Paul Du Noyer (Music Editor)

“There’s a story to be found in any subject”, Journalism students were told today…

Paul Du Noyer, a successful music editor, told BA (Hons) Journalism students at Univeristy College Falmouth this today during a guest lecture, whilst talking about his work in the musical media and the magazines which he started.

The career of Du Noyer started when he gained a placment working for the New Musical Express magazine or NME, it took him a few years of learning everything at NME before he was able to do any official interviews, “I tried to learn every aspect of the job”.

He climbed up the ranks of the magazine though and whilst there he interviewed and wrote features on some of the big names in music at the time such as; Ska/Reggie group ‘The Specials’ and Punk forefathers ‘The Clash’.

However after a while Du Noyer started to feel as though he was getting too old to write for NME, so some of his collegues and himself decided to create a new magazine of their own.

They came up with Q magazine, which Du Noyer became the editor of and whilst working there his writing really developed itself unlike at NME, “I don’t think ever wrote anything for the NME that was any good”. It seems that he wasn’t proud of the worked which he had developed at NME, ” If I could track down every copy of these existing newspapers, I would destroy them” relating to the work which he had produced with there.

Paul Du Noyer describes Q magazine as “the first attempt to gatecrash the monopoly of these weekly newspapers”. He explained that at the time the band ‘U2’ were really big and to get them on the cover of ‘Q’ would have great consequences. With that in mind he tells the students that he once followed the band around the country to document it for Q magazine, “Sometimes the editor has to step in, because the editor feels like they can’t trust anybody else with this”.

After a while he came up with an idea for a magazine which focused mainly on the older generation of musicians and would be aimed at an older target audience, the idea that came from this was ‘Mojo magazine’, a magazine which is still going today.

For ‘Mojo’ Du Noyer interviewed such famous musicians as ‘The Police’ frontman Sting, Pop music icon David Bowie and ‘The Modfather’ and ‘The Jam’ frontman Paul Weller, which boosted the numbers of copies sold. There was one problem with using aged musicians though, “You are dealing with very ugly people” however they over came this problem “If we are covering their entire career then there is no reason why we have to use an up to date picture of them.”

Paul Du Noyer is now writing novels on the media and has own website which has his products to purchase.

One thing is clear…Paul Du Noyer has shaped the music magazine industry.

For more information of Paul Du Noyer visit his website site below:

Paul Du Noyer

Panic! At The Disco

Las Vegas duo blow the roof off the academy

Tonight, January 31st, belongs to one band, a band who have struggled through  the departure of two members of their group and have made a vigorous recovery with their strong album, ‘Vices and Virtues’.

After the floor is crammed with mostly 14 and 15 year old girls, the first act enters the stage, a band called ‘ME’ who after they have broken out into their first song don’t seem to bring the energy that is really needed for a first and only support act of the night. Lead singer, Spike’s, body language is not the type which will get a crowd moving, and tonight’s crowd gives you the feeling that they are ready to dance, however this can not happen if the band do not interact with the audience. The only aspect of this act which keeps the audience going is the amazing riffs and solos of the Guitarist who is creating his own vortex of energy without needing his band. Although the band don’t get the audience moving, they do seem to have made an impact, which is obvious from the applause and screams when the band leave the stage. It seems that ‘ME’ haven’t opened up the night well enough for what is yet to come…

As the screams of Panic! Panic! Panic! chant throughout the O2 Academy in Bristol, an electricity is filling the air as the crowd get more and more anxious to see the band they love. The stage lights fade, a musical intro begins to play through the speakers and four silhouettes enter the stage, greeted by the voices of all the audience. The band jump straight into hit single, Ready To Go and get the crowd off their feet and jumping into the air. Vocalist Brenden Urie grabs the audience and doesn’t let them go all night, creating sing-a-longs and constantly tells them that they are “awesome”, which is answered by adoring fan’s screams. Throughout the show the band play great hits such as ‘That Green Gentleman’, ‘The Ballad Of Mona Lisa’ and ‘New Perspective’ which pump the crowd into a raving frenzy.

Urie not only gives the crowd what they want musicaly, he also gives the audience advice on life, “If you want to get to the rainbow, you have to get through the f***ing rain”. The band are all over the stage, jumping along with the audience and in Brenden Urie’s case doing backflips off the drumkit and screeching his vocals to their very limit.

Just before they jump into their popular tune ‘Nine In The Afternoon’ Urie explains that he thanks god for everything that has happened to him, right before saying “F**k You God”. When smash hit ‘I Write Sins’ begins to blast through the system everyone is off their feet and singing along as this is the song that started Panic’s career. The band then depart the stage without so much as a goodbye.

The crowd is not going to let the night end this way though, as they once again begin chants of the band’s name and almost make the ground cave in when they start stomping the floor. All this brings the boys back onto the stage and creates perhaps the highlight of the night, the crowd start screaming ‘TAKE IT OFF’ to Urie, and he is not going to disappoint as he casually takes his shirt off and carries on singing. The band jump into a great cover of The Darkeness’ ‘I Believe in a Thing Called Love’, which goes down a treat with the audience, and Urie really shows that he is a true rock star when he starts breaking into guitar solos and playing his guitar like his private parts.

The night is closed off with the song ‘Nearly Witches’ from their most recent album, and as the lads close off their show it is clear that the crowd have really got their moneys worth tonight. In Brenden Urie’s last words on stage he teases the audience with the information that the band are starting to write new material, one can only wonder how good it might be…

                            Panic! At The Disco’s recent album – Vices and Virtues