I’m Ryan, but you can call me McNutt. Most do. Heck, some of my best friends get confused when someone uses my first name in their company. It only gets weird if my more Internet-famous brother is in the same conversation.
I’m a writer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. By day, I work for the region’s largest university (Dalhousie) as a publications manager. Whenever I can, I write about music. I’m a regular contributor to AUX and Exclaim!, have written often for The Coast, Halifax’s weekly, and I’ve contributed to publications such as Canadian Notes and Queries and Maisonneuve, where I ran the Music Room column for two years. (I was actually nominated for a National Magazine Award for the publication’s “The Music We Hate” feature, though given the amazing writers who were part of that cover story, I was mostly just happy to be along for the ride.) Currently, I’m working on my Masters in Musicology at Dalhousie part-time, tidying up a thesis focused on the rise and appropriation of indie rock in the 2000s. I’m also a jury member for Canada’s Polaris Music Prize, and served on the Polaris grand jury which selected Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! as the 2013 prize winner.
I started McNutt Against the Music as a personal blog in 2006, but over time it’s become much more focused as an outlet for my musical thoughts. When something piques my interest and doesn’t fit into any of my freelance opportunities, it goes here: reviews, essays, live show recaps, assessments of music culture… whatever I feel like writing about. I also have a page where I collect some of my favourite writing I’ve done for other publications.