Marcus J. Moore


Marcus J. Moore is an award-winning music journalist, senior editor, curator, pundit, budding music supervisor and author of The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America. The book is out via Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

Mr. Moore is a contributing writer with The Nation and a contributing editor with Bandcamp Daily. His coverage of soul, jazz, hip-hop, and rock can be found at The New York Times, Pitchfork, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, NPR, Rolling Stone, and The Atlantic, among many other outlets.

Mr. Moore has created globally syndicated playlists for Google and guest-hosted live radio shows for Red Bull Radio. He discusses new music and trends on FM radio, and writes extensive liner notes and bios for indie and mainstream musicians.

In 2017, Mr. Moore was invited to Moogfest in North Carolina to interview Dr. Dre collaborator Colin Wolfe as part of its program. A year later, he was approached by the New York City Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment to interview revered hip-hop producer Just Blaze at NYU for the city's New York Music Month. Ever the cratedigger, he compiles playlists for local restaurants, bars, coworking spaces, and cafes, and has been known to deejay in Brooklyn, East Africa, and the Washington, D.C. area.

During his career, Mr. Moore has covered business, politics, and education for the Gazette newspapers in the D.C. suburbs. He’s been an editor at WTOP-FM, the region’s top-rated station for news, traffic, and weather. In 2009, he created the website DMV Spectrum, through which he covered music in the nation's capital, Maryland, and northern Virginia.