CLINT WOODSIDE 'DEADBEAT CLUB' INTERVIEW
Self publishing books is something that many people consider, but that not many venture into. Some people say it's time consuming and costly, whilst others will say it's a labour of love.
We caught up with Clint Woodside, the founder of 'DeadBeat Club' a book publisher based in Los Angeles, to chat about the world of zines and photo book publishing...
1. For anyone who hasn’t come across DeadBeat Club before, can you tell us what you are all about, and how it started out?
Deadbeat Club is a book publishing company run by myself, and based out of Los Angeles. Its also a group of photographer friends who put on exhibits together. The members involved sometimes changes, but the main crew is Grant Hatfield, Nolan Hall, Ed & Deanna Templeton, Devin Briggs and myself.
It first started out as just a Big Cartel site, to sell various zines I had made. A year after I started Deadbeat me and Ed did a split zine, this was the first time I had edited someone else work beside my own. I soon realised it would be pretty fun to edit and create work for others... so I have been making zines, books, posters and postcards and whatever else we can think of for myself and for friends.
2. Growing up my dad had a big influence on helping inspire me creatively by showing me punk zines, such as ‘Sniffing Glue’ which he grew up with in the late 70’s. Where has your passion stemmed from?
I think largely from the same place, I also grew up in the punk and hardcore scene. Growing up, me and my friends booked our own shows, we made our own records and we made zines to document it all. The first time I was ever published was when I took pictures of the band Unbroken, it was in the early 90's in my home town of Buffalo. It was in a zine my friend did called 'Living Fanzine'. I really look at making these zines as if i am making 7" records for my friends.
3. For many people zines are a cheaper more accessible solution to getting their work into print. For me there is a real community feel with zines, do you feel that the community element encourages people to get involved?
Totally, I think the community side of all of this is one of the main attractions.
4. Zines seem to have had a bit of a resurgence in the UK in the last couple of years, is this something that you have noticed in America as well?
Yeah for sure, I think that things have been building for a bit now. There are some book fairs like printed matter book fairs and such, that have become 'cool' the the public eye. I think a lot of people are becoming exhausted by platforms such as Instagram and Tumblr and of over saturation, that they are returning to printed media. People like the idea of having something you can hold in your hands and digest in your own time, its a great way to see work.
5. How does the collaboration side of DeadBeat Club work? Do you approach people you’d like to work with or are you open to submissions?
I mostly work with friends and people I know. There have been a few occasions when I have approached people who I have never met, because I love their work. There is no hard and fast rule, I sometimes get submissions, but I feel like the best way to let me see what people are doing is to send me the zines they are making, and then lets see...
The way the collaboration works is different for each person. Sometimes people have a body of work they have been working on and I help edit it, sometimes its a pile of pics that are 'the best of' that year, and I will look for a story in that. It really is different each time, I love that so much about the collaboration.
6. So you’ve got a group exhibition at Huck currently, how did the link with Huck come about?
A while ago Ed did a guest editor issue with Huck and I met Andrea and the staff then, and after a while it kind of just made sense. They had a space, we have never done a show over here in the UK before, it just made sense!
7. Who’s work is exciting you from the UK at the moment? Could there be any potential new collaborations from the UK in the pipeline?
Man, so many! I think one that is fresh in my mind is the work of Matt Martin over at Photocopy Club. I just saw his show at Doomed Gallery the day I got here... its so good, and the quality he was able to pull out of a photocopier is just insane!
I also love the work Lola Paprocka. The book she put out with Palm Studios about her home town in Poland is just amazing, it's really worth having a look at.
8. What are your thoughts on crowdfunding, in particular your take on established publishers utilising crowdfunding to fund new publications?
It's not the way I do things with Deadbeat Club, but its a way of doing things.
9. For someone thinking about self publishing a book/zine, what advice would you offer them?
It's not that hard, just get out there and make some things and share it with your friends...they will be stoked! You don't need a publisher to make things for you, and if you sit around waiting too long it might not happen.
10. What’s next for the DeadBeat Club?
We have a show in Gothenburg next week at Nevven gallery, that's gonna be fun! At the end of July, is the San Francisco Art Bookfair, and I really love the fairs... its like a big family reunion, and the one in San Francisco has a really great vibe, I can't wait!
You've still got time to get along to the exhibition, it's on until 28th May, find more details here:
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