Andy O'Connor

Andy O'Connor is a writer currently based in Melbourne.

Writing for the online magazine Phantasmagoria, he has published creative, journalistic, essay, and review work. 

At Speaker TV, he has worked as a sub-editor and head writer across music, arts and culture. 

His position at "The Craft Presents" exclusively involved music writing, including interviews, reviews of both releases and performances, and feature articles. 

He is currently writing travel articles for the website "Travelicious".

In 2015, his three act play "Pillow Talk" was serialized over four issues of "Phantasmagoria Magazine".

In 2012, his novella "Gemini" was a shortlisted finalist in the "Somerset Writers Festival Novella Competition". The judges comments noted that "this emotional journey is beautifully crafted".

He has published short stories in the print magazine CLUSTER, and on the websites Sacred Lab & Short Story Symposium.

He is currently seeking exciting new opportunities in music journalism, and writing in all fields, while working on his first novel.

Sacred Lab

Walkies? - Short Story

"Stories and stories and stories, man. That's what it all boiled down to. I tell the stories. You know, if I'm not telling them, I'm living them to tell them later. Or I'm caught in the crossfire of other people's stories. Rolling through strangers stories. Strangers coming in to my stories, you know. Just living story after story hey. Don't mean much..." Woof woof. Woof. Woof. "Yeah, you said it mate. Must be all right for you, hey? You don't even know it's a story. You don't know you're part of my story right now. Not that my story really matters anymore. My stories matter, individually, for the other characters... Because I guess the stories belong to them now. But my story... Do I do everything I do just to later recount it? That gets to me. We live these narrated lives, and we live through our stories.... But a narrated life, the life as a story, I don't think that's much of a life...."
The Craft

A Reflection on Musical Appreciation: Why Do We Like What We Like?

Each of us have a unique lens through which we view the world. No two lenses are the same, just as no two individuals are the same. As a result, each of us develop our own specific taste when it comes to music; depending on your lens, the effect of the noises and frequencies on your brain are different. Your lens and subsequently your taste, not only in music but in all art forms, is shaped by a variety of factors; your age, gender, upbringing, cultural exposure and personality all factor in to the equation. One’s taste in music can be like a mirror to one’s self – what we like is a reflection of who we are, what we value, and how we perceive the world.
The Craft

Our Interview with NO ZU: Digging Deep into Heat Beat.

NO ZU are one of our favourite Australian artists right now. Part of the expansive and consistently remarkable Chapter Music family, they have just dropped the follow up to their 2007 debut album “Life”, the aptly titled “Afterlife”. The record builds on their signature “Heat Beat” sound, which has been honed and developed over the years, and over the groups multiple releases. Their sound is an absolutely original melting pot of ideas pulled from all over music history and beyond, blending and a
Phantasmagoria Magazine

The Resurgence of Vinyl (or Why You Should Be Grooving to the Grooves)

Vinyl offers the listener a far more intimate experience of music than any other format. The size of the record sleeves and inserts turn them into individual works of art that you can fawn over while you immerse yourself in the music. There is something so interactive and pure about putting a record on a turntable, dropping a needle, flipping a side and gently polishing away the dust. It turns the whole experience into one that you are physically involved in. You are a key part of the process of generating the sounds.
Phantasmagoria Magazine

The Problem With Hashtag Activism

While it is true that these global hashtags draw much needed attention to these issues, which may otherwise slip under the radar, they can often cause more harm then good. Or, worsestill, the actual intent of the message can get lost within the hashtag game. Once people get bored of an idea, it tends to slip from our social conscience, as quickly as it entered it. This is what happened in mainstream media. Once the public got bored of a story or an idea, the papers would simply stop running it, and the television news would move on to something else entirely. Unfortunately, social media activism is not any different - once people get bored of the issue, it just sort of ‘disappears’ from your news feed.
Phantasmagoria Magazine

Review - Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly

It’s a complete experience that pulls you into its tangled web, and removes the intervention of everything else around you; Kendrick’s is an immersive world, a hazy array of characters and situations punctuated by passionate musical and lyrical performances. It doesn’t fall within the confines or restrictions imposed upon so much modern hip-hop, and exists in a state of complete exclusivity through its wholly unique aspects. Lama