Classic Posters Interview with Gigposter
s by Michael Erlewine
Classic Posters Interview withGigposter
s Clayton Hayes byMichael Erlewine
Clayton Hayes, gig posters, interview14February 2003, sound recording.Michael Erlewine: Cool. Well, let me askyou some questions. What I want to dois write a little interview with you, tellingpeople about gig posters and all thestuff your doing, how it got started andstuff.Clayton Hayes: Well, I've always
been…well, not always been, since
early high school, I've been playing inrock bands and always kind of been inthat scene.Michael Erlewine: What kind of music?Clayton Hayes: Mostly punk-rock music.Yeah, so I was always part of the scene,and I was always interested in local art,you know, gig posters from here, whichare nothing special, but it was alwayssomething. I'd go to a show and I'd takea poster down and I'd come home andput it on my wall, that kind of thing.They're just photocopied posters, prettymuch, not even the silk-screens that wesee today. Calgary's not a huge city forthat sort of thing.It's big enough, but it just doesn't seemto have that much int
erest… it has some
nightlife, but not near as much as otherbig cities and states and stuff. So, it'smainly photocopied posters and stuffhere. Even that attracted me, so that'show it started with my interests inposters.Michael Erlewine: And that was aboutwhen?
Clayton Hayes: Oh…early 1990s.
Michael Erlewine: So you startedcollecting then?Clayton Hayes: Yeah, I just startedcollecting posters, regardless of their
artistic quality for reasons of historic…
like I went to the show and I wanted toremember it. You know these weregreat bands, things like that.Michael Erlewine: Did you make anyattempt to catalogue them, or organizethem in any way?Clayton Hayes: No, it wasn't probably asbig of a deal as what you would think,more or less just a hobby, to getwhatever I could and have fun with it.Michael Erlewine: Cool.Clayton Hayes: Then I decided to, like Iwanted to computer program, and I wentto school for that.Michael Erlewine: What languages doyou know?Clayton Hayes: I work in Java, and I doPHP. Right now I'm concentrating onwebsite design and PHP and MySQLDatabases.Michael Erlewine: Oh, that's a very goodthing to do.Clayton Hayes: Yeah, and that's why Igot interested in building a dynamicwebsite for a reason and gig posters justseemed to fit, and I decided to go aheadand build a site where I could displaythem, and display some other images ofhow people use their posters fromaround the world.Michael Erlewine: And when didgigposters start?Clayton Hayes: It was January 2001.Clayton Hayes: It has it's own whole siteto it now. I'm really happy with how itturned out.