Pushing ones self to do better and better is what drives great journalism. Loving the topic in which you’re assigned doesn’t hurt either. For our podcast Self Released Songs we strive to get different voices from within the music industry. Those voices can interpret how we perceive the music industry as well as how we navigate it. For the final episode of season two, we reached out to music journalist Johnston Farrow to see what makes him tick. What we found was plenty in common with someone who loves music enough to attempt to make it a career.
Born in Canada before transplanting to San Antonio, Farrow had a love of music from an early age. Getting works published as a child meant that his future was in his face, though it wasn’t as apparent until he moved back to Canada. Though as those years were important to his career choice, it was driven by a love for Brit pop and plenty of record stores to feed him full of selection.
But while a love for Pulp is one thing, experiencing music in person while being a part of the scene was the turning point. Being at the right place at the right time, in this case was Halifax, Nova Scotia. During the pop explosion as bands like Sloan and The Super Friendz blew up, Farrow soon found himself being a juror for The Polaris Prize (Canadian Grammys) and even DJ’ing on the side. Ushering in the thriving electronic scene, soon the writer found himself back in Texas though this time in Houston. Soon discovering that Houston was more than another flyover city, he sunk deep into the scene and began covering it in full.
And while he’s had articles published in magazines big and small, it seems that Farrow has found his place at his current home CultureMap. Covering the Save Our Stages initiative all of the way into covering concerts and changes in the thriving music world, one thing has never changed. His love for music and the excitement to share it still grows with each passing day.
You can follow Johnston Farrow on all social media sites. You can keep up with his work at CultureMap Houston. The episode of the podcast can be heard on this website or wherever you stream podcasts.
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