Not a Goodbye, But a Step Back

Hello, all. It’s me, Zack.

It’s a bit shy of 18 months since I started writing and editing for Layabozi. My first piece was a preview of the Ratatat show back in May of 2009. In typical fickle fashion, I went on to pan the show in a classic live review battle with Mache. In our switch over to the new format those got lost in the shuffle, so you will have to take my word for it that they were textbook examples of ground-breaking music journalism.

Since then, I’ve conducted a few interviews with some big names, reviewed a lot of shows and albums, and edited a bunch of posts by other writers for this site. It’s been a fun gig.

However, some other stuff is demanding greater precedence in my life right now. First and foremost, I’m going to be a dad, starting in early 2011. Look out for a new drummer on the Shanghai scene circa 2028!

I will also be playing the drums (my first sweetheart) a lot more with my bands Break for Borneo and Friend or Foe, plus some other forthcoming projects.

Consequently, I have stepped down as Editor of Layabozi. I will still be listening to albums and going to shows, so you will still see my byline here and there, but the punctuation and fact-checking of Layabozi articles will be handled by someone else. Probably someone more capable.

Thanks to my friend Mache for giving me the responsibility and editorial leeway, even though she barely knew me at the time. Thanks to all our loyal readers and to the local music blogging brother- and sisterhood that took in this abandoned pup. Thanks to all the bands on the Shanghai scene that make it so rewarding to cover them.

If you’re interested, check out my truncated archives here.

Also, I will be doing a lot of short little reviews and handing out ridiculous links and oddities on my Google Buzz account. If you like that sort of thing, follow me here.

Again, I’ll still be out and about, so be sure to say what’s up when you see me at the shows.

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  1. Emma

    Congratulations!!! That’s so awesome!!

    But also….Noooooo, we’ll miss your Editorial prowess and dry wit in Shanghai-music-review form. .

    le sigh

    and also

    Mazel tov!

  2. morgan

    a sad day indeed… re: your not writing as much… the kid thing, that’s alright.


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