“In HYPE We Trust” x Nick Naej

Interview by Jenkin Au and Alan Ng
Words by Jenkin Au
Photography by Jenkin Au

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Please introduce yourself to our readers.

My name is Nick Naej. I am a graduate of Vancouver Community College under their culinary program. I took a huge interest in writing when I was in my final year and wrote for a few different publications. I am a huge fan of indie rock and hip-hop, and I love eating. That’s why I love working with the guys at justalilhype! – they love to eat and so do I. My parents grew up in the UK and that’s where I was born – just outside of Brighton – and I came here in 2002.

Tell us about your role in justalilhype! – what do you do?

I write editorials for justalilhype!. I guess my official title is Scribe but I don’t do any editing or interviewing because I’m more of a shy person. I don’t like to blog either but have thought about it from time to time. Unfortunately, I’m too busy cooking or just writing on pieces here and there.

How did you first start writing? Tell us what brought you into the field.

My teacher back in ’04 showed me the light. She didn’t really teach me about writing but during a conversation with her, she showed me the passion that someone puts in a piece of writing. I decided to keep a diary just to see how I liked writing and I was captivated. She’s a brilliant gal – she will teach you things that you would never expect her to teach.

Do you still keep that diary?

Yeah I do, I bring it everywhere I go but, ironically enough, I don’t actually have it on me at the moment. It’s a grey and black leather notebook with lines and it’s really really messy. I think it’s time to get a new one about soon – it has definitely seen its day.

Why should people read justalilhype!?

Well, I think people should read justalilhype! for the same reasons why I gravitated towards it. It’s a great zine because it showcases so many different talents. It also features a lot of unique writing pieces and the photography is stellar.

Where do you see yourself and justalilhype! in the future?

Well, I definitely see justalilhype! still around. I hope that Jenkin and Alan get on that print and get it done – I’d love to see my name in more print publications. It’s such a great magazine that it’s a crying shame that more people haven’t heard of it yet.

What is HYPE and why “justalilhype”?

Why “justalilhype”? Simple: everything should be taken in moderation – taking too many things all at once just destroys the feeling of it all.

As for what HYPE is, that’s a great question. I’ve always wondered when it would be my turn to answer this. HYPE is the epitome of epiphanies.

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