Jim Carroll (journalist)
|Born||1968 (age 45–46)
|Other names||On the Record|
|Notable credit(s)||Founder and editor of Muse
Co-founder of the Choice Music Prize
Carroll is a co-founder of the Choice Music Prize, an annual music award given to one Irish album from ten nominations. He also has a radio programme on Dublin's Phantom FM. In 1997 he founded the internet music magazine Muse.
Carroll uses his "On the Record" blog to air his views. In October 2006, Irish Independent journalist Anne-Marie Walsh reported that his views on the Humanzi album as "the most expensive and embarrassing flop of 2006" contrasted greatly with NME's report that the band were "the biggest new act in the country " and that their success "has stopped Dublin in its tracks". His views have also been mentioned by the BBC.
He joined The Irish Times in November 2000.
Alongside his musical colleagues with The Irish Times, Tony Clayton-Lea and Sinéad Gleeson, Carroll opted to sit a Christmas music examination in Popular Music and Music Management at the Institute of Art and Design in Dún Laoghaire on December 11, 2009. He obtained a score of 79 per cent, higher than his colleagues who obtained scores of 71 per cent and 73 per cent respectively. Carroll wrote essays on hip-hop, U2 and the Electric Picnic. The marker noted: "outstanding depth of analysis. Impressive breadth of knowledge. Outstanding use of references and fluency of use. Comprehensive. Master’s level work in that it adds to the body of knowledge on the topic. Very strong critical analysis of U2.com. Watch for tiny details which may read in a confusing manner".
Choice Music Prize
In 2005, Carroll co-founded the Choice Music Prize alongside Dave Reid. The prize is known in the Irish media for its tendency to come to "some pretty eccentric decisions". Carroll and Reid continue to co-ordinate the annual event. Carroll announces the winner. The first winner, Julie Feeney, was given a global record deal with Sony after receiving the award.
Within four years Carroll commented:
|“||Our titchy little maverick event has morphed into an event that is prominent on the musical scene.||”|
Carroll stepped down from the project after the 2010 Live Event.
Music business, radio and DJing
He now has a radio programme called The Far Side on Phantom FM. He DJed alongside colleague Sinéad Ní Mhorda at Grand Canal Square as part of the Dublin Dance Festival, a free event, on April 19, 2008.
Before concentrating on journalism and broadcasting, Carroll worked in the music business where he co-founded the Lakota record label, worked in A&R for several UK labels (including Go! Discs, Warner Music and Dedicated Records) and worked as a press officer for London Records.
- "Those who called the tune in Irish music during 2005". Irish Examiner. January 4, 2006. Archived from the original on 2009-11-15. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
- Anne-Marie Walsh (October 20, 2006). "The next big thing in music". Irish Independent. Retrieved January 6, 2010.
- Stuart Bailie (January 17, 2009). "Achtung Industry!". BBC. Retrieved January 24, 2010.
- Charlie Taylor (January 1, 2009). "Sharon Shannon to receive major award". The Irish Times. Retrieved April 13, 2012. "As revealed by Irish Times journalist and blogger Jim Carroll yesterday, a list of nominees leaked a day ahead of the office announcement."
- Jim Carroll, Tony Clayton-Lea and Sinéad Gleeson (December 12, 2009). "Well whaddayaknow?". The Irish Times. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
- Charlie Taylor (March 3, 2010). "'Irish Times' journalist wins blog award". The Irish Times. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
- "Irish Blog Awards Winners". Irish Blog Awards. March 19, 2011. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
- "CHOICE MUSIC PRIZE TURNS FIVE: The Choice Music Prize – Irish Album of the Year returns in 2010". IMRO. November 28, 2009. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
- Brendan McGuirk (March 5, 2009). "Jape wins the Choice Music Prize". Analogue. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
- Caitrina Cody (March 5, 2009). "Jolly Jape admits he's surprised to scoop Choice gong". Irish Independent. Retrieved January 6, 2010.
- "The Choice of regeneration?". Irish Independent. February 28, 2009. Retrieved January 6, 2010.
- "The Choice Music Prize Shortlist". IMRO. January 24, 2006. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
- Phil Udell (March 5, 2009). "Choice Music Prize night, Vicar Street". State. Retrieved January 6, 2010.
- "I heard the 'Muse' today, oh boy!". Irish Independent. March 20, 2007. Retrieved January 6, 2010.
- "Team". Choice Music Prize. February 28, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
- "Rattlebag, Thursday, 6 September 2001". Rattlebag. September 6, 2001. Retrieved January 6, 2010.[dead link]
- John Meagher (April 11, 2008). "Loaded: 11th - 17th April". Irish Independent. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
- On The Record (March 29, 2007). "About Jim Carroll". The Irish Times. Retrieved January 19, 2010.