ROCK-A-ROLLA magazine was the hardcopy success story of 2006. Cometh the hour – cometh the magazine! Pimping the very best in avant-rock, metal, noise and experimental extremities, ROCK-A-ROLLA has become indispensable over the course of 6-groundbreaking issues. Currently available bi-monthly in BORDERS, HMV, Virgin, Sister Ray, Rough Trade and selected newsagents across the UK, the magazine is also available in newsagents in Canada, USA, France, Germany, Belgium, Scandinavia, Australia and Japan (subscription details below).

Issue 7 is out now, featuring Wolf Eyes, Yellow Swans, Jazzkammer, KK Null, Aethenor, Made Out Of Babies, Burning Star Core, Acid Mothers Temple, ATP Festival, Sub Pop & loads more besides. Below, Jean Encoule pops a few posers to ROCKA-A-ROLLA editor, Vuk Valcic:

trakMARX - What 'dark magik' brought about the foundation of Rock-A-Rolla?

Vuk - It was mostly out of necessity. There just wasn't a magazine out there that covered music like this to any great extent. I felt it was the right place and the right time - if I didn't do it someone else would.

trakMARX - Any 'previous convictions' to bring into consideration?

Vuk - Not really. I've got a clean record.

trakMARX - What would you describe as the aesthetic behind the magazine?

Vuk - It kind of feeds back to the first question - there's so much good music out there and Rock-A-Rolla is there for people who are into this sort of thing - and hopefully many more who might be interested. Much like our readers, we like and admire these artists and their work - so I would say 'artist oriented' - something along those lines... Or simply: 'this music is great - read about it here'.

trakMARX - Any established music writers you respect & admire?

Vuk - No one really springs to mind. The Rock-A-Rolla contributors, maybe?

trakMARX - Your first 12-months saw 6-issues of Rock-A-Rolla hit the racks. How has the response measured up to your expectations?

Vuk - It's been great. Better than I expected. Thanks a lot to everyone who supported us over the past year, 2007 will be even better.

trakMARX - What makes Rock-A-Rolla happier - shelf based sales - or subscriptions?

Vuk - As with any other magazine, the answer is both. The more the merrier as they say.

trakMARX - With that in mind - how can interested parties subscribe?

Vuk - Very easy. Go to:

. . . and subscribe online. Alternatively, pick up a copy of the mag and there's a subscription form in there.

trakMARX - With lines between 'genres' becoming ever more murky, are we on the cusp of the eventual redundancy of the very word itself?

Vuk - In some sense, yeah. But people will always categorize things. It's in our nature, it creates order out of chaos, so it'll always be here. Plus, music journalists and record stores couldn't live without them!

trakMARX - Some of the music covered by Rock-A-Rolla could prove fairly difficult to track down in conventional retail situations. Any quality retailers or mail order houses you could recommend?

Vuk - Volcanic Tongue and Second Layer pretty much specialize in some of the music we cover, and Cold Spring have some interesting stuff too. In terms of traditional stores, you can't beat Sister Ray and Rough Trade in the UK - or Aquarius in the US - places like that. Although the larger chains, likewise, have their moments:

trakMARX - Any particular releases in the pipeline for 2007 that you're getting stoked about?

Vuk - Tons. New albums from The Locust, Dälek, the new Zorn/Patton/Dunn/Baron/Mori/Saft project: 'Six Litanies for Heliogabalus ', the new Tomahawk, Big Business, Jesu, the debut Battles full-length.... This is gonna be a great year.

trakMARX - Any upcoming live aktions we'd be foolish to miss?

Vuk - Probably the tours from all the bands mentioned above. Whatever you do, don't miss Battles or The Locust live if they come around - or anything with Mike Patton in it.

trakMARX - And finally, have you seen Legalize Murder yet? How did you rate it?

Vuk - The Black Metal flick? Not yet, but it looks good.

Jean Encoule – tMx 28 – 01/07
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