An interview with 5HIT RAP.
Despite dangling off the tip of the West Country, Falmouth has got itself quite a scene going on. Jackson Wise and Ed Tuckwell are two men trying to cram it all amongst the pages of a pocket-sized life guide. We crashed their barbershop-come publishing studio late one Sunday evening to talk Muji and Mucklow.
Hello Gentleman. What’s THE DEMOCRATIC 5HIT RAP all about then?
Jackson: We’ve tried to take every element of the Falmouth creative scene and slip it into your back pockets. It promotes exhibitions, gigs, anything worth seeing in and around Falmouth.
Ed: The zine itself is a platform to showcase art and photography. We also run regular columns like Ben Phethean’s ‘Falmouth Unpackaged,’ giving you an insight into Falmouth’s deep, dark under-belly. And stories about people stuck in toilets.
Looks like you’re staring down the barrel of a long night in the chop shop. How long is the production process?
Ed: Never-ending. Seriously. If we’re not cutting and stapling we’re out distributing and sourcing content. It’s on a bi-monthly release so the turnaround has to be pretty rapid.
Jackson: And we’ve got to wrap all that around real jobs too. We started the zine because we had some time on our hands, but since then Eddy’s landed a design internship and my shifts have been upped from eight hours to forty-five. Still, we’re pretty slick bookbinders these days.
Ed: It’s the Kodak printer that takes the time. But the ever-changing ink levels mean that no two copies are the same; they’re all uniformly unique…
It’s looking pretty tight. Can you cite any inspiration for the 5HIT RAP house style?
Jackson: Muji. It’s a Japanese stationary shop that makes pocket notebooks. I’ve been using them for years and got all my mates using them: Eddy, Deary, Joe, Stacey. I’ve got more friends than that, so not all of them, but I’m setting trends. Mucklow would be on it too if he knew how to work the Internet.
Ed: The simplicity and quality are what we took from Muji. We want people to love and use the 5HIT RAP. We spent a lot of time formatting the calendar and notes sections so they function; they’re not just a gimmick.
Jackson: Nike as well actually. I really feel ‘Just do it’ is a good attitude to have. So when it came to things like choosing the image for the centre page we tried not to get too bogged down in symbolism and relevance, it just needed to be something that me and Ed liked. I think that’s ultimately what’s important in anything your doing.
Speaking of which, what else are you guys up to?
Jackson: Apart from dominating the zine scene? I just started playing football with the lads from work but I’m rusty as hell. And apart from that, just always stacking and paperchasing.
Ed: I’m on a design internship with a company just outside Falmouth. I’m also exhibiting my new illustration series, Static Cinema, at Hand Bar on the old high street.
What’s next for the 5HIT RAP?
Ed: We think it’s a format we could apply to other places. Because of its size Falmouth is a good test area, I think it needs to have that local element, in the sense that it is compiled in and around the creative community wherever we take it.
Jackson: Once we’ve got a few more issues under our belt and the regular content settles down, we’ll start an online release as well. I think it’s important to get the zine itself right first though; we’re not in any rush.
Words: Mitch Syrett.
Images: Josh Davies.