Over the past 3 months I along with Jesse Pelletier, Meg Crane, and Holly Abuda have worked on DEADWAX magazine, a magazine about vinyl and the culture surrounding it. It was a lot of work, but was very rewarding in the end. I have posted the editor’s note that I wrote for the magazine below, which gives a good sense of what we accomplished. If you are interested in seeing a PDF of the magazine please leave a comment with your email.
Why vinyl? Over the past few years I have become fascinated with this once dead form of distribution. I have never had a large collection, or even a record player for that matter, but something about it intrigued me. The artwork? The sound quality? The rareness? The answer was unclear to me.
I saw a picture of a vinyl record and the idea for DEADWAX came to me. The idea was to explore this fascination with vinyl.
I pitched the idea to Holly Abuda, Jesse Pelletier and Meg Crane, and they were on board. We began to plan our magazine.
When the four of us set out to learn about something we really knew nothing about, we came back with some unexpected, but very cool, results. I learned of a barber shop that hosts fundraising dance parties called “The Guinness Book of Great Records,” Jesse learned that vinyl is dead among radio DJs, Holly learned how to take care of vinyl, and Meg went back to the original question “why vinyl?”
When all was said and done, I realized it is not the artwork, sound quality, or rareness. It is the culture and the people that surround vinyl that make it so fascinating.
Jesse, Meg, Holly, and I hope you enjoy DEADWAX as much as we enjoyed making it. – LT
Front Cover of DEADWAX Magazine