YCE: Luis Venegas

Creator of the noted Fanzine 137 brings us Electric Youth, an homage to fallen teen idols, cult music and a heavy dose of sex.

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Fallen teen idols, half-naked youths, cult music and a sexed up attitude means one thing: flicking through an issue of popular fanzine Electric Youth. Created by Luis Venegas, of the noted Fanzine 137, this Madrid based read has become a hit with the fashion set who like their hits of pop cultural information to be delivered in doses of naughty fashion spreads, upfront interviews and colourful round-ups of who’s making cool things happen. "I’m really inspired in communicating with youth culture in the same way they communicate online through social networking groups. I want to be honest, fun yet relevant," explains Venegas.

Name a person or organisation that shares your DIY ethos, and explain why
I couldn't mention one organisation, but there's a lot of people whose work I find inspiring. I really love all the originals, the people who have a strong vision and personal taste and aren't afraid to follow their own visions and keep their dreams. Everyone from Cristóbal Balenciaga to John Waters has inspired me

Send us a picture/video that summarises your view of modern life, and explain why
I've chosen a collection of anonymous young guys images taken from different blogs. They all shoot themselves in front of a mirror. Young people using all the possibilities that the digital world offers to make all kind of relationships happen is the most modern thing for me these days. It’s like a global bonfire of the vanities. It’s very modern


Do you think the recession has helped or hindered your creativity? Why?
I'm not sure about how the recession has influenced the work I develop on my mags. I know now I have a few less advertisings, so it means less money to do them but I don't think that influences the creativity on my mags, or any other mag. In fact, we all know many powerful magazines with lots of money behind them but terribly boring or empty. I think creativity goes beyond economical recessions

Music for a revolution - what song sums up your attitude?
Oh, I'm not sure the music I usually hear is for a revolution, I could mention an endless list of singers and bands and musicians that I like but everyone from Metronomy to Amanda Lear is what I like

What other period inspires you the most, and why?
I couldn't mention a past period, honestly. The most inspiring one for me is always the future. I really like to be aware about everything new, and try to figure if that next big thing will remain important in the future.

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