Danielle Top Interview17/12/2012
TOP might be a young magazine, but it already has contributions from the biggest artists from downtown New York. The name is a good reflection of what it is, not as an elite circle but rather a way to look at art: you start from the summit and then you wander, exploring. Danielle Top, its founder and editor-in-chief, was kind enough to answer a few questions as the fourth issue of TOP magazine comes out.
Alexandre Stipanovich: Is Danielle Top your real name?
Danielle Top: Yes.
AS: Does TOP magazine require your full time?
AS: What was the drive/motivation to create such a magazine? The love of photography? The curiosity of contemporary culture?
DT: All of the above.
AS: What is the idea behind TOP magazine?
DT: Do what you what you love, fuck the rest.
AS: Who is behind top magazine?
DT: Myself and Eric Elms.
AS: Do you make all the decisions yourself?
AS: How frequently is it published?
DT: Whenever I can get it together, which has been averaging once a year.
AS: How many copies?
AS: Is it sold only in the U.S.?
DT: No, colette in Paris stock it and Dover Street Market.
DT: Printed Matter, McNally Jackson Books, Creatures of Comfort, Family LA, Spoonbill and Sugartown.
AS: Isn't TOP magazine mostly about New York culture?
DT: Yes mostly. It's also influenced by the friends I made during years of traveling as a model and playing in electronic music bands/djing.
AS: For you, what is the function of a magazine? Is it a cultural reference for a community?
DT: Yes, I'm very interested in sub-cultures.
AS: Do you think it's more difficult today to start a paper magazine rather than a online magazine?
DT: Yes, it's a lot more expensive too.
AS: What do you prefer about the paper format? Is it because it's more permanent, almost like an artwork one can have at home?
DT: Yes, and it's less accessible.
AS: What do you love most about your magazine?
DT: Creative freedom.
AS: FUCK THIS LIFE appears in almost all issues so far. What do you think is special about him/his artwork?
DT: I love Dave's personality (he makes me laugh) and his artwork is a great reflection of it.
AS: Where do you see TOP magazine in 10 years from now?
DT: That's a tough one. I have no idea.