Meltdown also gives the discerning Goth a look at the latest fashions and make-up around and in one issue they even recreate the cover photo’s model look, mentioning the brand of make-up used so the reader can copy the look for their Friday night out. It does flesh out the pale look that was mostly used by Goths in the eighties to great effect. The clothing on show is in bold, dark colours associated with the scene and modelled by some of the most intense girls who show off the garments with their dramatic stances. Think frills, lace and velvet and you won’t go far wrong.
Meltdown has its own interest in jewellery where crosses, cameos and bats can be twinned with the item of choice. Jewellery designs are bold and use black as the signature colour inspired by the look of Victorian pieces.
Editor Natasha Scharf tells of what motivated her to start Meltdown, finding inspiration back in 1999. After graduating university she looked for another hobby that would take up the rest of her time as she was a magazine feature writer during the day.
Purely by being at an alternative club, Natasha conversed with friends and came up with the idea for a fanzine. She planned out and formed the fanzine with the help of some friends and associates, finding it was more problematic than she first thought. Deciding to turn it into a proper glossy magazine for a UK Goth/Alternative readership, she took a chance and went ahead with getting the first issue published in April of 2000.
Changing the title from the original Melting Pot, to Meltdown made it sound more gothic and serious. Later down the line she had interviews organised with HIM, the popular Finnish rock band, DUST and Goteki. This meant they could broaden their horizons as far as the magazine was concerned and create one for those interested in the culture, bands, types of music and their ratings.
The reader will have fun reading this magazine once they realise it has a wide range of subjects and topics to discuss as well as the usual stuff associated with the Goth scene.