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9.Back to the Future
Quotes - Older Generations
When you discover some interesting new thing that wins you over from the first moment, you are totally smitten and eager to explore more of that awesomeness. You take yourself on a journey, feeling like a fucking Dora the Explorer ready to learn and change everything you knew about your own persona until now.
So, let's dive into today's topic.
As you get to know all different kinds of subgenres that exist today, you somehow choose what pleases your taste the best. At the self-learning phase, you stumble upon older generations that already have quite a good rave-career. If you are like me and you appreciate techno from the era when it was purely underground (as it should be), you gladly listen to what history has to say about herself. That’s why I chose to post here some quotes from totally unknown or barely known people with different nationalities (mostly European tho') who partied through the 90s.
1. “Organisers got around the laws by broadcasting the details of events last-minute or on pirate radio stations. Ravers could also call a telephone number where the voicemail had info about the event.” – this one I particularly like and I’m a bit sad that we don't have a chance to experience it. Man, that must give you that mysterious, illegal underground vibe. “
2. “The arrival of Acid House in the late 80s and the 90s rave scene was one of the last youth and cultural movements in the UK before the rise of mobile phones and social media.”- I really do think that those devices at the party take the experience from an individual who uses them frequently, but it reflects on the surroundings as well. “
3. “Not exactly a 90s raver, more the early to mid-00s, I reckon '07 was the start of the major decline into what it is now. Now everyone has the festival mentality, + lockouts (esp. when headliners start 2-3am) + Facebook-only advertising, effectively shutting out the (now) slightly older crowd from new clubbing events somewhat. It has gone from 1-2 EDM festivals throughout the year to that many in a month, which I think also contributes to the killing of club culture in some way. There was a sense of freedom and spirit amongst that generation that won’t be seen again.”
4. “Another thing I have noticed, is that back in the day, no one cared where the DJ was situated. The dancefloor was an actual dancefloor, people in parties tearing it up, lots of dancing/mingling on the floor with the headlining internationals tucked away in a little corner, the tunes were pumping and no one cared. Now they are at the front and centre of the stage and everybody wants to face the DJ for some reason and throw their hands in the air like they just don't care. It feels more like a concert now in clubs with DJs.”
5. “Absolutely everybody was approachable, offering you cigarettes as a way of apology if you were to ever bump into each other. You’d befriend groups and be invited to kick-on and all the rest.”
It is clear that our generation and the following generations can never bring back that real underground vibe from the beginnings. Most of the new generations don't really want to, they have their own meaning of techno and what it represents to them. That’s fine, there will always be some souls that like to keep it as “underground” as possible.
6. “I think all generations have their own voyage of discovery – often involving drugs and music – which they consider profound and unique. “