“It’s how the band got together, actually,” laughs Tara. “We first met at Tim’s house in Crouch End and I thought I’d break the ice with a few Tesco G&Ts.” The boys, Tim and AJ, complete the sultry sound of The Wandering Hearts, a band who define themselves as free spirits influenced by country legend Chris Stapleton, and likened to iconic rock band Fleetwood Mac.
But after spending much of my adult life on adventure holidays, I thought it was about time I tried something different. Searching the web for a relaxing retreat, I found a rather beautiful and undiscovered part of Italy. Apparently, the landlocked region of Umbria is fast becoming the new Tuscany.
Not a lot of people know this but I’m very good at… riding my Heelys – shoes with the wheels in the bottom. My feet are only size six and a half. There are many cons associated with that but the pro is that Heelys are readily available in my size. I began using them at the start of my tour. I’m quite the dab hand. My best friends are… my wonderful fiancée Hannah and a guy called Steve, who’s been my best friend since I was 11. He’s now my tour manager, professional decision-maker and moral compass.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".