Meet The XYZ Team!

Written by a few people who love to stay in the know about what’s on, for thousands of other people who love to stay in the know about what’s on. 

Meet some of the team …

The ‘old hands’ …

Ian Greenland – Features, Photographs

Ian is a professional photographer and writes various features at XYZ. He can’t go anywhere without headphones on so friends accost him in the pub and say he blanked them when they shouted his name in the street. He loves the Smiths but thinks Morrissey’s a bit of a cock. His old-ass, seriously needs-updating website is
Email Ian. Please don’t add me to bulk mailers, emails for mailouts are listed in CONTACT XYZ.

Jimmy Volts – Features, Photographs

Having been with the magazine from the early days, Jimmy’s passion for music has seen him write scores of articles for XYZ over the past five years. He’s an avid live music fan and takes pride in championing the best new acts for our ‘New Music’ feature each month. Jimmy is also a keen photographer and has interviewed the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club, Debbie Harry, Elbow, The Bronx, The Horrors, Gary Numan, Dry The River, Yeasayer and many more during his time at XYZ.
Email Jimmy. Please don’t add me to bulk mailers, emails for mailouts are listed in CONTACT XYZ.

Other contributors …

Guy Lloyd – Columnist

Juice 107.2 Drive Time host (3-7pm on Brighton’s Juice 107.2) and TV presenter on Brighton’s Latest TV, Brighton’s much-loved ‘professional show-off’ and man about town … catch his monthly blog in print inside XYZ Magazine each month.


Doug Elliott – Photographs

A music photographer from the Brighton area, Doug has a huge passion for music (mainly rock/punk) and photography, and combining the two was a natural progression.



Talia French – Features

*Some people call me the space cowboy, yeah, some call me the gangster of love, some people call me Maurice…* “Oh no, hang on; sorry, that’s the lyrics from a Steve Miller Band song …” Talia presents Juice Daytime on Brighton’s radio station; Juice 107.2 – and loves Brighton, its eccentric nature and everything it has to offer. She’s happiest when dancing (badly) at gigs, giggling (snorting) at local comedy or watching (rustling popcorn through) films in our cinemas. You can hear her playing brilliant new music and classic anthems, Monday to Friday from 10am til 3 in the afternoon.

Sam Shaw – Photographs

Photographer and film maker with a passion for music, action sports and travel. Sam loves to shoot stills with lighting where possible and using natural light when he cant. Published ski photographer and winner of Digital Photographer of the Year 2014 ‘Action’ category.


Rosie Powell – Photographs

Rosie loves all things ephemeral! Capturing moments that would have otherwise been forgotten is a favourite pass time and one reason why she spends most of her time documenting live events. She is a Brighton based Photographer and Film maker with a love for music and live performance.


Amy Forrester – Features

With over a decade of experience gigging and touring as one woman multi-instrumentalist i AM AMiTY, the musician has since swapped sides and joined the promoters team. Not wanting to wave the white flag to the music industry, Amy is now one half of Eyes and Ears Brighton, a live music events, production and promotions team hosting regular live music events in the South.


Natasha Colyer - Features

A writer, blogger and cocktail lover, Natasha has always loved to express herself creatively, most particularly through her writing, having written for Vogue, My Chic City, the Huffington Post and her own site ‘Seen in the City’. Natasha believes in grabbing life with both hands, and hopes to inspire others to do the same. Brighton born and bred, nothing pleases her more than attending one of Brighton’s gigs or events, or exploring the lanes and finding a quirky coffee shop to curl up in with a green tea and a good book.

Amber Ainsworth - Features

Having completed a degree in Music Journalism with a first, Amber  hopes to live a life of music writing and enjoying plenty of gigs and festivals. She has been an avid collector of music from a young age and isn’t afraid to share that her first album was The Spice Girls. Her music tastes vary but she tends to go for a lot of indie or electronic stuff, think anything from The Maccabees, Joy Division to Bonobo and Four Tet. Her ITunes library generally confuses people and she once met Bryan Ferry in a lift at the Eurostar.