At Wax Poetics, we put music in context. Closing the noticeable gap in music journalism between coverage of contemporary artists and celebration of classic trailblazers, we provide extensive commentary on the dynamic relationship between past and present to educate today’s ears about the origins of their favorite music. What we started in December 2001 as a quarterly magazine, both classic and fresh, has grown into a diversified music media resource for music aficionados and general listeners alike. From our signature approach to print media to our giant steps into new media and the recording industry, we strive to revolutionize the way we educate ourselves about music.

Wax Poetics Magazine:

Wax Poetics magazine makes the perfect stepping-stone for the endless possibilities of Wax Poetics media outlets. The strength of our name relies on a passion for quality music and the history that contextualizes it.


Wax Poetics Records was formed to bring timeless, handpicked releases to the ears of eager listeners. Our label provides a platform for branded promotional releases and events that will help you reach the tastemaking music community.


In our mission to expand our reach into all relevant media, we’re pleased to present Wax Poetics Books. Unlike our signature print serial, the book affords our writers and editors room to really delve into the history of music and show the broader connection between past and present. Much like the magazine, you can expect the same high quality writing and the dopest musical investigations you’ve ever read.


With the addition of Wax Poetics Films, we present narratives, music, and visuals to an audience yearning for more. Wax Poetics Films explores overshadowed artists and music otherwise ignored by Hollywood and independent documentaries.

Wax Poetics Japan:

Using a combination of original and archival content, Wax Poetics Japan provides our Japanese readers with a new perspective on their favorite musicians. For more information check out waxpoetics.jp.