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Reposted from ITM...

So i was looking at a promoter's website the other day and i realized i've been going to raves for like 10 years now. Back in June 1996 i went to my first rave - Liquid Foundation in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. It was a hard acid techno party with lots of live acts. I'd been going to clubs and babbling about raves on the alt.rave newsgroup for about a year before that. Dutch raves were very different from the American phat pants/happy hardcore/ecstasy stuff i'd read about online. Most everyone was in jeans and regular tee-shirts, the drugs of choice were beer and pot, and the music was far from happy. I fit in just fine.

I went to a few more techno parties in Holland, hit the outdoor doof scene in Australia for a few years, then went through a phase of hard house clubbing, before finally in 2003 going to a "traditional" phat pants/happy hardcore/ecstasy shindig. It was groovy. It was also funny, being labeled as the "noob" because i was in jeans. I did buy phat pants eventually - once i realized they're actually really fuckin comfortable - though i never got into happy hardcore. I preferred the hard house clubs. As it turns out, the last rave i went to WAS a happy hardcore thing a few months ago. I was much too tired due to spending the previous night at a prog event. Hardcore can bite my ancient, decrepit ass. Since then i've only been to a few club nights.

You know i barely went out in 1999. Not really because i was over it, but because i had other things in my life that were more important. I didn't go out in 2002 either because i was overseas and i didn't know anywhere to go or anyone to go with. Now i'm in Melbourne, 2006, and it feels like the same thing is happening again. Only this time i'm scared it's because i AM getting over it. Everyone goes on and on about how wonderful the scene is in Melbourne, how it's the clubbing capital of Australia. To me everywhere i've been feels pretentious or clique-y or unfriendly and the music just hasn't excited me. Does that mean i'm over it? Blah. I don't want a shitty happy hardcore gig to be my last ever.

I still listen to all my tunes. I'm still buying plenty. I know i still love to dance. Maybe i just need to get back into that 16-year-old's head where it didn't matter that i didn't know anyone and it didn't matter that it was cold outside because i was just in my fun space. I don't know. I'm cold and i want to go out somewhere cool. Apparently tonight i will be going to a weird multicultural event, which i assume will be more on the bhangra tip than the Bollywood end of things. I hear there may be bellydancers and psytrance. I really have no idea what to expect because it's all hearsay, but that could be a good thing. We'll see. I hope i don't turn into a pumpkin by midnight.

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funny read, my first rave was in 1987 in Antwerpen then back and forth between the UK and the Benelux raves 'till 'round 94 when the whole feeling truely died to get replaced by Raves cloaked as such for big and bigger monetary interests with less and less -eclectic music- , crowd diversity replaced by uniformal rave costuming plus more and more monotoneous harsher hardest ear bleeding soundz (the later to compensate for some most probably with the weakening in substance quality). I'm not kidding and not wanting to sound like the old fart that i could be but nowadays i feel more in tune to the post 87 feel that bring it to there: the early 80's 'Blitz Kids' emotion which was refreshed somehow in some aspects of the early 00's vibes!

however in case you feel to stick to that open air vibe you might find these honest jons' of interest :


i assume you know these (but just in case) :

of course, i won't hide aside that my tea cup is jazz-funk disco-undergound tasting with a spoon of electrhoney. There Must Be One Helluva Party Goin' On In Heaven!

You know i'm not sure about drugs "back in the day" being better. I think people just fry their brains so much over the years they can't get as good of a kick any more ;-)

I definitely understand your feelings about eclecticism in music, though. I find it frustrating when you go to an event and it's just straight line up down one genre all the way. Especially these days now that genres have become so well-defined and narrow, it feels even worse.

One thing i dug about the outdoor/psytrance parties i went to in the late 90s was that they mixed up the more typical psy sounds with a touch of jungle, some techno and weird crazy disco and stuff. Nowadays psytrance parties are often just Israeli arpeggios all night long. Boring.

On the flip side, i also find i'm losing patience for music i don't like. When i was younger i was up for it all night so staying up through the boring bits was no big deal. Now i find myself getting tired a lot earlier, so i want the good stuff to happen before i'm too exhausted to enjoy it.

I was really disappointed in myself when i went to see Frankie Knuckles because the first hour he played great gay anthem house, then he moved into this extremely deep and dark minimal tip (almost prog), and then i got tired. Literally just when i was leaving he started pulling out some real funky jacking acid tracks but i was too tired to stick around for it :-( He was playing 4 or 5 hours so i could've missed a Best Set Ever because i only heard the first half.

Even though Brisbane has a much less developed scene than Melbourne, i think i preferred it because it WAS underdeveloped. When (for example) the biggest jungle gigs in Brisbane only draw 400-500 people you know you've got to mix it up a bit. There used to be an acid night i went to regularly, but it only drew about 50 people, so it died. That sucks, but it forces promoters to bring a few different genres together at one gig and that ultimately makes for a much nicer vibe imho.

you're 99.999% correct ;-)

Hi there, i totally agree with you on the substance thing and personally i don't try out chemicals anymore but true is specifically for MDMA that what is nowadays sold for it most of times isn't the real thing but 'party pills': chemical cocktail of amphetamines and other cheap brain fucking crap substances. The calculation in doing that comes from sellers' or/and manufacturer _greed_ probably resulting from the hype of the thing. Most labs are and always located in the Benelux and Israel... But back to music,
as for you I'm all for the spectrum and not a monotony of tone. I'm always embarrassed when, nearly all the time, people ask me 'what do you play?'. If i answer eclectic some not knowing what it means could spread the word that I play eclectic blindly tagging the word as it was a new genre of it's own ;) but i digress ... I understand you loose patience and as for the regular use of same drug thingie, at best: our musical scope grow and vibes experience enlarge with time so boredom show-up quicker when confronted to long formulaic sets. Smaller venue can be great joy indeed. I like your Brisbane vs Melbourne analysis, it's cleverly put. Not that I'm all for these but very first hippies were just 5 or 6 blokes ,) We can start something original and different in a little private loft i assume ... or concentrate on our own solo or any associates creations.

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