Interview with (Tobias Richter) Jack Daniels 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 Jack Daniels and this since 1986. Reason for choosing this handle was when I got drunk for the first time in my life, this famous Tennessee Whiskey was the source.
Have you changed handles? If so, give us the reason(s) and your previous nickname(s)!
No, but I was in two groups at the same time back in the end of the 80's. I was in Paramount (as Jack Daniels) and in TRSI as Camouflage, but I wasn't the only person hiding behind that Camouflage... only very few people know about that...
When and where were you born and where do you live now?
I was born on the 7th of August 1973 in Solingen/Germany and that's still the place where I live.
When did you get your first computer and which computers do/did you own? When did you get your C64?
The first one I got was a Texas Instruments computer, though I was more like a piece of nothing. Afterwards I got a VC 20, which was slighty better. In 1985 I got my first C64 and that's how it all started, in 1986 I finally entered the scene and made my way up...
How did you get to know the scene? Who was your first contact (person you knew) on the scene?
I heard about it by several persons I knew from school. I can't remember my first contact in the scene, but the first person from the scene I met was 3DK. Well, we have known each other for quite a while and we started to enter the scene at the same time, so he wasn't from the scene either when we met... but we joined the scene together.
Describe your scene career, including all groups you have been a member of! Keep chronological order please!
In 1986 3DK and me started Cocaine with Duck Dunn and Alsley (who both joined Crazy & Lotus afterwards) and some other. After quite some trouble in the group we joined Orion where in ended up in quite a mess. We left and joined ATG (Actual trading Generation) where the first issue of our well-known magazine CORRUPTION came out. After beeing in ATG for quite a while we left for Paramount. As they weren't able to provide a decent outfit for our mag, we decided to leave again and made our biggest mistake - we joined Genesis Project.
Antichrist wanted to make our mag to be a propaganda magazine against Mamba. As we didn't publish his articles and slaggings in one the issues and did not use the well-known Anti-Mamba intro, he kicked us out of GP. We simply didn't want anyone to tell us what to write in Corruption.
After that, we joined Dominators when 3DK suddenly decided to quit the scene. That's when Deff joined the Corruption fleet. Just before the death of the Dominators we both had lots of things to do but the scene, that's why we quit.
After quite some time, we missed the scene and planned our comeback. Deff, Freestyle and me made our plans to build up a new group. We got several known sceners to join our project (like people from Legend, Illusion, Crazy) and with a big BANG Avantgarde was born! We have been dominating the scene for more than two years.
Unfortunately, I had no more time to spend on the group and the scene after being one of the laders of the group for more than 1.5 years.
As you all know, Avantgarde died later on, and I joined my friends in F4CG where I am still in.
If you want to read the complete story, read it at my homepage.
Which scene do/did you consider best and why? If you have been only on the C64, then give us the reason(s)!
I have experienced some more scenes beside the C64 and still, the 64 scene is the best, because of the friendship in it.
What do you think you gained by being a member of the scene?
Mainly a lot of friends all over the world! But also the feeling how it is to be at the #1 spot of the scene!
What do you consider lost, wasted or meaningless during the years you have spent on the scene?
Swapping with everyone who wanted to swap with me was a waste of time. Trading with only a few contacts would have been better. Moreover the time in Genesis Project was useless, except for the fact that 3DK and me made it possible that we have the mag Propaganda today.
What is/are/was/were your main interest(s)/function(s)?
Well, I started to be a swapper. It ended up in being a mega-swapper with more than 250 contacts. That was a waste of time. But my main function was being the main editor of the mag Corruption. That's what took most of my time in the scene.
A lot of people know me from the boards in the states, so I used to be a modem-trader as well. There were times when you could find me on almost every BBS, and I discovered quite a lot of previous local boards for the scene like Dream Park, where I was Co-Sysop for the time of its existance.
Only very few people knew, that I used to crack as well, together with 3DK, but only while being in ATG, afterwards we got better ones...:)
What are/were your greatest successes/fiascos?
Greatest success were Corruption and our project Avantgarde. Fiascos.. well, let's better look at the bright side of life.
Was there any special connection between you/your group and some other people/groups on the scene (co-operation, war, friendship etc.)? If so, what made it start and stop?
I have always had a lot of friends in the scene and I still do, eventhough I almost lost contact to the scene completely nowadays. I still meet with some of the guys from the past, no matter where they are from.
Have you attended parties? Tell us about your favourite conferences? You can even mention some fiascos.
Yeah, I have been on quite a number of parties, and the people who have been there know what I am talking about. My favourite one was Tribute 94, and let's not talk abou the fiascos, there have been some....
Is/was there any special feeling in your crew, something more than just being in a group?
F4CG is more than a group, it's a family.
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?
Well, no similarities between the scene and my real life. I am a student of tourism and have my own travel-agency besides that.
How did your attitude towards computers change during the years?
Not at all. All that changed is the time I have.
What do you like doing in your spare-time when not computing? What is/are your hobby(ies)?
Going out to parties, discos, bars. Soccer and ice-hockey when you consider sports.
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?
The time in the C64 was very nice, met people from all over the world, but the ones who were worth the efforts, are still friends of mine, so no reason to be nostalgic.
Though I wish I'd have the time to be active in the scene again...
What is your goal in life? What would you like to achieve?
To rule the world. No, honestly, to have enough money for me, my weird hobbies and my family.