Photos: Fanzine days in 90s Edinburgh
In the late 1990s I was proud to write some articles for the non-profit fanzine ‘Inner Space’.
It was recently mentioned to me that students with an interest in the history of fanzines and those who continue the tradition today would enjoy the chance to take a closer look.
The fanzine – described by the editor as ‘Edinburgh’s techno Bible’ and later as the biggest underground magazine in Scotland – was professionally printed in B&W thanks to being fairly well supported with adverts from local DJ supply shops, record shops and clubs.
Incredibly, I can’t find any trace or mention of the magazine online today.
While the earlier copies carried a “low quality fanzine” warning, the fanzine moved on to a glossy cover with some impressive designs but was always free from record shops.
Content also expanded to include some artists promoted via London (thanks to some supportive PR firms) including Billy Nasty and K-Alexi. Regular features such as Hewligan’s Rant, hand-drawn comic art and the editor’s into and column remained. A well-stocked review section suggests that small labels, and bigger labels looking for kudos, were happy to be associated with the magazine.
From memory, the more commercial music and magazine scenes – by way of the likes of M8 magazine and DJ Tom Wilson of the happy hardcore scene – were pilloried from time to time, Edinburgh’s techno fans preferring a more purist scene by way of clubs like Lift and Sativa and shops like Underground Solu’shn.
With the now unlikely web address of www.obsolete.com/anomaly/is, the magazine did boast promotional t-shirts and (although I’m not sure if this was even possible at the time and I’m remembering wrongly) talk of podcasts.
The editor, Chris Grafik, moved on to an IT or design job in Glasgow and from that point someone else will have to take up the story or correct any parts I haven’t remembered properly through the haze of time.
Still, it was a joy to be involved in an organic publication capturing the energy of the techno scene at that time with an impressively high-quality magazine under the circumstances.
More information about when the magazine stopped and any other details are very welcome below.