Arts Journalism - Shortlisted 2014
John is perhaps best known for The Quietus, an online music magazine which he founded and now runs on a daily basis.
He has conducted in-depth interviews with Ennio Morricone, Scott Walker, Kate Bush, Jonathan Meades and Alan Moore to name just a few but also writes as a freelancer for other publications. Doran has become more interested in long-form writing completing essays on subjects ranging from Francis Bacon and Tessa Farmer, to one entitled ‘Neu! To KraftwerkL Football, Motorik and the pulse of modernity’. For over 2 years John has also written a long running column for VICE magazine called MENK on mental health, addiction and music and also recently included an 8,000 word essay on Traena, a music festival in the Arctic Circle off the North West coast of Norway.
Branching out from the online magazine Doran has also set up the Quietus record label promoting the music of marginalised acts and an independent publishing company featuring the writing of Quietus employees and staff. His knowledge within the music field is often called upon and he is a regular panellist at music conferences.
He will be using his runner-up prize to publish his first book.