Featuring Oneohtrix Point Never, Weyes Blood, Empress Of, Meduse MagiQ, Red Light Radio residents, Torus, Miquel Hervás Gómez, and more.
In our transition from a monthly magazine to a quarterly, we have often stepped outside of our comfort zone, pushing our writers and photographers, pushing our budget and our luck. With this issue, we let go of another safety net — the theme. It’s our way of saying, “Look, mom, no hands!” (in this scenario, you, dear reader, are the mom). As we did this, a gaping void opened in front of us and, as we fell, we grabbed at anything within reach. Or at least, that’s how it felt at the time.
But now that our eyes have adjusted to the dark, our selection is not as arbitrary as we had initially thought. The likes of Weyes Blood, Oneohtrix Point Never, Torus, Empress Of, Meduse Magiq and Red Light Radio are all artists — and organizations — we have known and enjoyed for a while but in these pages we discovered them anew. Listening closely, looking intently, we were able to have honest conversations about vision, method, and perseverance. And then Lorely Rodriguez (better known as Empress Of) said, “Everything I do is a craft. That’s the upbringing that I have,” and it all fell into place. None of us were born talented, but we were born nonetheless. And that’s a start.