Interview with (Ari Seppä) Duce of Extend
What is your alias? If you find the story interesting, then let us know how you came up with it?
My alias is Duce, and I don't really know why ... maybe therefore that I noticed many Dudes and Dukes, so I wanted be a little bit different. But after aboout 6 months I noticed that Italian fascist Mussolini had used allso name Ill Duce. Therefore I have allmost changed my alias.
When and where were you born and where do you live now?
I was born in Kangaslampi (Finland) at 16th October 1975, and nowadays I live in Tornio with my girlfriend.
When did you get your first computer and which computers do/did you own? When did you get your C64?
I got my firts computer in 1990 ( I think) , and it was Amiga 500. Then I changed it to A 1200 at 1994 and allso get my c64 in same year.
How did you get to know the scene? Who was your first contact (person you knew) on the scene?
Well, my firs scene-person contact was Argon/ExtenD at 1991 (we lived together 3 years), and I saw couple amiga demos before I met Argon, but he started the fire.
Describe your scene career, including all groups you have been a member of! Keep chronological order please!
My first group was BlackLight inc. (amiga) but I didin't do a thing, then I joined to ExtenD. With ExtenD people (with dicks) I have lot of a fun, booze and some graffix to amiga demos. I have allso done c-64 covers since I joined ExtenD, some of people have liked my cover works.
Which scene do/did you consider best and why? If you have been only on the C64, then give us the reason(s)!
Maybe c-64 scene is the best, people with c-64 just makes amazing things.
What do you consider lost, wasted or meaningless during the years you have spent on the scene?
Meaningless thing in the scene is the "war" between Amiga and PC. Amiga is best, PC suxx. PC is best, Amiga suxx, blaa blaa blaa, STUPID!!!!
What is/are/was/were your main interest(s)/function(s)?
All kinda graffix...
What made you start doing graphics/composing/swapping/coding/modem trading organising or whatever you did?
I'm just interested about doing graffix, I've been drawing since I could take the pen in my hand.
What are/were your greatest successes/fiascos?
Well, greatest succes is winning the "Dark Side of My Dreams"- cover competition arranged by Nazgul / Istari.
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?
ExtenD meets Topaz Beerline, great co-operation & friendship. I don't know how it started, but we have spend great time together.
Is/was there any special feeling in your crew, something more than just being in a group?
ExtenD is more than a group of computer-fanatics, we are good friends and we spend time boozing together about 2-3 times in year. Great group, I love it.
What were your favourite groups/artists/coders/productions? Why do/did you like their work/these programs?
Eletric/ExtenD is best graphician in c-64. Just look at his works and you know why he is the best.
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, nowadays I'm student at an "ART"-school, and we do lot of works with computers (macintosh), and when I graduate ( about in 3-4 years) I'l become an artist. I'm allso working a website in my freetime. Indeed I do a lot of a things with computers.
How did your attitude towards computers change during the years?
well, computers are needed more and more...
What do you like doing in your spare-time when not computing? What is/are your hobby(ies)?
Art, drawing pictures, air-brushing, boozing.... etc.
What are your plans for the near/far future?
What is your goal in life? What would you like to achieve?
I wanna get married and become a great (media-)artist.