Known for his exceptional writing talents, love of music and ratbag spirit, Tim Scott is the Editor at VICE’s music channel NOISEY.
A renowned journalist for over 10 years, Tim established himself as an expert culture and music writer throughout Japan and Australia before being appointed to his current role.
Tim talks to us about establishing a writing career and shares his advice for those starting out on a similar career path.
What do you find most fulfilling about working as the Editor of NOISEY?
I’ve always loved listening to, discovering and sharing new music and I still get very excited when I find a new band, songwriter or producer. This is still the biggest buzz I get from working in music. I’m very lucky that Australia is still one of the best places in the world for music and musicians.
I also really enjoy working with other writers, colleagues and people in the music industry.
What don’t you like about it?
There are so many good musical acts and just not enough time and resources to cover them all.
I also get frustrated that publications are often seen by labels/PR/management – and to a lesser extent artists – as extensions of the PR machine/publicity machine.
Talk us through your typical day as the editor for NOISEY — what happens from 9 to 5?
Wake up, coffee and check various news and music websites.
Update the Australia and New Zealand NOISEY site and plan the content for that day.
I then head to the office and start writing, editing and commissioning stories.
We usually have a daily mid morning WIP (work in progress) meeting with other verticals at VICE and then more writing, meetings and editing.
How do you decide which content and articles get developed and eventually published?
Firstly, is it any good in content, style and execution? Secondly, does it speak to the NOISEY audience with the right tone?
We encourage writers and contributors to write like they are speaking to friends in a bar — don’t speak down to the audience and don’t treat the readers like idiots.
How did your career lead to your current position?
After a long time working as a freelance music writer in Melbourne, I moved to Tokyo for three years and continued to contribute music and culture stories to various Australian and Japanese publications.
On my return to Melbourne, I was employed at City Guide (a project produced by The Thousands) as an assistant editor and senior music writer. I left to become a venue booker and band manager but continued to freelance at various publications including VICE where I was eventually offered the position as NOISEY editor. So long story short, many years as a freelancer writer led me to my current editing gig.
If you could go back in time, what study/career advice would you give to your 18-year old self?
As far as career advice I’d say be more goal orientated and focused.
I know 18-year olds are meant to have fun and drift but I’d like to have been a bit more direct in my goals and ambitions. Also, try to become an expert or specialist. As it’s become easier and more accessible to platforms and a social voice, expertise helps you stand out in a very crowded crowd.
What two pieces of content are you most proud of in your time at NOISEY so far?
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