Fate / The Sharks, Amok, Saigon, Sonical Dreams, Success, Royalty, Beat Machine, Baboons
Added on November 3rd, 2009 (5462 views)

Tell us something about yourself.
My name is Peter Slotta. I'm 38 years old and I live in Munich, Germany. I'm married and have an eight month old son, which is now my biggest hobby. I was born in Frankfurt/Main and I moved to Munich in 1999 because of my girlfriend. I'm working as a IT Manager.

What handle(s) did you use and how did you come up with it/them?
On the C64, my nick was Fate. Don't ask me how I came up with it. :D

What group(s) were you in?
The Sharks, Amok, Saigon, Sonical Dreams, Success, Royalty and Baboons.

What roles have you fulfilled?
I was mainly a musician, but I was also a swapper.

How long were you active for?
Puh, hard to remember. It was a long time ago. I think it was between 1987-91.

Tell us about those years and how you got into the scene in the first place.
I don't know exactly how I got into the scene. At some point, I joined a group and made music. On a Sharks party, we decided to build up our own group, Baboons. We had the best of times in that group!

Describe a typical day for you in front of the computer.
After school, I directly turned on the C64 and started composing music. I also met the other guys from Baboons to socialize and create new demos.

Did you personally invent any special techniques or tools to make things easier for you?
Not really.

When you look at what you did back then, what are you most proud of?
Hmm... Difficult. There's nothing I think was incredibly special.

Who were your heroes on the scene and why?
For me as a musician, definately Maniacs of Noise, Rob Hubbard, and Chris Hülsbeck.

What, for you, was the coolest thing ever invented on the C64?
The technique to make music sound like there were more than three channels playing at the same time.

Did you go to any copy-parties, meetings or tradeshows?
I joined the Venlo parties, several small parties like the Sharks party, and the Baboons parties we organised in our hometown Eddersheim near Frankfurt.

In your opinion, what was the scene all about?
The community and the friends. It was a great feeling to go to parties to find that people knew about me thanks to the music I'd written.

What were the particular highlights for you?
The Venlo copy-parties, to meet and party with other big groups, and our Baboons demos.

Any cool stories to share with us?
In 1998, I met Marko (my partner Vega) over the Internet, and I was asked to remix one of his tracks. We stayed in touch, and in 1999, we decided to make music together. Marko is the groovemaster and the master of bass, while my strength lies in melodies and hooks. In 2000, we were signed to a label and our song Cosmic Space was released. In one and a half years, our music had been downloaded over 650,000 times! Sadly, the record label ran out of money shortly before our second single was to be released. We took a break from making music in 2002, but decided to do a comeback this year without feeling any pressure what so ever.

Are you still in contact with any old C64 people today?
Not really. Some months ago, I wrote with Tim (PomPom), but we don't really have an established contact. Maybe I'll find some more guys via Facebook or MySpace. We'll see.

When did you get your C64 and do you still have it lying around somewhere?
My father got himself a C64, and I used this machine when he wasn't around (I think this was in 1986). Some months later, I got my own C64. I unfortunately don't have any of them left.

Was the C64 really as special as we like to think it was?
Definately! The "bread-box" ("brot-box" in German) was the best of all the old machines!

When can we expect to see some new C64 output from you? :)
Never. ;-) But you can expect new music releases on http://tbo-vega.de. Maybe I'll do a remix of one of my old SID's.

Do you have a message for your old contacts and/or anyone reading this?
Regards from me to all who remembers me, and regards to those who keep the scene alive.

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