Example Magazine is three years old this month. We've come along way since January 2009 in my room in student halls. Im not going to talkabout it all, but a look at the Example Media site will give you an idea. Im not going to thank everyone personally but I do like to take at least one time each year on our birthday to thank everyone who has helped me and Example over the last three years to get to where it is now.
Thank you to anyone who has ever read, talked about, repped, written for, hated on, took photographs for, designed for or / and bought t shirts from Example. Im going to take less time to talk about Example than I did last year. The way I feel now is more about looking toward the future. I hate to say in the true grime cliché that 2012 is going to go off but expect a new direction from Example over the next 12 months. We're going to be going bigger harder and broader than ever before. I hope you like what we've got planned for you.
Before we go sick on 2012 I thought we could have a look back at our sickest content from the last three years. So here's a rundown of my personal favourite articles from 36 issues of Example Magazine. Big Ups.
Back in the day Az and Bo used to write a weekly rundown of what had been happening in the soaps. This was in the days before iPlayer so it was pretty vital information to any soap heads who had missed the episode for whatever reason. Nowadays Az and Bo are still scrotes and have been trying to pitch invention ideas to Duncan Bannatyne.
By February we were getting into the swing of things and featured our first full length review with actual sentences in. Ive not heard anything from Count and Sinden in the last 2 and a half years. Do they still even make tunes.
We dropped our first ever exclusive mix in March 2009 from local boy Numan. A promising young producer who went on to have releases on Planet Mu and Starkey's label wicky lindows. I think he was about 9 when he did this mix.
April '09 and dutch man Gomes was set to release a 12" on friend of Example and now defunct dubstep label Subsonik Records. We caught up with him to talk about his tunes and the release on Subsonik. Our formatting wasn't very good back then and some of the photos from 2009 have been lost when we moved server.
Im not going to lie. Issue 5 was a tad thin on the ground. Main highlight is going to have to be the second Example mix by Royster. 20 mins of Dubstep business.
Our friends at Blind Aura Pictures have grown from strength to strength since we featured them in the June issue of Example Magazine. Not directly as a result of our support I don't think but they have progressed all the same. Check out some of their more recent work now.
Manchester jump up label G13 were making some big moves so we got our girl Cassie to write a feature on them.
Zara Khalique one of Manchester's best creative people made t shirts back in 2009. Since then she has gone on to found the Keep It Bright movement devoted to changing the world one person at a time. Check out her dream factory clothing range and the Keep it bright movement here.
Rhona interviewed Anti Social selectah Heny G.
In october Robyn touched down at Manchester's famous Warehouse Project and was blown away by her evening. read the report by clicking above.
In November 2009 Industry Hater was taking the grime community by storm on twitter by hating on everyone in... erm the industry. We thought we would strike while the iron was hot and grabbed him for a short interview. In the end he got boring and dissapeared.
Blu Mar Ten has just released their latest LP and as one of the last features on our original examplemag.co.uk blog it was a landmark post for us.
We launched our new website on our 1st birthday in January 2010. With loads of new features and a custom layout our days of wordpress shite were over. Example Magazine v2 was the way forward. We put up absolutely tons of stuff that month. Check out the full issue . . .
Omid's highly entertaining in depth account of a Salvia trip.
Our first Example TV interview with Skittles. Whose album is in fact due out next month.
One of the favourite but sadly shortlived series of articles was the Life Without Social Media piece helping people to get back to their roots with old school activities which generally avoided drinking.
Close friend of Example Dub Phizix jumped on the decks for us in May 2010. In all honesty doing a mix for us probably kick started his career which lead onto him having the "tune of the year" in 2011 with Marka.
We welcomed local legend Al Baker to the Example Family back in 2010 to take over the photographs as our new photography editor. As well as bringing us a monthly slice of his musical wisdom. Mr Baker has been a valuable member of the team ever since and can be seen with a lens constantly plastered to his face around some of Manchester's best nights.
We spoke to commercial suicide boss Klute about his forthcoming album. Admittedly quite a short interview.
We interviewed Zara Khalique in 2009 and just a year later she had started here new Keep It Bright movement and we thought Zara deserved some outright props on Example Magazine.
Phil Tangent exploded into drum and bass with his release "Billie's Smile" on Manchester's Soul:R. We caught up with him in the Autumn to find out a bit more about him.
This mix needs no introduction.
Our boy Joe headed down to the Red Bull Music Academy sound clash in Laaandan for a sick night watching the likes of Metalheadz, Skream and Benga and Channel One going head to head.
A big one in the history of Example. Our interview with Calibre.
The 2nd Birthday issue. Ram packed with a host of birthday goodness. (Writing these short comments is getting more and more difficult.)
In February last year I went to see Gaspar Noe's cinematic masterpiece Enter The Void. If youve not seen it you need to check it, preferrably in a cinema. Absolutely amazing visual onslaught although I have to admit the ending is pretty weird. Anyway Kanye stole the absolutely sick opening sequence for a shit video.
A tongue in cheek guide to raving by Joanna who now works doing PR at True Playaz.
Friend of Example Skittles released his single Tip-I-Cal-Ly in april and threw a massive launch party in Manchester's northern quarter debuting his live band. Check the pictures here and hold tight for his album due out in February.
Probably one of the best parties ive ever been to in my life, Bimbotown in Leipzig is like a festival condensed into a room. I can reccomend it to anyone planning a trip to Germany.
Ulterior Motive are some of the best deep dark shadow drum and bass producers about. We had a word.
More club highlights from Germany with an account from Berlin's infamous Berghain.
I was still away in Germany this summer so I sent Skittles to review the festivals and he did so dutifully and in his own style.Check out his critical piece on Wickerman Festival.
I am personally a big fan of Jubei's tunes so made sure we featured him.
The winner of the Chimpo remix competition we ran in October.
Our new honest approach to writing review for 2012.
And thats it. hope you have enjoyed reading Example upto now and hope you enjoy 2012 even more.