Next month Example Magazine is 2 years old. We've come a long way in the last two years since we started out as a Wordpress blog(Examplemag.co.uk) run by me on my own in January 2009. Im not going to lie the first issue was shit but we still got 800 hits. Everything was completely new to me from working a blog/website, promoting the project, writing articles and writing interviews. I learnt as I went. Over the first few months I worked to get more people on board. Likeminded young people with an interest in music, Manchester and also writing and taking photographs.
By issue 5 we had a team of 6 or 7 people and we were starting to improve our content. By the summer of 2009 we were doing our best so far and also uncovering lots of hot new talent such as Lung whom we interviewed sixth months before his debut release in December of last year. In Autumn 2009 we began talks with our now resident Web Designer Omid Kashan (killeditdead.com) to start work on building a new website to replace our hard to navigate wordpress.
In January 2010 after 12 issues we launched our brand new website as you see it today. Complete with contents page, tags, built in music player and also a members system to allow you to subscribe to our updates. In January we expanded our team to incorporate more than 20 people and also launched [Ex]:TV. In February we celebrated our first birthday party at Roadhouse for £1 with a huge lineup of not only Manchester muscians but from across the country. More than 200 people turned out for what was one of the best nights of my life. The first years hard work was all made worthwhile by hearing over 200 people singing Happy Birthday to the Magazine I had wanted to start since writing the business plan at 16 years old. With our new bigger team we started to produce much more content to a much higher standard from bigger and bigger names every month.
Our Team continued to expand and in June with more than 35 people already in the family we added a whole team in Brighton. Since then they have been bringing us coverage from the south coast and also spreading our name down there.
This summer we covered five festivals in the UK and also brought you our 20th exclusive mix. In October we were nominated for an 02 think big media award and came runner up. However being the only independent unfunded youth run project in the competition I think we did fairly well. This month we celebrated our 24th issue and the end of 2010 by giving away a free MP3 a day as part of our advent calender.
So after 24 issues and 2 years as founder and editor (not wanting to sound wet even though i know i will get the piss taken out of me) thank you the 40 + people who have contributed to example over the last 24 issue by writing, taking photographs etc and most of all Omid by building, from scratch, the site which you are on now. Thank you to everyone who agreeed to be interviewed / reviewed / have their night photographed. Thank you to Stake TV for putting all those hours in. Thank you to everyone who has ever read an article, downloaded a mix/mp3 from Example and finally thank you to everyone that knows me who has put up with me going on and on and on about Example Magazine for the last 2+ years.
So with my stupid speech over with. Whats next? First of all we've got to celebrate our 2nd fucking birthday
Last years party was immense and this year I hope that we've topped it. Ive already been looking forward to this since about May so I hope it wets your appetite. Here it is...
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Example 2nd Birthday Party - 17TH FEBRUARY - 2011
11pm - 3am
One of Manchester's top producers with a string of releases coming on Soul:r, Creative Source and more. If you don't know this man's tunes then I suggest you had better brace your ear drums. We had him down last year and its a pleasure to have him gracing the decks again a second time.
DUB PHIZIX ON EXAMPLE :
Dub Phizix Elsewhere
Skeptical, a frequent collaborator with Dub Phizix who has had releases on the outstanding Ingredients imprint and has tunes forthcoming on doc scotts 31 records. We've invited him up all the way from the SOUTH to help us celebrate.
SKEPTICAL ON EXAMPLE...
SKEPTICAL ON THE WEB...
Lord of the Chimps Chimpo resident at Ballin On A Budget and all round decks destroyer never fails to bring the party HARD!!! Coming down to play you all an exclusive UK Garage set cos we all like a little trip back in time.
CHIMPO ON EXAMPLE:
This adopted manc resident is not only Big but also Bashy. Were very happy to have Falz down to tame the Mic alongside Chimpos Garage set. Expect Falz's trademark Cockney Flavour to get you hype so quick you wont even notice.
Skittles is in our opinion the best rapper in Manchester. We don't really need to say no more. If you don't believe us sit down with his prE.P and listen to the words. Come catch him at Example Birthday before his new album "Poor with £100 Trainers" drops this year on Broke 'n' £nglish's label in 2011.
Skittles on Example...
Yep we've invited Lung back up from Cardiff for a second time this time going head to head with Wachs Lyrical. Expect all sorts from this mans box.
LUNG ON EXAMPLE:
We found our about Wachs Lyrical this year when he was signed to Subdepth. His housey, funky sound should slot in perfectly with Lung's. With a reputation for playing VERY varied sets you are definitely in for a treat.
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Sparkz is our second HIP HOP act of the night. We like his Raps so weve asked him to come and do a rap at our birthday. Obviously.
SPARKZ ON THE INTERNET
CHUNKY (DJ SET)
You all know Chunky right one of manchesters best hosts resident at hit and run inbetween touring with true tiger. Well hes branching out from the Microphone to the Decks. Exclusive Chunky DJ Set.
CHUNKY ON THE INTERNET
Our Editor's Manchester debut.
MERNYWERNZ ON EXAMPLE
MERNYWERNZ ON INTERNET
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Our favourite Jamaican the don Fox is coming down to add his flavoursome toasting to the party. You know its going off when you see him in the corner waving a jamaican handkerchief. (P.S any "pum pum" who would like to engage in a discussion with Fox make sure you sign your name on the list upon arrival to the party)
FOX AND MJ COLE
FOX ON EXAMPLE
MAD RUSH the cockney - manc veteran. Kept us all going well past closing time last year. He will be bringing the stamina again.
SEE YOU THERE!!!