Remember the Rave: The Rave Preservation Project Keeps its Story Alive

To explore the history of electronic music we don’t have to go too far back in time, and yet it can seem like a lifetime ago. When information was not easily accessible at our fingertips, when we weren’t taking endless photos and videos that will never be looked at again while making sure to tell everyone where we are and what we are doing. It was a time when the music was unlike anything that had ever been heard before, with a scene that could never be repeated again. DJs, dancing, drugs, darkness… it was as underground as it gets. Yet by embodying freedom, non-judgement, connection and empowerment, it encouraged its community to aspire to a higher level together.

“When the scene first started it was all about individuality not a style but being the best you, you can be. Leaving the world a better place than it was when we got here. Personal and collective spiritual growth. A lifestyle that promotes the best for our environment and people. Giving more than you take. It was very much a cerebral cultural experience, more so than anything else. I think this is what needs to be preserved and I hope what I do promotes and supports what the scene originally stood for. I hope what I do makes the world a better place even if it just a little bit.”

Matthew Johnson / Rave Preservation Project

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