Friday, July 19, 2019
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Andy HughesAndy Hughes has been a professional freelance journalist for almost forty years. He has contributed to over one hundred titles around the world, including NME, Melody Maker, Zig Zag, Kerrang!, Creem, Downbeat, and too many others to mention.

In his career, Andy has covered virtually every style of music and has written extensively for technical magazines including Musician and Recording World, Acoustic, Drummer, Guitarist, Guitar Buyer, and Rhythm. He currently contributes to a number of technical magazines and websites.

Resident in the Midlands city of Stoke-on-Trent, Andy remains in convenient reach of most of the major cities in the UK, and can be in London in less than two hours by non-stop train.

As an all-round music and technical writer, Andy brings a wealth of experience to his new role within MIN, and is looking forward to establishing links with new companies and individuals in the instrument and equipment industries, and renewing links with some existing contacts.

Talking Heads

Kev Sanders has a Bass threesome with Ashdown Engineering boss Mark...

Artist/endorser and manufacturer relationships are seldom as successful or as long standing as the one between Ashdown’s Mark Gooday and Bass Player Guy Pratt....

Talking Heads – Mike Heaton of Code Drum Heads

“You don’t simply ‘hit’ a drum, you play it like any other instrument: you can be as delicate and as subtle as you want,...

Talking Heads – Bob Taylor founder of Taylor Guitars

Taylor Guitars doesn't just talk the talk about the ecological implications of guitar making. Co-founder Bob Taylor has taken the lead by ensuring a...

Cooper’s Column – It’s not all doom and gloom

Gary Cooper finds something positive happening in the MI industry - and it has his cats very worried... Amid all the doom and gloom about...

Cooper’s Column – Is it time to cash-in the Strat?

Gary Cooper wonders how much longer 'vintage' guitars will still command a premium - and what this could tell us about the MI industry.  The...

Cooper’s Column – It’s too damned quiet out there, Carruthers….

My apologies for such a protracted silence over the past few months. The fact is that after many years in this industry I finally...

Is it time to start showing some of the big brands...

MIN's editor wonders if the tide is turning Amazon's recent 'Prime Day' day wasn't a very edifying spectacle. As far as I could see many...

J.G Windows – the past has a future

Talking Heads - MIN interviews leading figures from the MI industry to find out what’s on their minds. MIN's editor, Gary Cooper, speaks with Rupert...

Reverb – is this chance independent retailers have been waiting for?

MIN's editor, Gary Cooper, speaks with Kevin Drost, Chief Strategy Officer of Reverb.com - the online sales portal that could finally give UK music...

Gary Cooper considers a Gibson without its CEO

Now that the dust has began to settle from the impact of Gibson hitting the deck, thoughts turn to what comes next. In particular,...

Money For Nothing – how cheap money is helping kill business

Cheap money is killing business? On the face of it, it sounds like a paradox. Low interest rates should be good for business, shouldn't...

Talking Heads – Mark Gooday of Ashdown Engineering

Talking Heads - MIN interviews leading figures from the MI industry to find out what’s on their minds. MIN's editor, Gary Cooper, speaks with Mark...

MIN’s editor casts a wary eye over the year’s events

January Last year came to a chilly end with news that Metal Hammer and Classic Rock has plunged into administration, resulting in the loss of...

Interview: Craig Buckley rebrands Manchester Drum Centre to DRUM ONE

Craig Buckley takes over The Manchester Drum Centre and rebrands as DRUM ONE.
As Craig Buckley takes over as owner of the Manchester Drum Centre, MIN Editor Gary Cooper asks why now, when the drum business is...

Marketing myths – smoke and mirrors in the boardroom?

Not so very long ago business was a lot simpler. A man, usually wearing a brown coat and smoking a pipe, would bring his...

Bad timing – could this be the hidden threat to the...

Three recent conversations about the future of MI retail set me thinking. The first was with Simon Gilson, co-owner of the mighty PMT. Simon...

The MI Press is in a mess – why the state...

Regular readers may feel that I am forever poking and prodding at manufacturers and distributors while ignoring the holes in the press, gaping at...

Dinosaur brands – a lesson from the camera trade

I've said it before, but the camera business has always struck me as a close parallel to ours. Unlike the MI trade, cameras are...

Beware of maps – how geography betrays the big brands

Back around the turn of the century (no this century, not the 20th!) a favourite topic of the, then, MI Industry trade mag was...

Are ‘fake’ reviews a growing problem?

There's a lot of talk currently about 'fake news' - usually from people who have a vested interest in the traditional media and who...

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