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A rogue little music zine: where predictions are just a whisper in the wind and #wearethestory.
A rogue little music zine: where predictions are just a whisper in the wind and #wearethestory.
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You always want those soundtracked moments. Real moments that keep you safe. Real moments that keep you sane.

Can you go a day without music? Can you let your ears dry up? Ours seize with sadness. Melodies must float from ear to ear: romantic entrapment. Not for the masses - just for you.

Totally engrossed. Like - you - can't - stop. That's what good music does. Try to sum it up, to find the words. But sometimes words aren't enough, and sometimes they're all you have. A touch cliché?

So desperate to explain. To demonstrate reverence, acceptance, severity, drama. Why bother -

We are bothered. We embrace the clichés, accept unoriginality and then turn it on its head. It's all temporary novelty anyway.

The stories are real. The music is true. Welcome to F O R E C A S T. Where predictions are just a whisper in the wind, and we are the story.

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The idea of F O R E C A S T was born from my all encompassing love of music, my frustration at an industry which leads music media more than its writers and a desire to bridge the gap between creative writing and journalism in my own way. 

Behind the zine
Behind the zine

Having worked as a music journalist in London over the past few years, I've been lucky enough to be submerged in a rich music culture full of talented newcomers and awe-inspiring cult bands. Now based down in Falmouth, I saw a gap in the creative community for music and new writing. Surrounded by innovative makers and small business owners, I was inspired to make something of my passion - something that was tangible and had a soul - so I could share what I've been discovering through music all my life. 

Photo by: Sophie Hemels
Photo by: Sophie Hemels

 

Now flanked by a handful of amazing creative beings, F O R E C A S T is finding its feet, with incredible bands and artists agreeing to be a part of this small little movement. Issue One takes a close look at identity, and features five incredible musicians who are affecting our soundscape through their music. 

Photo by: Lawrence Stafford
Photo by: Lawrence Stafford

 

Still in its infancy, F O R E C A S T has the potential to shift the music landscape in the South West, with plans to educate the younger generation about music, give them an output to express themselves, put on gigs, writing workshops in a space which embraces the movers, the shakers, the doers and the makers who find their truth in music. 

So welcome to F O R E C A S T : paying homage to the skate rats, surf mongers, penniless writers and the music pioneers. It's time to unleash the truth - and the only truth is music. 

Because the future begs your listening, right? 

Photo by: Sophie Hemels
Photo by: Sophie Hemels

 

PHOTOGRAPHY: Sophie Hemels, Adam Baxter, Lawrence Stafford
WRITERS: Cat Sarsfield, Rosie Stevens, Lawrence Stafford
CREATIVE: Mimi Robson, Harry Ingrams

Risks and challenges

New ventures are nothing without risk. So three small disclaimers:

1) Starting up a print magazine in the digital age is somewhat of a risk. But what we're trying to create isn't just a zine - it's something that will tell stories, something to be passed down, to be kept. All music is reusable and disposable; you've just got to make that choice.

2) Promotion: we're just a bunch of kids whose soundtrack never ends; but luckily we're all super passionate about spreading the word, and with the infinite possibilities of social media, we're confident that we can get this zine off the ground.

3) Sales: as an independent magazine, we'll be looking to wholesale in a few selective retailers, both online and in store. We've already had some interest in a couple of local shops down in Cornwall, and with a community of passionate creatives across the UK and Europe, we'll be looking to expand sales further afield.

Final note: we are so excited that there's a platform from which we can jump - we appreciate you taking the time to read all about this project. Your funding will help us lift this off the ground - from printing to being able to ship and pay our contributors. I want to be able to pay my writers, photographers and creatives for all their hard work, time, effort, passion, ideas and support. It means a lot. Thank you in advance.

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    If you pledge £7, you'll receive a free copy of the zine, and a poster featuring our incredible photographers' images (head to our Instagram @forecastmusiczine to see their rad portfolios or visit the website www.forecastfolio.com)

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