Electronic Music Dance Culture

Sunday School v.1

This is Our House

Posted by LPEric on March 03, 2012 | 0 Comments

Why are we here? Where do we come from? Relate these questions to the EDM scene and you might also want to ask yourself -where does our music come from? Do you know? Could you hold an intelligent conversation about your scene and the music that comes from it? I was driving home from work and heard a quote in a Hip Hop song that sort of made me think. The quote went "Represent Hip Hop right if you want it to get respect" I believe the same goes for the electronic music scene. Have you ever been asked a question on the history of our scene and not had an answer and perhaps you should have?

The arrival of Dubstep has created an overall revival in the EDM scene including a huge influx of new people getting into electronic music. This is a great thing, but conversely, it also creates the possibility of another collapse similar to the one that happened in the early 2000's. Collapse you say? Well let me elaborate a bit.

When I came into the scene in late 1993 the people who brought me up taught me how to party, act and treat other party people back when you did not need a four letter acronym to explain it. (think about it). I am not saying the early rave days where all happy go lucky, it had plenty of grit, grime and unabated indulgence. However, the scene was smaller and more tight knit, especially when most of the parties were regional. Over time more and more people came into the scene. Then a few Dateline NBC reports came out, and all of a sudden a huge influx of new party goers flooded the scene (Thanks, Barbara). Unfortunately, many of them had no one educating them on "ethics" of raving.

I equate the whole "sitting in the middle of the dance floor" phenomenon directly to the lack of education given to the new party people coming in. But who’s fault was it? The newcomer or the elder? Either way, the “right of passage” was surely lost as the concept of “underground” leaked out of the sewers and into the streets. Rave was a secret no more. The scene exploded and the parties got more and more huge. The lack of education on the music and scene gave rise to an unfathomable level of hedonism that spanned from party goer to party promoter.

The parties being thrown slowly deteriorated over time, as it seemed the only watchful eye an underground culture could give (its own) backed away and let the chaos in. The scene eventually collapsed under its own weight and the era of the Massive was over. Back to the underground you go!

Here we are again: There is a new scene, new audience and a new market, and now a new chance. Education on your part will help the scene grow as a whole. If done right, you will know not to settle for promoters selling half-ass parties or attend an event just because of hype. You will demand production, quality talent, adequate facilities and reasonable water prices (Old School heads I know you feel that statement). So educate yourself and educate others; the scene you save might be your own in the long run. This music has defined my life and it has been given new life with a new eager generation creating new sounds and rhythms that are pushing boundaries of what's possible in music. But it requires a collective consciousness to do so.

I am very pleased to share a documentary that goes all the way back to "year zero" in the evolution of dance music. This documentary is one of the few definitive guides to the history of electronic music . It's called Pump up the Volume "The History of House Music" and was made in the early 2000's by the BBC. I invite you to site back relax and take it all in. I have to take my hat off to the NYC Hart, Chicago creators, Detroit Innovators and the UK heads who helped put all this on the map and started a worldwide revolution in music.

This is lesson one, strap in!

"Education does not mean teaching people to know what they do not know; it means teaching them to behave as they do not behave."
John Ruskin (1819-1900) English critic

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