Journalism

Side-by-side with his work composing and performing music, James Rotondi boasts a notable record as a music journalist, including senior editorial positions at Guitar Player, Guitar World, Remix, and Future Music US, as well as bylines in Rolling Stone, Spin, The Wire, Mojo, The Boston Phoenix, MTV.com, and Sound & Vision, and cover stories for CMJ New Music Monthly, Premier Guitar, and more. Known for his clear, elegant prose, exacting reviews, and compelling interviews, he’s written one-on-one profiles with many of music’s most compelling figures, including Jimmy Page, Jeff Buckley, Carlos Santana, James Hetfield, Chris Cornell, Larry Graham, Ritchie Blackmore, Moby, Shawn Colvin, Alan Parsons, Eddie Van Halen, and hundreds more. James has even appeared on the front page of the New York Times, in an article detailing the rise of laptop-based studios.

Rotondi’s writing and editing work has also been commissioned by musical instrument and software manufacturers, including iZotope, Universal Audio, Line 6, Dunlop, and others, and he currently writes about music gear and the creative process for Premier Guitar, Bass Player and Sound & Vision, and maintains a regular column for The Huffington Post, where he has covered topics as broad as electoral politics, vinyl LPs, Buddhism, and global soccer, with a voice that can be both wildly satirical and surprisingly earnest. Check out the links below for a sample of James’ work—click here for a complete editorial resume—and click Contact to get in touch with him about writing your magazine or music company’s next best piece.

 

• An interview with super-producer Butch Vig, written for music software giant iZotope.

• An interview with James Rotondi about his years as Features Editor of Guitar Player magazine, from rockcritics.com.

• An in-studio tutorial on mixing guitar tracks using Universal Audio’s UAD plug-ins.

• A reprint of my interview with John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, discussing his heroin addiction and struggle for redemption.

Jimi Hendrix’s record collection: based on my interviews with Jimi’s old girlfriend, Kathy Etchingham.

My interview with bass legend and inventor of “slap-bass” Larry Graham, of Sly & the Family Stone.

Interviews with two of modern metal’s true masters—Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth and Brann Dailor of Mastodon, from the pages of Sound & Vision.

• “Vinyl is Forever: In Praise of Indie Record Stores,” written for MTV.com, reprinted in the Huffington Post.