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 Russia.

Awards & Recognition:

Vuelio Top Ten UK Music Blog 2020

Top 50 Irish Music Blogs and Websites On The Web in 2020

Top 100 Music Blogs, Websites & Influencers in 2020

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
Mark Millar 7328 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
Lori Gava 308 Articles
Writer
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
Michael Barron 171 Articles
Writer
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.
Sandra Blemster
Sandra Blemster 86 Articles
Writer
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.
Amanda Stock
Amanda Stock 75 Articles
Writer
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
Ben P Scott 67 Articles
Writer
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.
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Gareth O'Malley 31 Articles
Writer
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
Conor Kinahan 31 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.
Julie Blore-Bizot
Julie Blore-Bizot 27 Articles
Sub-Editor
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
Daniel Lynch
Daniel Lynch 25 Articles
Writer
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
Lee Campbell
Lee Campbell 19 Articles
Writer
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
David Ham
David Ham 12 Articles
Writer
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
Sonja Sleator 7 Articles
Writer
Sonya 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)
Dan Volohov
Dan Volohov 6 Articles
Writer
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
Jay Roberts
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!)
Neal McClelland
Neal McClelland 4 Articles
Writer
Neal is a broadcaster, DJ, producer as Cristobal & Jamiez, total lover of Electronic Music across the board for over 30 Years.
Victoria Pearson
Victoria Pearson 4 Articles
Writer
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.
Randall Radic
Randall Radic 3 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.
Jacob Thompson
Jacob Thompson 1 Article
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