Next month, Electronic Musician gets a major makeover as EQ magazine joins
forces with EM to create what will be the ultimate magazine for musicians,
producers, and engineers.
It makes total sense: Being a successful musician today means mastering
a broad range of skills, from writing the perfect hook to recording the perfect
vocal take to cultivating a thriving fan base. To that end, we are combining
the best of the EQ and EM worlds, and we''re expanding the content beyond
recording to address performance, songwriting, and career issues.
There''s something very “stars aligned” about this merger. I joined EQ after
serving as the Editor of Mix magazine, and synched immediately with Craig
Anderton, who has been EQ''s Executive Editor for the past five years. And
although Craig has been very successful in focusing the magazine''s vision and
improving the content, we both knew that we had more to offer. We spent hours
talking about where we wanted to take the magazine, and how we could better
serve our readers, but kept hitting this wall of, “That would be so cool, but
it''s not strictly about recording...” And now, we can.
In a way, things have come full circle for Craig: He was the one who coined
the term “electronic musician,” pitched the magazine''s concept back in the
mid-''80s, and served as editor for EM''s first five years. Since then, EM has
had a succession of talented people at the helm; I''d like to give special props
to Mike Levine, a talented writer (and great musician!) who was instrumental
in elevating the EM voice throughout his tenure as Editor, and is leaving us
with a magazine that has a devoted following and the industry''s respect. It''s
a true honor to succeed him.
Our goal for the new Electronic Musician is to give you all the tools you
need to make better music, from production to performance. We''ll offer more
tips and techniques, more gear reviews, and more insights from today''s top
artists. And we''re expanding our community features to give you, the reader,
more of a voice.
So while we say goodbye to EQ and the “classic” EM, we say hello to a new
vision of Electronic Musician that will re-define what a music magazine is all
about. Stay tuned!