About

DISARM MAGAZINE: We are Independent // Creative // Passionate // Knowledgeable // Ear to the Ground // Open-minded // MUSIC LOVERS. We were founded as STEP ON Magazine, and rebranded as DISARM Magazine in January 2017 with the same founders & editorial goals.

We write original reviews, essays, gig reports & photograph music events that matters: Loosely categorized as Alternative, Indie, Shoegaze, Brit pop, 90’s British Rock,College Rock“, Electronic, ManchesterGlam (and more from the 80s, 90s and today). We write about the many great newer bands carrying the torch today across all genres of meaningful, authentic music.

We celebrate the unsung heroes of music, film, art, culture, media and life; originals and iconclasts; rebels and artists with integrity. Originals and non-trendy artists are our focus.

We’ve interviewed established musicians as well as emerging bands, and specialize in original playlists featuring our favourites and recommended artists (over 30 playlists to date).

Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief/ Principal Photographer – Dave MacIntyre find him on Twitter here.

Co-founder /Features & (Counter) Culture Editor – Jacqueline Howell. Find her on Twitter here.

Our Co-founding editors, who work often as a photo- journalism team, bring years of dynamic and reliable experience in photo journalism, written journalism and essays (previously for Popmatters, Soundproof, Lithium Magazine and Examiner.com to name a few, Dave’s photography has also appeared in Pitchfork, Toronto’s Now Weekly, Bass Guitat Magazine and others) and have created original photography and writing for Canadian Music Week, NXNE, Mayhem, Heavy TO, Virgin Music Fest, BIG Music Fest, Gigantour, Riot Fest, Digital Dreams, Mad Decent Block Party, Uproar, RetroFutura, Bestival Toronto, Wayhome Music & Arts Festival, Riot Fest, VELD, Bonnaroo, Shiiine On Weekender (U.K.) and other festivals & events. We are attending new U.K. & European festivals annually, and welcome invitations for media coverage.

Our freelance contributors have brought a variety of fresh perspectives on music, film and culture from the U.K., U.S. and Canada (from coast to coast).

Submission Policy:

Interested in writing for us?

Please first review our overall style and attitude. Notice what we don’t do and who we don’t cover. If an “artist” is more known for their dating life, their press releases or their “beefs” they aren’t for us. We are interested in music, film, social issues, arts and all-important culture, not gossip.  We welcome writing pitches to our email (only) editors@disarmmagazine.com.

Media kits & media requests can also be sent to editors@disarmmagazine.com.

All original written content, concepts and ideas, as well as photography, is copyright Disarm Magazine and the authors 2015-2018 unless otherwise indicated.

Please do not reprint any text, aside from brief excerpts for review, acknowledgement or artist promotion, with credit and original links included to the source page. If you want to reprint longer excerpts, full articles or feature our original photography on your website or in social media please contact us first.

Site disclaimer: All content / written material and photography is protected by copyright (Disarm Magazine 2015-2018). General use: Do not reprint contents of this site including photography without prior written consent. If you wish to link, refer, quote or excerpt any of our materials, aside from in a “hey, read this article” way,  contact us for permission. We are happy to share photos with artists, but we ask that you do not obscure or remove our watermarks from our photography.

Use in print: To request to use any of our photography, written materials or intellectual property, whether high/res print quality or web quality images and text, we require that you contact the site owner / publisher for written permission and for a quote.

Contributing past writers include: Adam Hammond, Phil Locke, Cory Zydyk, Preston Corbell, Steve Pipps, Justin Rawana, Alex Gougeon, Luke Williams, Jordan Chevalier, Tony Hinds, Dustin Ragucos, Steve Danyleyko (photography), DJ Skip, Tyler Spivey, Jane Liang, Stephen Porzio along with many other freelance voices from across Canada, the U.S., the U.K., and beyond. 

DISARM refers to a verbal, conversational or writing skill.