How an Athens hip-hop zine became a 4-day music festival
In just five years, University of Georgia graduate Sam Lipkin has transformed her self-published fanzine Volumes from a labor of love supporting the Athens hip-hop scene to a media and entertainment company. events which is Classic City’s most dedicated and consistent source of support for the genre and its artists.
Volumes’ fifth anniversary will be celebrated with a four-day festival called Scrapstock 3, which is scheduled for August 11-14 at several breweries in the Athens area. Presented with local promoters Aubrey Entertainment, the festival will feature hip-hop performances, stand-up comedy and DJ sets.
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“Sam Lipkin is Volumes Hip Hop and Volumes Media,” said Trevor Wiggins, better known by his stage name, Trvy. Lipkin and Wiggins met when they lived in Habersham County, and both became active in the Athens hip-hop scene after Lipkin graduated from UGA. Lipkin founded Volumes in 2017 to document what was happening.
The friends moved into a house in Athens with several musicians, which Lipkin dubbed “Murder House” after his favorite season of the TV series “American Horror Story.” Their house parties became so well-known for their underground hip-hop performances that the 2018 documentary “Athens Rising: The Sicyon Project” dedicated a section of the film to Murder House.
What started as a creative outlet for Lipkin quickly became an indispensable source of reporting and promotion for Athens hip-hop, and Lipkin told the Banner-Herald that ATHfactor-Liberty Entertainment CEO Montu Miller , had opened his contact book to help him get started. Gaining trust within the scene proved difficult at times, but did not distract Lipkin from his goal.
“I spent the first six months going to every hip-hop show in town and getting my magazine into everyone’s hands, but it wasn’t always well received,” Lipkin said. . “I would ask people to ask me what I knew about hip-hop or bypass me completely, but that doesn’t happen so much now.”
A year and 11 issues later, the unbroken grind ended up having physical consequences, so Lipkin moved Volumes online where it became a resource for emerging artists to obtain press and provide media services for everything from records press on booking. The first Scrapstock event was held in 2018, and Volumes’ monthly showcases have helped keep hip-hop in a state of visible progress in the Athens community.
Scraptock’s free launch party at Akademia Brewing Co. on August 11 will be hosted by Zack Hayes and will open with comedians Tim Chirikalov, Farrah Johnson, Ty Colgate, Liam Nelson and Miles Bunch. Musical performances by Ant Da Ripper and Rich Music Cartel will follow, and a dance party with DJ Luke Highwalker will close the evening.
August 12 will serve as the first day of the Scrapstock Festival and will take place at Creature Comforts with free performances from djbobfish, Cassie Chantel, Kxng Blanco, BlackNerdNinja, Toni Hunlo, Farrin and Sajaad.
For the second day, Southern Brewing Co. will host a ticketed concert on August 13 with an eclectic mix of stand-up comedy, rock and hip-hop such as Trvy and The Enemy, Squallé, Tyl3r Davis, Shameless James, Tears for the Dying and Hollowbody. The day will end with a dance party with DJ JiiG.
Scrapstock 3 is set to end with a free Industrial Blender at Athentic Brewing Co. on August 14. For tickets and additional details, visit https://ampl.ink/volumes.
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