The controversy in “Who started Rave Music, U.K. or U.S.?” is going to forever live on. But in all actuality, the U.S. sparked the flame that started it all. It all started back in 1970, in Detroit and Chicago, when Djs, like Frankie Knuckles, would program drum rhythms and play disco records over the top of his beats. He would play this “music” in the “club environment”. In 1977, in Chicago, the first club, playing this “music”, opened and was called The Warehouse.
Meanwhile, far away from those sold out arenas, a select few moved their bodies to the rhythmic disco beats reverberating in "trendy" dance clubs. As with all potentially commercializeable music forms, a few opportunistic record producers found their way into these clubs, and before long the sounds of groups like Abba, Baccara, the Bee Gees, Boney M, Chic Donna Summer, Eruption, Gloria Gaynor, Imagination, and Kool and the Gang littered the air waves. As disco's popularity gained momentum, the once tastefully sporatic disco dance clubs popped up everywhere. America had found a new obsession. On the weekends, you would throw on your bellbottoms pants and polyester shirt, and headed out to the clubs.
Clive Campbell, better known as DJ Kool Herc, played an instrumental role in the birth of this dance form. Campbell, a Jamaican, was a regular DJ at local teenage parties in the Bronx. He studied dancers and zeroed-in on the fundamental break instrumental gap in the song when dancers really went wild, the break. Dancers were able to fully express themselves in the break, and they found inspiration through the music, which was filled with stylized, upbeat rhythms, and it allowed them to ‘break’ to the beat. These young dancers would eventually earn the name ‘b-boys’ (or ‘b-girls’), also known as ‘break dancers’.
It's electronically created with a very fast-pace beat. Techno music has its origins in gay dance clubs. Hip-hop also has had a big impact on techno music. Ravers say they lose themselves to the beat and become one with the music by letting the music control their movements. Most drug using rave enthusiasts dance using glow sticks to intensify the effects of hallucinogens.
Most raves are covered with propaganda about freedom, peace, spirituality and the like. It is no surprise why teens use these specific drugs at raves. "The effects of E, are like a journey to another world, a world of happiness, love and euphoria" (Ecstasy and Mental Health: Nerves or neurosis by Dr. Karl Jansen) These ravers, have many reasons to take E, for example " The music lends itself to the intake of drugs, drugs are common in youth culture, teens need energy to dance all night, the rave scene is bombarded with all kinds of E" (Drug Information Database, www.pharmlink.org/designer/index.html/). "The media has given E and the rave scene a bad reputation, since 30 years ago music has been greatly united with drugs. For example Weed and Rock in the 60's and acid in the 70's."
Throughout this paper I will prove these notions false. As support I will provide the history of the DJ, what exactly it is, insight from various DJ's and much more. It all began about fifteen years ago. In towns in Europe people started throwing secret parties, small parties more of a social event to party and have fun. At these parties there would DJ's spinning early electronic sounds and dancing.
Many non-disco artists recorded disco songs at the height of disco's popularity, and films such as Saturday Night Fever and Thank God It's Friday contributed to disco's rise in mainstream popularity. Disco hit the television airwaves with the music/dance variety show Soul Train in 1971 hosted by Don Cornelius, then Marty Angelo's Disco Step-by-Step Television Show in 1975, Steve Marcus' Disco Magic/Disco 77, Eddie Rivera's Soap Factory, and Merv Griffin's Dance Fever, hosted by Deney Terrio, who is credited with teaching actor John Travolta to dance for his role in the hit movie, Saturday Night Fever, as well as DANCE, based out of Columbia, South Carolina. From 1974 to 1977, disco music continued to increase in popularity as many disco songs
A Look into House Music House music was first and foremost, the direct descendant of "Disco". Many older and wiser Chicago, New York and New Jersey House dj's will agree with me on this. They will acknowledged that fact that it was due to New York's, huge Disco club and music scene that helped to create the music of House and Garage and its culture within Chicago, Usa. Frankie Knuckles, the acknowledged "godfather" of Chicago house, got his start as a Dj via Manhattan, New York, Usa. Whilst there he was spinning Disco, Philly Soul records during the early 1970s with another legendary deejay figure, the late, great Larry Levan, New York.
What is a huge dance style in the world today that was created only forty years ago? That's right, hip hop. Although it has had a short time span, hip hop has impacted the world in numerous ways. How did it all start? it started from two highly different areas the first in a poor neighbor hood in New York City and all they could do in their free time was to throw Block parties and dance.
Every year, young individuals from a diverse background of ages, races, nationalities, sexual orientations and economic situations come together to enjoy music and culture festivals that raves have to offer. Ravers lose themselves in crowds by dancing and having fun. While raves used to be small and secretive, it has now become more mainstream leading to larger venues, making it the norm it is today. The rave culture is generally filled with love. The only value system that is followed in rave culture is the idea of P.L.U.R.