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From day one (April 2005) we set out to lend voice to a subdued creative class of Richmond. RVA has succeeded in creating a brand that searches out the best artists, ideas, events, bands, photographers and culture-jammers Richmond has to offer and gives them a platform for exhibition that "gets" them.
Access to talented and creative people is to modern business what access to coal and iron ore was to steelmaking. --Richard Florida, economist and author
In a city best known for it's role in the Civil War (insert eye-rolling here,) the battle to be bigger than our past has been formidable. For generations, city leaders have banked on the faded silver of dubious honors - Capital of the Confederacy etc, and ignored the 21st (and 20th) centuries.
With world-class schools such as VCU growing organically on their own record of excellence, media giants like the Martin Agency cementing their footprint in our cobblestones, and Fortune 100 companies relocating to attract the hordes of creatives emerging here, Richmond is exploding. New construction and development is rampant in heretofore decaying downtown retail and nightlife centers.
City government has aligned itself to a more liberal, open-minded culture of inclusion and exploration. Much like Brooklyn in the late nineties and Silverlake/Echo Park in the early aughties, entire neighborhoods are being overhauled to keep up with the influx of wealthy young professionals with entertainment and fashion needs. Lofts, marinas, from-scratch entertainment districts, clubs, music venues and galleries have been sprouting like weeds, offering the promise of a sustainable population more likely to relocate to New York or Los Angeles in years past. Cultural optimism is at a high and only growing more intense.
Hey everybody, RVA #5 is here, and we think it's our best issue yet!
For one thing, there's an in-depth interview with the Flaming Lips, which we are really stoked about. We've also got awesome art from insane photographer Richard Perkins and Othelo Gervacio, who does dark, angry paintings that drip down the page. There's a rad article about local metallers Inter Arma, complete with excellent photos of the band in action.
Plus, be sure and check out our interviews with DJ par excellence Steve Aoki, Kenna, and San Francisco based psych-punker Ty Segall. We worked hard to get together some great content for this issue, so the whole thing is a great read, and we're particularly proud of the way it looks as well. Copies will be available around town starting today, so look for Steve Aoki stagediving on the cover, and be sure to grab one.
Also, keep an eye out for the limited-edition alternate cover, featuring the Flaming Lips. We hope you love this issue as much as we do.