LOS ANGELES, December 10, 2008 - LA, Los Angeles Times Magazine today announced the selection of Nic Harcourt as Editor at Large, Music & Culture. Beginning February 8, 2009, in LA's January/February double Oscar issue, Harcourt will contribute a monthly column inspired by his love of music and the culture of Southern California.
Harcourt has been hailed as the most influential DJ in America and ultimate music tastemaker because of his uncanny ability to forecast trends and identify emerging talent. His innovative approach will now provide LA readers with unparalleled insight into the always evolving music and culture hemisphere through his monthly "Listen Up" columns, which will feature a hand-selected playlist, his picks for upcoming local concerts, shows and/or events and Q&As with emerging artists.
"LA has distinguished itself from other magazines with its highly personalized content that looks at the city of Los Angeles from a different perspective," said Nic Harcourt. "I look forward to working with the talented LA team and sharing my point of view with the LA readers."
Harcourt most recently served as Music Director at the groundbreaking Los Angeles radio station KCRW. For more than 10 years, he hosted the acclaimed music programs Morning Becomes Eclectic and Sounds Eclectic and was the early champion for many of today's biggest artists, including Coldplay, Dido, Moby, Interpol, Alanis Morissette, Death Cab for Cutie, Damien Rice, the Ting Tings, David Gray and Norah Jones. Harcourt's talents make him uniquely suited to work in areas beyond radio. He has leveraged his knowledge of music to branch into the world of television, movies and advertising; served as music consultant and/or music supervisor for such television shows as Queer as Folk, 90210 and Life as We Know It; and helped select music for the motion pictures Anchorman, Igby Goes Down and Gone Baby Gone. Harcourt was also music consultant for Elias Advertising, where he worked on the Cadillac and Motorola campaigns. His first book, Music Lust, is a collection of essays and listening recommendations, ranging from Frank Sinatra to Frank Zappa, Billie Holiday to Billy Bragg.
"Nic's prolific background in music, television and film creates the perfect backdrop for LA to explore the remarkable culture that is the city of Los Angeles," said Annie Gilbar, LA editor in chief. "Each month, Nic will contribute a culturally curated page that will introduce new music and personalities to our readers."
LA is distributed monthly in the Los Angeles Times.
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