1) First of all, when did you start the zine and why?
Well, I started the zine back at the end of 1997 when my band FAMILY
OF FREAKS broke up. I wanted to do a zine for a long time, but never
had the time, money or proper equipment to do so. Once the band ended
I had the time (then) to do a zine. I basically do the whole thing myself
so it takes a long time to get each issue out. I have had a lot of different
life changing things happen since then to cause many delays, but I'm
still pushing forward.
2) Was it just you in the beginning?
It really has been just me through the whole process. My girlfriend
Mia transcribes all the interviews I do over the phone or in person
for me. Evan does all the record reviews cause I don't have a record
player. I do all the interviews, contacts, music reviews, movie, zine,
live, web reviews, layout for the magazine & pay for the whole thing
as well. It's really hard work & takes a lot of time & money, but I
love doing it.
3) How many hours a week do you dedicate to this, I think I can already
define it, magazine? I work full time on 2nd shift at a factory making
roofing tar. My girlfriend works 1st shift at her job, so we never really
get to see each other. I spend all my free time trying to get this stuff
done as well as doing all the other things I can around my home & stuff.
I would say I spend anywhere from 20-40 hours a week doing this. It's
like working 2 full time jobs.
4) I'm curious to know how many CD's, tapes, VHS, DVD's and comix you
I have a ton of these. I have over 2000 CD's, 1500 tapes, about 300
DVD's (I've only had my DVD player for a year & a half), I only have
about 50 VHS (I have been upgrading all of them to DVD) & about 5000
comics. This is really all I spend my money on, so this is why I have
(You are really lucky and many would envy you, believe me!/note of Markus
5) What do you do in your spare time? I never really have any spare
When I'm not working, doing the magazine/label/website, spending time
with my girlfriend, I'm usually sleeping.
6) And what would you do if you weren't working for Beowolf? Well, I
started Beowolf Productions & love doing this stuff, so I couldn't see
myself doing anything else. I would like to start another band again.
If I wasn't doing this I would probably work for some other label or
7) What issue did you already arrive at?
I only have 6 print issue out at the moment. Like I said above I do
this mostly all by myself & have had a lot of things happen in my life
since the start of the magazine. I bought a house 2 years ago & spent
lots of money & still am doing things around the house. I also was unemployed
for about 6 months cause of the 9-11-01 terrorist attacks. That's when
i started the website, to try & get as much stuff I could on the site
cause I have fallen behind in a lot of stuff. I'm starting to catch
up now though.
8) What new articles are you gonna add to make it more interesting?
I'm trying to add more interesting interviews with other people in the
music business, besides just bands as well as other people in the movies,
tv scenes as well. I started this already, but would like to add some
9) Do you reckon TFTU has a proper edge? If so, how's it differ from
the countless 'zines in the USA? (I feel competition must be very strong
and it's hard to keep the prices low...)
I think it has a good middle feel to the magazine. Since I cover all
forms of extreme music, not just one style I tend to have a wider audience
than most zines out there. I tried adding a more positive edge to my
magazine, while most tend to be more concerned about trashy everything.
I'm here to support the scene. I feel trashing something is not supporting
the scene. Just cause i don't like it, doesn't mean that everyone else
out the does as well. If i don't really like something I just describe
what style it is, give some comparisons, etc... I do the same thing
if i do like it, but I also add a few more opinions, not just the facts.
I am into all styles of music & i think you need to be really open minded
if your going to do a magazine & be in the music scene. This is where
I get most of my criticisms from, cause i never rip into people or bands.
If you don't like it, don't review it, bu t don't slam it just to slam
it. Support the scene, not tear it apart!!!
10) What made your zine last so long so far? I think the reason my zine
has lasted is cause I have been in the underground scene since 1990.
I started my distro label in 1994 & my magazine in 1997 & my site at
the end of 2001. I have done nothing but support this scene that i love
so much & keep finding other ways of doing so. I have gotten more open
minded the more i do this, so i think that people really appreciate
that i will give everything a fair chance & don't block anything or
anyone out cause of the style of music they play or cover in their magazine.
I truly support all extreme music & will continue to do so. We are all
in this together!!!
11) I've finished my questions, so you can add all you want and use
all the place you need.
I first want to thank you markus for this cool interview, the great
review you gave my magazine & wish you the best of luck with all your
efforts. Anyone who is interested in having their products reviewed
& distributed please send sample to the address below. I also do a lot
of trading, so if you have anything to trade, send a list & you'll get
mine. Everyone please check out my site, sign the guestbook & support
the scene to keep it alive!!!
BEOWOLF PRODUCTIONS & TREATS FROM THE UNDERGROUND! (Distribution Label,
Magazine & Website/zine) c/o BURT WOLF / P.O. BOX 731 / PHOENIXVILLE,
PA. 19460 USA
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 03/06/02