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Interview: Rachel Arthur, boom saloon

 

 

CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR CREATIVE BACKGROUND?

 

I’m founder and editor of boom saloon, a printed magazine showcasing the importance of the arts and creative industries in a movement to utilise them for good. Growing up, I was always torn between the written and creative worlds, so working in publishing is a perfect fit. The path to here, however, wasn’t the smoothest; major differences of opinion with school teachers meant I shunned art college for a while, instead packing myself off to London and attempting to wing it with zero experience and no contacts… needless to say that was a pretty hilarious disaster. As was the time I tried to fit in amongst the hair flickers of Condé Nast- also not for me. Regardless, they all played their part in bringing me to where I am now and I really wouldn’t change a thing about the journey; if nothing else, it’s provided me with endless anecdotes and more juicy secrets than you can imagine… 

 

 

CAN YOU GIVE US AN INSIGHT INTO YOUR PRACTICE AND WHAT YOU DO?

 

boom saloon is the manifestation of a pretty big dream to try and change the creative landscape, utilising the printed page to (nicely) disrupt culture. We work with a diverse range of creatives from all backgrounds, showcasing and championing their work as contemporaries. Our social projects use creativity to inspire and empower, harnessing talent in underprivileged areas and offering it a platform to truly shine. It’s funny, I never imagined that this is where life would take me but now that I’ve thrown myself into it I really can’t fathom ever not doing it. The more time I spend in Muirhouse with our strategic partners the more I realise the epic potential of the project and the great need for something of this ilk- we wouldn’t have got here without their input and together I’m certain we can pull off something really special. 

 

 

ANY EXCITING PROJECTS OR EVENTS YOU HAVE ON THE HORIZON?

 

We’re currently running a Kickstarter to support issue one and our first project; it finishes on Wednesday so it’ll be all systems go scarily soon! The support we’ve received so far has been utterly overwhelming; it really means so much to know that there are others out there who share your vision and stand by your dreams. Working with Campfire to visualise the concept was the first step in a really exciting partnership and it definitely hammered home the power of a good collaboration- we can't wait to team up with them again going forward. Once we’re a tangible publication it’s all about getting it out there and drumming up as much support as possible for the project. We’re lucky enough to be working with some hugely talented artists and can’t wait to bring their expertise into the fold. We’re also hoping a few of them might hit the decks/ dance floor/ mic at our launch party- if we manage to make £8,000 we’re able to invite all of our backers along so planning one heck of a night is also high on the current priority list! 

 

 

WHAT MAKES EDINBURGH A GOOD CITY TO BE BASED?

 

The people. The architecture. Watching the sunrise from Calton Hill at crazy o’clock in the morning, nursing the remnants of a wild night with a Project Coffee juice and doing it all again with your new found, equally crazy chums. 

 

 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO PEOPLE THINKING OF PURSUING A CAREER IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES?

 

Appreciate that we’re not all that different; the creative industries are so full of colour and you miss the biggest trick in the book if you only see them in terms of black or white, rich or poor, architect or musician. 

 

 

You can find out more about boom saloon here. Photography by David N. Anderson.