Kmag (magazine)

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Kmag
Editor Colin Steven
Categories Music
Frequency ca. 10 issues per year
Publisher Phoenix Publishing, formerly Vision Publishing
First issue 1994
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Website [1]

Kmag, previously known as Knowledge, is a music magazine published in the UK that claimed to be "the biggest selling Drum and Bass magazine in the world." Its print edition, from 1994 to 2009, had international distribution and was called "authoritative" by the Toronto Star.[1] It has published online-only content since 2009. The magazine's longtime editor is Colin Steven.[2][3]

In addition to drum and bass, the magazine also regularly features reviews of dubstep, breakbeat and hip hop releases, and throughout its publication history has also regularly included cover CDs of mixes from guest DJs along with accompanying articles in the magazine. More infrequently, the cover disc has also included royalty free sample collections for use by producers, and even more occasionally featured compilations of unmixed tracks (as included on the magazine's 2004 10th Anniversary Edition cover disc, for example).

The magazine was subsequently rebranded as Kmag in 2007 after its then-publisher Vision Publishing declared bankruptcy. Nevertheless, it is still widely known as Knowledge.

Knowledge celebrated its 10th anniversary in December 2004.[4] However, after almost 15 years and 109 issues, Kmag's last ever print edition was published in June 2009,[5] just prior to the magazine's transformation into an exclusively digital publication at the start of July the same year. According to editor Colin Steven, the decision to move the magazine online was made due to a decline in sales and advertising revenue; however, the refocussing on its web site will allow the magazine to offer 'blogs from music journalists, podcasts, user-generated content, forums and access to the magazine's archive.' [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shinn, Eric (22 July 2001). "Local jungle, global rumble: Toronto's drum and bass scene, led by Vinyl Syndicate, comes of age on the global circuit", Toronto Star, p. D1.
  2. ^ Hodgson, Jessica (30 August 2001). "Boooo! UK garage gets some Juice", The Guardian. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  3. ^ Raphael, Mitchel (16 October 1999). "Horn! Whistle! Lyta!: These are the sounds of Toronto's exploding jungle: How did this hip underground club scene grow so big in a city where cool usually refers to the weather?", National Post, p. 2.
  4. ^ http://62.128.151.219/publishing/Freedom/Ak0sb/Kmag068/resources/index.htm
  5. ^ http://62.128.151.219/Library/A1j13j/KnowledgeMagazine109/resources/index.htm
  6. ^ http://www.journalism.co.uk/2/articles/534241.php

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