John Rogers


Hi I'm John, a Reykjavík-based multi-tasking journalist, writer, artist, DJ, publicist and music manager.

I am a professional journalist for The Reykjavik Grapevine newspaper, writing five cover features to date. I have written in a freelance capacity for a variety of mags and websites (inc work published in places like Drowned In Sound, The Quietus, The 405, Ja Ja Ja, Music OMH, The Stool Pigeon, Art Review and Plan B). In 2014 I diversified from music journalism into news, culture and travel writing. Between 2010-13 I was music editor of Snipe, a 10k circulation free London newspaper.

I'm MD of Projekta, a music publicity, management and booking company in London and Reykjavík. I also run Brainlove Records, an indie record label championing and releasing alt-pop music.

I also write prose and poetry. My first book, Real Life, was published by Habitat in early 2014, and the paperback edition has since sold out.

I come from an art background, having exhibited with Ikon Gallery, e-2, AAS, The Centre of Attention, Impression Gallery, This Is a Magazine, DUMBO Festival (US), Saga Fest (IS) and Fierce! Festival (UK). I currently make work relating to experience, memory and self using online, social and collaborative approaches.

I am a pacifist, an optimist and an atheistic-agnostic.

  • Work
    • Journalist
  • Education
    • MA Fine Art
    • BA Painting