Interview with Guzzler, ex Silents

guzzler_3_thumbI have loved the Silents DK megademo since I first saw it all those years ago. I love the music and I still believe they were among the best coders to have been on the scene.

But it was the Dromacore part that really hit me. The tune by Jesper Kyd (called Freaky Humans) is just fantastic, so when I set out to find my heroes from the Amiga days, Guzzler was fairly close to the top of the list.

guzzler_4_thumbPentagram: Hi Guzzler

Guzzler: Hello there…

Pentagram: Can you introduce yourself.

Guzzler: I’m Thomas, also known as Guzzler… or among friends just Guz.

Pentagram: What do you do now?

Guzzler: I am working as a pilot for Scandinavian Airlines. Computers and movement… a great combination!!

Pentagram: What you been up to since you left the scene?

Guzzler: Well quite a lot, actually… I joined the Danish Air force to become a fighter pilot. I did complete the tests but after spending some months there, I found out that the ‘army way’ wasn’t really my cup of tea, so I dropped out as soon as I could. Then I got an invitation from some of the old Crionics guys to come to the USA, to make computer games on the old Sega Megadrive. That lasted around 1 year, and then we split up again. Then I wanted to try something completely different and the next 4 years I worked as a bicycle messenger in Copenhagen, and then I fulfilled my flying dreams by taking a commercial pilots licence. Have been flying for the last 4 years now and I love it!! 🙂

Pentagram: Are you still in touch with the old Silents people now?

Guzzler: Not really. Sometimes I talk with The Crux (Ruvan), but we see each other too little.

Pentagram: What was is like working with Mikael Balle and Jesper Kyd? Must have been a coders dream to have those two in your team.

Guzzler: They were totally pro’s, both of them. I guess I can say that they were among the best artists on the scene at that time and YES, It was totally cool to be working with those two. You could make some lame code and it would look great after they had been working with it.

Pentagram: When the old Silents DK crew died out, The Master seemed to give them a boost. Did you ever think of dusting off the old Amiga and joining in again?

Guzzler: Actually yes, but I didn’t have time for it. I liked assembler coding a lot and the Amiga system were a nice little package that you could handle with that. Today, I wouldn’t bother with assembler code on the PC since the processors are much too complex. And C++ makes me feel like being in a straight jacket so there’s not a lot of code coming out from me anymore. I did think about programming cellular phones but now they are running Java, so I lost my interest there again. I think I will stick to being 10 kilometres above the ground. 😉

Pentagram: What do you like doing in your spare-time when not computing?

Guzzler: Well, spending time with my girlfriend, listening to music, playing computer games, watching movies, seeing friends. Normal stuff I guess…

Pentagram: How did you get into the scene?

guzzler_1_thumbGuzzler: I almost can’t remember. I think The Crux got to know Kyd and Balle and then things took off from there. I was constantly hanging out with Crux at that time, being the quiet thinker, so without him, I probably wouldn’t have gotten the opportunity to work with Kyd and Balle.

Pentagram: Do you follow the retro Amiga “scene” at all?

Guzzler: No, not at all.

Pentagram: Ever felt tempted to release another Amiga production?

Guzzler: Heh, could probably be fun, but no. Haven’t got the time for it…

Pentagram: Are you still in contact with ex-sceners?

Guzzler: Not really. If a had continued to work with computers I probably would have been, but now it’s fellow pilots that I see.

Pentagram: Could you tell us some of your all times favourite demos/coders/musicians/etc?

Guzzler: Hardwired, I still see as a milestone production.The Spy from Crionics is probably one of the greatest programmers I have ever known about. Deftronic, also from Crionics, one of the most hard working. Kyd and Balle, great artists. Blizzard and Kellogs were cool coders. Kefrens, a hardcore group. Moses Team, great party dudes. A lot of the guys I knew back then were great… Hard to remember all their names.

Pentagram: Thanks for the interview, and last message to people?

Guzzler: You’re welcome.Last Message… Hmm, I don’t know. Maybe: Keep working for what you believe in, as long as you don’t tread on people on your way.

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