Interview: Pat McGuire, Editor-in-Chief of FILTER Magazine
In an age when music publications are folding left and right, FILTER magazine soldiers on with five full issues and five Good Music Guides per year. The content of the publication is driven by its tagline, "Good music will prevail," and recent features have included everything from a major interview and photo essay with Morrissey to a nine-page spread about the history of Slayer. FILTER is one of the few major music magazines based out of Los Angeles, so their coverage of the local scene is a bit deeper than that of many other media outlets. LAist recently sat down with FILTER Editor-in-Chief Pat McGuire to chat about Morrissey, the rapidly changing magazine market and the unlikely road McGuire took on his way to becoming editor.
LAist: How can print stay relevant in such a rapidly changing media market? Publications such as Blender and Performing Songwriter have just closed their doors. Are you now a bigger fish in a smaller pond or is it still a struggle?
Pat McGuire: It's hard to say. I think we're still a pretty small fish. Print has never been easy, but it's certainly not easy right now. When a magazine like Blender goes out of print, it's kind of a tragedy, but it also means there's less competition. But regardless of what you think of another magazine, it's always sad to see people lose jobs. FILTER has always been really good at rolling with the punches and trying to even be ahead of them. It's not like music is going away. People aren't going to stop making music and art just because the economy's bad. Actually, people will probably make more of it because the economy's bad. And we'll be there to write about it.