#TBT Series: The 1990’s Rave Heydays [Photos]

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The early 1990’s were some of the most electrifying years for the international electronic and dance music world. Collectively, the various underground parties and concerts became known as “raves,” although later the term was specifically used to refer to illegal parties hosted in a myriad of different locations including warehouses, lofts, industrial open-areas, forests, the desert, etc. If a space could hold a rave, in the 1990’s it was likely to be used for one.

At the time the rave scene was home to house, techno, trance, drum and bass and other offshoot genres that were popular then. Thanks to its policy of inclusion, the rave scene ended up evolving into a subculture held together with a distinctive ethos, a particular and unique sense of fashion and a keen, adventurous liking for drug use, especially ecstasy.

“Peace, Love, Unity and Respect”(PLUR) was the childbirth of this exact subculture, bringing people from all walks of life together under the rave umbrella. In a previous #TBT Series article we explored what it was like to party in New York City in the early 90’s.

Enjoy the below selection of rave shots taken throughout the 1990’s.

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10 Years of Diynamic: Our Favorite 10 Tracks Released on Diynamic Music

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© Photography by Jake Davis for Here & Now

Diynamic Music was founded in 2006 by Solomun and Adriano Trolio. Built on the motto “Do It Yourself” with the aim of showcasing the best of underground electronic music on the rise, the Hamburg imprint has gone on to launch a ‘2DIY4′ sub-label, a book agency “DIY-BOOKING’, Diynamic Showcases around the globe and Diynamic Festivals in Amsterdam, Berlin, Brazil, Buenos Aires, Istanbul and Tel Aviv.

On an individual level, the German label has launched and supported the careers of some of the most sought-after names in today’s underground dance scene, including paving the way for Solomun’s own weekly residency on Ibiza, the infamous “Solomun +1” events at legendary night club Pacha, and dedicated Diynamic stages at festivals around the world. In the past 10 years, Diynamic has released music from some of the biggest names in the German and international music scene, with more than 80 releases and 14 artists now featuring the Diynamic stamp of approval.

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To celebrate this milestone, Diynamic is taking their sound on the road with a selection of showcases commemorating 10 Years of top-tier house music. The North America portion of the tour will see them touch down in Mexico City tonight, Art Basel in Miami tomorrow, a Los Angeles warehouse location hosted by Factory93 and 6AM on Saturday December 3rd as well as Stereo Montreal and New York City the following weekend.

We would like to wish Diynamic Music a Happy 10th Birthday with a special selection of our 10 favorite tracks released in the first 10 years of the label’s operation. Enjoy!

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Interview: Out-ER Founders Celebrate 5 Years with Compilation Featuring Efdemin, Terrence Dixon and Juan Atkins

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Founded by Simone Gatto and Andrea Santoro, Berlin-based Out-ER (Out Electronic Recordings) is in the midst of celebrating 5 years of operations with an international tour and double 12″ compilation featuring some of techno’s most notable figures and Out-ER favorites.

Available for pre-order already, the December 5th release includes works from Efdemin, Aubrey, Juan Atkins, Orlando Voorn, The Analogue Cops, Terrence Dixon, Civilian, label co-founder Simone Gatto, Haiku, Irakli and Regen. Snippets of all nine tracks forming the compilation can be heard below:

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Barbuto’s Guide To Underground Dance Music in Austin, Texas

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Barbuto is a DJ producer based in Austin, Texas and produces music for labels such as Octopus, Renesanz, ReLoad Black, Nature Viva and soon Transmit & Phobiq. He has a monthly residency at Kingdom and Plush with special guests, and is fresh off the release of his La Puerta EP which came out November 21st on Renesanz.

As one of the biggest exponents of techno and house in Austin, Barbuto was kind enough to tell us a little bit about the flourishing underground dance music scene in the city that he calls home:

“When you think of underground dance music, Austin is probably not the first city that pops into one’s mind. Vastly different than more traditional and well-known large cities, Austin has for decades laid claim to the title ‘Live Music Capital of the World’.

With such a vast and interesting history of music and art in all of its genres and forms, electronic music has had its place in Austin for a very long time. In the past 10 years, thanks to a handful of dedicated key players, its developed into one of the busiest underground dance music cities in North America. Like many places around the globe, EDM has a strong presence, and its underground wake has grown bigger and bigger; today, it’s not uncommon to see lineups with top jocks such as Adam Beyer, Maceo Plex, Nicole Moudaber, Matador, Sasha, Digweed and more on regular rotation.

Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

The dedication of local DJs is what really makes the vibe and atmosphere of Austin so special. Mark Knight from Toolroom recently posted that Kingdom was a top-10 favorite club, alongside similar statements from heavy hitters Alan Fitzpatrick, Jewel Kid, Sian and Danny Howles. I guess when you mix traditional Southern Hospitality and politeness, a worldwide top-20 DJ booth, great restaurants and an extraordinarily excited crowd, those comments makes total sense.

Alongside the city’s staple club Kingdom are hot spots such as Plush, which have supported amazing local talent for more than 15 years. One foot inside Plush with their custom sound, smiling faces, reasonable beverage pricing and local selectors, you would be quick to second take that you are even in Texas. I cannot be more enthusiastic than to say if you have never been to Austin, you are missing out on a great time. Here are a few pointers from someone who has been in the local scene for close to ten years now, and who is proud to be a part of it.

Barbuto playing Kindgom

Barbuto playing Kindgom

While the list of clubs, music venues, art galleries and restaurants is in the hundreds, and I simply don’t have room to mention them all here, I will make a few suggestions as to how one might make a weekend count in the city if you are a fan of deeper realms of electronic dance music, namely techno, tech house, deep house, etc. I will go ahead and leave out any logistical planning such as transport to and from the airport and will focus on some hot spots I feel will result in a good time and a worthwhile visit.

While the weather in Austin is generally quite mild for most of the year, it can get quite hot in the middle of Summer and chilly in the middle of Winter; Spring and Fall are good times to visit. In March we have the very popular SXSW Music Festival that takes place over three weeks with a focus on different forms of media  each week, namely interactive technology, film, and then finally music the third and final week. The festival attracts upwards of 400,000 people who flock here for all types of music, art and food. Included in the mélange of attractions is a vast choice of electronic dance music. Just a few participants in the last few years include Richie Hawtin, Marco Carola, Sasha, Pete Tong, Sian, Claude VonStroke, Christian Smith and literally dozens more. What sets SXSW apart from a typical festival are official (badge-holder) events, and unofficial events (not sanctioned by SXSW, the difference being quite self-explanatory, with unofficial events slightly more hidden). A visit to Resident Advisor should list what is happening on both the official and unofficial side of things. Truthfully, while a visit to Austin during SXSW can be an extremely exciting, action-packed thrill ride, it can also be hectic, expensive and difficult to move around.

The other option is to visit on any of the other weekends, which subtracts the mass influx of population down to the locals – when you will find yourself in a city rich with diversity, culture and with lots to do. I might be so inclined as to suggest booking a room at the Driskill, right on historic Sixth Street. The historic hotel is known best for its lavish old-school luxury, its top-tier cuisine and a few ghost stories. It’s positioned right in the center of town, so it’s easy to walk or catch one of the city’s numerous pedicabs from there.

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Obviously food is a big part of the equation, with Texas BBQ typically a guaranteed entry on the list of must-do’s. The city’s most famous is Franklin’s BBQ; however, with wait times often over an hour or more, you may want to check your favorite food app for an alternative – they are all pretty darn good. A personal favorite of mine is a short hop to the South Side at a place called Bouldin Cafe, a vegetarian restaurant with a myriad of awards that will not leave a meat eater disappointed or still hungry. This is where we often take traveling DJs because the food is delicious, nutritious and keeps your energy going all night.

After checking into the hotel, a nap and a meal, it’s time to head out on the town and see what the city is made of. On the top of the average traveler’s mind is Sixth Street: it’s definitely worth a stroll down the street where you can catch plenty of diverse live music and $1 you-call-its! Barcelona on 6th is a popular underground – it is literally underground – spot for local and traveling DJs rotating a variety of genres throughout the week, as well as Vulcan Gas Company, which focuses mostly on big EDM acts with a few underground names popping up on its calendar.

A must-stop on the radar is the historic DJ bar Plush on the corner of 7th and Red River. This venue has been around for more than 15 years supporting local DJs and guests seven days per week. Plush is an Austin staple and rotates one of the oldest drum-and-bass weeklies in the country on Tuesdays, house and techno Wednesday through Friday, hip-hop on Saturday, and more house and techno on Sundays. Before booking your weekend getaway to Austin, be sure to check Resident Advisor for what is going on so you land here on a weekend and catch one of your favorite artists.

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Kingdom

Whether its Adam Beyer, James Zabiela, Fur Coat or Dubfire, you can plan on coming here for one of your favorites, who will most likely play the legendary Kingdom Nightclub. DJ Remmington (Garrett Boyd) built the club himself and has spared no expense in designing a masterpiece of a place to party, dance and, if you are up in the rankings, DJ! From the door staff to the bar, hospitality is on point, and Kingdom is a place I call home. The club is open till the wee hours – as late as 4:30 a.m., one of the only established after-hours in the city – and is in no hurry to stop the party at any time if its full speed ahead: Sasha’s typical routine is from the club straight to the airport. Kingdom’s after hours is nothing short of insane!

Just down the street is a cool spot called Ethics, at the corner of 5th and Congress, where I had the privilege of playing with Christian Smith during SXSW 2016 as well as literally dozens of other interesting and unique bars and music venues. The friendly faces of Austin might draw you to the popular after-after house parties that spring up once Kingdom closes, so the above routine should keep you busy until the sun rises. Austin embraces its visitors and has so much culture to offer. We hope to see you soon!”

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Throwback Thursday: Watch Video of a True 1990’s Old School Rave

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Welcome back to our weekly appointment with Throwback Thursday, our feature series that travels back in time to look at some of the most iconic, thought-provoking and nostalgic moments in dance music scene history.

This week our time machine takes us back to the early to mid 90’s, the span of years that some still consider to be the heydays of the rave revolution. New York City had already gone through its disco years, Chicago House was being played all over the world and Detroit had soon followed suit in the late 80’s to early 90’s with techno. Across the pond Ibiza fever was taking over and, influenced by the Balearic parties and the sounds coming from the States, the rave scene in the United Kingdom was truly flourishing.

There was no Facebook, no Instagram, no Snapchat and definitely no way to tweet the night away during those years. Just the music, the crowd, a likely illegal venue, your mates and, let’s be honest, some good old ecstasy or MDMA.

The video below, which has been making the rounds on Facebook and already has almost 170,000 views, depicts those years perfectly. Enjoy it and learn a thing or two from those dance moves!

 

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Photo Diary: Jon Rundell Visits Output in New York City

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This past 11th of November Carl Cox’s Intec Digital released Pure Intec 3 on Beatport, a compilation album featuring some of the label’s most revered names mixed by Carl himself and label favorite Jon Rundell.

This essential double CD and digital release is the third of a series, with previous ones coming out in 2004 and 2014. Featuring music from the likes of Carlo Lio, Josh Wink, Nicole Moudaber, Dosem, Victor Calderone and of course Carl and Jon themselves, Pure Intec 3 hits all the right marks in highlighting why the label remains one of the most respected in the underground dance music circuit of today.

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How To Stay Healthy During A Week Of Partying

Amsterdam Dance Event, The BPM Festival, Miami Music Week and Burning Man are just some of the three-plus day party series that are now a staple in every electronic music fan’s calendar. Whether you’re heading to one of these iconic events or to an action-packed three-day weekend festival, we know you’re facing an uphill battle to keep your body healthy and in shape.

Sure, feeling like crap may be inevitable at some point during a party marathon, but depending on your eating and hygiene habits, it could be minimized to an almost non-existent point. Need some key tips on how to do it? We can help!

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ALX Discusses Club Space Miami Residency and Delivers Global Vibe Radio Episode 042

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A venue the caliber of Club Space Miami does not pick its residents by pure chance. Known for its marathon parties and never-ending terrace DJ sets, the downtown Miami club is in its second decade of operation and has played host to some of the most celebrated names in electronic music, including performances by Marco Carola, Loco Dice, Paul Van Dyk, Paul Oakenfold, John Digweed, Sasha, Deep Dish, Danny Tenaglia, and Erick Morillo just to name a few.

Alex Sanchez, artist name ALX, has been a resident at Club Space for over three years, cementing his spot as one of South Florida’s strongest talents with guest gigs at The BPM Festival, Electric Festival in the Netherlands and a selection of other top-tier venues in the United States. Following his performance at the world-renowned Amsterdam Dance Event, ALX is releasing his Grey EP today, out on Victor Calderone’s Waveform Recordings. ALX’s latest release incorporates three originals, aiming to spread his unique flavor of techno to dance floors worldwide.

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Music’s Power On The Mind and Battling PTSD

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Today the United States of America celebrates Veterans Day, an annual public holiday observed every year on November 11th that honors military veterans that have served in the United States Armed Forces. It also coincides with holidays in other countries including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, marking the anniversary of the end of World War I.

In the United States and beyond, millions of veterans have returned home from combat with hidden wounds, often suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The condition not only deeply affects them personally, but goes on to touch the lives of parents, friends, neighbors, cousins, nieces, schoolmates and other loved ones. PTSD is a disorder that affects countless others who haven’t served in the armed forces, but who were unfortunately subjected to a single or multiple traumatic experience at some point in their life including major stress induced by work or school, bullying, failing social/financial states, experiencing/surviving major natural disasters as well as physical and/or sexual assault.

Common treatments for PTSD range from psychotherapy to medication, but it has been discovered that music can also be a powerful tool in alleviating the effects of this crippling and dark disorder. Studies have shown that music can trigger the brain to release chemicals to distract the body and mind from the pain. How? Music, as well as binaural beats and isochronic tones which augment the effects, reach the brain’s auditory cortex, which causes the communication between the cortex and the sections of the brain that govern emotion, memory, and body control.

Of course we know that there are infinite styles of music in today’s world, and obviously not all would work the same way in relieving the symptoms of PTSD. It has been found that music and sounds with low pitches and a slow, steady beat are the very effective, although other soothing types of sounds including those produced from string instruments can work wonders.

While it may seem surprising, the type of music often used as healing meditation for PTSD recovery is in fact electronically-produced. Have a listen below and you can gain an understanding of why and how music with binaural beats and isochronic tones can be powerful in fighting off the effects of PTSD:

Some veterans who have listened to music like the above have reported fantastic results:

“Fireworks are going off all around me,  reminds me of being in Afghanistan 🙁  I just want to crawl somewhere safe & quiet.  I put on headphones & have been searching for music to help me get thru the night.  Nothing was helping, just worsening my PTSD/anxiety level until I found this.  My mind is focusing on listening to the sounds instead of the loud.” –  Lisa H

“This has been helping me, I won’t go into detail because of personal reasons, but it’s really helping my intrusive thoughts.” – Azure W.

“I have no more nightmares!” – Isaac T.

“I have suffered a traumatic brain injury back in 2010 and have experienced PTSD and symptoms that are similar since then, I get angry a lot easier than I used to and it’s a lot harder to control my emotions. When I first starting listening to these tones and beats it began to calm me down so much I actually broke into tears. It has been extremely difficult and time consuming for me to find things that actually help me with the symptoms of my brain injury, so to find something like this is extremely amazing and therapeutic. Thank you again.” –  Quarce C.

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As previously mentioned, other types of music can help too. The VA has doubled down on music therapy over the years, adopting programs that allow for veterans to play music themselves and to listen to music as a form of therapy. There’s a nationwide organization that helps Canada’s veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) cope through music therapy is connecting soldiers home from war with a guitar and lessons. Guitar For Vets provides harmony for veterans by assisting their transition to civilian life while also providing a place for community — the organization uses music to empower the individual, giving new structural habits and opportunities for members to transcend themselves. The Wounded Warrior Project is another initiative that has recognized the power of music in helping veterans overcome PTSD. Operation Music Aid, based in Madison, Connecticut, was founded to supply guitars and keyboards to wounded military service personnel now in military hospitals for extended care. The nonprofit supplies the instruments to the hospitals and they are distributed as needed to assist in physical and psychological rehabilitation, as well as for morale.

Humans are hard-wired to respond to music, with studies suggesting that someday music may even be able to help patients heal from Parkinson’s disease or a stroke. Scientists have found that music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human function, truly highlighting the potential of music’s power to change the brain and affect the way it works.

Ten Fantastic DJ Quotes: Dixon, Marco Carola, Sven Väth, Maceo Plex and more

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It’s not easy to talk about electronic music, and especially so when the genres in question are house and techno, mostly instrumental and oftentimes devoid of lyrics.

The lack of vocals make it easy to get lost in a sea of technical adjectives and meaningless explanations. We should let the music do the talking, sure, but what about the producers and DJs… what do they think?

We have collected ten of our favorite DJ quotes from some of the best producers, DJs, record label owners and promoters in the game: