Juicy is 10 this year. Ten years of a small DIY project that introduced me to some of the coolest creatives around. I started the label to release music from my friends and made so many new friends along the way, couldn't be more grateful about it.
The absolute disaster that 2020 has turned out to be definitely changed some of the plans we had. Unfortunately, our zine won't have a print issue this year. It does have a life of its own online, and there are ongoing plans to expand on the content and have insightful pieces coming out more regularly.
In some more positive news, a whole decade called for a change, so I recruited my favourite designer to deliver a whole new logo, which coincided with our website's fresh look.
Thank you to the always brilliant Ieva Berzina for giving Juicy a new look.
Not one to reminisce over past laurels, heka is back with a new song after last year's other drugs EP.
The song is a conceptual juxtaposition of ideas and subversive elements, as the artist herself puts it:
"(...) the structure is composed of two separate threads running parallel, like a stream of consciousness on two tracks, oscillating between a relentless and seemingly nonsensical list of facts about giant sequoias, and an internal monologue of quiet and exhausted confusion."
"The most conscious explanation I can give of a concept has to do with the effort to mimic the way the mind tries to distract itself from the issues we struggle with, constantly providing us with useless information in order to maintain some form of rational control. In this case, the feelings are trying to push through the noise, and end up, somewhere along the way, blending with this constant stream of information."
"redwoods (a few interesting facts about sequoias)" is available digitally on all digital services. Stream or purchase the song at your service of choice by clicking here.
Slow Dance stopping their online radio made us rethink our own show.
Started as an extension on the new music posts I write weekly on the online zine, the motivation to carry on with the audio format and talk about more songs and artists that don't get covered on the written articles is stronger than ever. However, but producing, recording, editing and mixing takes time, so things are now moving to a monthly schedule and uploaded on the last week of the month to Mixcloud.
Building up on the weekly new music write-ups over at The Juice online, we're now doing a new radio show hosted by Slow Dance Radio. Check out it below and give us a follow on Mixcloud if you're a user!
A fanzine is inevitably personal. Not only the contents and ideas in it but the events in your life that inform how you put it together.
As our zine matures and our editorial team becomes more international and intersectional, we felt the need for the content to touch base with where we are in life as people and as zinesters.
The Juice #07 is released only weeks after a 10-month journey that took us way out of our comfort zones. Creating a publication while living in a different continent made us feel like aliens at times, but most of all brought us the realisation that a zine is a manifestation of what makes us tick. It’s a universe composed of the worlds that each person who collaborates with us carries within.
Number seven is our earnest effort to document those worlds.
To bring them to you, we’re launching our new zine with a two-day event jam-packed with activities:
We kick things off with the opening of Other Worlds - an illustration group show where nine artists display their widely diverse interpretations of our zine’s theme, featuring:
For the second day, we’ve put together an affordable zine editorial workshop - an afternoon crash course in modern zine-making and its tools of the trade - and an eclectic evening of live music with three talented acts that have released some of this year's best projects:
S E M F I M is the new album from MUAY, the latest chapter in their musical explorations. Six songs recorded inside a small pigeon barn, during the cold nights of a Northern Winter, where time bends and never ends.
Where CE LES TI AL, their previous album, looked up to the skies, S E M F I M looks inwards and around. You will notice an omnipresence of synths and ambient textures taking a more central role. You can hear "endless echos" as each song blends into the next one, in a conceptual effort that sees MUAY delivering a record that is meant to be played on a loop.
Juicy is in charge of the digital release. S E M F I M can be found on all major digital and streaming platforms. Pick your poison: