This week I spoke with another Time Out New York staffer Sophie Harris, Music Rock, Jazz etc. Staff Writer, about getting listed in the magazine [check out the interview with Jamie Falkowski, Time Out New York–The Volume–blogger]. She gave us a detailed account of the process:
How do you decide which bands to list in the magazine?
It’s a combination of things. We’re trying to accommodate for all the people in New York and all of the music being played in any give week. It’s kind of a tall order. There are a lot of musician’s who we list that we just think are great and that we think will be really successful. Other times, it’s a matter of personal taste–what we think people will enjoy. We have to make sure that we’re covering who ever is big that week, the hot ticket, even if we think they’re perhaps, not so musically delightful. We want to get a really broad spectrum in there and to uphold our reputation for spotting talent early. There always a bunch of bands that have been featured in Time Out when they were still completely unknown and there’s always satisfaction on our part when that person becomes really big. And it’s a responsibility on our part to weed out who is really good.