I listen to a lot of artist interviews - I think it's a great way to get the inside scoop on what exactly went on during their creative process. My favorite artist of all time is Lana Del Rey, so I regularly "study" her interviews, if you will. I started seeing a pattern with her and others:
Interviews were being used as a lure to get artists in the room simply to talk about other topics they were not prepared for. It really struck me when Lana spoke out about catching on to this trend, saying, "I'd love to get to the point one day where we just talk about the music. But until that day... *shrugs* ... I want you to know my story. I don't want you to know what other people comment about and take from it. I don't want you to know just those five words that a journalist took out of a forty minute interview. That's not what the take away should be."
I created this magazine for her, myself, and artists like us. The true supporters want to know you and want to hear what you have to say; not what an interviewer has to say about you. STRICTLY Magazine is a safe space for artists to say what they want to say about their art, and have it said how they want it to be said. We are a community that supports the authenticity of artists as people who are on a mission to genuinely connect.
Alecia Winter Scott
STRICTLY Magazine is a digital publication platform that focuses STRICTLY on the Artist and their art. Initially, we assigned four "umbrella" categories to each artist and their submission(s):
We originated as a quarterly digital publication which aimed to act as a cost-effective projector for artists to help them expand the viewership of their works. The goal for our video interviews is the same: to highlight all forms of art and directly support art makers and creators by showcasing their works on our platform to an engaged audience.
We want to give artists control of their own narrative in the Public eye. We strive to make sure your story is told your way! We take an intimate approach toward learning an Artist's story to ensure that the words in your feature are always true to your first-hand experience.