Raving Lunatics

Sex and drugs but no rock n’ roll.

I like electronic music. Actually, I like some electronic music. I’m a big fan of the European Chill sound, as well the updated Lounge sound of Europe and the US. I like music that is smoldering, lyrical, melodious and hypnotizing.

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.I’ve been to plenty of clubs and raves. I understand the appeal, even though I don’t dig the scene. It’s a tribal thing. They know the music is canned and repetitive. The DJ’s are gesturing alpha’s with headphones whose musical skills are supplanted by programming skills. The club kids themselves just wanna dance. There’s no musical integrity to be found. But it’s THEIR thing. Older adults, music critics and naysayers can go fuck themselves, because the ravers are having fun. In its own way, this attitude is more rock n’ roll than rock n’ roll.

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I can dig it, even though I don’t like it.

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Thus, this 40-something musical snob found himself volunteering to VJ at a local rave. My company manufactures high end video gear, so I have access to all kinds of cool toys. A local promoter is a friend of mine, so I volunteered my services as a VJ. Why not? I own earplugs.

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I prepared a massive arsenal of content and loaded it into cutting-edge visualization gear. There would be abstract eye-candy, of course. But I also built up some narrative sequences: apocalyptic imagery, sensual imagery and even a complete narrative about the joy of journey and the relief of return. Would it be lost on the club kids? Probably. But I I had to go beyond eye candy.

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This is VJ Culture (Grant Davis), a VJ superstar at work.

At the show, I was bummed to find they only had a mediocre projector and a bare wall for a screen. Not optimal. But the show must go on. I did my thing and had some fun. The kids seemed to like it. When I went outside for some air, not one but TWO local promoters approached me. “Dude! Your visuals RULE! Holy shit! Can you work my party? Here’s a card. Got a card? Oh, man. We really NEED you!”

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Ah, sweet victory! They love me! They really do!

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But yea, the honor is dubious. Ask any VJ: there’s a lot of work and no money in it. Unless you go corporate, you’ll never live off earnings from VJing. The DJ is the star and you are the window dressing. Learn your place. Maggot.

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So I won’t become a big VJ. I am, however soliciting names. Email me with your choices. “VJ Ted” and VJ Retard” are already taken, just so you know.

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Before I go, I leave you with some samples of the kind of electronic music I truly adore: Chill. As you listen to it, try to imagine making love with your sweetie. It’s music made for fucking (languid and sweet), but it’s also melodious and hypnotic; it stands on its own.

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Hooverphonic \”2Wicky\”

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Zero7 \”Home\”

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Morcheeba \”Moog Island\”

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