By Jen Martin
The collective we’re excited to talk about this year is feminist team TYCI (short for Tuck Your C*** In). As well as producing a resource for quality arts and music features, TYCI also plays host to monthly events with live music and raffles to raise money for various different charities such as Womankind. We caught up with the ladies behind the powerful collective to hear more.
Scotcampus: How did the collective start?
Lauren Mayberry: TYCI started as a blog in October 2012, with a view to that website providing a personality or ethos for our live events which began at Bloc in November 2012. Our aim was to promote female musicians and artists through our live events, and feature interesting women in the arts, politics and everything in between on our website.
Scotcampus: Did you have any ideas of what it might grow into and be ?
L: At first, when it was only myself running the website and booking the live events, I had not thought much beyond that. But I put out a few adverts in places like Creative Scotland Opportunities and found people like Cecilia Stamp who now designs all our zines, and from then on word of mouth helped us find people who have been instrumental in the growth of the collective as a whole, from increasing the scope of our live events, to writing amazing pieces for the website, making video content and working on our podcasts and radio shows.
Scotcampus: What are your hopes for the collective in the future?
Sophie Kromholz: To grow as a platform and continue to inspire women to follow and share their interests, feel comfortable with the people that they are becoming, and break down misguided notions of feminism and gender boundaries.
Scotcampus: For a student coming along to a TYCI night, what can they expect?
Sophie: A good time, meeting kindred spirits, and great music: all under the banner of feminism.
Amanda Aitken: Friendly atmosphere; awesome live music; incredible DJs; RAFFLE PRIZES; and our latest zine hot off the press!
Scotcampus: If they were to get involved – what kind of things might they get up to?
Sophie: Creative contributions which might range from writing to creative design etc.
Amanda: Depending on your interests, projects can include assisting at our live nights, writing features/interviewing bands and artists or recording features for our site. We are always looking for contributors so please do get in touch!
Scotcampus: You have a very active blog and Facebook stream, do you find it is a good place to share important articles and ideas?
Sophie: Yes, and most critically, to start discussions – not just online, but in the real world.
Amanda: I think it is important to have as much of an online presence as you can, especially when you’re trying to grow as a collective and reinforce our goals and interests across the internet. In the short time we have been going, the number of opportunities that have arisen because we’ve posted something or shared an interesting article across social media has been incredible! From guesting on discussion panels to our more recent work with Glasgow Film Festival, it all works in raising awareness of what we do and opens ourselves up to different audiences and also creating relationships with like minded individuals and collectives.
Scotcampus: Do you get a good response from people who read and listen to the content?
Amanda: Yes, the feedback we’ve received so far has been great! It’s been incredible how many people are interested in the podcasts and radio shows and even just general online content. I think people really enjoy picking up a physical copy of our zines around town. We ask a different artist to design each cover every month, and I think people enjoy collecting them. We went to a zine fair in Dundee around this time last year and it was great to be amongst a generation of people who still appreciate fanzines in the physical form. I think it brings a sense of nostalgia in some way.
TYCI’s Next Event:
Saturday 15th February – live sets from Manchester electro outfit Letters to Fiesta and a DJ set from Sophie Ellis Deckstar, AKA Sophie Galpin from the band PINS.
(Bloc, 117 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 2SZ; free before midnight, £2 after, or free all night if you write TYCI on your knuckles. Proceeds from the charity raffle on the night will go to Plan International.)