While writing this in the comfort of my home in the US the only thing I can think about is Joe Biden becoming president. This isn’t going to be a post about politics and where my views stand with the current race for presidency, but I only bring Biden’s name up because of his long history of being against the rave scene. This can only mean that the US could also see a spike in illegal raves just like the UK has in the last 35 years.
UK’s illegal rave scene
EDM is alive and well in the UK with great music festivals that take place every year like Creamfields, We Are FSTVL and South West Four just to name a few. There are still many restrictions in place that has led to unauthorized local events that are known to locals as a free party or in most cases a squat party, which is when a rave is held in an abandoned placeThat most likely has be squatted in.
The guide to a proper squat party
Squat party organizers are looking for spaces that are easy to enter, and pass all-important health and safety checks, such as having fire exits. The majority of these gatherings are just as professional as the legal ones – with proper security and medical facilities, great sound systems, bar staff, and everything else you can expect from a commercial club.
A ‘leave no trace’ policy at some illegal raves means that everyone is expected to avoid dropping litter, and to join in with a sweep of the location once the party is over – even in the early morning after dancing all night.
The Downside of an illegal rave event
But, of course, illegal raves have their downsides too. Though there aren’t any clear statistics, there can be higher risks due to the fact they’re unregulated, and in recent years, ravers have reported incidents from sexual harassment to violent crime. Not every rave will have appropriate security or first aid, meaning there can be a real chance of something going seriously wrong.
The rave scene and the culture behind it has been a topic everyone gets curious about even if they’ve never attended a rave. The film industry has definitely taken advantage of people’s curiosity and perception on rave culture. Over the years many great films have come out giving outsiders a look into the EDM world.
I’m no stranger when it comes to going alone to music events… I do have friends and at times feel bad for selling them out, but I’ve discovered that when going alone you can accomplish so much. The idea of going alone especially to a music festival may seem overwhelming at first, but as a veteran to the rave scene, I’ll say it now….you’re never alone.
Experiencing it alone
I’m not here to tell you to ditch your squad, but if you think about it have you walked off on your own to go explore the festival grounds and catch a set others weren’t as interested in seeing?
When you’re alone there’s no commitments and you’re free to do whatever whenever. People complain about festival sets conflicting with one another but never think about the inner group conflicting set times and always having one or more people never wanting the group to separate. Going alone definitely helps avoid that drama lol.
Facebook EDM groups have been a major factor in making this experience fun for me and setting up meet ups with other ravers. I’ve met many awesome people along the way and cherish all the awesome memories throughout the years. I fully recommend trying to go alone at least once and experience it for yourself.
The tiny home craze is growing, but LA Riots takes this HGTV concept to a whole new level. Imagine just waking up one day and spontaneously saying “you know what I’m selling everything I own and down sizing 100x”. At the end of the day we hope nothing but the best for the Los Angeles based producer on his new chapter in life.
The origins of the term “house music” are disputed. Some house music enthusiasts claim that the term is derived from the name of a club called “The Warehouse.” In the late 1970s and early 1980s, “underground” warehouse parties became popular among the teenagers living in the Chicago area. One of these underground spots, attended primarily by gay black & latino men, became known as “The Warehouse”. The resident DJ at The Warehouse, Frankie Knuckles, mixed classic disco, European synthpop, new wave, industrial and punk recordings. Club regulars referred to his mixes as house music.
Chip E.’s early recording “It’s House” may also have helped to define this new form of electronic music. Chip E. claims the name came from methods of labelling records at the Imports Etc record store, where he worked at in the early 1980s. Music that DJ Knuckles played at the Warehouse nightclub was labelled “As Heard At The Warehouse”, which was shortened to simply “The House”.
Larry Heard, aka “Mr. Fingers,” claims that the term “house” reflected the fact that many early DJ’s created music in their own homes, using synthesizers and drum machines, including the Roland TR-808, TR-909 and the TB 303 “Bassline”. These machines became known as the “Acid Machines,” and were used to create the “Acid House” sound.
New music releases are nothing out of the norm, but this unlikely person by the name of Elon Musk who’s the Tesla and SpaceX CEO decided to upload a track on SoundCloud. Earlier this week he claimed to have written a song called “Don’t Doubt ur Vibe,” to be released on Emo G Records and at first it seemed to be trolling, but turns out Elon was super serious.