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After a lengthy hiatus, Nine Inch Nails are back with Add Violence, a 5-track EP that sees them back in form – it compares in sound to 2005’s With Teeth, when we featured mastermind Trent Reznor for our, oh dear, third issue ever.


Being a bit nostalgic on a monday afternoon. PHC by Jaden Smith ft. Willow Smith.
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We’re not sure why our latest issue is only now arriving in stores in London, but we do love the word ‘astute’. We love it even more in combination with the word ‘typically’. Is that really us they are talking about? And why is that tea only lukewarm again? Thank you magCulture for the kind words.


Just to let you know that our mono.editionen #05 poster with Chris Ware, no less, is still available, capturing the whole range of wonder and melancholy that is adult life in one glorious wordless strip.

PS. Yep, it’s raining again in Berlin.



Our storage has grown into a wild and impenetrable territory that requires some climbing, balancing and rummaging on all fours. It is also uncharted territory where every now and then, a forgotten box will appear, with issues that we thought long sold out. As happened recently with our mono.archiv #02, comprising some of our most popular issues to date, including the wondrous and wonderful Miranda July, rebellious Ai Weiwei, gallant Dries van Noten and mysterious Tilda Swinton. All issues sold out, and yes, we are pretty certain, for good. Last copies only available here and now, in one glorious and mouthwatering box set.


Your first EP was released under the pseudonym Ayshay. With Genre-Specific Xperience, you started releasing as Fatima Al Qadiri. Why did you abandon that pseudonym?

Having used Islamic a cappella as samples for my first releases, it made sense to use a pseudonym, as this project was a little edgy. I felt like the next record, Genre-Specific Xperience, was way more chill; it was more about my own personal experience of musical genres as breeding grounds for different social groups or ‘tribes’ and lifestyles and vice versa. So it felt more natural to use my real name. And I wanted it to be very clear that it was first of all a woman making this music, and second, that it was an Arab woman making this music. I didn’t want to hide behind a pseudonym anymore.

Why was that important to you at this point, to be clear about your identity?

I had too many conversations with people online that assumed I was male. So there was an impetus for me to put a foot down and to say: I’m a woman and I’m not from the West. And I’m glad I did that because now more people in the Arab world know about me. Also, I thought it was important to give a signal to younger girls there, to let them know: If I can do this, they can do this, too.

— Fatima Al Qadiri in our new issue mono.kultur #43


Desert Strike is a reflection on your experiences during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the Gulf War in 1990/1991…’

Yes, but it is even more about this disgusting video game with the same title that came out in 1992, which I hated but, at the same time, couldn’t stop playing because it was so evil. It was the first of its kind that was marketed for kids as a war game and specifically a contemporary war game – just one year after the liberation of Kuwait – as a way of profiting from the war. And it obviously served as a propaganda tool, too. The game itself had no soundtrack – there was only the sound of the helicopters and bombs – and this is what made it feel more like a training tool for the military than a video game for kids. My EP was an attempt to replace that silence in the game, but also to snuff out a game where war and invasion, death and destruction, were used as very cynical tools. It was in that sense the first really fucked up game I was exposed to.

— Fatima Al Qadiri in our new issue mono.kultur #43


In the spirit of Buffalo Zine, let’s hijack a quote by magCulture that describes it perfectly: ‘Thank god for Buffalo Zine, a magazine hanging around at the back of the classroom, chewing gum and planning another night on the laughing gas.’ A fashion magazine of sorts that, refresehingly, doesn’t take itself all too seriously, which of course makes it hipper than thou. Content, well, you know, but it’s the design that makes for all the fun, hijacking a different visual vocabulary for each issue. No. 4 was hilarious styling itself on cheap throwaway shopping guides, whereas the current issue is thriving on the DIY looks of local classifieds and anything else blown around on the streets of Hackney.

(PS. The home button on their website made us laugh.)


‘When I was 16, I started going to the clubs in London and did all the other things that I’m not supposed to say on record. It’s funny, when you think of the transformation of cities in one decade… Like the area behind Tottenham Court Road Station in 1997 had some incredible drug houses in it. There were entire townhouses where they would sell different drugs in the stairwells, with whited-out windows and these little drawers. You’d walk up and then someone would say, ‘What do you want?’ On this floor, you’d get this and on the other floor that. And there were rooms with just mattresses on the floor, where people would chill out. Soho felt so much seedier than it does now and I’m sure that these houses are now mega luxury apartments. The same with New York – some parts of the Lower East Side in 2002 were still considered a little hairy at night… and now there are fucking dog salons, you know?’

— Fatima Al Qadiri in our new issue mono.kultur #43