ANDY HUANG spoke to Sydney hyphenate Megan Clune – writer, clarinettist and curator of Musical ALASKA. But it doesn’t end there – among all her other creative projects, Megan also edits and publishes World’s Only, an innovative publication about contemporary art and music.
What’s your first memory of zines? How’d you get into (making) them?
I only found my way into the zine world in 2011 when I stumbled into the MoMA PS1 Art Book Fair by accident when I was on holiday in New York. I’ve been obsessed with collecting them since then. I just wanted an excuse to talk to people about their work – to meet my heroes really.
How did World’s Only start, where did you get the idea for it?
After visiting New York and discovering what so many amazing people were making over there, I just wanted to give it a go myself. It was pretty simple really. I like the directness of a Q&A style interview, it was easy and straightforward, and there was no room for bullshit like you get on so many music blogs and magazines. When it started, it was just based on stuff I like, or think is cool or interesting. Now, it’s bigger but that is still at the core of World’s Only.
You also curate a monthly music night at Alaska Projects [an arts space in Kings Cross Car Park], it’s free and it’s pretty awesome. Can you tell us a bit about that?
Thanks, I’m glad you like it! Again, it was just me wanting to programme a bunch of stuff I really liked and wanted other people to hear. Much to my surprise, people came! I want to be able to give musicians a chance to experiment and try new things, and likewise give people a chance to hear something they’ve maybe never heard before. I hope it wakes people up a bit. We have a lot of cool things coming up, Rainbow Chan will be curating our August show and the Alaska Orchestra are recording an album soon too.
In your latest issue, there’s an interview with Brian Reitzell [music supervisor to Sofia Coppola], which is really cool… What else can we find in Issue Four?
In Issue Four, I think we finally found our feet as a publication, especially in regards to the format. I knew nothing about publishing when I started Issue One so it’s been a learning curve to say the least. Here we have interviews with Ivan Vizintin, Aisha Orazbayeva, Tyondai Braxton, Noveller and Lina Lapelyte, a playlist from Circular Keys and a photo shoot with the talented Moon Holiday. It was loads of fun to make and I hope that comes through the pages.
Over the years, what have been some of your favourite contributions/art/interviews?
Oh wow, so many! I think some of my favourites were in the very first issue. Glenn Branca is a total hero of mine, he is a really pioneering musician and composer. Plus he’s met (and worked with) David Bowie and Sonic Youth. Enough said. I also interviewed Christine Sun Kim who is a hearing impaired artist from New York making incredible sound installations. I think those early ones feel particularly special as it was a real turning point in my life. I kind of hate myself for how cheesy that sounds, but it’s a little bit true.
Which zines are you into at the moment?
I am a huge fan of Filmme Fatales. Brodie is the coolest girl out! My buddies Beef Knuckles are a talented bunch too. International publications like Travel Almanac and Mono.Kultur are great, but my number one fave will always be Bad Day. Look it up!
I’m currently putting together Issue Five, which is due out in October. I’ve got an amazing team of contributors now who are all incredibly talented artists and musicians themselves. It’s really inspiring to read them talking to their heroes and I’m so excited to share it with everyone.
Who: Megan Clune
What: World’s Only
Featured image credit: Anastasia Nielson