It has been awhile since I took the time to showcase a fan and how she expresses her fandom. Since I started this series, we have learned about fans who create art, participate in a tribute band, collect memorabilia and more. This month, we share Diana’s story through her words and learn how she expresses her fandom, which is through a Facebook page and making banners.
How do you express your fandom?
I express my fandom through social networking, in this case my page on FB called: Duran Duran on the road.
Describe exactly what it is that you do.
This page is dedicated to all fans who like to see Duranlive pictures. I´m moderator on this Fan page.
Why did you choice this means of expressing your fandom?
I choose this way because I love to see Duranlive pictures and I´ve collected many ones recently. I think pictures have capacity to catch your attention and bring to you good and unforgettable moments especially if you went one of DD live shows.
Tell me your fandom story. When did you become a fan? What drew you to Duran Duran?
I grew up in the decade of the 80s, so I´ve listened bands from this era since 1982, but I became fan when I was looking for something new to buy and listen to in 1993. Consequently, Ordinary World, Come Undone and Too Much Information were played a lot on MTV and Brazilian radios. I had heard of DD before these success, but these songs caught my attention and I decided to buy Decade and The Wedding Album vinyl for Christmas. Unfortunately, I didn´t find both, as a result my father decided to buy Big Thing and Liberty tapes for me. I still have them today; they´re still working, believe or not.
Well, because of these different Christmas gifts, I learned to listen DD songs and I started to like their songs. Obviously, in the same period, I was very curious about who the DD members… I was looking for some pictures on magazines, and “ta da”, I found some DD photos in Letras Traduzidas magazine (this magazine was published fortnightly) and brought pictures and lyrics translated to Portuguese. Unfortunately, it isn´t published anymore. Maybe, you’re thinking… her “problems” were solved as she found pictures and she liked their songs. No way! I needed to know their names. This part is funny because for me I didn’t have an idea as to who John, Nick and Simon were…. I saw pictures and I tried to guess their names… when I discovered their real names, or correct names I was very surprised!
How else do you participate in the fandom? Attend shows, meetups, conventions? Discuss the band on message boards, facebook, twitter?
I participate more on social networking for example: facebook and twitter than meetups and conventions.
What has the reaction been to your expression of fandom? What do you people think of your work?
My page has had good acceptance among Duran Duran fans all over the world because I think everybody likes to remember good memories through pictures. It was created on 3rd August, 2013. DD On the road had more than 200 “Likes” in 2 weeks after its creation, I was very surprised and proud of it. Consequently, it has encouraged me to upload more and more pictures there. It´s a hard job because, sometimes, you need to pay attention to give credit and other important information. For example, when and where these shows happened, but I have fun! Speaking of that: “ the music is between us”.
Do you use your means of expression outside of fandom?
Yes, of course I like to create new means of expression. For example, I enjoy creating banners or some kind of art that reminds me of DD. I make this only for entertainment; I´ve never thought earning money.
Where and how do you share your expression? Please show us some of your work, if you can, or where we can find it!
I usually share it on my personal Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/duranice.land
Can you share something that you are most proud of?
Of course, it´s my pleasure. I have included some arts I’ve created. They´re very simple because I don´t know how to do them on graphics software. I did all of them with love.