Cultural journalist & professional copywriter

For all things Blaise Radley and all things written word, you're in the right place. I've worked as an editor and writer for a number of quality publications for five years, and as a full-time copywriter for three. To keep things simple, I've split my work out into two categories: journalism, and digital marketing. Or, if you'd like to get in touch directly to discuss a freelance commission, use the contact form at the bottom of the page.

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Interview: Terre Thaemlitz

As a musician, digital streaming platforms and marketplaces typically don't allow for much contextual specificity. Releases may be hosted in date order, but there's little control over who engages, and on what basis, with an album as likely to be sought out directly by a user as suggested to them by algorithms. For electroacoustic music producer, DJ, writer, and lecturer Terre Thaemlitz, AKA DJ Sprinkles, that lack of control actively stunts the sociopolitical discourse driving her work.

Album review: Squid - Bright Green Field

Brighton five-piece Squid may have built their brand on post-punk belters, but with their debut album, ‘Bright Green Fields’, they’re trying their hands as architects. “This album has created an imaginary cityscape,” explains drummer and singer Ollie Judge, “A kind of dystopian British cityscape.” Only around 5% of the UK is urbanised, but in the hyperreality of modern Britain, most of us are more likely to see the rolling green hills of a Windows background than we are that other 95%.

Feature: How capitalism breeds blue-collar burnout in Thief

In his 1981 debut narrative feature, director Michael Mann scrutinises the American Dream as it is sold to blue-collar workers. Played with an apathetic swagger by James Caan, Frank is the logical end point of a capitalist society that exploits manual labourers, selling them a white picket-fence fantasy they’re ultimately excluded from. It’s telling that the annihilation of the house’s picture-perfect facade is the film’s climactic sequence, Mann shooting each cathartic explosion from multiple angles.

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