RE: [acid-jazz] about Plastiks magazine?

From: Dirk van den Heuvel (
Date: 2003-07-16 01:58:57

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    Straight No Chaser's paper is very heavyweight. It's almost like card stock.
    It's also a very bright white. I think sometimes the fonts they pick make it
    a little bit hard to read. Plastiks paper is also heavyweight, but not as
    heavy. It's also not as bright white. It's got a slightly darker tint than
    some. I just looked through all my dance mags by my desk and all of them
    (except for SNC) are glossy of one type or another.

    I haven't seen a Wax Poetics to compare. But I don't think they are very
    close content wise. Also they have a lot of 1/2 page to 1 page interviews,
    articles. They cover a lot of things. To give you example here's SOME of
    whats in the latest issue of Plastiks:

    Carl Craig on the cover, interview inside. Interviews/articles on:
    H-Foundation, Mira Calix, Arsenal, Spacek, Afro-Mystik, Buscemi, Ken Ishii,
    DJ Spinna, Russ Gabriel, I-Wolf, Break Reform, J Boogie, King Britt, Klute,
    Zongamin, Special K, Slip N Slide Blue, Stateless, Charlie Hunter Quintet,
    Charts (about the same number as in SNC--with charts from West Of Centre (of
    Inspirit), Neroli, Slip N Slide, Jimpster, Andy Caldwell, Slam, Nik Weston,
    David Duriez, Slope and some more), and Reviews --almost 20 pages of reviews
    with like 6-7 reviews a page. Contentwise for us it's a dream come true.
    It's almost as if we made the magazine ourselves. But that dense, text heavy
    look isn't necessarily what the "kids" are looking for, so it doesn't sell
    nearly as well as we'd like (yet). For people who read the acid jazz mailing
    list or the downtempo list it's almost custom made for them.

    Sorry I'm not more helpful regarding the paper quality and such, but that's
    not really my focus. It looks good, but I don't think it's gonna win any
    design awards (sorry Manu).

    Dirk van den Heuvel
    President/GM, Groove Distribution
    Deep. Jazzy. Soulful. Groovy Dance Music.

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Sakurai . []
    Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2003 5:59 PM
    Subject: RE: [acid-jazz] about Plastiks magazine?

    Re: 1) It's got a glossy cover but the inside paper is not glossy. It is

    Thanks for that info Dirk! Really great.

    Can you tell me, in terms of paper quality, is it close to what XLR8R looked
    like a few months ago (before they recently started using this new really
    high quality, thick, shiny paper inside)? I mean,...if it's easier, what
    magazine out there (doesn't have to be a music mag) resembles it in the
    paper quality?

    Would you say it's better than Wax Poetics? Or are these just two too
    different in their content to compare?

    And is Straight no Chaser still using that very cheap looking b&w paper

    thanks for all the info. great help!

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