When we launched our free physical magazine back in October of 2014 we did so with the boundless conviction that there’s still very much a market and audience for print music magazines. That uniquely fuzzy feeling one gets picking up a lovingly-compiled magazine upon entering a coffee shop or leaving a record store, eager to delve in and get discovering: that’s exactly – and purely – what drove us to produce our own zine, month in, month out, and what will compel to do so again when we re-launch later this year.
Working alongside Belfast freelance photographer Carrie Davenport – easily one of the leading lights in her field – over the last couple of years we were given the opportunity to channel that practice and passion at Oh Yeah Music Centre’s Summer Zine course. Over the course of five days of plotting, interviewing, illustrating, shooting, scribing and compiling with some extremely promising young creatives, we yielded two annual full-colour zines bursting with cool, content and total conviction. Seeing it emerge from the faintest idea on Monday morning to materialising in physical form late on Friday afternoon both years proved extremely rewarding and testament to the age-old idea that if you can think it, you can do it. Throw in teamwork, a few early starts, heaps of coffee and some good old hard work and it’s all there.
As part of their annual summer camps, we’re returning to Oh Yeah with Carrie Davenport from August 14-18 to do it all over again. Aged 14-19 and interested in creating your very own zine? Go here to sign up. £99 fee per person; 10am-3pm daily.