As we’re putting the finishing touches to New Psychedelia before it heads off to the printers, we wanted to share with you author Leif Podhajsky’s thoughts about embarking on the book project with Volume. He talks about relinquishing control, the importance of print and the benefits of working with a team.
If you know someone who might enjoy Leif’s book, please do pass this on, as pre-orders are still open on Volume:
Read on for more from Leif below:
How did publishing your first monograph with Volume come about?
“Volume reached out to me about potentially doing a monograph of my album artwork. I’ve always been interested in doing a book but never wanted to self-publish and didn’t really know where to start. We discussed some ideas for the book, and we seemed to be on the same page. I guess my work is quite niche in some ways, so it was great to have somebody willing to champion the book.
“I’ve worked closely with the Volume team on the book ever since those initial conversations. We pushed forward with envisioning what the book could be about and then launched the campaign. The crowdfunding model through Volume lets us have more freedom with the finishes and layout, as we really wanted to make it a project that people would treasure, much like a box-set of your favourite music. It’s been fantastic to work together to create something that we can both be proud of.”
In what ways is book making different from your other creative endeavours?
“I always find personal projects about my own work a lot harder to work on, because I’m really hyper critical of every detail. I can get quite involved and particular about every aspect. But the team at Volume have let me set the tone but also helped push things along whenever they get a bit stuck.
“I guess for me I’ve tried to let go a little bit more than I’m used to. I usually try to do everything myself and that’s when I get burnt out, so it’s been fun to work in a team. I knew it would be a lot of work, but it’s definitely exceeded that! It’s really nice to have a team that believe in the book and the vision, but it’s taken quite a long time to get to this stage. It’s been a long and interesting journey.”
Why are books still important in today’s digital world?
“As humans we will always be attached to the physical; being able to make full use of all of our senses. I think there’s something more personal about books. The weight of them, the smell of the ink and the paper. You can really see the love that goes into these projects and I think it’s more important than ever to keep that tradition alive in such a digital world. Both have their place of course, but nothing beats a good book.”
Finally, we wanted to let you know that we have just reissued Factory Records: The Complete Graphic Album, complete with a new infographic cover that details all 461 items – including the book itself – in the infamous Manchester record label’s inventory.
The collector’s edition copies are limited to just 461, so Factory fans will need to move fast: https://vol.co/product/fac_461/
The Volume team.