The fanzine started way back in 1996 when its founders were
still at college in Northampton. Whilst thinking there was
very little point in putting any efforts into their final
year's project work, (the damage had already been done) three
friends decided whilst watching Euro '96 to launch their own
fanzine with little or no contacts at the time but with lots
of ideas and cheap cider, the adventure began.
Back then it was a simple black and white paper 'zine and
the most we ever spent on it then was the purchase of a brand
new stapler and some cheap Superdrug Film for snapping the
action with. At this time, it was 'just a laugh' and it went
by the name of 'Snakebite Fanzine' - terrible name maybe,
but hey, we were young.
After about eight paper issues it appeared online exclusively
crafted and coded by hand entirely by its Editor, who went
by the name of Andrew Mclean - infact he still does goes by
that name. Anyhow, the website was hosted on BT servers with
a completely unmemorable url. This was the start of its online
presence, albeit a little basic, but it was there for all
By the time 2002 came round the magazine had stalled somewhat
two of the other team members involved now busy with their
own post graduate careers, the site's new content slowed down.
It began to look out of date and
in all honesty these things just demand too much time and
enthusiasm got less and so did the number of new interviews.
And that's where the story leads us into 2003. Having reassessed
the site, and reflected on all the laughs gained from it,
we decided (with a staff rota of two) to redesign the site.
The aim was to make it look a bit more grown up, we needed
animated gif's and popups. We had to pick up the momentum
for it once again and try and get some juicy new interviews
along with some new backstage Access All Areas laminates.
With a proper domain bought after years of holding onto the
name, we had something in place for snakebite fanzine to move
towards. The name had been updated now to isnakebite.com.
Why the 'i'? Because all the cool Internet related things
start with an 'i' of course...ibook, ipod.
Through the years of making the trains connections to various
gigs up and down the country, ringing press companies and
handing out dodgy flyers, we now have a permanent and proper
place to show off all of our achievements. Having interviewed
a number of bands before they made it big, Coldplay, Travis,
and Muse to name a few, we thought it would only be fair to
share this content with everyone. We are proud of our achievements
and without sounding arrogant, want to show it off.
From the paper 'zine through to the latest electronic presence
we have written hundreds of quotes, taken a ton of photos
and we're still going. To be honest we're not entirely sure
where this will take us. But that's the beauty of it all,
as long as we feel people may be interested in what we do,
we'll keep doing it. We're still having a laugh and we hope
you too will find some funny things here to entertain you.
Keep coming back for more...
The isnakebite.com staff :: 2004