diskant was launched back in 1998 by Marceline Smith armed with a free hosting account, a car boot sale computer and a state-of-the-art 56K modem. Initially providing an online version of her print fanzines, it grew to a community of websites by independent zines, bands and labels. During our glory days, diskant hosted the Mogwai fansite Brightlight and worked with the BBC and Channel 4. Things have downsized these days for our own sanity and diskant now runs as a webzine, posting interviews, reviews, round-ups and nonsense about all our favourite bands, films and events.
Firmly based in Glasgow, we’ve always kept our distance from the London music scene to do things our way and promote our local areas. Our writers are mainly based in Glasgow, Nottingham and Oxford and have included Wil Forbis (author of ‘Acid Logic: a decade of humorous writing on pop culture, trash cinema and rebel music’), Conrad Keely (of …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead), Stewart Smith (Beard zine) and Chris Summerlin (of the bands Lords and Wolves of Greece!).
Over the last ten years we’ve interviewed everyone from established artists like Mogwai, Fugazi, Zoot Horn Rollo (The Magic Band), Ash, The Strokes, Explosions in the Sky and Foetus to the brightest new talents well before they hit the big time, such as The Young Knives, Foals, Battles, Gay Against You and Youthmovies. We may be getting old but we’re still dedicated to writing about new independent music and highlighting the best new bands in the UK. We hope you’ll help us celebrate!
Roll Call of features: …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Arab On Radar, Ash, Battles, Charlottefield, bis, Boyracer, Brother Danielson, The Butterflies Of Love, Cat On Form, Data Panik, Phil Elverum, Eska, Explosions In The Sky, The Freed Unit, Ian Mackaye (Fugazi), Guy Picciotto (Fugazi), Ganger, The Go! Team, Huggy Bear, Icebreaker Internationa, Kid606, The Locust, Mogwai, Oxes, Red Monkey, Reynolds, Sonic Youth, Souvaris , The Strokes, Jim Thirlwell (Foetus), Steve Turner (Mudhoney), Urusei Yatsura, The Young Knives, Zoot Horn Rollo (The Magic Band), John Zorn, Antenna Records, Beautiful Pigeon, Digital Hardcore Recordings, Dischord Records, Dreamy Records, Earworm, Ferric Mordant, Guided Missile Recordings, Misplaced Music, Seriously Groovy, Shinkansen Recordings, Time-Lag Records, Wäntage USA, Paul Cannell, Wil Forbis, Richard Kern, , James Olsen, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Green Man Festival, Kim Deal, Knom, Audioscope, Instal, Supersonic, Bearos Records, Brainlove Records, Catsup Plate, Cityscape, Collective Jyrk, Digitalis Industries, Distraction Records, Gizeh Recordings, Gringo Records, Harvest Time, Imvated, Kabukikore, Pangaea Recordings, Pickled Egg, Resonant, Scratch And Sniff Entertainment, Southern Lord, Static Caravan, Super Fi Records, Unpopular Records, White Denim, Ann Arbor, Big Joan, The Blitters, Copy Haho, Fell City Girl, Findo Gask, Foals, Fuzzy Lights, Gay Against You, Grandscope, Guther, Help She Can’t Swim, Hey Colossus, Hookers Green No.1, Ivory Springer, Lords, Querelle, Sammo Hung, Sarandon, The Spencer Mcgarry Season, Sunnyvale Noise Sub-Element , This Ain’t Vegas, The Walk Off, We Are The Physics, Witches, Youthmovies, Beard, The Blooding, Tasty.