Conceived in 2001, Stylus Magazine is a daily web magazine that specializes in music. Through features and reviews, the site has attempted to build a community of writers and readers that extends the dialogue of the arts that we feel passionately about.
And that’s it. Our agenda at Stylus is to have no agenda. We love music and we want to tell you about that music. The music we love might be pop or rock or jazz or dance or alternative; it might be from a major label or it might be from somebody’s bedroom. It doesn’t matter to us; all that matters is that we love music and we want to help you to love it too by telling you what records we love and why we love them.
But we don’t just want to be a “buying guide,” and to this end we hope our array of regular features and blogs can give you different perspectives on music, from roundtable discussions on the latest big singles to columns detailing hidden and obscure gems only on vinyl and tucked away as b-sides or download-only releases. We hope our regular long-form articles, a key part of Stylus since our inception, can give you an insight into other areas of music and music history than you would normally be able to read about.
But more than anything we want you to tell us what you think. Too often music criticism is a one-way street, with critics sitting on high and decreeing tastes and trends as they see fit. We have no interest in being tastemakers–we’re not cool enough for that, for a start. And so we open up every review, article, column and blog post on Stylus to your comments.
Being cultural arbiters, breaking new bands, telling you what to think–that’s for other publications. Stylus has always had one overriding principle and always will: to convey the truth of how a writer feels about what they are discussing. Nothing more. Nothing less.