BEAT

Beat began in 2010, a time when musicians were either shot as if they were models – with a stylist, their personality replaced with fashion credits, or up against a brick wall. Hanna decided to challenge this. There are so many iconic images of musicians from the 60s, 70s , 80s, 90s, but some how the idea of shooting musicians for what they were – after all, as David Bowie (or someone) said, “you hear what you see”. The magazine is free – important, because this is how we gather information now, with gently probing interviews. It is non genre specific, because music tribalism is bollocks, minds should be open. It’s curated as if it were a record collection – everything flows, new bands that reference old bands feature side by side. Images are big and bold and given the space to breath. Musicians are shot as themselves, not as our idea of what they should look like. Having independently printed over 60,000 copies per issue, and distributed them globally (no longer out of the back of her car), Beat is a huge achievement. Beyoncé liked it. David Bowie loved it. And at the end of the day, you can’t get better praise than that.