a brand new print magazine celebrating iconic artists through artwork, illustration and literature
Recorder represents the meeting point between music mag, fan-zine, and comic book. Inspired by the "Golden Age" of the 80s pop weekly both in look and name, it covers each artist with a smile on its face - infographics, charts, lyrics, comic strips, life stories, short stories. Every issue will be limited edition, highly collectable, and will focus on one artist – all uniquely delivered via a lineup of world-class creative talent (writers, artists, designers). From The Beach Boys to Frank Ocean, Abba to The XX, each subject will have a timeless appeal.
The idea came to Recorder’s founder, Dan Tickner, a couple of years ago. Inspired by memories of the pop weekly and fortnightly, Dan looked back at a golden era of mag-culture and questioned the possibility of its revival. Now even more relevant in the digital age, the sense of anticipation between issues is something he wanted to revisit, while the tactile nature of print magazines as physical items are something he regards with an intrinsic value.
Tickner’s enthusiasm is backed by stints at ATC Management, Vice Records, and writing for several publications. His vision for Recorder is to explore the artist in question through a combination of fact, fiction and fantasy - presenting a beautifully curated and produced physical piece, intended to be treasured and revisited.
Plans for Recorder were pulled sharply into focus at the beginning of last year, with the loss of one of music’s greatest heroes – the passing of David Bowie meant there was only one place to start.
The magazine will include several sections, themed on ‘life stories’, ‘short stories’, infographics, re-imaginings of key songs and lyrics and more with the established artist acting as a prism through which new creative talent can be showcased.
Each issue of Recorder is bookended by two key lyrics from the featured artist - some well-known and others more obscure - themed around a start and ending point. The first issue opens with When I Live My Dream from Bowie's 1967's self-titled debut, and quotes Dollar Days from 2016's Blackstar to close.
The short stories section includes passages of fiction inspired by Bowie song titles. Writers for this issue include award winning writers Lucy Caldwell (Rooney Prize for Irish Literature), John McManus (Whiting Writer’s Award) as well as Rachel Swearingen (The Missouri Review, American Short Fiction, VICE) and Mark Brandi (The Big Issue, Australia Radio National).
The Infographics section puts Bowie's ten No.1s worldwide up in lights, compares his UK v US album success and revisits Top Tens from different eras and countires (UK 1972, New Zealand 1983, Finland 1997) as a reminder of how he intersected at least three different musical movements - Glam Rock, The New Romantics and Britpop, without necessarily having it all his own way (meet Roy C, Audrey Landers and Pandora, everyone).
Recorder will be published bi-annually with the first issue now live on Kickstarter.