Before Rhythm Changes, I worked in a variety of roles throughout the first 10 years of my music career, even releasing my own music.
Integrity is important to me. Here's a breakdown of how I operate:
- No payment for coverage. No-one can pay for influence over whom I cover, or what I say about anyone or anything.
- No editorial control for the subject. Though I clear all kinds of speaking terms with people, making sure I know what's on-the-record and what isn't, I don't allow anyone I cover to sign-off on my content before publication.
- I don't ask for complimentary tickets. When someone gives them to me on their own accord, I disclose that fact in any coverage I make. Otherwise, I buy my own admissions like anyone else.
- Your pre-release music is safe with me; I often need those links and files, but I never share them.
- No gifts of material value from people I cover. My bar for this isn't firm but I'd say around $40 and up is uncomfortable.
- I have never, and will not, write about anyone who currently employs me. But, of course, I have covered many previous clients and colleagues from this community.
Recordings and holding the rights to them
I don't write about music to gain a financial benefit; first, at a base level this means that the primary goal of my work is not to sell my own music.
I will never feature recordings or songs in the Rhythm Changes Update that I hold rights to.
When this happens, I promise to add a disclosure: here's an example.