Changed My Blood Temperature’

    The 'Vinyl' star talks about discovering Nirvana and getting a gramophone from Martin Scorsese

    The SPIN Interview: Blink-182

    In the wake of their first studio album without guitarist and founding member Tom DeLonge, the pop-punk superstars look back on a quarter-century of dick jokes, teaming with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba, and how every song stays with them "like a tattoo"

    Devon Sawa Is Still Eminem’s Biggest Fan

    The actor digs into his love of hip-hop and the forthcoming 'SLC Punk!' sequel, 'Punk's Dead'

    Kristofer Hivju Talks ‘The Last King’, and Making Sexy Eyes at Gwendoline Christie

    Actor who plays Tormund Giantsbane on 'Game of Thrones' talks about his character's Jim-and-Pam thing with Brienne of Tarth

    ‘Stranger Things’ Star Shannon Purser Q&A

    ‘Stranger Things’ Star Shannon Purser on Playing Barb, the Internet’s New Obsession

    Martin Starr Can Get You Blink-182 Tickets (But He Might Stay Home)

    The 'Silicon Valley' actor expands on his own music taste, feeling weird at a Blink-182 show, and why San Francisco's tech homogeny is a road to "failure"

    Lucy Dacus: Film-School Dropout Turned Alt-Folk Darling

    The Richmond singer-songwriter and recent Matador signee is popping up everywhere — radio, television, and maybe one day, the movie screen

    Billy Ray Cyrus: There’s a Thin Line Between Elvis and Jesus

    The swaggering "Achy Breaky Heart" singer expands on his upcoming album, making art because you love it, and why "The King of Rock'n'Roll" isn't too far removed from the Messiah

    ‘The Night Of’ Star Riz Ahmed Leads a Double Life as Riz MC

    The HBO lead opens up about filming the hit drama, the music that inspired him, and the time he snuck upfront to a Michael Jackson concert

    I Sang ‘Torn’ With Natalie Imbruglia at Karaoke

    The Australian pop singer took a break from her 'Male' covers to duet with me on her '90s classic

    Let’s Admit It: We’ve Been Waiting for Taylor Swift to Fail

    Kimye might have bested pop's supposedly squeaky-clean titan, but this was a long time coming

    Spencer Pratt: Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ Is the ‘Most Obvious Marketing Stunt On the Whole Planet’

    'The Hills' alum expands on his and Heidi Montag's retired music aspirations, what they're listening to now, and why Lady Gaga is a 'fraud'

    The Last Shadow Puppets: Everything That You’ve Come to Expect — and a Little Less

    Up close and a little too personal with the U.K. orch-rock duo

    Jenny Hval’s Art of Failure

    The art-pop provocateur delves into her new 'Blood Bitch' LP, negotiates the meaning of defeat, and wonders what all this is for

    The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey

    CBS's team investigators reexamined everything from the 911 call to the murder scene – and they're not so sure her family is innocent

    Tove Lo: Cover Story

    Tove Lo Aims To Stay High With Lady Wood

    Moby Rails Against the System

    A Q&A with Moby for Paste Magazine

    Stef Chura: The Best of What's Next

    Allison Crutchfield Is No Longer a 'Tourist in This Town'

    Wayne Coyne Talks Miley Cyrus: "The More Outrageous She Is, the More Outrageous the World Becomes"

    How Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth Found Beauty in a Breakup

    Jens Lekman Will See Life Now

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