Welcome to tobyrogers.net, the home of writer and blogger Toby Rogers.
I’m Toby. I’m a writer; I always have been. From homemade comic books and self-penned Star Wars stories when I was a kid, to NME Radar articles and lifestyle blog posts, my words are my lifeblood. Fiercely passionate about grass roots music, personal productivity and lifestyle design, I enjoy nothing more than helping people get their ideas onto paper.
I’m working on my first eBook, And Your Bird Can Sing: A Social Media Handbook for Musicians, while battling to turn my passion for writing into a career. I still work a day job, but I’m taking steps to become one of Tim Ferriss’s New Rich. I’ve written for some of the finest magazines in the world, helping countless emerging artists get their music heard (including Adele, Bombay Bicycle Club and Mumford & Sons, if you’re asking).
I graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2002 with a degree in Media & Cultural Studies; it didn’t help my career much, but it taught me how to socialise. In the next six months I’m hoping to find an agent for my book about British music in the noughties, run a half-marathon, learn about wine and buy a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe. I don’t want to end up on my death-bed thinking “was that it?” I’m in my mid-thirties and still stand at the front at gigs. I won’t turn into the bald fat man in the red BMW convertible.
My Short CV
A professional writer for the best part of a decade, my features and arts criticism have appeared in a variety of British and American publications including Artrocker, Dazed & Confused, NME, Flux, Fused, Ghettoblaster, R2 and Skyscraper (among others). I’m former online editor of Manchester based arts & culture ‘zine Rant! and my expertise has been called on by Amazing Radio and as a selection panellist for Evolution Emerging.
About this site
Tobyrogers.net is my personal blog featuring regular articles that use music as the launchpad for musings on productivity, motivation and lifestyle.
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“Toby’s attention to detail and dedication to meeting deadlines is something that every journalist should aspire to. In a condensed market place with so much competition from inferior, but fast, bloggers on the net, it’s so important to get the job done first and better than all your competitors, and Toby delivers, every time. His proactive nature in bringing feature ideas to the table has also led to us discovering new bands that we didn’t even know about! His writing style is immediate and absorbing and we always look forward to reading Toby’s copy.” Marc Sallis, Editor, Artrocker Magazine.
“In the internet age with its endless opportunities to waffle at length on your own blog or offer a biased and opinionated musical view on a variety of websites, the craft of turning words into a readable interview or feature has, by and large been forgotten. At R2 Magazine we’re better because we try harder. What we offer is an informed, intelligent and unbiased view of the musical world. You’ve got to be something special to get onboard our ship. Toby Rogers is.” Sean McGhee, Editor, R2.
“Since I discovered Toby’s blog, I’ve been addicted. Toby is the most on-the-ball journalist in the North East and his passion for discovering new music really comes through, whether keeping everyone in the region up to date or teaching the rest of the world about all the great emerging artists in the North East. He’s the first person we let know about our upcoming events and Toby’s been a great help when selecting artists for Evolution Emerging.” Joe Frankland, Musician Support Manager, Generator.
“Toby was an incredible asset to Rant! Magazine Digital not only as a talented writer but also as an enthusiastic and musically knowledgeable individual. He was always prompt with reviews, impeccable with his editing and was always keen to take on any other genres left behind due to his genuine passion for music.” Irene Rukerebuka, Founder/Director, Rant! Magazine.