Interview with Newscopy of F4CG
What is your alias? If you find the story interesting, then let us know how you came up with it?
My handle is Newscopy and it was picked out at a time when the trend was using names involving names like Newlook and NewDisk. Even though Newscopy has no general meaning, it has a nice ring to it. And it sticks.
Have you changed handles? If so, give us the reason(s) and your previous nickname(s)!
I used to be called CHEESE during 1981-84 on the VIC20. Never on the Commodore64 though.
When and where were you born and where do you live now?
Born in Gothenburg, Sweden some 24 years ago (1973).
When did you get your first computer and which computers do/did you own? When did you get your C64?
I got a VIC20 in 1981 (also where I did my first cracks). The C64 came along somewhere in 1983. I also had an Amiga, PC, SNES+Magicom and PSX.
How did you get to know the scene? Who was your first contact (person you knew) on the scene?
Can't really remember but mainly people from THE SILENTS, UCF (USA) and some others. The first contact with the scene always looks pretty much the same. Either you know somebody who is more in- volved than you or you carefully follow all the software/intros/notes you take part of and try to get in touch with whomever happens to appeal you.
Describe your scene career, including all groups you have been a member of! Keep chronological order please!
1981-84 Cheese (VIC20-no group) 1986-87 The Silents 1987-89 Exact 1989-91 NOT ACTIVE ON THE SCENE 1991 JoyDivision 1991 Vision 1992-94 Genesis Project 1994- F4CGSome smaller places have been forgotten or not mentioned.
Which scene do/did you consider best and why? If you have been only on the C64, then give us the reason(s)!
The C64 is everything you ever wanted it to be. It was and will always be the perfect mix of games, demos and friendship in a competitive way. It is also the only scene offering a really interesting history to look back on and the reason why we are all here in the first place. The PC Amiga or whatever scene there is may all be good in terms of wares, but there is nothing - NOTHING - that can ever match the days most of us have experienced on the C64. Ask anyone, anywhere and he'll agree.
What do you think you gained by being a member of the scene?
Taking part of the scene has been taking part of our own self-created subculture. We have learnt to organize a civilization out of chaos. We have learnt to work together and compete with others. We have learnt to always be strong and stand up for ourselves. We have learnt never to take shit from anybody ever.
What do you consider lost, wasted or meaningless during the years you have spent on the scene?
Nothing. If that was the case I would have quit long ago.
What is/are/was/were your main interest(s)/function(s)?
Supplies, Leadership and editing Propaganda.
What made you start doing graphics/composing/swapping/coding/modem trading organising or whatever you did?
I think what kept me on the C64 and got me interested in the first place was always the subculture we call the scene. Not just SID-music or a special game. I was always fascinated with our own digital civilization.
What are/were your greatest successes/fiascos?
Relaunching Propaganda is something I take great pride in even though most of today's scene are happier with shit-magazines and don't pay single respect to oldfashioned dash n' bash-rags and good journalism. Some fiascos have made their way through and they could be anything from re-releases, bugged cracks or most possibly the cancellation of TRIBUTE2. That really shook me up hard as we were preparing the party of the decade.
Have you attended parties? Tell us about your favourite conferences? You can even mention some fiascos.
All the Denmark-parties have been great, 1989 and 1992 being my personal favorites. Also the IKARI/ZARGON-party in 1989 was great. All the X-parties in Holland arranged by TRC*SCS have also been great but they sold their soul to moneystrong PC-people so X97 really didn't have the same spirit as in the old days. When we in G*P and Avantgarde arranged Tribute1994 it was also cool, but more an orgy in partying and bigscreen-demos than a traditional party.
Is/was there any special feeling in your crew, something more than just being in a group?
F4CG is a family and not a group. We laugh, smile and argue and pay very little attention to other ones on the scene.
What were your favourite groups/artists/coders/productions? Why do/did you like their work/these programs?
The Judges - for creating legendary movements.
1001 Crew - for the borders that were broken.
Byterapers - for rocking the 64 into the 90's.
Other great groups that meant a lot to me were Sphinx, Ash&Dave, Ian&Mic, Horizon and Censor Design.
Give us a brief description on the development of the scene as you experienced it and computer society in general!
We developed civilization out of chaos. We organized into groups, developed techniques in every field and even started producing magazines. The scene we see today, late 90's is of course the most advanced of structures in terms of rules, unwritten laws and stardom. And ain't it just great?
What is your profession? What do you do for a living? Does it have to do anything with computers? Is there anything you do in real-life that is similar to what you have been doing on the scene?
I work in the commercial business as a copywriter and head a unit on the commercial firm. In terms of using computers, yes I use it to edit my work - not anything more.
How did your attitude towards computers change during the years?
It didn't. I can drop my jaw when I see new machines like the Playstation or whatever groups can do on the PC these days but at the end of the day I always come home and switch on my 64. So much for the rush of technology.
What do you like doing in your spare-time when not computing? What is/are your hobby(ies)?
Whatever time there is left I spend on Squash, Film and composing music.
Are there moments when you feel nostalgic thinking back to the past years of the scene? If so what do you do when it happens?
I can get very nostalgic when watching through my heaps of disks but the most obvious source of nostalgia comes to me when the old gang from Genesis*Project gathers up once or twice a year. Those are memories to be relived.
What are your plans for the near/far future?
Propaganda, F4CG and the Commodore 64.
What is your goal in life? What would you like to achieve?
If you haven't read Scenetown in Propaganda, please do. That is my goal in life.