Skyhigh 18 About TMG of Fatum & Tiger Crew
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About TMG of Fatum & Tiger Crew Well, this is an interview done by Shuze with a guy that not many of you may have heard of, it but let it be known, he is going to be a force to be reckoned with soon. Step up: TMG/Fatum/Tiger crew (S = Skyhigh) (T = TMG ) S: Hi Alex, thanks a lot for taking this interview, but, I think we should start with the usual cliche and ask you to tell us a bit about what you do in your two groups, as well as a bit about yourself.... T: Hello PAUL ! I'm just a german Teenager of 18 years. I passed school just two weeks ago and in about one month I'll start my civil service. Well, I'm 1,83 mtr. tall and I really don't know what I'm weighing at the moment. I'm drinking no alcohol, I'm not smoking shit, I don't use drugs, I'm pacifist and anarchistic minded and I'm Atheist. (Who said there "Boring one ?" ????) Well, I got my c64 about two years ago and I joined Fatum in last fall (after Mish Mash #1 was out). Well,about Tigercrew,we are just a bunch of lazy Guys who want to keep the non-sceners or beginners on the 64.All I want to say to all german sceners who are complaining about us : WE ARE NO SCENE-GROUP AND WE DON'T WANT TO BE ONE! So go your own way and let us work in peace. Well,more to me : I'm doing quite some stuff,mostly I'm composing,sometimes I'm painting Logos and Fonts and I also did 5 Covers. I'm also swapping with about 40 guys, and hopefully soon I'm a Mageditor !!! At the Moment I'm not working too hard for Fatum as I lost abit contact), but I'm supporting regularly the METALVOTZE Guys. Beside that, I'm mostly painting Logos for my contax and also my tunes were used by quite some different groups. S: So, you are a musician, one of the most sought after kind of people in this scene at the moment. Do you think you are a good musician? What sort of style of music do you prefer to create (covers of other zaks? techno? or?) T: Well,I don't know if I'm a good musician ... I like my own tunes and I often listen to them while doing some paper gfx for myself and so on. So do I (!) think,I'm a good musician. Also a lot of my contacts like my tunes, but anyhow I'm not in the charts ... But that's okay ! If you have a votesheet with 5 ranks for musicians to fill,most guys will vote guys like P.R.I., The Syndrom, Jeff, Compod, Metal, SMC and so on ... And I know, that I'm not half as good as those guys above. Well, and which style do I prefer ... Really depends on the music I listened to. After I got the Revealed #4 I made a bunch of tekkno/acid/house tunes. When I listened to tunes by SMC I made some musics in his style (Hi Fanta !!!). But all in all I seperate my musics in three cathegories : tekkno,irq and musics. Tekkno is really all, from house to acid. Irq are little tunes without or with very little melody. you know, tunes for irq-loader parts or little crack-intros. The musics are anything else. To short it again : I do nearly anything. But I kinda hate covers, as you're no Composer then but musician. Doing covers needs nearly no musical feeling. (And it's a fucking hard work ...) S: As I said,you're in the group Tigercrew. There seem to be a lot of guys in this group, but not many people know what it does. so, what does it do? T: Well, as I said before, we try to keep the beginner on the 64 by giving them toolz. We think, if they get creative on the 64, they will stay longer as if they are only playing. And so we try to find useful toolz (no matter if they are stone-aged,they have to be userfriendly) and make some competitions and so on. But as i said,too,some german sceners slag on us, coz they consider us lame. But again : We are no Scene group !!! Well, about the guys being in Tigercrew : Our leader Winni is about 46 years old (Hey D-Ram ! He wants to open an "OLDIE" Group !) and there are guys like Logiker/Genlog, Greenhorn and Mephisto/Metalvotze (Hey Friends !!!). All in all we are about 15 people (I think ...) S: Well, TMG stands for "The Magical Garfield", so I assume you are a cartoon or comics fan, does this reflect in your artwork (i.e. do you base your style on Jim Davison and such like?) T: Yes ... Well, I saw an Amiga Intro some time ago from a guy called TCD (The Crazy Dog) and somehow he was very arrogant. And as I hate arrogance, I just named myself THE MAGICAL GARfIELD ... Some guys complained about this handle, but I like it !!! LASAGNA POWER !!! LASAGNA POWER !!! Anyway I like comics, but it doesn't influence my style. (I also like cool graffity-stuff, but I'm too stupid to do it ...) S: You are a pretty new guy to the scene which is often a bit of a curse, as these days new people are given hardly any breaks. did you find it this way, or did people welcome you into the scene with open arms? And how did you become aware of the scene? T: Well, it all started when I got the Mish Mash #1. I had my computer about a year and only two contacts : Tecmo/Plush (now) and Greenhorn/TC. Well, so I got the Mish Mash and made some logos for it, just for fun. Then i decided to send them to Nephelim. At that time he had a "- elite only" under his adress, so I sent him the logos with a note saying "Try not to write back, as I'm one of those guys you call a LAMER". Anyhow he wrote back and offered me to join. So I was in Fatum. Well, and so all went better, I looked for "- 100%" adresses and contacted some dudes. I had only one very sad expirience, when I needed some help, but I don't want to tell this again, in sign of peace. S: Do you believe in 100% reply to all who contact you, or are you one of Satan's disk stealers.... T: Everybody gets a reply, even if I don't want to swap with him, that's for sure. (Note to Doc Snyder of Lepsi : Hey Dude ! You'll get the disk back, I just had a general delay because of school !!!) Anyway it sometimes seems as if post keeps some sendings directed to me, so I can only say : If I didn't answered, it's not my fault. S: Is there anyone in particular on the scene that you like to look up to, and think that you'd love to have their ability (other than me of course. 8-) T: Well, firstly the musicians : Metal for his great house/acid tunes, P.R.I. for the funky stuff (If I'm depressed, I just listen to MULTIROCK and all looks better ...), The Syndrom for the great tunes for Roll over, JAMAICA #12 and Camel Park, SMC in general, Jeff too and surely some other dudes which made one or two really great tune. The painters : Bizkid, Cupid and Amoeba are the guys, which are able to do some different stuff all the time. And every Coverdesigner who is able to do a real filled cover,as this is a hard work, especially Electric and Duce, Dave, Junkie and not to forget DEATH/TOPAZ !!! S: It is plain to see that the c64 is going to die, as everything does, but when do you think the last bit of life will have been squeezed out? Would you move onto another system, such as PC or Amiga, or maybe SNES? T: Well, the day the last guy enters the scene is the first day of the end.Guys are leaving all the time and we can do nothing. But it's okay as long as new guys enter !!! But if this happens not, then the amount of sceners decreases steadily. Anyway I hope that we will gain some new sceners in the future as ESCOM wants to build the 64 again. Well, I'd like to compose on a PC, but as there is nearly no Mailswapping, I would not like to enter the PC scene. S: What is your setup on the C64? Do you have anything out of the ordinary? Like maybe a donkey linked up to your serial port? Or maybe you turn on your kettle with a simple press of a key? T: No ! But my computer and my two drives are brushed in blue,green and black colours !!! (Looks like the Camoflage-Look of the army ...) S: Have you visited any scene parties? If so, which ones, and how drunk/stoned were you? Did you throw up? T: BAAAH !!! 1st : I hate alcohole and drugs !!! 2nd : I was in Herning '94 and there was EVERYTHING forbidden !!! Anyway,I liked Herning a lot, as I met some of my contax and found new friends. And the 64 Democompo was the best compo of all !!! 300 people who knew how to party to a demo !!! The X-95 was in a bad time, I had final exams, but I'll be back to Herning '95. S: You have a lot to do with the political magazine "Antinational" from Metalvotze. Do you do this because you share their beliefs, or because they asked for your help? T: To be exactly both. First Greenhorn and Mephisto are really good friends of mine. But anyhow I also don't like Fascism, I'm a bit anarchistic minded. Anyway, I like the mag. A lot of guys think it's only a political mag, but it's more a FUN-Mag, as there is other stuff in it, too. FC ST. PAULI REWLZ !!! S: You seem to do a lot of independent work for groups other than Fatum. What are in you in Fatum for if you can't find a lot to do for them? T: Mhhh ... Nice question !!! I looked for another group but found nothing which really satisfied me ... At the moment the Mish Mash keeps me in Fatum, but anyway I'll maybe soon leave for another, unknown group. It's members live just 70 km away from me ... I think that it's also a good job to help my contax. Why should I do things only for Fatum ??? I don't want to collect my musics&gfx but see them used, and if Fatum is not able to do it, I'll ask somebody else. And if someone from Fatum asks me, he will get the best tunes I have at the moment, for sure ! S: What sort of graphicsmode do you prefer to draw in? Do you find IFLI too fiddly, as so many people do?(I know I do, but I can't draw anyway, so it doesn't matter what I think ...) T: I prefer Multicolor as I only paint Logos. If I could paint like Cruise, I'd use IFLI,as it's the best resolution. And it doesn't has to flicker all the time ! A really good painter is also able to reduce the flickering to a very low amount. S: If you knew you were to be trapped in a room for 100 years with one song playing in the background constantly, what would it be? Note that if you say any song by "Take That", I will insert a telegraph pole up your nose. Sideways. T: No, a song from NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK !!! (NO Shuze !!! Not the train ! Not in my nose ! AAAAAAAARGH !!! ) AAAAAAAARGH !!! ) I think, stuff like the Beastie Boyz, Offspring, Dog eat Dog or something like that would do the thing. But the best : MULTIROCK by P.R.I. or INTO THE WALL by THE SYNDROM. (I hear more 64 than real music as my stereo system is fucked up and my walkman was a bit too cheap ...) S: Do you work? If so, what as, or are you a bum student like the rest of us? T: At the moment I'm out of work. I finished school two weeks ago, in a month I'll start my civil service and after that start to study computer science. S: I'm going to do one of those brainstorm things now, so get ready: C64: a lot of friends on it, only way to express my musical abilities Tape deck: out of order ... Donkeys: kong ! Skyhigh: always nice to read !!! Motiv8: thanx to Iceball for Dmc 5.1 and being a friend, best version of Complex Amiga: Be tolerant to them !!!!!!!!!!!! PC: Windows,cool MOD'S&S3M's Mayhem in monsterland: got only the preview ... Relax: uninteresting for me,arrogant The pulse: 180/75 ! DMC 1.2: buuuargh !!! (the Nightmare which all started) Tasteful yellow disks: I like cheese !!!! Guitars: wanted to play bass ... (I'm not able to play any instrument properly ...) Women: Interesting but complicated, best friends Sex: I can wait ... (huhh ...) No,had already, but without loving somebody it's useless. School: FINISHED !!!! S: OK, that's done. if I asked 100 sceners, "who or what is TMG?" how many do you think would say "He's that cool musician and artist in Fatum", and how many would say "Isn't that some kind of sexually transmitted disease?" T: well, I think, 3 or 4 would have said the first and about 10 the second. S: You have a choice between Pamela Anderson (before she got pregnant) and Teri Hatcher (New Adventures of Superman), who would it be, and why? T: Pamela Anderson ! Coz I don't know Teri Hatcher ... S: Well, Alex, I have asked you enough useless questions for the moment, do you have any words for the people T: Try to keep this scene alive a long as possible and always be aware ofthe fucking police&pot !!! Greeting must fly out to : Gonzo,Greenhorn,Worm, Diverse,Mehisto,Gigabyte,Fanta,upii,Iceball, Shortcircuit,TL,Temo,NED (CALL ME !!!),DKN,TMM, Moonchild,Luke and you !!! MAY THE COFFEE BE WITH YOU !!! MAY THE COFFEE BE WITH YUO !!! Thanx for the interview !!! (My 3rd !) S: Thanks from us, too.