About Us

There’s a lot of music out there – good music. At Essentially Pop our remit is that we cover music that deserves to be heard, with a particular focus on independent artists. That doesn’t mean we won’t cover your old favourites – rather we hope to give you some new favourites as well.

We’re also writing about films now, with the same focus on independent films, just like we focus on independent artists.

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I’m Lisa.  I live in London. 

When I was growing up I always wanted to be either an artist or a writer.  I’m lucky to say that I’ve managed to achieve both these dreams.

I’ve been writing for over 20 years, starting as the entertainment editor on my university newspaper. In the more recent past I’ve written for such internet mags as PopWrappedMaximum Pop, and CelebMix.

I’ve always loved music, with my special interests being Bowie, classic rock, 80s Brit-pop, Eurovision and modern pop.  I have  a special fondness for Jedward, and have been a fan since 2011.  My pet peeve is knowing there’s good music out there that doesn’t get heard on the radio, and this is why I’m part of Essentially Pop.


I’m Steve.

I have been interested in music all of my life and my eclectic music taste reflects that. My first real memories of music are being played my Dad’s country LPs (he was a big Frankie Laine and Marty Robbins fan) and my Mum’s extensive Elvis collection. Since then I’ve branched out in every direction. I love going to live music and I don’t think there’s anything as exciting as new music and discovering new musicians. I’m in my 50s and new music keeps me young. I live at home in Kent with my wife of more than 25 years and best friend Tiffany and my 3 sons; Richard, Max and Teddy. I like to get to a gig a week and enjoy writing about them for you.

Matt Catchpole

My name is Matt. 

I’m a journalist, music fan and downright dreadful guitarist! You can find me on twitter at @matcatch.


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