XS Noize is an independent international consortium of opinionated music lovers founded in 2014 and run by Mark Millar. XS Noize popularity among music lovers has grown rapidly since its inception.

Our mission is to provide insightful musical reviews, interviews, timely news and opinion. Our contributors come from various backgrounds, countries, age groups. Our musical interests span a wide array of music genres. XS Noize main headquarters is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland with satellites in America, Scotland, England and Wales.

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Awards & Recognition:

The 50 Best Music Blogs Worldwide

Vuelio Top Ten UK Music Blog 2022

Top 45 Irish Music Blogs and Websites On The Web in 2022

Top 100 Music Blogs, Websites & Influencers in 2022

Vuelio interview with XS Noize Founder Mark Millar

Lockdown Land Podcast Interview with XS Noize Founder Mark Millar


Meet The XS Noize Team:

Mark Millar 9608 Articles
Founder / Editor
Mark Millar is the founder of xsnoize.com and looks after the daily running of the website. Fav Band(s): The Beatles, U2, R.E.M, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Stone Roses, Oasis, The Verve, The Charlatans, Happy Mondays, Mansun + loads more. Marks favourite album is Achtung Baby by U2. = ‘I pinch myself when I think I have interviewed people like Jim Kerr from Simple Minds, the guitar legend Johnny Marr and many more.’
Lori Gava 329 Articles
Lori has been with XS Noize from the beginning and contributes album reviews regularly. Fav bands/artists: Radiohead, U2, The Cure, Arcade Fire, The Twilight Sad, Beck, Foals, Sufjan Stevens Fav Albums: In Rainbows, Achtung Baby, Disintegration, Funeral, Sea Change, Holy Fire, Nobody Wants to be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave.
Michael Barron 259 Articles
Michael first began writing whilst studying at university; reviewing the latest releases and live gigs. He has since contributed to the Fortean Times as well as other publications. Michael’s musical tastes vary from Indie to psychedelic, folk and dubstep.
Randall Radic 175 Articles
Randy Radic lives in Northern California where he smokes cigars, keeps snakes as pets, and writes about music and pop culture. Fav artists/bands: SpaceAcre, Buddy Miller, Post Malone, Tool, Smashing Pumpkins, Korn, and he’s a sucker for female-fronted dream-pop bands.
Sandra Blemster 91 Articles
Sandra mainly writes about indie/rock bands and has written many features, album reviews and interviews for XS Noize. Favourite bands and albums is a long list but to name a few Horslips, REM, Love, The Doors, Let It Bee – Voice of the Beehive, Velvet Underground and Nico album. (Ozric Tentacles live), October Drift. Sandra likes yoga, reading a good book, watching films, Netflix and drinking wine.
David McElroy 89 Articles
Fav Band: Depeche Mode Fav album: Violator - Depeche Mode
Amanda Stock 82 Articles
Amanda is passionate for electronic music and in particular her devotion to Depeche Mode, a band that has remained a constant throughout her life since she saw them for the first time at Hammersmith Odeon in 1983, aged 15. Amanda contributes to album reviews mostly but has also written several “introducing” type features. Amanda loves discovering and writing about new music. Fave band : Depeche Mode Fave album: Violator
Ben P Scott 80 Articles
Ben P Scott is a writer and DJ from Somerset, UK. In his teens, he wrote the indie fanzine Supernova from 1997 until 2000 and has been writing for various music sites since 2010, including his own Rewind/Fast Forward site. He has many favourite bands and artists including Manic Street Preachers, The Fall, Blur, David Bowie, Mansun and Oasis.
Sean Crossey 67 Articles
Sean is based in Manchester; his favourite artists include James Brown, MF Doom, The National, Bon Iver, Radiohead, Eric B & Rakim, Aretha Franklin, Serge Gainsbourg, John Lennon and Public Enemy. Sean has also been a promoter, DJ and a failed musician. Nowadays he resides in the Northern Quarter of Manchester and is a vinyl junkie, sneaker collector and MCFC fan.
Clair McAllister 64 Articles
Favourite band - Bad Religion Favourite album - Stranger Than Fiction
Rebecca Haslam 46 Articles
Rebecca writes about pretty much any and all music but is a big pop-rock-indie fan. She loves the likes of Panic!. Fall Out Boy and Green Day, but is pretty old school too with Roxette and ABBA on many of her playlists. When not writing, she enjoys travelling far and wide, attending theatre and music shows, reading and spending time with friends.
Lee Campbell 43 Articles
Fair to say that Lee has an eclectic taste and appreciation in music, however, in the main he tends to veer towards post-punk, indie-pop & rock and folk. Top albums and bands include 'Out of Time' by REM, 'Live Rust' by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, 'Unknown Pleasures' by Joy Division, 'Rumours' by Fleetwood Mac, 'Rio' by Duran Duran, 'Ten' by Pearl Jam, 'Violator' by Depeche Mode
Daniel Lynch 36 Articles
Daniel is a freelance journalist and writer based in Belfast. He plays guitar in several bands and releases their music through his label, Tin Man Heart. Favourite bands - Thin Lizzy, Gaslight Anthem, Tom Waits and Ryan Adams Favourite Album - Elsie - The Horrible Crowes
Gareth O'Malley 32 Articles
Gareth a writer from the west of Ireland. He got his start in music journalism in 2009 and hasn't looked back since. Music is one of Gareth's main passions in life. Gareth's main contribution to XS NOIZE is album reviews, and will also write the odd live review or feature piece here and there. Fav Bands: The National, Anathema, Frightened Rabbit Fav Album: The National - Boxer
Conor Kinahan 32 Articles
Photo Editor
With a camera in his hand from an early age and a veteran photo journalist in the UK and Irish music scene, Conor is the senior photographer for XS Noize.
Alina Salihbekova 32 Articles
Alina is a professional journalist and linguist who loves attending gigs. She's been taking pictures and reviewing live music since 2015 for a variety of different websites. Alina is a big music enthusiast and enjoys all sorts of different genres from nu-metal, industrial and hard rock to jazz, electronic and ambient music.
Julie Blore-Bizot 29 Articles
In 2015, Julie was based in Los Angeles and began interviewing and writing about UK bands playing their first gigs on the LA scene - from Wolf Alice to James Bay to Circa Waves. Driven by a passion for emerging artist discovery, Julie will always find her way to the front and centre of a gig in a small venue. Fave band(s): Patti Smith, Wolf Alice Fave albums: Heart, Dreamboat Annie & Little Queen
Bernie McAllister 23 Articles
Fave band REM/The Clash Fave album: UP and Useless by TV Smith and the Bored Teenagers.
Chris Snoddon 23 Articles
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Dan Volohov 22 Articles
Dan Volohov is a journalist and writer from Russia. Found his inspiration in punk-rock he still continues exploring. From 2016 to 2018 he was a chief reporter at Moscow-based “Radio ULTRA” where he used to cover all sorts of alternative music and interview artists like Billy Gould and Michaele Graves. Since 2015, Dan has been writing for various publications including Distortion Magazine, Maximumrocknroll, Punk Globe, Peek-A-Boo, Metalegion, MetalAddicts, Atmosfear, JoyZine and RamZine. Fav Band: Public Image Ltd ( 1978-1983) Fav Album: The Cure – Wish FavSong: Iggy And The Stooges - I Need Somebody
Aaron Kavanagh 19 Articles
I’m a writer based in Dublin. Some of my favourite artists are Therapy?, Big Black, Slint, Shellac, Morphine, Suzanne Vega, Bad Religion, Hüsker Dü, Fugazi, Mission of Burma, and The Jesus Lizard
David Ham 13 Articles
Music fan and music geek living nestled into the South Downs. Can often be found staring longingly at Tumuli while wearing oversized headphones. Favourite Album – Serge Gainsbourg, Histoire De Melody Nelson Favourite Band – Lee “Scratch” Perry
Sonja Sleator 9 Articles
Sonja is a musician and Youtube vlogger based in Belfast. She has gigged all over the UK and performed at some festivals under her own name. Sonya has a soft spot for cats and coffee. Bands: Radiohead / Hozier / Muse / Vampire Weekend Albums - All of the above + David Keenan (A Beginner's Guide To Bravery) / Ryan Adams (Prisoner) / Bjork (Homogenic)
Alex Hoggard 9 Articles
Having started about music by reviewing live performances for Pearl Jam fansites, led to writing for the band's official website which led to writing gig and album reviews for a number of music sites and local newspapers. Enjoying an eclectic taste in genres has been found to relieve the stresses of following Hull Kingston Rovers RLFC! Favourite bands/artists include; Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Brad, The Levellers, Stone Roses, Oasis, Harvey Danger, London Grammar, Ride & Manic Street Preachers to name but a few! Favourite album: Yield - Pearl Jam.
Imelda Hehir 8 Articles
Imelda is based between her native West Clare, and Amsterdam, where she works for a digital music distributor. She enjoys live music, attempting to make the perfect playlist and of course writing. She prides herself on having a pretty eclectic taste from French disco to ambient, and everything in between. Currently she has Nilüfer Yanya, K. Leimer, and L’Impératrice on heavy Rotation
Neal McClelland 7 Articles
Neal is a broadcaster, DJ, producer as Cristobal & Jamiez, total lover of Electronic Music across the board for over 30 Years.
Kieran Brennan 7 Articles
Kieran grew up playing and listening to traditional Irish music like Flook and Lúnasa, their innovative styles influenced the music I listen to today. My favourite artists include The Beatles, The Stone Roses, Oasis, Bon Iver, The Prodigy, Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West.
Jay Roberts 5 Articles
Web Developer
Jay is a web developer and music producer, responsible for the smooth operation of xsnoize.com and many other websites. A bassist for many years, he has turned his hand to music production and web development and design. Favourite albums include: Massive attack: Mezzanine, Red Hot Chilli Peppers: Blood Sugar Sex Magic and Rage against the machine (all albums!)
Marija Buljeta 5 Articles
Marija has been a photographer for 14 years. She specializes in portrait, fashion, bands, studio and concert photography as well as CD artworks for music artists. She exhibited her work on numerous solo and group exhibitions. She has been a music journalist for 7 years and has been writing for various music websites, including her own Altvenger Magazine. Her favourite genres are new wave, synth-pop, alternative rock, shoegaze, Brit-pop and many more. Her favourite artists are David Bowie and Duran Duran. She photographed shows by many famous artists, including Gary Numan, PIL, The Stranglers, Erasure, Suede, Dead Can Dance, Midge Ure, A-ha, OMD, Men At Work, Duran Duran and many others.
Victoria Pearson 4 Articles
Victoria is a dedicated star chaser and has interviewed almost as many celebrities as Terry Wogan. She loves Rock and Roll so much she has dedicated her life to examining it. Her favourite rock drummer is Keith Moon and her ideal man is 'Animal' from the Muppets.
Ashley Kreutter 3 Articles
Ashley Kreutter has been music-obsessed since childhood and studied Creative Writing with concentrations in both Music Journalism and Poetry during her undergraduate career. Her favourite genre is post-punk with her favourite bands, at least currently, being Joy Division, The Cure, Placebo, The Smiths, and Interpol. You can often find her brooding with her headphones on and avidly championing the Oxford Comma.
Marc Leach 3 Articles
A Northern Irish photographer, tutor and YouTube creator. Plus, an all-around mischief-maker!
John Clay 2 Articles
John Clay is the director of #chemicallysinister (a music video production collective), author and prolific interviewer of outsider artists in both music and film. His list of collaborators/interviewees includes Goat Girl, Fat White Family, Meatraffle, Calva Louise and IDLES. He has previously had features via CLASH, DIY, Public Pressure, Joyzine, God is in the TV, Rock at Night, The Zine, RAWMEAT and has recently joined the XS Noize team as a writer. 'Challenge yourself as yourself. The public perception of you cannot help in the private duel.'
David Ham 2 Articles
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Jacob Thompson 2 Articles
Jacob Thompson is a music writer from Manchester, England, and ex-Head of Music for Fuse FM. Fav bands/artists: Big Thief, Talking Heads, The Band, Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley, Frightened Rabbit, The Replacements. Fav album: Let it Be - The Replacements
Clive Harris 1 Article
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