By Ian Flanagan
Naked Magazine aims to provoke–and with more than just its name. The new, student-run publication fights against current, “de-personalized” music and hypes up music and culture, according to first-year Stan Omar-Jones.
“We want to re-personalize music,” Omar-Jones said of the magazine’s mission.
First-year co-founder Zac Clark agreed, stating the magazine’s mission in terms of what it could do for campus. “We want to get campus motivated and out into the city,” he said. “–finding out that there’s more to do than sitting in your dorm room.”
Naked will focus on the local music scene in Kalamazoo and some music events in the greater Michigan area. The group would put out its first, 100-issue edition 100-issue edition? seventh or eighth week, according to Clark.
“We want to focus on obscure stuff and have people be exposed to obscure stuff,” Omar-Jones said.
Clark said the group plans on bringing back some such music to play on WJMD Radio.
The magazine’s development began fall quarter when Omar-Jones and first year Ian Geiman bonded over “Florence and the Machine,” Jones said, calling it “a spur of the moment thing.”
The pair selected “naked” as the magazine’s title. “[We] wanted something that wasn’t biased towards a gender or an age group, something neutral,” Jones said. “Also, there’s some shock value in it [which has been good for name recognition],” he said.
Starting from two, a core group of 10-12 students now work with the magazine as part of an overall group of 25-30, said Clark. Naked has been laying plans for the future, where it will publish twice quarterly.
“We’re definitely thinking of [also] doing an e-magazine,” said Jones. The magazine already has a web presence on Tumblr (nakedmagazinekzoo.tumblr.com) and Facebook “We have a few surprises on for the summer,” Clark said. “But you can see that in the fall issue.”