Meet Our Design And Production Coordinator Billy Brown

By Rachel Brandt
In Culture

The ALIVE Magazine team is proud to introduce our Production Coordinator: Local designer and all-around renaissance man, Billy Brown.

Billy Brown brings his years of media arts experience to the ALIVE team. In addition to being immersed in the local culture scene for many years as a designer and disc jockey, print media runs in Brown’s blood. “My grandfather was a typesetter for the Post-Dispatch, and my aunt mixed commercial inks, so a career in publishing was what I wanted to do from an early age,” he says.

We sat down with our new design and production coordinator for a Q&A, to give you a little insight into his design style and unique point of view.

Photo by Dusty Kessler.

Photo by Dusty Kessler.

Describe some of your artistic influences.
BB: Print and publications from all over. Concert posters, comic books, magazines, and album art always grab my eye. As a kid, I loved any comic drawn by Todd McFarlane or Frank Miller.

Do you have a favorite fine artist or graphic artist?
BB: Fine Artist: Henri Matisse; Comic: David Aja; Graphic: Stefan Sagmeister; Illustrator: Brian Ewing

You’re also an awesome DJ! Tell us how long you’ve been a local DJ and how that started.
BB: I have been a DJ for about six years now, and I think it came from my desire to always control the music at a party. The DJs I was most into were always the ones who walk the line between playing for themselves and playing for a crowd. I got started playing house parties and working the door at the places I wanted to play at.

Who are some of your favorite local DJs?
BB: My buds Cor(e)yography and Deadasdisco, Mahf, Who, Trash Talk, The Bump & Hustle crew (Hal Greens, Makossa, Needles) & Drace.

What’s your favorite neighborhood to hang out in in St. Louis?
BB: South Hampton and The Loop during the day, The Grove and Cherokee at night.

Do you have any shows coming up?
BB: I do, but I don’t think I’m allowed to announce them yet… Sorry!

Why do you have toys all over your desk?
BB: Protection. I believe the “Toy Story” films were actually documentaries, so why not have a bunch of superheroes and cartoon characters duking it out when I’m not looking?

What’s your favorite comic book?
BB: “Superior Spider-Man” (now “Superior Foes of Spider-Man”) is an ongoing favorite. The premise of the book is that Otto Octavius’ aka Dr. Octopus, consciousness got put into Peter Parker. It’s all about being a reformed villain now filling the role of his worst nemesis. I know it’s cliche, but my all-time favorite is “Watchmen.” It totally changed my perception of the kind of stories and ideas a comic could present. I am constantly loaning my copy out, and have re-purchased it at least three times.

Where do you shop for comic books and records?
BB” I love Star Clipper in The Loop, and Comic Headquarters on Telegraph Road.

What are five things you can’t live without?
BB: My family, my girlfriend, my pets (Murphy Brown the dog and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Cat-Feety the cat), my toy and record collection and technology.

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