Cazz Blase

Walk like a panther

With her positively geeky enthusiasm for the making of her music, eccentric costumes and abundant charisma, Barbara Panther is an unforgettable performer. Her distinctive voice has seen her compared to Bjork, Grace Jones and Fever Ray but she has a style all of her own. Cazz Blase checks out her self-titled album and finds Panther to be an artist with imagination, an ability to tell stories and musical inventiveness ...

Women and the UK music press

Music is a universal language. But don't tell the UK music press, which is marketing itself to a definitively male readership. Cazz Blase takes a look at the marketing materials put out by the big music magazines ...

Florence: the next instalment

Cazz Blase reviews Florence + the Machine's latest album and finds Welsh's ability to follow her own path and confound people's expectations, while soaking up diverse musical genres, to still be in full force ...

Cazz Blase

Music editor

Cazz Blase is a writer/journalist/blogger from Stockport. She has been writing for The F-Word since 2002 and co-edited the music section alongside Holly Combe between 2011 and 2013. Her growing awareness of sexism as a young teenager in the early 1990s coincided with a burgeoning political awareness, post Poll Tax riots, and with her discovery of both the 70s punk scene and the 90s Riot Grrrl movement. This led her to create the fanzine Aggamengmong Moggie between 1993 and 1999 and (much, much later) to write extensively about the UK Riot Grrrl scene and women and the UK punk scene. She will happily explore all kinds of music and has a ‘restless ears’ approach to trying different things out, which has led to a proliferation of Swedish electro/R&B on her mp3 player and a fascination with loud, angry, glitchy electro pop. She saw Florence + The Machine headline British Summer Time in Hyde Park in July 2016 and hasn’t been quite the same since. Cazz also writes about music on her personal blog and about Manchester and Greater Manchester at Too Late for Cake.