After gravitating from Leicester University with a degree in Philosophy in the late 80s, Carl set up an independent entertainment guide for the East Midlands – INTO magazine. Following a brief spell on East Anglia whats on guide Preview, he moved back to his home city of London to become a freelance journalist.
Landing a role at Melody Maker, he wrote about the Britpop, riot grrrl and agit-rock band scenes as well as emerging electronic music styles such as drum & bass.
Moving to DJ magazine just before the Millennium, he covered all the diverse electronic music styles and finished up as deputy editor before moving to Brighton and reverting back to freelance journalism once again. He wrote the electronic music section for the Billboard Music Encyclopaedia, and wrote for MOJO magazine for most of the noughties too.
As well as writing, Carl also produces music, runs a record label – Westway – and DJs in clubs and at festivals. He's interviewed many notable figures within music, and recently has started doing some lecturing too.
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Report and Interview by Carl Loben, Melody Maker, July 1999
There's nothing we like better than brilliant new bands. So what could beat joining a booze-fuelled double-bill of MUSE and CAY on the road? ...
Live Review by Carl Loben, Melody Maker, October 1998
CITED BY MANY electronica artists as an early influence, Depeche Mode began life as chirpy synth-poppers in the early '80s before moving into superb clangers ...
Interview by Carl Loben, Melody Maker, January 1999
IN CONTACT, Jodie Foster climbs into the capsule, straps herself in, and mentally prepares for the impending voyage. The aliens have kindly given Earth/the US ...
Live Review by Carl Loben, Melody Maker, January 1994
SHOULDN'T HUGGY Bear have split up by now? ...
Interview by Carl Loben, Melody Maker, May 1999
Rave/punk crossover genius MOBY is known as the most clean-living and politically correct pop star an the planet. The Maker met him in a karaoke ...
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Comment by Carl Loben, Huffington Post, August 2015
"HALF OF UK nightclubs close as Brits abandon rave culture," reported the Daily Telegraph yesterday morning (Tuesday 11th August). Other titles led with "Clubs close as dancing ...
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