INTERVIEW WITH DAVE WOLFF
OF AUTOEROTICASPHYXIUM MAGAZINE
by Ginger Coyote
I got a chance to
fire some questions to Dave Wolff the Man behind
AUTOEROTICASPHYXIUM Magazine. Dave is a very intelligent and
very informed person... It was my great pleasure to ask him the
following questions... I hope you enjoy.
Can you give the readers some background on yourself?
I have been into extreme metal since I first heard Venom's "Black
Metal" at 14. The one album I can say changed my life irrevocably,
hopefully for the better. Before that I'd been listening to Ozzy,
Iron Maiden, KISS and AC/DC. I was into the
Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Doors from an early
age. When even younger I was attracted to such horror films as The
Exorcist, The Omen and Night Of The Living Dead. I watched the old
Chiller Theater program on NY's WPIX; one movie I remember they
aired was about a sort of space vampires. There was something
strangely seductive about her. So I've always been a fan of the
darker side of entertainment.
Punk Globe: How long
have you been doing A.E.A. Magazine?
AEA: Since the summer
of 1996 when I started working on the first issue. The interviews
were Abazagorath (black metal band from NJ), Blood Storm (black
metal band from PA), Insatanity (death/black metal band from PA),
Curse (black metal band from CT), Warzone (NYHC band), Murder
Junkies (GG Allin's band), Deviant Behavior (NYC punk band),
Endemoniada Zine (NYC metal zine), Glorya Whole (Transgender
performance artist from NYC) and a few others.
Punk Globe: How did
you come up with the the name of the Magazine?
AEA: The name of the
zine is based on a song idea I thought up when I was drumming for
metal and hardcore bands in the Long Island/Manhattan/New Jersey
area. I figured it would be a fitting name for a fanzine, so in it
Punk Globe: How many
people are involved in putting together A.E.A.
AEA: For issue 13 I
contributed the interviews. Independent artist Mickmo, Herlaka
Rose of Kovenant Rose Promotions and I contributed reviews. Mickmo
has done reviews for a few issues and Herlaka started doing
reviews this issue.
Punk Globe: You just
put out your Spring Issue. Have you gotten a lot of feedback about
AEA: So far it has
gotten good feedback in mail and print. Neo Zine, an underground
music zine from
Ebensburg, PA gave it a favorable review and the
interviewees I spoke to liked the way it came out.
Punk Globe: I checked
out your website and am very impressed with your Artist. He does
amazing work. Tell the readers more about him. The artwork he did
for issue 13 is amazing...
AEA: A couple artists
contribute cover art. There's Mickmo whom I mentioned earlier (he
does his own comics including Bug Slayer and Tales Of Retribution
besides doing artwork for several underground metal bands).
Winston Blakely of Blakelyworks (he does a comic book/graphic
novel called Little Miss Strange) is another contributor. He does
most of the pieces featuring Faustina Karpathia (Faustina is AEA's
Iron Maiden's Eddie meets Selene of Underworld). Both
artists have pages at MySpace; Mickmo's address is
www.myspace.com/mickmoart and Winston's is
Punk Globe: Your
reviews are very good and they really go into detail... I really
enjoyed your review on
Margaret Cho's Movie Assassin? .
AEA: You mean "Margaret
Cho: Assassin"? That's cool. People who attended CW Post at
LIU can also see my film reviews in the college paper. I told the
editor I was going to run them in AEA because I wanted the readers
to check them out. I liked a lot of what
Margaret Cho had to say in that movie; besides watching it
I did a lot of research on her career and whatnot. This is because
I wanted to write a detailed article as opposed to a fluff article
like "this is a hot new talent who's gonna win the Oscar..."
Punk Globe: Tell us
about your Blogs on My Space? They are very informative and
varied.. Tell us about the sources for your blog installments?
AEA: Many of the blog
posts on AEA's MySpace page are advertisements for my work in Good
Times, a local music paper here in Long Island. Some center on how
Washington has been trying to regulate Internet neutrality.
Those are forwards I got from
GrassrootsFreedom.com. Another, about the current trend in
the DVD industry and how it will affect smaller companies
releasing movies on DVD, is a forward from Neo Zine's MySpace page
The guy who does Neo Zine and I agreed to repost each others blog
posts if they should catch our interest. There is another blog
post I re-posted with permission from Pagans Of MySpace (www.myspace.com/pagansofmyspace)
in which a born again Christian was offering his thoughts on some
other Christians who label Pagans as Devil worshipers, and that
Pagans have been harmed by these claims. Yet another blog post was
a video of an independent/experimental film released by E. Elias
Merhige in 1991 called "Begotten."
Punk Globe: I feel
that we share the same Political sentiments... Who are some of
AEA: I don't have any
"mentors" in particular; if someone writes something that speaks
to me on a certain level I can say I relate to it. Aside from
that, I feel people should think for themselves rather than parrot
what they read or watch.
Punk Globe: Who has
been your toughest interview?
AEA: No interview I
can think of has been the toughest, though I have been digging
deeper into band biographies in general so I can ask more in-depth
Punk Globe: Can you
tell us who would be your ultimate interview?
I can think of quite a few. An interview with Slayer, King
Marilyn Manson or Kevin Smith (Dogma, Clerks 2) would be
Punk Globe: I really
liked your interview with
Sybil Danning.. I had not thought about her in years and it
was great to find out more about her...
AEA: Glad you liked
that one too. I met
Sybil Danning at a comics convention in
NYC a while back, and the thought of interviewing her just
struck me. I have been a fan since I saw her in Chained Heat and
Reform School Girls. On this subject, I would also like to
Linda Blair, Elvira,
Linnea Quigley, Ken Foree and Heather (Blair Witch)
Punk Globe: After
The Surreal Life I really love
Brigitte Nielsen.. She is so down to earth and real...
AEA: To be honest I'm
not too big on reality TV shows. I liked The Osbournes, but I
think "reality TV" is played out for the most part. How many times
can a network keep rehashing the same idea?
Punk Globe: How large
is your circulation? Please tell the readers how to contact you
and A.E.A. and about your My Space profile and website.
AEA: I have written
people from several countries around the world, including England,
Czech Republic, the
Australia and elsewhere. AEA's MySpace page showcases links
to the interviews in issue 13 plus banners of pages in my friends
list. Most of the interviews that have been done AEA can be viewed
at the links listed below. Interviews for issue 13 are: Aepril
Schaile & The Judgment,
Sybil Danning, Dark Spider’s Web, Destro Records, Devil
Doll, Eden's Onslaught, Eric Forsberg, Howling Syn,
NYC Rockabilly, Shallow Grave Satanic Symphony, Siren Tales
Productions, Voodoo Terror Tribe and White Trash Debutantes. $4.00
& $1.00 S&H or free with trade.
Punk Globe: Any last
comments for our readers?
AEA: Labeling people
who are different is PREJUDICE. Hate is hate...
would like to thank Dave Wolff and AEA for the great interview.
contact information for AUTOEROTICASPHYXUM Magazine...
3 Maple St.
Garden City, NY 11530-1812 USA
AEA Magazine Covers by Winston Blakely
Photo: Dave Wolff in Corpsepaint