Sunday, 28 November 2010

Images for Front Cover and Contents Page

For the previous two lessons, I took any additional pictures that I needed for my magazine front cover and contents page.

I went through all my pictures and selected the ones I wanted to use on my front cover, contents page and double page spread. I then added these to and created a slideshow.

make gif

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Article Research

For the article I am going to write, I need to conduct research. This is the research I found to help me conduct the article of Maroon 5: Now & Then.

Band Members:
James Valentine - Guitar
Jesse Carmichael - Keyboards
Mickey Madden - Bass
Matt Flynn - Drums
Adam Levine - Guitarist/Lead Vocalist

The four original members of Maroon 5 have known each other since attending Brentwood School together in Los Angeles. While attending Brentwood Scholo, Adam Levine and Jesse Carmichael joined up with Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick to form Kara's Flowers, a garage/grunge candee. The name was taken from a girl that the band had a "collective crush" on. The band played its first gig at Whisky a Go Go on September 16, 1995. While they were playing a beach party in Malibu, indie producer Tommy Allen heard them playing and offered to manage them and record a complete record with his partner, songwriter John DeNicola (Dirty Dancing ). While shopping for a deal for the band, Bob Cavallo's management team heard the record Allen and DeNicola produced, which eventually led to their deal with Reprise Records and producer Rob Cavallo.  Very early on, their sound was what Carmichael called "Fugazi [the sound] meets Sesame Street [the lyrics]". However, by the release of The Fourth World in 1996, they had morphed into band reminiscent of 1960s Brit pop. Despite high expectations from the band and record company, the album failed to catch on and their lead single, "Soap Disco", was a failure.  According to Levine, the failure of the album was "a huge disappointment" that nearly led them to break up in 1998. The album sold around 5,000 copies and they were dropped after only six months.

Levine and Carmichael went to college at Five Towns College in Long Island, New York, while Madden and Dusick stayed home in L.A., and attended a semester of college at UCLA. At Five Towns College, Levine and Carmichael were exposed for the first time to the gospel, hip-hop and R&B of their largely African-American schoolmates .Levine credits the period with informing the band's new style stating:

When the two returned in 2000, they brought those influences with them. Sam Farrar (bassist of the band Phantom Planet, which is currently on hiatus, and former roommate of Levine and Valentine) says that the Aaliyah song "Are You That Somebody?" affected the band and influenced the song "Not Coming Home." Producer Tim Sommer signed them to a demo deal with MCA records and produced three tracks with them in Los Angeles in the middle of 2000 with Mark Dearnly engineering. Against Sommer's advice, MCA declined to pick up the band, and these tracks were never released. Jordan Felstein, a friend of Levine's family and a junior agent at ICM, stopped by one of the band's rehearsals and was so surprised by what he heard that he quit his job in order to manage the band full time. The band put together a demo that was rejected by several labels, before falling into the hands of Octone Records executives James Diener, Ben Berkman and David Boxenbaum. While looking for talent for the new Octone label, Berkman was given a bunch of demos by the brother of a former colleague at Columbia Records and the song that caught his attention was "a genius song called 'Sunday Morning'". Berkman was surprised the song was credited to Kara's Flowers because they sounded completely different to the band he had heard while at Warner Brothers.
Berkman encouraged Diener and Boxenbaum to fly out to L.A. to watch a showcase gig at the Viper Room for the four-piece Kara's Flowers. After watching Levine onstage, they were convinced. Berkman told HitQuarters he believed what the band needed was a "fifth member to play the guitar and free up the singer, so he could be the star I perceived him to be." Within a month of hearing the demo Kara's Flowers became the new label's first act.

Octone immediately insisted that the band change its name to break with its pop-rock past. Also, the label began looking for a full-time guitarist to enable Levine to focus on performing as the frontman. James Valentine (from the L.A. band Square) was recruited for the job. Even still, the only songs of their repertoire that showcased the band's new direction were "Sunday Morning" and the soon-to-be-written "She Will Be Loved"—neither of which the label approved of as a first single. The band toured for a full year before entering the studio with producer Matt Wallace. Levine's frustration with Berkman's demands for a lead single inspired him to write just that—a song called "Harder to Breathe".

While they were in high school,
 vocalist and rhythm guitarist Adam Levine, keyboardist Jesse Carmichael, bass guitarist Mickey Madden, and drummer Ryan Dusick formed a garage band called Kara's Flowers in 1995 and released one album in 1997. They reformed, with guitarist James Valentine, in 2001 and pursued a new direction as Maroon 5.
‘..started playing music together in junior high, under the sway of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and their ilk.’

             Los Angeles, California, was home to high school students Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, Ryan Dusick, and Mickey Madden. In the late 1990s, the friends started an alternative rock band called Kara's Flowers. They signed a deal with Reprise Records and released the 1997 record The Fourth World, but the album failed to chart and the band parted ways with Reprise. The young band wasn't quite prepared for stardom yet, and it wouldn't hit until nearly seven years later.
             "I think that we weren't ready musically or emotionally to be successful," Madden told Chart magazine's online news site about Kara's Flowers. "Not that success is any measure of quality, but there was definitely something missing." The guys put Kara's Flowers on an indefinite hiatus while Levine and Carmichael enrolled in classes at the State University of New York, and Dusick and Madden went to the University of California Los Angeles. Levine and Carmichael began to discover a whole new world of music while they were at school on the East Coast. "The halls would be blasting gospel music, and people would be listening to stuff that we'd never actually listened to, like Biggie Smalls, Missy Elliot, and Jay-Z," Levine stated in the band's official biography. "When I think of songwriting, I think of the Beatles, Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, the stuff that I grew up on, but then I was like, 'I want to do this. Stevie Wonder came into my life at that point, and I just found a knack for doing it," he continued.
             Discovering this new music renewed Levine's interest, and in 1999, the musicians decided to re-start Kara's Flowers. But with their new sound—one that blended the classic pop styles of their teenage days with a fresh new funky R&B tint—the band needed a new name. Once they began recording demos in 2000, they were now known as Maroon 5—a moniker the band members have yet to explain. One year after recording their new demos with their new upbeat sound, Maroon 5 signed a deal with a new division of J Records/RCA. "I think when we started writing songs for Kara's Flowers, we didn't hit on any musical ideas lyrically," Madden told Chart. "But then once we came up with these songs for Maroon 5, we started playing in a way we never had before."
             With a pop face and funk undertones, Maroon 5's first album, Songs About Jane, was released in 2002. The band spent most of the year on the road opening up shows for Vanessa Carlton and their old friend John Mayer, whom Valentine had met at a high school summer camp. Octone Records released "Harder to Breathe" as the first single, but the record got little press or radio play. But slowly, after time, radio began to play the song, MTV screened the video, and Songs About Jane began to get positive reviews. All of this happened nearly a year after the record was released. Finally, in 2003, "Harder to Breathe," hit the top 10 and when the second single,
"This Love," was released, it too hit the top 10.             In a review of Songs About Jane, E! Online wrote, "Sensitive guy Adam Levine and his friends mix a bit of vintage Motown, some swooning sweater rock, and even a smidge of 'N SYNC." It took months before other critics really noticed the album. The band's song-writing had improved and matured greatly since Kara's Flowers—and a lot of it had to do with singer Levine's love life. The band's mix of mainstream pop formula and funky blue-eyed soul was based around Levine's emotional lyrics, which were mostly, as fans could guess, about a girl named Jane. "Jane is my ex-girlfriend," Levine told People. "We dated for about six months. It was a really beautiful experience." Levine didn't stay heartbroken for too long; he soon began dating Kelly McGee, who appeared with Levine in the steamy music video for the band's breakthrough hit, "This Love."
             At this point, the songs the band was now performing on late-night talk shows and concerts had been written for a few years before most people heard them. Luckily, their sentiments still resonated with millions of buyers. In an interview with, Levine told writer Christina Fuoco about his lyrics. "It's the most emotion, the most soul I've ever poured into anything in my whole life. I'm so happy [and] comfortable with what we had to say, musically and lyrically. We've been through so much over the last ten years—turbulent relationships and stuff was rocky with the band, a lot of different things. I feel like this record is definitely a culmination of all those things."
             Two years after Songs About Jane was released, the album had raked in sales of over eight million copies. The band began to tour larger venues and spent much of 2004 performing on TV. In the summer of 2004, hip-hop producer/rapper Kanye West got together with the band to put a fresh hip-hop spin on "This Love." While the band continued to release singles from their now two-year old album, fans wanted something new so the group released the acoustic EP 1.22.03. Acoustic in June. Unplugged versions of their now hit singles were included with a cover of the Beatles' "If I Fell," recorded at new York's Hit Factory studio, and a live version AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" from a show in Hamburg, Germany.
             In February of 2005, Maroon 5 performed in an opening number for the annual Grammy Awards alongside Gwen Stefani of No Doubt, the Black Eyed Peas, and more. They were nominated for two awards that evening and walked home with one for Best New Artist.
InfluencesBee Gees
Hall & Oates
Michael Jackson
The Police
Stevie Wonder
Justin Timberlake
Al Green
Jane's Addiction
Counting Crows
Wyclef Jean
Lauryn Hill
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Bill Withers
Spin Doctors
Matchbox Twenty
Dave Matthews Band
2004-Billboard Music Award — Digital Artist of the Year[38]
-MTV Europe Music Award — Best New Act
MTV Video Music Awards Latin America — Best Rock Artist, International
MTV Video Music Awards Latin America — Best New Artist, International
MTV Video Music Awards — Best New Artist
New Music Weekly Award — AC40 Group/Duo of the Year
-Teen Choice Award — Choice Breakout Artist
World Music Award — World's Best New Group[39]


Grammy Award  Best New Artist
Grammy Award  Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for "This Love" (Live - Friday the 13th version)-Groovevolt Music and Fashion Award — Best Collaboration, Duo or Group for "She Will Be Loved"-NRJ Radio Awards — International Breakout Act & Best International Song for "This Love"2007
Billboard Music Award — Top Digital Album for "It Won't Be Soon Before Long"
Grammy Award — Best Pop Performance by A Duo or Group With Vocals "Makes Me Wonder"


Grammy Award — Best Pop Performance by A Duo or Group With Vocals "Won't Go Home Without You" (Nominated)
Grammy Award — Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals"If I Never See Your Face Again" (with Rihanna) (Nominated)

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Rough Sketch of Design of my Front Cover, Contents Page and Double Page Spread

After completing both my publication plan and my planning production, I was asked to make rough sketches of my front cover, contents page, and also my double page spread.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Planning Production

In today's lesson, I was asked to do my planning production, this consisted of looking through my initial plans and my publication plan, and developing them so that they are detailed and easy guidelines to follow.

Front Cover
The title for my front cover is going to be ‘Pop Rocks’ , this will be in a rounded font called ‘Arista’, and will be places across the top of the page. Just underneath this will be the positioning statement ‘Rock to the Pop’.

Cover Lines
Jake Hignett: "I'm going to break America"
Paramore:  Why they split
Birth of Mcfly: Their unordinary claim to fame
Step by Step: Your guide to playing guitar
The images on my front cover will be:
-Solo Artist, Jake Hignett
-Bar code

Contents Page
The title for the contents page will simply be ‘Contents’. It will be in the top corner of the right side, coloured red and have a drop shadow in order for it to stand out.

Regular Content

10- Gig Reviews
19- Album Reviews
22- Upcoming Events
35- This month’s top 10 singles
47- Competition Time
56- Your questions to Duffy
70- Subscribe today!

Feature Content
6- Up, Close & Personal
Interview with Dynamic Entry
8- Jake Takes on America
New solo artist aims high
10-How to be a Pop-rocker
The Do’s and Dont’s
28- Maroon 5: Now & Then
How did they evolve?
32- Birth of Mcfly
From beginning to end..
40- Posters Special
Ten page exclusive
50Step by Step
Your guide to guitar playing
52- The Kooks Scandal
The truth about their fall out
68- Paramore split
Investigation into the real reason
72- Isle of Wight
Pictures &interviews from Isle of Wight 2010!
76- The Killers Return
Special on their upcoming albumn
80- Weatherhead
The NEW School of Rock
94- Bon Jovi:
Why he joined the music industr

Editors Letter
To reader!
           Welcome to this months Pop Rocks! Hope you all had a pop-rocking summer! I saw lots of readers at Readings this year, it was fantastic! Don’t forget to read my coverage (pages 72&73). This issue is jam packed with all the latest pop-rock news it’s all been happening recently and we’ve got all the details. We have also piled some amazing posters in and found out all the upcoming events!  I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank you all for supporting us on this rocky road! We’ll make it worth while!
Enjoy! X

Image of guitar, linking to step by step guide
Image of Jake Hignett
Image of local gig, linking to gig reviews
Image of front cover, linking to dubscription details

Double Page Spread
The information on my double page spread will come from the interview that I have with the band. However, it will not be written like an interview. From the information I have gathered from them I am going to write about each band member, how they started, what they have been up to and their feelings towards music and gigs etc. The type of shot, for my image, I plan to use is a shot of the band in action, as this gives a visual representation of the band's genre, attitude and skills.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Publication Plan

In today's lesson I was asked to create a publication plan. For this I had to make all my final decisions using the research I had collected from my questionnaires :

Positioning statement:
Rock to the pop

Frequency of publication: Monthly

Price: £2.99

Distribution: Newsagents, supermarkets, music shops

Rationale: This magazine is aimed at 15 to 23 year old pop rock lovers. The magazine in production will offer facts and opinions but will also allow readers to give their opinions. It will contain upcoming events, competitions, interviews and reviews.

Style: The style of my music magazine will be friendly, inviting and informal. It will also be informative, as it will give lists of upcoming gigs and events. The magazine is aimed at fans of pop rock music, therefore must use lexis of the semantic fields of pop rock.

Regular Content
Examples of regular contents which will feature in my music magazine:
-Editors Letter
-Interviews with well-known pop rock artists
-Gig Guide: Upcoming Events
-Gig Reviews
-Album Reviews
-Subscription Details
-Your questions to Duffy
-This months top 10 singles

Feature Content
Examples of feature contents which will feature in my music magazine:
-Posters Special!
-Gig Guide: The Return of Nickelback
-Up, close and personal: Interview with Dynamic Entry!
-Investigation into the split of Paramore
-The birth of The Wanted
-How to be a pop-rocker
-Top 10 pop-rock bands, voted by YOU!
-Maroon 5: Now & Then
-The truth about The Kooks scandal
-Lily Allen: Her views on the return of Take That!
-Weatherhead: The NEW School of Rock
-Mcfly: All Secrets Revealed
-Win a trip to record with Rihanna!
-Bruno Mars visits our offices!
-Bon Jovi: Why he joined the music industry

House Style
Cover lines: Verdana
Headlines: Calibri, 11 pt, bold
Stand first: Calibri, 11 pt
Captions: Italics, Calibri, 9.5 pt
Features first paragraph: FIRST TWO words in bold capitals, Calibri, 11 pt
News first paragraph: Drop capital, Calibri, 11 pt
Body text: Arial, 11 pt
Colour scheme: Black, White and Red

Friday, 5 November 2010

Audio Answers to Questionnaire

In this lesson, I used a voice recorder to ask three questions from my questionnaire. In then uploded these from the voice recorder to the cvomputer. I then converted these to a video file in order to upload them to my blog. 


Thursday, 4 November 2010

Results of my Questionnaire

To show the results of my quessionnaire I was asked to ame graphs and conclude what they show. I was asked to do this in a slideshow and then upload the presentation to slideshare. This makes the information more interactive and fun.

Monday, 1 November 2010


The easiest way to conduct the audience research is by producing and distibuting a questionnaire. The results from this questionnaire will help my decision making concerning the production of my magazine: