David – If I understand correctly, at first you had the idea to book already established performers, but then you shifted to booking burgeoning artists, some who had even never performed before an audience, to help them in their first steps.
We were looking for a way to find women to play at our parties and we were also understanding that there is a reason why they are not performing, why they are not showing their music to the public.
Agata – Yeah, exactly, because we obviously knew bands, especially from abroad, that we liked, and we would love to book and have their concerts happening in Warsaw
David – Events like yours need to be hosted in welcoming venues to thrive. Where do the G*TTF parties take place?
Agata – We used different venues and clubs. The first club was kind of like a cafe/restaurant during the daytime which became a small alternative venue by night. The reason we started organizing Girls* To The Front there first was that they were very open. They didn’t really care about profits.
They were allowing us to make a party with the risk that no one’s going to come, the risk of having not much of a turnout and no profits from the bar. It was already a venue where other concerts, other parties were happening, and our friends were spending all their time there.
After some time when we attracted bigger crowds, we started switching between different venues. Sometimes we were invited to come, in other cases we were reaching out because we knew that the vibe of the place was better for this particular gig.
It was all in Warsaw at first. And then we started to reach out to other cities, although we are still trying to travel more around Poland because we’ve been to big cities, but it would be amazing to organize something in those smaller towns where they don’t have that much access to such initiatives, such parties.
Everything was happening at the same time
David – How did you spread the word around your events? Did you plant posters on the city’s streets? Use social media platforms?
Agata – At the beginning, we were actually printing the posters, and we were very committed to going to places, hang them. We didn’t have our social media yet, we didn’t have a platform to post it. Also, we didn’t think that we were deserving of having a fan page.
So yeah, we were hanging posters who said something like: “tell everyone you know about it”. After some time we created a Facebook Page, then Instagram, but we didn’t have a website until last year. Because, well, it was another thing we had to learn how to do.
We knew that when everything is so based on social media, our website wouldn’t be our preferred way of informing people https://datingreviewer.net/local-hookup/tampa/ about current events. We wanted a place dedicated to people who want to know more about our zines, about our history, about our other activities and stuff.
We also were a bit tired of social media and we knew that many people don’t want to use them. So we needed that other platform, so that G*TTF stayed inclusive of people who are not on Facebook or Instagram.
David – Speaking of your website, while reading through it, I saw that you mention american punk artist Kathleen Hannah, punk band Bikini Kill and the Riot Grrrl movement as an inspiration for G*TTF. How did you encounter their work?