An insight into who we are at Hard Wired. (Reader discretion advised!)
(Updated October 2006)

 

Acknowledgements to the original creators of this website, Lee Steele and Keith Elcombe

Stuart Moses (reviewer)
Carl Jenkinson (editor)
Dave Dalton (webmaster)
Anya Hastwell (reviewer)

1. Who are you and what do you do when not writing for Hard Wired?

Stuart Moses. I'm communications officer for a Housing Association in South London.

2. How did you get involved with Hard Wired?

Carl saw my writing in Kaleidoscope magazine. He thought I knew a thing or two about Goth music so invited me to contribute.

3. What music genre gives you the most pleasure?

Traditional Gothic rock - anything that stems from Fields of the Nephilim, The Sisters of Mercy or The Mission is fine with me. I also like 80s/alternative - including Duran Duran, Simple Minds, The Cure, The Smiths, The The and New Model Army. In early mornings or late nights I like shoegazing/ethereal music such as Slowdive, Arcana and Dead Can Dance.

4. How did you get into the alternative scene?

I liked Goth music in the late 80s when bands like The Mission and The Sisters of Mercy were on Top of the Pops. I got into the current scene through my writing – I sent away for a Goth fanzine advertised in Select magazine – and ended up becoming editor (of the Goth fanzine, not Select). I've been writing for Goth fanzines ever since.

5. What are you listening to currently in a) your home, b) your office, c)your car?

a) The more I listen to NFD the more I discover things I like about them. I find them inspiring – and energy giving - when I've got difficult things to deal with.

b) We have no music in the office, which is a wonderful thing. I'm sensitive to music and would find it difficult to listen to anyone else's taste if it didn't chime with my own. Equally I wouldn't inflict my taste others.

c) Haven't got one.

6. What was the last gig you went to and why?

Lacuna Coil at the Forum, Kentish Town. It was a bit more of a metal gig than I'm used to. Enjoyable, without changing the geography of my world.

7. Apart from listening to music, what gives you the most pleasure?

Reading. Spending time with my family and friends. Receiving exciting post.

8. How would you describe the Alternative Music Scene here in the UK right now?

I'm amazed that there exists any sort of Goth scene in this day and age. There are some brilliant people on the scene – and as I'm on the fringes I avoid any scene politics.

9. What things annoy you the most?

Inconsiderate neighbours.

10. What is your most treasured gadget?

iPod Shuffle. Sure I'd like more memory – and a screen – but this little device gives me a soundtrack where ever I go and that makes me happy.

11. If you could have one wish granted, what would it be?

I don't think the sanctity of sleep can be underestimated. Otherwise I'd wish for a house near the sea – with all my friends and family around me.

12. Assuming there is an afterlife, and you can take material items with you, what three things would you take with you from this world?

Sofa. Tea. Sunshine.

1. Who are you & what do you do when not writing for Hard Wired?

I'm Carl Jenkinson, editor, writer & the one who stumps up the cash to keep the site going! I also write for several other webzines as well as a number
of magazines, including Kaleidoscope & Side Line &, for a living, I'm a postman in the Norwood area of
London-keeps me amused!!

2. How did you get involved with Hard Wired?

I was given former writer Rich Hobbs' (who, if he wants to write for us again, should drop me a line!) details by Geoff Pinkney of The Nine (name dropper?
me?) who passed me on to then-editor Keith Elcombe who welcomed be aboard with the proviso I made my
novel-length reviews a little shorter!!

3. What music genre gives you the most pleasure?

I've always loved synths & electronic music so all forms of EBM, harder synthpop & dark electro do it for
me as well as, on a much lesser scale, some rock, goth, psychadelic spacerock (my hippy leanings just
won't go away!), old-skool EM by the likes of Tangerine Dream & even some 'baggy' all have their appeal for me plus some 80s for nostalgia value

4. How did you get into the alternative scene?

I've always had an adventurous (or 'weird' as most people put it) musical streak, finding most popular
stuff dull although the first music I really 'got into' was the late 70s/early 80s synthmusic of Gary Numan, Ultravox, etc. As these became more MOR to my
ears I turned towards the instrumental synth scene which is where I cut my writing teeth before rediscovering just how exciting the current industrial
scene really is, combining the excitement of techno & trance with the musical & emotive powers of rock & EM
which is what I'd been searching for for a long time!

5. What are you listening to currently in a) your home
b) office c) car?

A) lot of what I listen to is dictated by what I'm reviewing but right now Grendel's new one is getting
plenty of rotation, as is 20GoTo10's latest, the Seventh 'Septic' sampler, Clan Of Xymox's new single &
the debut from Controlled Collapse. I've also been getting into more hardfloor stuff such as Soman & Noisuf-X, much to my surprise!

B) Sadly I am forced to listen to whatever shit radio station my work colleagues decide makes some
inoffensive background noise. At the moment it's Virgin, who play to death whatever utterly bland pop/rock shit is popular with the masses right now.
Personally, I think it's worse than when Stock Aitken & Waterman were going! Don't start me off on this one
or we'll be here all day!

C) Don't own one

6. What was the last gig you went to & why?

Mera Luna in Germany, you have to ask why? Before that I also went to the Gothic Festival in Belgiun & had a
high old time.

7. Apart from listening to music what gives you the most pleasure?

Being with my wife & friends, watching Japanese monster films (Godzilla roolz) & other sci-fi & comedies, travelling & watching the mighty Millwall
run up another convincing victory-yes, I like football, not very gothic, that, is it? ;)

8. How would you describe the alternative music scene in the UK right now?

It's ticking along OK but could be better, I'm still dead jealous of how widespread it all is in Germany, like most of you, I suspect.

9. What things annoy you the most?

How long have you got? Those Walkman phone things, mobile phones in general (they are the devil's
invention without a doubt!), the whole Big Brother/reality TV bollocks, people who eat gum noisily & say 'if you've got bills you can take them back, Postie" & expect me to find it funny-I've only
heard that one about a million times now!

10. What is your most treasured gadget?

Don't really have patience for gadgets but does my computer count? I wouldn't be able to do all this
without it.

11. If you could have one wish granted, what would it be?

Ooh, I don't know, just for everyone to be happy, I
guess

12. Assuming there is an afterlife and you can take material things with you, what three things would you
take with you from this world?

Wife (If I didn't say her first I'd be dead meat!), stereo, CDs.


1. Who are you and what do you do when not writing for Hard Wired?

Dave Dalton, I'm a Biomedical Scientist (that's a lab technician in plain English) at Mayday Hospital in Croydon.

2. How did you get involved with Hard Wired?

I was contacted by Carl after the original webmaster, Keith Elcombe, no longer had time to update the site. Carl asked me if I had time to take over, I said yes, and have been webmaster since.

3. What music genre gives you the most pleasure?

Early eighties synthpop and new wave.

4. How did you get into the alternative scene?

A fellow Numanoid, Lawrence Ford, invited me to a club called Planet Earth in 1994. It had a goth/eighties/industrial floor in the basement, and I was hooked on alternative music and clubbing from that point onwards.

5. What are you listening to currently in a) your home, b) your office, c) your car?

a) Gary Numan's new album, Goldfrapp, Girls Under Glass.
b) At work we don't have a radio in the lab. Probably just as well, or I'd have to listen to the same kind of shite as Carl!
c) Haven't got one.

6. What was the last gig you went to and why?

Gary Numan at The Forum, Kentish Town. I'm a long-term fan.

7. Apart from listening to music, what gives you the most pleasure?


Having a laugh with my friends, the company of my girlfriend Jurgita, DJing at my club Electric Dreams, fishing and getting down to the country in Dorset.

8. How would you describe the Alternative Music Scene here in the UK right now?

There still seem to be plenty of bands, but the alternative club scene seems to be in decline. When I first started clubbing in the early nineties, I was spoilt for choice for goth, eighties and industrial clubs. Now most have closed, and there is little to replace them.

9. What things annoy you the most?

Smart-arse comments about my PVC clubbing gear, shoes or makeup. People who cannot think for themselves. Pompous hypocrites and their political correctness obsessions.

10. What is your most treasured gadget?


Probably my digital camera.

11. If you could have one wish granted, what would it be?

For there to be as many good tracks in the top 40 now as there were in an average week in 1980.

12. Assuming there is an afterlife, and you can take material items with you, what three things would you take with you from this world?

Girfriend, computer, crate of Heineken.

1. Who are you and what do you do when not writing for Hard Wired?

Anya Hastwell -I'm an Editorial Assistant (hopefully Assistant Editor in the not too distant future!) for a creative editorial/publishing company in Guildford.

2. How did you get involved with Hard Wired?

I was contacted by Stuart, an old friend from the days of Ghost of Lemora gigs, and drinking sessions with Swifty Lemora and the crew at Gossips and the Slimelight!

3. What music genre gives you the most pleasure?


Early eighties synthpop and new wave - but I really like obscure stuff like Nouvelle Vague, Medieval Baebes, and some '60s stuff

4. How did you get into the alternative scene?


I ventured off to the Slimelight from my obscure home town one Saturday night when I was 20 all on my ownsome - that evening I met Swifty, AJ and people who would shape the next five years of my life, and who encouraged me all the way with doing writing. Yes, a living CAN be made from it!

5. What are you listening to currently in a) your home, b) your office, c) your car?

a) The Convent - "For a fistful of deutchsmarks" - borrowed from my also-a-writer housemate.
b) Radio 2 always - they've played a lot of Scissor Sisters and Lily Allen recently. In between Terry Wogan.
c) David Bowie - Greatest Hits. Either that or the last Blondie album!
6. What was the last gig you went to and why?

I can't remember! I think it was The Damned, must have been good.

7. Apart from listening to music, what gives you the most pleasure?


Cycling for miles in the lovely Surrey Hills on my mountain bike; walking my mum's red setters; red wine, good '70% cocoa chocolate and watching Doctor Who or Top Gear!

8. How would you describe the Alternative Music Scene here in the UK right now?

It seems to have gone all a bit EMO and techno-y. When I first started going clubbing at all the places, they had a special room to put those people in so you could listen to your Cure or Soft Cell undisturbed by the disturbed. Now they're left to roam freely...I think the authorities should be told.

9. What things annoy you the most?


People who drive unneccesarily slow in a high performance car (e.g.under 50 mph on a motorway); rude people who don't say sorry when they bump into you in the street.

10. What is your most treasured gadget?

My car - a white, beautiful classic SAAB 900 turbo, left to me by my dad when he died last year. It shifts!

11. If you could have one wish granted, what would it be?


One more hour a day to sleep; to live within half an hour's walk from work and not have to get on a train with a bunch of sweaty commuters. Oops, sorry, you only said one...

12. Assuming there is an afterlife, and you can take material items with you, what three things would you take with you from this world?


Car; flute; some good books.