death of a scenester is an independent publication aiming to publish quality writing with a real voice. death of a scenester maintains a gritty, punk, DIY, underground edge but also upholds a slicker style. Its ethos is that it would like to strike the ground squarely between grass-roots zines that promote the total freedom of artistic expression and realpolitik (pragmatic, honest, controversial) type publications, which have articles and opinion pieces that refer to the generation gap, music, art, immigration, and counter-cultural activities.
by Katie Scott
death of a scenester began as a thought in my head way back in 2001. I took the name from the Nymphs song from their eponymous 1991 album after I pilfered it from a pile of unsold, dusty old CD’s in the back room of the record store where I worked. The words resonated strongly with my feelings about Auckland (where I was living) and its various scenes at the time. I used to be quite a fringe-dweller in those days in terms of groups of friends, and one set I knew were heavily entrenched in zine making culture. They even had their own DIY store called Misfit Theatre, which they operated out of the front of their rented home on Great North Road. The girls were punk to the bone, were all in bands and had zines of their own such as Flying Fox and Ladylike. They were deeply personal-political publications and I felt inspired to do something similar. HOWEVER. It took me 8 years to actually get around to finishing the very first booklet.
2009 saw the first issue of the zine released on to the public (really just a group of friends and about 80-90 associates) with a limited run in colour and the rest in B&W. No instructions or guidelines were given other than that I wanted contributors to write about something they felt strongly about. We had some pretty amazing visual-art contributions in amongst a healthy helping of fiction, creative non-fiction, historical articles and poetry. The aim was to give people an opportunity to have something published where they normally wouldn’t be given the opportunity to do so and for the zine to be a kind of promotional vehicle for these people in the future.
DOAS is now a group of four ladies, all with a passion for the arts. Ali Edmonds really picked up the ball and ran with the idea. We’re also very lucky to have joining us Shalini Kunahlan and Megan Sheehy. The sophomore issue of death of a scenester materialised in early 2010. Volume One: The Covers Issue contained writings that address the theme ‘covers’ from a bunch of new contributors, as well as some favourites from the inaugural zine. Team DOAS love to refer to this new format as a zournal, a happy marriage between the DIY ethos of zine making history and publishing smarts, with contributions from people we know, love and admire in our community.
Issue #2: BOYS eventuated in late 2010 which followed on from our ideals from the first issue while taking on board all that we learnt and developed along the way. The release of both issues have been launched with huge warehouse parties, with bands (Toot Toot Toots, Teen Archer, East Brunswick All Girls Choir, The Once Overs, The Bakelite Age, Spun Rivals, Paper Planes), DJs, film, readings and giveaways.
Issue #3: SPACE was launched in April 2011. We had a crazy warehouse party (our biggest one to date) in Abbotsford where over 300 turned up, along with the cops later on. Bands that played were Ouch My Face, Plague Doctor, The Stiffy’s, Actor/Model and Clavians. It certainly was a big party!
Issue #4: ANIMAL was launch in October 2011 at The Parlour. We bought the launch back to the publication with a launch speech by Jeff Sparrow, a photobooth and music from Pony Face and BJ Morrizonkle.
EXPECT: Some wild fiction! Helpful instruction! Blissful wordsmithery! Gut-busting comic strip action! Mind-bending illustration! Mind-expanding factual information!