I really truly am fortunate to be surrounded by all these amazing micro presses and poets which includes Mitch Green's house RAD Press Publishing. Do me a favour for a minute think of the word RAD and the feeling in which it evokes from your core. A derivative of the word RADICAL and RAD Press Publishing certainly is that. The content they curate is fresh, unique and innovative pieces whether it be art work or literature; both are exhibited via RAD Press Publishing.
Moreover, I'm finding the more Poets, Presses and Artists I interview we all seem to share the same goals. All we basically want to do is create, courtesy of our innate gifts which at times, even I've commented on how much of a curse it is over a blessing. I know, many think it garbage to say that “artists feel things deeply other human beings would not even begin to comprehend” But, it is true. An artist's will allow themselves to feel from the tips of their very toes the the last hair poking up in that awkward picture taken right after you awake. I found myself, completely relating to everything that Mitch had stated throughout his interview. It really is amazing how like minded we all are if we simply open our eyes to see.
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RMMW: When I first met you, I thought you only created these beautiful graphic spaces – I had no idea that you were also a writer. What medium do you prefer to create with or do you write and design equally?
MG: As for the selective choice between designing and writing – It really is all based around
the mood or state of mine I am in that day. Depending on whether or not I find myself drawn into a more visual vibe, determines if I am driven to conjure up visuals, or stick to drafting words to encompass another field of expression. As a film lover, I am more than inspired by storytelling narrated through depictions. I guess this defines the parallels of writing and design for me.
RMMW: When did you discover first your love of writing & art design?
MG:I discovered my love for writing at an early age. The age of 10 if I can recall correctly – it was then that I started jotting down these outrageous stories more so than not, focused around the living dead, demons, and secret agents. My love for design had really been inside me all along – but I didn’t know how to express it. Throughout my entire life, as mentioned previously, I’ve been influenced by the visual art of movie making. Siphoning inspiration from the moving elements behind the screen, I found it more than hypnotizing how words outlined something so cinematic.
RMMW: What is RAD Press Publishing’s genesis story?
MG:RAD Publishing came into existence when I really had nothing left to give. I mean, this was before I had started wholeheartedly dedicating myself to my art. I had previously worked with a publishing house (I won’t mention names) and basically wanted to create a brand for myself. The title RAD is simply the common phrase, and I guess I didn’t put too much thought into a depth behind the press’s handle – I only wanted to establish a home for others to voice their talents.
RMMW: What is RAD Press Publishing all about, what kind of artists you query?
MG: So here is the big picture. I want RAD to grow into a household name – a brand that resonates with all forms of media. Literature, Art, Film, and Music. I aim to create an imprint in each of these, in due time of course. There are so many aspirations that I have for the company. So many routes and paths that are open to voyage. In regards to artists – we have acquired various forms of talent, all originating from diverse backgrounds, and I’m very proud of this. To have an artist reach out to us looking to tell their story, to unfold their art, share their heart is the true mission RAD stands behind.
RMMW: How would someone submit to RAD Press Publishing?
MG:Submissions can be either done through the site – radpublishing.biz or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
RMMW: The competition out there is fierce, what does RAD Press Publishing offer its clients that no other small press does?
MG:You couldn’t be more right. There are a mixture of methods that Rad utilizes to encourage writers to house with us, not saying that these are different, although I do find myself trying to steer a uniqueness in the waves when it comes to designing a set of covers for clientele, or putting their title through distribution. Each press has their own style, taste, and artistic preference. If you stick to your brands image, then the demographic will be drawn into you.
RMMW: How do you feel social media has shaped the way in which you conduct your creative business?
MG:I find social media, especially on Instagram to be a prominent, and productive market
for business. I find that the community of artists, particularly writers live their more so than any other social media outlet I’ve come across. The magic in being able to share, support, and bond with fellow artisans is really something grand. Just like this interview – if it hadn’t been for social media, we would have never linked up.
RMMW: What do you feel is one of the biggest challenges facing poets and visual artists alike?
MG:The challenges are always there. In my opinion, the creative block happens the same way in either spectrum. Writer’s block, designer’s block – it is all the same. I find that if I cannot write, I design, if I cannot design, I write. If I’m unable to bring myself to do either, I watch Netflix.
RMMW: Do you have any artists rituals before creating a new piece?
MG:This is a good one. Really, I’m not quite sure. I do like to channel my mind and attention into a different mental plain. Especially when writing – I have found myself sinking so deep into thought it feels like being submersed in water. The high that is found from finalizing a lyrical piece, or polishing off a design that spawns from someplace within me that I didn’t know I had. It is an addiction, one that I’ve been forever hooked on. As for a ritual, I guess music would be mine – shut everything and everyone out for hours.
RMMW: Music seems to always seep into the creative process... do you listen to music while you design or write? And, if yes what do you listen to?
MG:I guess this would go with my last answer. Music absolutely does enhance the creative process. The genre of music I listen to is more so on the heavy side to punk rock. Depending on the temperament of the design, or rhythm of the piece defines the severity of sound. I must say that lately, I have found myself listening to more ambient music when writing. I would refer this to anyone who runs into writer’s block. Getting inside your head is easier done with atmospheric tempos swishing between your ears.
RMMW: All artists have to contend with a creative block, how do you contend with yours?
MG:Creative block is the devil. It will break your spirit. There is something about a metaphysical release when it comes to delivering words, and when you are unable to process your art, it can most certainly take a toll. I find my breaking writers block is to stay at it. Forcing myself to break the restrictions, even if this only works half of the time. Once again, I think the best method, for me, is through the routine of music.
RMMW: Do you have an inner critic? How do you silence it?
MG:Oh hell yeah. Every time I sit down to write or design, there is that continuous voice debating with me on how bad I’m doing, or if this needs to be altered in some way. There really is a roller-coaster of thoughts and personalities rolling around behind my eyes during the process. The best way I know how to silence it is by finishing what I started.
RMMW: If you had a super power what would it be?
MG:This is an easy one. If I could have a super power, it would be to freeze time.