|Posted On:||2006-08-26 01:20:14|
I've thought about it for a while, what I want to write about here now that Time Machine is done. It would be pointless to write a whole entry saying "I was right, I am a good promoter, my party was a success". Anyway, me being or not a good promoter is up to the ravers, as much as I can be proud of my accomplishments. No, now is a good time to talk about the future, specifically the future of the scene. I'm having a pretty good idea to where I fit in this, so here we go.
The scene is in a state of renewal. A lot of the older promoters are tired, and retiring. Some will be staying, and some will come back in 6 months, but few of the older promoters are as active as before. The lost of interest for raves in the last few years also discouraged a lot of promoters. It's time for a new generation to step in, and this is where I come in. Recently, a lot of ravers decided to step up and throw a first party. With the blank left by the older promoters's departure, it's easier to get noticed. It's also good for the scene, we need serious people to throw parties. Of course, the transition from party goer to serious promoter isn't for everyone. We're talking about changing the way one parties. A raver just wants to have fun, while a promoter needs to talk to people about his event. A raver can arrive and go back home whenever he wants, while the promoter needs to be at the door from 5 to 9 am with a pile of flyers.
For me, this transition was easy, as I was getting very jaded lately, and promoting made me rediscover raving in a different way. I honestly wouldn't know what to do at a rave anymore, if I don't have some future event to talk about. I actually see raves as a very fun and amazing job, rather than just a party. Many others will do the same, stop being "ravers" and become a "promoter".
Now, for those who want to seriously devote their life and money to the scene as I did, we have a pretty hard job in front of us. I'm sure you can all guess what I'm talking about by now... We have to rebuild the scene. This is something we can do together, and older promoters can help too. (This is serious by the way, any promoter who reads this and agrees with me, by all means email me.) There's no classes on how to throw raves. We all have to learn everything by ourselves, and by asking questions to experienced promoters. We can help each others out, and we have to remember, as promoters, we're the ones who decide wich djs will get booked.
The most important part, is that we, the new generation, bring a new energy to the scene. Different new visions, interest in new talents that might not have been noticed before, new concepts... Of course, not all of us will continue throwing parties. That doesn't mean we have to see each others as competition. Only realizing that a good party is the result of many months of hard work, and a good attitude toward the rest of the scene. Overall, I'm proud to be part of this scene, and I think I couldn't have found a better time to step in.