We got a chance here recently to do an interview with our good friend Dave Wolff at AEA Zine. Dave has a brilliant zine that features all sorts of Artists and Musicians.
Tell me a little bit about the magazine and how it began?
Autoeroticasphyxium began in 1996 as a typical fanzine dedicated to underground music, but even then it was dedicated to breaking the mold of the usual zine as it covered a wide variety of genres. Metal, punk, hardcore and electro/industrial bands were featured in the first handful of issues, along with editors of fiction magazines, party hosts in the New York City transgender underground and Star Trek fans who attended conventions costumed as their favorite characters. Today the zine has expanded and grown on its own terms to feature artists, filmmakers, writers of vampire fiction, goth/horror and metal bellydancers, fire dancers, metal ballet dance troupes and serious sci fi cosplayers to name just a handful. The zine also includes film, poetry and fiction from a number of contributors and should continue to expand in future issues.
You guys cover a wide spectrum of topics is there a general theme that you like to adhere to?
Not really, except to say that the zine is open to anything and everything that is different, unorthodox, unique, creative and basically removed from the usual mainstream fare out there. I don’t necessarily have anything against pop music, but it’s just not me. There is more to entertainment than American Idol and a great deal of fresh talent waiting to be discovered. As Tazina the metal belly dancer once said, you just have to know where to look. A forum for those voices will always exist in this zine, regardless of whether or not some people might consider it too dark, evil, extreme, freaky or offensive.
Your magazine to me has a great retro feel to it. Was this intentional in terms of overall design?
I didn’t set out to give the zine a retro feel; it just came out this way due to a lack of greater funds. But the zine has grown into one that looks simplistic but contains highly informative content offering insight into every artist/performer. This has proven valuable to quite a few readers including indie actress Sybelle Silverphoenix (Bill Zebub Productions) gothic-horror cabaret performer Jillanna Babb (Corpsewax Dollies) and fiction writer G.L. Giles (The Vampire Vignettes) who have been extremely supportive of the zine; also Will Lovelaw who recently become a staff writer and will appear in the next issue.
Tell us and our readers how we can get a copy of the magazine?
The zine is mostly available through mail order; $4 and $1 s/h or trade; contact the address below.
Also we heard a tale that you guys were down in our neck of the woods recently. How did you enjoy fine Chattanooga?
I paid my first visit to Chattanooga to see Stoneline, Corpsewax Dollies, Dynamo and Kat the Midget Stripper at Ziggy’s. I’d been discussing with a couple of the Dollies the possibility of seeing them perform for some time, I heard it would be a night to remember so I decided to attend. Needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed. The Dollies’ Cirque de Succupus/Morbid Cabaret show was as awe-inspiring as I expected, Dynamo and Stoneline who I also saw for the first time did remarkable sets, and Kat enhanced the burlesque aspects of the show even further. It was well worth the trip. I have considered going out of state to see a few other bands I am currently in contact with, including Crome Molly whose music I like a lot.
In your opinion having covered music since 1996 what trends are you seeing in terms of where music is heading?
While it’s good that death and black metal is more mainstream than it was in the 90’s, and 80’s thrash is being recognized for its influence, there are always bandwagon jumpers who get into it because it’s “cool”. Genres with potential to set new musical standards should never become the flavor of the month. If you’re truly into this style of music, you’re into it for the long haul, not because it’s “cool” to listen to it for a brief period. Fuck “cool”! That term will always be relative anyway. And I have seen a generic trend where musicians copy one another in SOME nu-metal. It’s better to do something original as it will be remembered longer. Just ask Bad Brains, Biohazard and Slayer who continue to inspire musicians to this day.
I love the variety that you guys cover, tell me how you select your stories? Is this a process or is it more of a discovery?
It has mostly been a discovery, in which I have come into contact with quite a few bands and performers who are pursuing fresh, original modes of expression. Some of them include the fire dancers Eros Fire from NY, The StarShip from Arizona, Lush Montana from England and Brutal Ballet Company from Australia who combine metal and ballet dance. I interviewed these artists because I found what they are doing intriguing, and I wanted to receive insight into what inspired them.
c/o Dave Wolff
3 Maple St.
Garden City, NY 11530-1812USA