Interview with Jihad
Published in Domination #7
Performed by Jazzcat
Feel welcome dear readers, to another of the classic 'Domination' interviews. Over the months I often thought it wise to contain a varied range of interviews from former sceners, ones currently at their peak and other more established ones. This particular one however, is of a scener returning to normal activities after some time in the wilderness.
Hello and welcome to the Domination, glad to have you here in this little chapter. As normal with most magazines, please introduce yourself to the readers...
Well, my real name is Marc. I am black and am around 1.88m tall. My weight has got up to 102 kilos, which is truly too much. I am also 25 years old.
It is always great to see flames of the old scene nowadays, one of these flames is the return of Hitmen. Why the rebirth of Hitmen? Why not start up a new group?
Since I invented Hitmen and ran the group together with Curlin, this group meant a lot of fun for the people that had been in it. So when the idea to rebuild Hitmen rised up, we didn't think about a new group name at no time. Since it was almost the same people as years ago.
A few years back you made some great modem orientated hacking utilities, which ones have you made and what would you regard as the most useful scanning and code hunter program on 64?
I guess the most important thing I did for the H/P scene were the blue boxes I released.. the earliest blue box released (The Hysteric/RSI BB was later) and it worked fine. Anyway, I did several scanners for PBX's & VMB's. Released one or two... but as I said, the BB was the real kicker.
What are your views on the current H/P scene, such as the Internet growing more and more commercial, blacklisting of boards, and general phreaking these days.
Hmmm, as for the Internet, I didn't ever like it.. as with the upcoming version of windows PC and similar lame shit it grew much to commercial… It is a thing I can really go without it, and for shit like blacklisting: it was more or less obvious that phreaking around would get harder some time… As anyone claims to be a cool hacker/phreaker nowadays (yeuch!).. and I really doubt that it gets less dangerous.. to be exact, I know that for 100%.
Hitmen have been a noticeable force since their return, what have you guys got planned? What is the goal Hitmen wish to achieve on this late age of the c64?
The first thing we in Hitmen want to have is friendship and fun and then naturally, some really decent releases.
You must have an interesting history on this computer. Could you give the readers some details on when you first entered the scene and what groups and things you have done up till now.
To be honest, this is the hardest question in this interview, as I can't really remember. Most of that time is gone too long. I remember that I started the first coding attempts in 1984 with some sort of GCS monitor. I entered the scene in 1988 when I joined Vision, with the help of Curlin. Sometime after that, Spitfire got to know me and invited me to join Action. After some quarrels with him, I decided to build Hitmen. Curlin joined, and off we went. After that I don't really remember the correct order things went. I quit the scene, rejoined, quit again.. I don't really know.
When we decided to let Action die, I joined Arcade. I didn't do too much at that time besides phreaking, but it helped people a lot. When I left c64 for pc, and now I’m back. This is an incomplete summary, I know, but I don't really remember the exact dates.
Glad you chose the right choice from PC back to C64, which I think a lot of sceners do, not knowing this is the original one. What would be your favourite all time of the following...
Cracking Group - Radwar.
Hacker/Phreaker - Gadget/Action (Besides me, eheh).
Demo Group - Censor Design.
Cracker - Snacky/Genesis Project.
NTSC fixer - Peacemaker/Hitmen.
Coder - Bob/Censor Design.
Musician - Vibrants (all time best).
Graphician - HPH/Vision.
Group - Hitmen (what else?).
Disk Magazine - Sex'n'Crime by Amok.
Girl - My actual (always).
Food - Pizza.
Past Time Activity - Spare time? coding.
Movie - Don't watch any - it sux.
Drink - Bitter lemon, Beer.
Drug - Don't take any, except some pot now and then.
Sport - Hahaha - would kill me.
Sexual Position - Doggy style.
BBS - Channel 0, Mystical Paradise.
Game (C64) - Green Beret. (PC) - All sux.
What is your opinion on magazines these days? Are they more professional than years ago. How should they be?
The techniques have surely improved. But most of them offer too few new info. But I guess this is caused by a lack of really important news. I mean there are less people left.
Have you ever left the scene? If so, what made you and why return?
I left for the PC scene, I returned because PC was lame and I didn't find what I expected.
Please give the readers some info on your jobs on C64, in the past and present day..
Past: hack/phreak, crack, swap, modem trade, code
Present: crack if anything decent comes up, code whenever I find the time. I can't try the H/P section, as this would mean real difficulties with the job I’m learning.
As most would agree, the illegal scene has had a tremendous slump in the last years.. some hope maybe with Escom apparently selling the C64 in Asia and Eastern Europe, what do you think is a possible cure or this computer? more games? more hardware?
Nothing I suppose. The C64 technique us pretty cool for learning how a computer actually works internally, and cool extensions for it, but there won't be anything to really reanimate this little, but cool machine.
Let's pray there is hope with new companies, some of the readers out there must know you personally, feel welcome to say some hellos to any you feel should be greeted…
I know far too many guys outta the scene, so I will give some regards, group wise. Too old (maybe no more existing) and new groups in no order... Action, Hitmen, Vision, Genesis, Fsw, Beastie Boys, Radwar, Tli, RSI, Onslaught, Alpha Flight, Vibrants, Dominators, X-Large, Triad, Censor, Crazy, Extacy, TRC, Success, Sharks, Chromance, Wartec, Cosmos, Legend, Ikari + Talent, Empire, Exodus, Random, Hotline, Manowar, 711, Elite, X-Ray, Enigma, Arcade, Contex,
Digital Excess, Derbyshire Ram, 20CC, Flash Inc, Pulsar, WWE, Hurricane, Rebels, Fairlight, Illusion, F4CG, Ga, Ruthless, MCG, MDG.
I hope that I at least mentioned half of them :) All what you can see above is the result of a pretty short brainstorming and should include all the people I traded, swapped, got to know over the phone, met at parties, coded for and with and all the cool people in the actual and past groups.
Thanks for your comments Marc and for the time of the interview.