Angela H. Brown
angela [at] slugmag [dot] com
Angela H. Brown has run SLUG Magazine for over a decade, since September of 2000. Since then, she has taken a small black & white zine and turned it into a full-color electrobrite magazine with a strong regional presence. Brown has brought back coverage on Utah's deserving local music scene, Utah's action sports community and continues to give exposure to prominent underground national bands. Along the way, she has pioneered local band compilations Death By Salt (vol.1-4), and has branded numerous successful events: Localized, a monthly music festival showcasing three Utah bands, The SLUG Games ski and snowboarding series and the Summer of Death skateboarding series. Brown also launched and perfected slugmag.com, where readers can read exclusive content, view photo galleries of community events, and find links to download back issues, the SLUG Mag iPhone app or the new weekly podcast, “Soundwaves of the Underground.” In 2009, Brown launched Craft Lake City, an alternative art and crafts festival showcasing DIY handmade goods held at the Gallivan Center annually. In 2010, Craft Lake City officially became its own entity, making Brown now at the helm of two businesses. Brown is on the advisory boards of local NPR news affiliate KUER 90.1 FM and The People's Market, a Sunday artisan and farmer's market. Brown is also vice chair of the Utah Art's Alliance, a nonprofit facilitator for the local arts community. Brown performs in the professional bellydancing troupe Blue Lotus Dance Collaborative and loves to spend time printing silver gelatin images in her photographic darkroom.
Salt Lake City
When and why did you come to Salt Lake?
I come from good Mormon pioneer stock. My Ancestors crossed the plains with handcarts to reach where we are today: the land of Zion.
When did you start reading SLUG?
At the ripe young age of 14.
When and how did you become involved with SLUG?
I was recruited by the second publisher of SLUG to shoot a cover and later, to be the mag's associate editor. Two years later, I was the new publisher and editor. That was 9 years ago and since then, I've been building the mag and cultivating new SLUG events like Localized, The SLUG Games, Summer of Death and Craft Lake City. SLUG has become more than just a magazine; it is a strong, trendsetting brand in SLC.
Favorite SLUG feature?
Favorite SLUG Story (something that has happened in your life)?
I have so many great SLUG stories but a recent favorite was to witness SLC's former Mayor Rocky Anderson, publicly thank SLUG for our contributions to the city of Salt Lake.
Favorite place to see live music in Salt Lake:
All-ages: Kilby Court or Red Butte in the summertime. 21+: The Depot's sound and lighting systems rock, The State Room is excellent for a shows on a school night (they usually end by 10pm), but I feel at home with loud rock and cheap beer in a dive bar like Burt's Tiki and Urban Lounge. I really miss the warehouse shows in these venues (RIP): Moroccan, Hate House, Loom house and DiverCity.
Favorite restaurant/bar in Salt Lake:
My current top five restaurants: Takashi, Pago, Eva, Meditrina and Red Iguana.
Current obsessions, musical or otherwise:
Nick Cave, Alec Empire, Matcha Tea from Uji, Japan, Photographic Darkrooms and Egyptian Cabaret Bellydancing.
What was the first show you attended?
Tina Turner at The Salt Palace. Jamie Myers and I were in fourth grade. We were supposed to be at the Charles Dickens' Festival next door but went to the show instead because a security guard offered to let us in for free.
What was the first record you bought?
On vinyl: Cindi Lauper- She's so Unusual. On cassette: ABC- How to be a Zillionaire. On CD: This Mortal Coil - It Will End in Tears
What was the best event you ever attended?
Through SLUG, I have had the opportunity to attend so many fabulous events and industry festivals, it is hard to just name one. Here is a shortlist:
All Tomorrow's Parties - England 2006
Touch and Go 25th Anniversary 3 day festival - Chicago, Ill
Coachella, Sundance/Slamdance Film Festivals, CMJ, SXSW
Who would you most like to meet from a SLUG cover?
Mr. Tom Waits SLUG Cover Vol 11 issue #134 February 2000
2008: Salt Lake Magazine Best Of The Beehive - Best Underground Historian
2008: Salt Lake City Weekly Best Of Utah - Best Underground History Lesson
2009: Salt Lake City Weekly Best Of Utah - Best Mainstream Punks
2012: Best Of State - SLUG Magazine in the Journalism catagory in Arts & Entertainment
2013: Best Of State - SLUG Magazine in the Journalism catagory in Arts & Entertainment
2013: Utah SPJ's - Josephine Zimmerman Pioneer in Journalism Award