This episode is a return to a solo episode. After some time away, Brian is back from his time in British Columbia and gets into the Megan Thee Stallion album, Good News; his freelance work with Complex Canada, and his take on a new rap group.
Being a freelancer is tough, especially now with COVID-19 but as the saying goes – “it’s the economy, stupid.”
As Brian’s freelance work dries up, he begins asking existential questions like; what is a music journalist’s currency in a youth-driven genre? Is it better to be a writer or a photographer? And what is the line between sex-positive female empowerment and being “slutty?”
All this and more. Brian goes off on tangents, and there’s no one there to stop him. Good News/Bad News – there’s a lot to talk about, some of it not so good. Brian learns why writers often have kill-fees and discovers why he got bumped for another writer for an interview.
The first half of the podcast is an album review on Good News, while the second half is more about freelance work. Ever wondered what being a music journalist is like in 2020? Hint: It’s a lot like the rest of 2020.
We’ve all heard about the infamous “pivot-to-video.” But what about pivoting to photography? On the episode, Brian explores his thoughts on why photographers may have more leverage.
Listen to the podcast and hear what Brian has been up to and why the answer may surprise you.