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Introducing out New Guest Blogger – Steve Larder

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Steve Larder by Steve Larder

A very warm welcome to Steve Larder who will be joining us as Guest Blogger for the next two weeks.We asked Steve 10 questions to get to know him a little bit better…

Who are you?

Steve Larder, I’m a freelance illustrator based in Nottingham.  I write/draw a zine called ‘Rum Lad’ which is a visual diary of sorts with occasional musings and what have you.  I’m really into documenting and making personal accounts of my life and the people around it.  I also like to keep things tangible with my illustration, which is why zine culture appeals to me so much as it’s a way of making our own history.  Elsewhere, I play in a Nottingham based band called ‘Moloch’ and I’m also involved in a few other musical ventures outside the city.

What brought you to Nottingham?

When I graduated from university, it soon became apparent that a lot of creative businesses seem to be mostly London based.  I wasn’t overly keen to have to move down there to pursue my goals, so with that I noticed that Nottingham had a quite active and appealing scene which I wanted to be a part of.  I also had a few friends living there already who were prolific in the local music scene which I had an interest in contributing to.

What keeps you in Nottingham?

I’m not a fan of huge, sprawling cities, so Nottingham is ideal for me at the moment.  I like somewhere you can walk/cycle around pretty easily.  Another thing is that there seems to be a ton of independent, small businesses which is encouraging.  Oh, and geographically it’s very convenient for me too!

What makes you different to other creative people in Nottingham?

I suppose my interest and participating in zine culture might be worth mentioning.  My illustration is mostly reportage which means I have to be on location to document a subject.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

Hopefully being able to make a living being a  full-time illustrator.

What do you wish you had more time for?

Personal ventures and touring.

What keeps you awake at night?

I’m a horrible worrier, so anything from a deadline to money is likely to keep me awake.

What do you think is Nottingham’s best kept secret?

The Sumac centre and the Screaming Carrot vegan bakery, both in Forest Fields.  Both incredibly friendly and welcoming spaces.  When I first moved here and I realised I was living on the same street as somewhere I could buy vegan chocolate cake, I was practically giddy.

What would you like to see more of in Nottingham?

More local bands!

What big thing are you currently working on?

My main project at the moment is writing and drawing my zine.  It’s the 5th issue and revolves around a month long U.S.A tour I did with my band and some buddies from Louisiana.  It was something crazy like 27 gigs in 24 days, so I have quite of a lot of references and experiences to document!

Thank you to Steve for joining us for the next two weeks, you can check out more of Steve’s work at:-