If you hadn’t already noticed, our new print issue is out. It’ll be our last for a while.
In it you’ll find an exclusive interview with Die Verboten, the new project from Soulwax, Riton and Fergadelic; we also chat with Peaches, Mount Kimbie, Blank Dogs, Floating Points, Delphic, Dam-Funk and Hunded In The Hands, while Alan Bishop spills the beans on his border-crashing Sublime Frequencies label. Elsewhere, we consider the legacy of Kraftwerk and pick the 20 Best Electroclash Records Ever Made. All this plus our usual reviews, blogs and unmissable Summer Festivals guide.
When we first started FACT six years ago, the world was a very different place. Before social networking sites like MySpace and its subsequent offspring provided us with free access to a torrent of tunes both new and old, people still actually paid for not only music but also music magazines. We saw the future coming, which is partly why we made ours free: because we wanted as many passionate music fans to engage with it as possible. With no NME-style marketing spend, and unwilling to compromise our ideas of what made for genuinely interesting articles rather than so much PR-puff, we launched a truly independent music magazine in the shape of a 7-inch record to celebrate the format we loved, and still love most – vinyl.
Much as we cherish the form, a printed music publication can only do so much; these days, our website reaches twice as many readers every month. Updated with news stories as they happen, factmagazine.co.uk is a living, breathing magazine; its burgeoning features, reviews and ’20 best’ section complemented by our music and video player, the FACT TV series and our hugely popular FACT mixes. And guess what? It’s (still) free. Only now we reach a global audience as excited and turned-on by new music as us, surpassing our original intention all those many moons ago.
This is why we’ve decided that the April/May 2009 edition is the last bi-monthly print issue: the future’s online, at factmagazine.co.uk, right here, and right now. And guess what, it’s only going to get better.