Andrew began his journalism career at Melody Maker. He quickly moved on to feature writing at The Face where he wrote on subjects as diverse as the crop circles, mobile phone scanners and the surveillance society, the ecstasy testers of Amsterdam, eco-espionage of the Environmental Investigation Agency and counterculture of the early internet.


As a feature writer at the Observer Life Magazine, he interviewed Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, Richard Rogers, Bianca Jagger, Damien Hirst among many others. His features include: the KLF’s burning of a million pounds, the impact of the Sarah Payne case, early Net communities and disappearance of cod from the North Atlantic.  (He also became perhaps the first person ever to shake Fidel Castro’s hand by accident.)


As a freelance Journalist, he has written for many publications including: The New Statesman, The Guardian and the groundbreaking, Raygun.  The image to the left shows David Carson’s cover design for Raygun in which Smith’s piece on PJ Harvey piece appeared.


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MUSIC WRITING

 

The week Smith was born in West 4th Street, New York, a still-penniless Bob Dylan moved in ten doors down, so it was perhaps inevitable that music would be a passion. His first record was More of the Monkees – he preferred them to The Beatles – and second Tears of a Clown by Smokie Robinson and the Miracles. These early shows of good taste were largely demolished by early adolescence, until Punk rode to the rescue in the late-Seventies.


After leaving college, he moved to London and spent several years playing with A Popular History of Signs, who toured extensively in the UK and Europe (most notably supporting Shriekback on a tour which culminated in a date at the legendary Lyceum), releasing records though Rough Trade.


Smith eventually returned to his first love, writing, and arrived at Melody Maker at a time when people like Simon Reynolds and the Stud Brothers had made it the hippest music publication in Britain.  There he specialized in dance music and media, authoring pieces on Acid House, Spiral Tribe, the rise of soaps and ‘yoof’ TV in the UK, Hip-Hop and South Central LA during the first Clinton election victory and Happy Mondays’ first visit to Iceland.


Later, at The Face, general feature duties still left space for interviews with Manic Street Preachers (during their last stand in Bangkok, just before guitarist Richey James disappeared), Jarvis Cocker during the triumphalist rush of Britpop, the Prodigy and the mercurial Tricky, who afterwards threatened in print to kill him.


In three years spent as Chief Pop Critic at the Sunday Times, Smith’s  interviews include: Blur; Madonna and Janet Jackson.  Observer highlights were Lee Hazlewood, Moby and the first interview Radiohead’s Thom Yorke had given for nearly five years. He still occasionally writes about music for publications like the Sunday Times, the Guardian and Word Magazine, and contributed sleevenotes to Oasis’s ‘best of’ album, Stop the Clocks.


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JOURNALISM