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This is the second, improved draft of my contents page. The inspiration was taken from a kerrang contents page, it is a great design and perfect for mine. There are 3 main fonts in my contents page, in order to keep with the convention of other magazines, it keeps things simple and easy to read. All the stories are down the left hand side making it easier for them to find, with the pictures on the right hand side, each picture is a representation of the articles. At the top right hand corner is a quote from 'Bart McCracken' from 'The Used', this shows us a little bit of an interview and what is in the magazine. The picture at the bottom may or may not go, however there is work that needs to be done on it as it does not look right, the shot of the model is a medium close up shot. Putting the photos of the 'superstars' on the right hand side will attract the reader onto the page and if the picture is attractive enough it will attract the reader to the page that that person is on, meaning they will read the stories with more interest and wanting to read the article means they will buy the magazine. Each main title is made to stand out by it being made bright yellow with an outer glow, and to make it stand out more it has a black rectangle around it, this also makes it look more professional and stand out.
The Heartbreakers 'only in this life'
In this we look at the newest band in the rock charts, ‘The Heartbreakers’ as they put forward everything about their life and how they started out to where they are now. Our reporter Daniel Harding asked them one simple question, not a series like all the others, he wanted to know everything about them and to show their lives, the ups and the downs.
‘How was this sudden Fame accomplished, and what plans do you have for the future’
The Heartbreakers, are the newest band to hit the music world, their first song 'only in this life' hit the number 3 spot last week climbing an amazing 73 places in just one week. This success was only achieved not only to the fact that their music is, in my mind good, but to the fact of their advertising. The band consists of 2 lead singers/guitarists and an on and off drummer (sometimes different people). The leading two are brothers Andrew (20) and Lee (22) Farrow, from Atlanta Georgia, the two both had troubling childhoods, with only their mother and grandmother to support them, they had to make their own way in life. They say their inspiration started from when they were young, as their grandmother bought them an acoustic guitar they slowly learned to play it alongside several other instruments including the violin and the drums. They say that they are spurred on by the memory of their grandmother who sadly passed away just 3 years ago, and that their songs are based on real life situations, they use music to show the real pain, as well as happiness, of the world, however a main bulk of their songs are on relationships, as they both admit to their fair shares of disappointment. Their main 2 hits on their album are of course the albums name song 'only in this life' and their other chart climber coming in at number 19 'Heartache'. These two songs are based on their real life experiences, as 'Heartache' was written only just 1 week after Andrew broke up with his beloved girlfriend, and 'Only in this life' is about the true facts of life and the problems in it. In the past week the brothers have said to written many other songs ready for their debut album release in just 2 months time, this is strange to release an album this early on and especially only just after their sudden success however the brothers and their manager have said that many of the songs the had already performed and taped in their spare time. The brothers used to work small time pubs and clubs before hitting the charts, this allowed them to earn enough income and the free time to pursue other things, they had even backed up two major bands at gigs in Atlanta, Nickelback and Kings of Leon, they quoted that 'Just to be their was amazing, but supporting them was just such an honour, especially Nickelback they are our favourite band we have always loved them, and performing and meeting them was so fantastic, truly one of our greatest and best nights'
In our interview with the brothers they stated much about their family life and their mother and grandmother, and their relationships and life. They both have had many ups and downs in their lives and have said ' Our music is our way of expressing how we feel, and indeed how we think others feel, our music is used to make people think about their lives and to reach to the hearts of people'. We look forward to their album and to the future, they already have a major fan base and their website ' www. Heartbreakers.com' has over 6 thousand hits, all of which rearing up to buy their new album, and they hope to release many more and instead of support gigs, they hope to do a few gigs of their own and hope for a long run in the music industry however they do understand that it will take time and money to succeed. Their manager, Barry Roberto Angelino, insists that they will make it big and is already planning for gigs across America and the United kingdom, 'They are not just like every other rock band, they have something special about them and they prove this in their songs, I can see them making it very big. They have the experience and the maturity to go far, I am not saying it will be easy, not at all, but in my mind they are among the best bands not just in rock but overall'. The brothers are now on holiday in Spain on a relaxing cruise however its hard times ahead for the pair if they want make it big, and with all the other new bands emerging, and old ones making brand new tunes, they have to really fight to keep their place at the top.
Near the end of their long talk about their lives and what they done, Daniel asked a few other, some not very relevant questions to see what kind of people they really are.
‘What do you do in your spare time?’
We don’t really get much free time to be honest, even when we do were always busy writing new songs, its just become a habit that we have, we do sometimes put the pen and guitars down and when we do we always try and beat each other on the xbox 360 or go play golf, golf helps relax and allows you time to think just like music does. We always have one day a week to find something to not only relax us but to help someone or something out, it’s very rewarding we have helped homeless find homes and supported many causes for the environment, don’t get us mistaken with environmentalists we are not stupid, we just try to do a little to help towards our and the next generations futures’
‘Did use at any point think you would get this far and in such a short space of time?’
Well if were honest no, we just started it as a hobby, we loved music and we loved playing it, it just developed into a way of making money, playing in pubs and clubs allowed us a steady income, until of course Barry saw us playing in his local put just outside Atlanta, we were shocked at first but from then onwards he told us and made us believe that we could do this and it has all came true, we are so thank full to Barry and all he has done for us, he has been like a father to us both, we could not have done this without him and we love him for everything he has done, not just business but personally for us we really truly love him’
‘As you know, there is a lot of drugs in the world of music, so I was just wondering if use have at some point in your lives can admit to being part of this?’
Well like most people we have smoked cigarettes, both of us have in our teen years we are willing to admit that, however in our upbringing we learnt the truth about drugs, especially since many of our friends when younger fell for drugs, but together we learnt not to go for them, we supported each other, we always have and we did during the time we spent quitting smoking, we have never once touched anything other then that of a cigarette.
‘This is my final question, I promise. If use could choose which band to imitate other then of course your idols Nickelback, who would it be?’
Well that is a hard one, especially since we live for Nickelback, this is hard like, we have many other bands that we love and that we would adore to be compared to however other then Nickelback
There are a lot of good bands, one of our favourites is Fall out Boy however the band we would most like to be like has to be Guns’n’Roses, we find their music to be so brilliant, they are our mothers favourite band so when growing up she made us listen to them and we grew to love them, they are well known and well loved by thousands possibly millions. It would be an honour to be compared to them but we have a long way to go yet, we would love someday to meet them and like we have done before, we would consider it an honour to play beside them or even to just be the support act for such a famous band’
At the end of the interview, we quickly asked the manager,
‘Have you ever in your mind thought that this quick success could lead to a problem later on?’
No, they are very professional and this quick success has not went to their heads, they are keeping calm and look positively towards the future. I have great faith in them both, if any problems do come up you can be assured they will face it head on and not be like so many others and just wimp out, they are strong in body and in mind’
In our interview they never hesitated and never asked to skip anything, they are so focused on their goals and they wish to spread their thoughts and feelings with others. They were humble and very happy to help. Look out for the future for these two, they are predicted to be very big in the music world and we have been promised that we have only seen the start of them, they have said they will think of getting a permanent drummer in order to move forward with their music, there is a lot more to come from these brothers and we will be with them every step of the way.
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
This is from the well known magazine 'NME'. NME is a popular british magazine for all types of people but maily for ages 14-25. The same genre applies with the articles down the right hand side of the contents, with bold titles pointing out what each bit is about. Down the right is a list of all the bands in the magazine with the page that they are each on. At the bottom their is the chance to subscribe to the magazine, giving all the details how. This only uses Three basic colours, Black, Red and White, with yellow for the subscription part of the magazine. The main article takes up the most room on the page with a large picture that shows what the story is about and the page number that it is on, it also has a very large title showing that it is more important than the other magazines and is in a much bolder font. The title for it is not like others, instead of 'contents' it says 'NME THIS WEEK' which moves away from the regular genre of magazines. All of the articles and text is all surrounding the main articles picture as if it towers over them. All the writing in this is written in the same font as that of the main title, just different sizes and colours. Another little hidden feature is the date of the magazine just underneath the name in the top right of the page.
Monday, 2 November 2009
Monday, 19 October 2009
This was the first idea for my contents page. It is crude and not very good, however the bold title and flames together are a good effect it is not within the usual conventions of a magazine contents page. The stories down the side however are a good way of making it, but the writing on this one is hard to read and the layout means their will be too much spare room left.
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
1.what type of magazine do you tend to buy?
2 how much would you pay for a magazine?
3 how often do you buy a music magazine?
· Once a week
· Once a month
· Once a year
4 what attracts you to buy a magazine?
5. What music do you tend to listen to?
6 who is your favourite band/Artist?
This is my first draft for my Rock magazine. It has a good colour scheme howver it is against most common genres of a rock magazine. It has the main conventions of a magazine with the same few colours and the layout of the titles/stories. I need the picture of the band in the centre and am going to use the red at the top as a light onto the band as if they are on stage. The title has a good look to it and makes it feel like a music magazine.
scene. Including Nickelback ect, I have also created a new band for my main story, they are called 'The Heartbreakers'. It has a good colour scheme and bold titles which you will see when I put up my first draft.
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
This is a good photo, completely natural. It could have been used for the cover or the side story about the A levels. It however like the other images I did not use, does not seem to work with the magazine. It Is too much of a photo among friends then a magazine photo shot
This is another one of my photos which I did not use. It could have been used as my cover page however there were some flaws, one of which is there is too much room and even when cropped ect there were difficulties as the writting overlapped the two of us mainly over the heads.
This was my first design. It was a basic model front cover for my magazine and used basic blue and white colours, the name of the magazine and style of it has never really changed as it was the best and more effective. The stories on the front are the same as those on my final design however the names of them are different on some. The layout at the start was ok however it was not appropriate for a magazine cover and was taking up too much unneccacery space
Monday, 28 September 2009
This is my Contents Page. I used a bright red for the top of the page to outline the 'Contents' it also has a lovely effect on the page. I have added the photos I showed before to it inorder to show part of what they are about and to draw people more into the stories. Each story comes with a small caption on what it is about just like what you would see in a real magazine contents page however they cram everything in, mine is more spread out as there are fewer stories as it is only a school magazine. It is in a 'small fonts' font style as it looks more stylish and more like a magazine should
This is a photo of me. It was used in the contents as a photo for one of my side stories about the A level results it however is not vary appropriate as it would have been better to have had a few people and have them with their results in their hands but it still shows the basic idea