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Jacob Brookman

Composer and producer based in Shoreditch.

Jacob Brookman is a composer, producer and blogger based in Shoreditch. He's also a proactive member of the Fabian Society and has written extensively on politics, music and - his speciality - celebrity Twitter rows.

Which Game of Thrones Family Are You? Premiership Edition

As my girlfriend probably won't agree, this season the Barclays Premier League has been bloody sensational. Global juggernauts are in freefall under inexperienced leadership, early pace setters have faltered amid poor planning, and forgotten masters have been rehabilitated as title favourites...
28/04/2014 11:04 BST

How Much Does British Culture Cost?

Signature Pictures is a London-based film production enterprise. Their #FutureFilm initiative suggested it was a good idea to offer Workfare volunteers roles on a short film. This way, the company would benefit from interns - the way nearly every production does anyway - and would produce a film that would give <em>NEETs</em> meaningful and constructive professional experience.
05/01/2014 16:18 GMT

Why We Love Pop Music Villains

With panto season in full flight, I was pleased to see <em>Cold War</em> hero and burger enthusiast David Hasselhoff playing Captain Hook at the <em>Theatre Royal</em> - in my native Nottingham. And it made me wonder about the public's relationship with villainous stars, and why certain individuals continue to court global success despite not actually being liked.
16/12/2013 13:41 GMT

How to Ruin a Lady Gaga Song

<em>Do What U Want</em> is the second single from Lady Gaga's latest album, <em>ARTPOP</em>, and features R. Kelly on backing vocals - a man so sleazy, he makes Robin Thicke look like Aled Jones.
22/11/2013 16:21 GMT

Why Bands Aren't as Good as They Used to Be

Despite the quality of song writing (for the first three albums, at least) being fairly consistent, Keane have struggled to appear relevant, and are forced to release a <em>Best Of</em> already.
18/11/2013 14:29 GMT

How Adele Represents a Renaissance for the British Accent

So if American accents historically sell better, why does Boy George's singing style sound so passé? One word: Adele. Oasis, Coldplay and the Arctic Monkeys may have paved the way, but in terms of commercial and critical success, Adele is a genuine game changer when it comes to British-sounding vocals.
09/11/2013 20:01 GMT

Why Are Pop Stars So Boring?

There's a phrase I've come to use to describe some of pop's more 'interesting' offerings: <em>Authentically contrived.</em>Nicki Minaj is an excellent example. She appears to use her money and appearance as the key creative stimulus for her artistic output.
04/11/2013 16:57 GMT

Stop Me if You Think That You've Heard This One Before

On Monday the Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, was challenged by a northern market stall trader to live on £53 a week. This concept caught fire as an online petition was set up and quickly received over 450k signatures.
10/04/2013 11:11 BST

How Social Media Will Cure Voter Apathy

Presently, social media is a tool that benefits liberal parties more than conservative ones. The reason is partially the age gap - Labour voters tend to be younger than Tory ones - and partially down to the very nature of the political landscape.
06/02/2013 17:19 GMT

Why I'm Boycotting Rihanna

I'm boycotting Rihanna the brand because I am incandescent at any kind of acceptance of domestic violence. We are in a different environment to 30 or 40 years ago, when cigarette advertising, drink driving and bigoted comedians were accepted norms. I hope to drive this conversation forward.
06/02/2013 12:02 GMT

#Instantcull and the 10 Commandments of Facebook Posts

Essentially, my final year was a frustrating affair. So frustrating, in fact that I felt the need to implement an 'instant cull' rule whereby, anyone who published an Facebook post that I deemed useless was instantly culled from my friends.
12/11/2012 17:18 GMT