with Octavia of Outburn plus a few answers from rodent EK of Outburn
Outburn's an actual magazine you can get at Barnes & Nobles & stuff. it's had interviews with Jarboe & Lycia & Kill Switch...Klick & Trance to the Sun & Godflesh & other people & it's mainly put together by just two people who do other things for a living.
QRD – why did you feel you personally needed to do a zine?
Octavia – the reason I'm doing Outburn is because I love music & the musicians who create it. I never thought I would do a magazine. it just happened. I've always had a strong passion for music. in college that led me to becoming a dj. I loved doing that & I was wondering what I could do after I graduated to stay involved with music. originally, rodent & I were throwing around the idea of doing a mail order catalog. then I started doing interviews on air & we thought, why not do a magazine?
QRD – what's Outburn's market & purpose?
Octavia – Outburn's purpose is to give artists a voice & expose the public to new music that seems to get minor coverage in the popular "Alternative" culture. one of Outburn's goals is to bring a wide range of music like industrial, ethereal, noise, electronic, ambient, & experimental together under one roof. we don't think it needs to be as segmented as it has been. we're now calling it Subversive & Post-Alternative music.
QRD – how many copies do you press?
Octavia – we pressed 3,400+ of issue #5. that's twice as much as a year ago & with each issue, our circulation is growing at an optimistic & steady rate.
QRD – do you feel Outburn is too professional?
Octavia – no. I think our goal is to run Outburn as professionally & honestly as possible. in other words, we say what we do & do what we say. & most importantly we do it when we say we are going to. as far as the way Outburn looks... why not make it the best we can; rodent is an educated & professional graphic designer.
QRD – how do you feel about cut & paste?
Octavia – I think there is a place for both "cut & paste" & "professional" magazines. there are so many great writers, bands, & artists that need exposure. & there is something personal & cool in an underground way about "cut & paste" zines.
QRD – do you think advertisements compromise your zine?
Octavia – no. advertising helps in paying our expenses & therefore allows us the opportunity to do what we want. I also think they add interest for the readers. we don't let the advertising affect the editorial content & usually it works the other way around; labels often want to advertise because of what we decide to feature.
QRD – what would cause you to stop doing Outburn?
Octavia – if Outburn was a failure with the public & nobody cared about what we were doing, I would certainly be disheartened. but as long as we can find resources to put together Outburn & we still love what we're doing, we'll keep going.
QRD – how do you think the internet has affected zines' purpose & quality?
Octavia – the internet is an incredible resource & there are some great e-zines. the problem with e-zines is that they are intangible & temporary. you have to read them on screen or print out the text yourself. but they are cost effective in reaching a wide audience & have raised the stakes as far as putting out a quality printed magazine. hopefully, Outburn is something worth collecting & re-reading.
QRD – what zines originally inspired/influenced you; what ones have recently?
Octavia – I don't think I was really inspired by any magazines, except that I saw people do "homemade" zines & I thought I could do that. I also enjoyed collecting magazines like Propaganda, Ghastly, Permission, & Industrial Nation. now I'm inspired by the fact that Outburn has come so far & improved so much since we started in the summer of '96. I feel that we are now a "real" magazine that has a chance of being successful & reaching an audience. a large part of that is due to the talented writers & artists that have contributed to Outburn & the other part is that both rodent & I work extremely hard & are always learning how to improve each issue.
QRD – what's your chemical influence of choice?
Octavia – chocolate.
rodent EK – any salty, sweet, or fatty food while I'm watching professional wrestling. I should probably take prozac though.
QRD – if you were candy, what kind would you be?
Octavia – Dark Chocolate Milky way.
rodent EK – something hard & sour.
QRD – what do you think of extraterrestrial biological entities?
Octavia – I think they exist. I just hope I don't get beamed up into one of their ships to get probed or mutilated. I like to think that there are nice aliens out there, but who knows?
rodent EK – I have one inside me.
QRD – which of the Star Trek series is your favorite?
Octavia – the Next Generation & Deep Space 9 are my favorites now. Voyager has gotten better recently, so I'm happy about that. the original was great for its time & will always be a classic, but Kirk is so overrated. Picard is more my style.
rodent EK – the one that has Counselor
Troi, Jadzia Dax, & Seven of Nine.