Secret Cave: Obsessed with Digital Culture

Secret Cave is a zine of neurotic, obsessive writing on hidden gems and fringe pop culture. In 2016, we launched a podcast for freeform arguments, discussion and bullshitting, which spawned a series of Minis — short, surreal and edited versions of our podcasts and other material.

Secret Cave has since evolved into a print zine, which you can read about here. Our first issue is about to be posted out to current subscribers, and we’ll soon be releasing more news on how you can get hold of future editions.

We cover internet and digital culture, artificial intelligence, creativity in all its forms, the evolution of art and anything else that drifts into our thoughts. We also, occasionally, feature original fiction. Soon, we’ll be taking our first steps toward widespread music distribution (click here for more information).

Contact us with stories, artwork, tips or feedback through hi@secretcave.co or follow us on Twitter. Additionally, you can get up to date with all our podcasts, select music videos and game commentary through our YouTube. We also have a presence on both Twitch and Facebook.


Editors

Lee Tyrrell

Following a life of tireless media consumption, Lee has gained an obsession with popular culture and its development over time. As such, his interests often lie in praising the unsung merits of obscurities (or damning the shortcomings of mass-produced fluff). He usually writes about the power of creativity, and what our television shows, films, music and art imply about the human condition. As the driving force behind Secret Cave‘s ongoing series of podcasts, his hope is to present conversations that don’t merely skim the surface. Lee is largely responsible for scouting artwork, photography and writing submissions for zine issues so, if you’d like to see your work published by Secret Cave, don’t hesitate to contact him through Twitter.

Benjamin Brandall

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Benjamin’s fascination with technology and artificial intelligence drives much of his output for Secret Cave. Immersed in a world of bots, neural networks and social media hive-minds, he’s emerged as an engaging authority on the digital landscape. Equally, his knowledge – both political and cultural – of various societies throughout history has brought many a gem to light. He sees parallels in the movements of the internet and those of the human beings that gave it life. Informed by the past, but inspired by what’s yet to come, Benjamin looks for sense and order in the chaos of binary. On the Secret Cave Podcast, it’s usually his place to both temper and inflame Lee’s emotions. Beyond his writing, Benjamin solely curates the visual design of this site and all printed materials. If you feel your work might be a fit for Secret Cave, make sure to get in touch through Twitter.


Regular Contributors

Martin Simpermanis

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Martin is a young, Latvian vocalist and producer, whose beats and lyrics far surpass what you’d expect from someone of his age. A personal friend of Benjamin’s, Martin (also known as March) is set to be a repeated guest on our third season of podcasts. You can hear his first appearance here. His music features on our debut cassette tape release, Volume #1: Birth, and we have further plans for impending album releases.

Kate Brandall

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Kate, who has also gone by her full name Katrina or, occasionally, Katy, has many talents. Her writing contributions to Secret Cave give us a sorely needed female perspective, which is something she also brings over to our third season of podcasts. You can hear her first appearance here. As a Latvian native, like Martin, she often gives unique insight into life in an Eastern European country. Unlike Martin, Kate is Benjamin’s wife. However, her matrimonial connection to Benjamin is far from the reason for her contributions. To add to her writing and podcast guest-spots, Kate records and performs as MC Kat. Along with Martin, her music is a part of Volume #1: Birth and an upcoming debut album is in the works.

Ben Mulholland

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Unfortunately, Ben no longer writes for Secret Cave. However, he’s actually one of our co-founders. Ben was here from the beginning, and provided entertaining and thoughtful posts on video games. He was a key participant for many episodes of our first podcast season, along with the sole traditional edition of season two. You can hear his first appearance here. Ben has since moved on to pastures of his own, with the door always left open for him here. We wish him all the best of luck with everything he does, and encourage you to check out his work through the links below.

Andy Tyrrell

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Though Andy has written for Secret Cave, he’s made his loudest mark on the podcast (where he’s set to be the only guest who has shown up on all three seasons so far). Andy is Lee’s dad and, as such, he tends to use his episodes to confront his son on the worth of the entire venture. You can hear his first appearance here. An authoritative figure, Andy helps to keep us in line and focused. He’s also an incredibly funny and eloquent individual, whose harsh evisceration of our editors acts as a strong motivation to improve.

We are always on the search for more contributors, especially in a regular capacity. If you feel that you have anything to offer – be it writing, art, music or whatever else – please contact us through any of the details provided on this page. Finally, thank you for reading.