"We were meant to grow out of it"
It was the end of 2021, and I had just heard that Virgil Abloh had passed away. He had been more than an inspiration to me. A true polymath who seemed to gracefully and effortlessly wander from architecture, to sneaker design, to creatively running some of the biggest names in fashion. Never mind helping young people find new ways to make new things. He often talked about how modern (sub)cultures are primarily motivated by fame and commerce and that genuine cultural invention comes when there’s no motive other than making something interesting or cool to share with your peers.
Ben Bashford wrote "No motive. Just doing stuff because it feels right. Hearing Virgil say that really resonated with me. I miss that feeling. I really miss the spirit of doing things and making stuff just because."
When I worked at Nike, we were lucky enough to see Virgil do some internal talks to the teams. One talk he gave back in 2020, he talked about how every day MUST count, don't waste a single day, just fucking do it. Well, little did we know that he really meant that - he was dying of cancer. We just thought he was being provocative.
I re-watched that talk, the day I learned he had passed away and I realized I had to do something. Something for me, for fun, for the scene, something I had been thinking about for a while.
The year before a friend, hero, and inspiration also passed away - Andy Weatherall, Born: April 6, 1963, Windsor, UK. Died: February 17, 2020. Over the years I had spent so many nights shuffling in dark corridors of clubs, or top floors of pubs, or head nodding on trains to mixes, but these memories will be lost, just memories. There are so many stories from the 1990's that will be lost - pre internet tales. Beautiful places turned into flats, clubs wiped out by the pandemic, cultures erased without record. The 90's was a time before cameras in the pocket, and no one really took that music scene seriously. We were told that Techno was fun, but not real music. It had no singing. It was party music. It was designed on a machine. And yet here I am, 2022. Part of a culture that hasn't stopped. Morphed, aged, evolved maybe. But the low end, and the beat still exists. The layers of sounds feel more connected to life now more than ever. Escapism maybe. Connection to a bigger story maybe. Nostalgia for parties where growing up wasn't an issue. Big concerns and responsibilities felt manageable.
So I started talking to a few people, and maybe it wasn't just me.
Techno magazine is a irregular journal - A deep dive into underground music. Archeological and psychographical journal of Techno. Long form interviews, stories of clubs that will never exist again, vital cultural moments, and reflections of the future. No reviews, no top ten gear lists, no event listings.
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Status June 2020
- Joe Muggs - Editor at Large
- Si Bellam - Creative Direction
- Mark Bennet - Creative Direction
- Chris Ashworth alternative cover
- Hacienda Landscapes alternative cover
- Aithor Thorpe alternative cover
- themes include rave, psychodelia, the white isle, technofetishism, and religion.