Delivered by STACK April, 2013: The Wire
Stridently left of field, visually minimalist and beloved of avant-garde music fans worldwide, The Wire takes its strapline, ‘adventures in modern music’ very seriously indeed. Its Wire Tapper CDs remain one of the best ways to discover new music from the fringe and beyond, and every issue guarantees a collection of fascinating artists that you’ve almost certainly never encountered before.
The Stack interview
What is The Wire?
The Wire is an independent, monthly music magazine covering a wide range of alternative, underground and unusual music. The Wire is based in London but is distributed to shops and subscribers internationally. The Wire has been published since 1982.
What makes it different to the rest?
The magazine focuses on music ignored by the mainstream music press – music that matters and makes a difference.
Who makes The Wire?
The magazine is run by a small, dedicated team of full-time staff, plus an international roster of over 60 freelance writers. Acclaimed music critics and experts amongst our contributors include Biba Kopf, Ian Penman, Simon Reynolds, Kodwo Eshun and David Toop.
Who reads it?
Long-time subscribers include Matt Groening and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore. Readers are people who have a passion for music, but who have got tired of the predictable mainstream press.
Why do you work in magazines?
I enjoy the music covered by the magazine and working with a small independent team.
Aside from the print magazine, what else are you involved in?
The Wire also helps to curate UK and international music events. We run the Wire website www.thewire.co.uk which has a huge archive of exclusive free MP3s, video clips, interview transcripts and more.
What would you change about The Wire if you could?
It would be great if we could send some of our reporters to even more far-flung corners of the globe.
Can you pick a favourite issue of The Wire?
May 2007 with Mark E Smith on the cover – to see the issue in digital go to: www.thewire.co.uk/digital
Where do you see The Wire in five years?
Still out there, still covering the most unusual music in the world.
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