Want to build your portfolio? Write for The 405!

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The internet is filled with music blogs that promise to help aspiring professionals get their foot in the door of the industry. Most of these blogs cannot actually guarantee exposure to the movers and shakers of the business, nor can they promise contributors will ever see a return for their work. The terms ‘credit’ and ‘exposure’ are often included in pitches from these sites as if your mounting student loan debt can be paid by such things, but in reality, it’s all a ploy. Sites like that want, no, need free help to continue shoveling out content that is immediately forgotten because they lack both an original voice and audience. They’re scrambling for clicks, and by working for them, you will only end up doing the same.

The 405 is something else. Run by actual professionals who know a thing or two about how the industry works, The 405 has been delivering quality content to music fans around the globe for years. The site has been home to dozens of writers who have gone on to contribute to Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and other leading publications, as well as contributors who would later find work in the business side of music. The 405 is the hub for conversation and fandom all other sites claim to be, and right now they are seeking contributors. Interested? Read on…

Who The 405 is looking for

We’re currently looking for music reviewers, art writers, fashion lovers, new music enthusiasts, film buffs, techies, and people willing to write about the weird and wonderful things around us.

Fancy pitching an idea/article/essay?

We love receiving article pitches, we really do. If it’s just an idea, please send a couple of paragraphs explaining what you aim to achieve. If it’s already written, please include it in the body of your email, or as a Google Doc (make sure we have permission to view it). It doesn’t need to be music related. It just needs to be interesting.


Every so often we highlight great writing, even if it’s been published before, so if you have a great feature that you feel could do well on our platform, feel free to send us a link.


Yes, we occasionally take on interns. Please email us for more information.

Still interested?

Send an email to hello@thefourohfive.com.

James Shotwell

James Shotwell is the Director of Customer Engagement at Haulix and host of the company's podcast, Inside Music. He is also a public speaker known for promoting careers in the entertainment industry, as well as an entertainment journalist with over a decade of experience. His bylines include Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Substream Magazine, Nu Sound, and Under The Gun Review, among other popular outlets.