with Vizler Tibor of Straight Edge (the best zine you'll never read) conducted
by mail in april 1998
Straight Edge is one of the most popular zines in Hungary. It's a music interview based zine & is in hungarian.
QRD – why did you feel you personally needed to do a zine
Tibor – well, it was a very simple reason. I like music so much, but I haven't got so much money to buy records. so I thought if I do a fanzine I'll get records easier. later the doing of my fanzine became a really enjoyable so called hobby & I was interested in getting records less & less because I got a lot of records I didn't like.
QRD – how available is Straight Edge?
Tibor – Straight Edge is available in some record stores in my city, Györ, & the capitol city of Hungary, Budapest, & I distribute it via mail to my other readers who are living in several cities, towns, & villages of Hungary.
QRD – what zines originally inspired you to do one?
Tibor – I was inspired by the most famous Hungarian fanzine, it's called Második Látás (it means Second Vision in english), to start mine. then a few years later we did a split issue. I started mine in 1992 & we did our first split in 1995, since that time we've done two other split issues, too.
QRD – what's your favorite Swans' song?
Tibor – you know I like the Swans very much. the Swans are one of my favorite bands & I like their songs very much. not all their songs of course, but a lot of them I like. so I can't tell you this or that song is my favorite Swans song.
QRD – recently some of Straight Edge has been in english, are you thinking of starting to do it in english?
Tibor – I have received a lot of letters from different countries in which people write me, "your fanzine is great, but there is a big problem. I can't read it because I don't know Hungarian." so I decided I'd have some parts (the interviews which I do myself via mail) in english. you know first of all I do my fanzine for Hungarian people, Hungarian readers. & to tell the truth my english is too poor to do the entirety of the fanzine in english.
QRD – how many issues would you like to do a year?
Tibor – two times a year would be great, one in spring & the other in autumn. but you know to do my fanzine is just a hobby for me. so it not only depends on if I can afford it, but if I have the time & frame of mind I do it, if I haven't I don't.
QRD – where do you think underground music is headed?
Tibor – it's anybody's guess. maybe
everything turns more & more extreme, different styles fuse, some styles
become stronger than ever, some fade away. I really don't know, these