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"NEIL KULKAMI" - My first ever printed piece, Pram, Live Review, Melody Maker early 94.

Late 93, just left uni, dole. Wrote Melody Maker a letter moaning about how shit I thought they were regarding hip-hop and metal. Taylor Parkes pulls it out the Backlash pile and suggests to Cathi Unsworth she makes it letter of the week. She does, puts at the end 'do you think you can do any better Mr Clavin?' (Clifford C. Clavin was my nom-de-plume). I phone up, say 'yeah'. They say 'do us some sample articles'. I write 3, one an epic thankfully now-longlost 10000 word piece on Miles Davis 'Kind Of Blue', the other I forget but the third, a review of Pram who I'd seen the week before in Cov (oddly enough precisely cos Taylor had been writing about them in the Maker the week before). My first piece to ever run in print, the giddy levitational excitement never forgot even now, so thrilled I didn't even mind that they spelled my surname wrong.


Only time they ever did, mind.

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