Keep On Moving*
Living outside of Aotearoa for most of the 1990s and early 2000s I missed out on a big chunk of how DIY dance parties and gatherings evolved here. I never went to The Gathering, or Splore, or other festivals or club-based dance parties during that period, which all three collaborators on Everybody SoundSystem were highly active in across Aotearoa and Melbourne.
Living in London, friends were heading to raves and festivals in fields and illicit indoor venues where ceilings rained sweat and condensation. I was hanging with Indie shoegazers in pubs with sticky floors, hordes of metalheads at festivals in satellite cities, art-wanks at the Southbank Centre, and at Pontin’s Holiday Camp for All Tomorrow’s Parties festivals. All these contexts felt very, very male, or at the very least I was hyper aware of being in a minority. Dance parties and rave culture were outside of my experience.
*Keep on Movin', Soul II Soul, feat. Caron Wheeler, from Club Classics Vol. One, 1989