Acid House Music & How to Understand A Rave Subculture

Acid House Music declared itself a considerable part of EDM from Chicago, New York and Ibiza back in the mid to late 80s. It created a youth-oriented subculture that blends music and social ideals.

By the late 1980s, it moved into the British mainstream for a short eventful time of hedonism and musical mayhem. The authorities were low-key and less noticeable during the early days so the parties continued.

The acid house scene changed the dance scene in a relatively short time from where massive amounts of energy and creative minds paved the way. The sounds were something never heard before.

A distinct sound came from the use of the Roland TR-808 and TB-303 synthesizer. The high-pitched synths played a considerable part in the direction and dominated the scene with the electronic squelch.

The squelching sound of the Roland 303 became the new sound of acid house. Acid House explored a propulsive 4/4 time signature emphasised by 4 electronic drum kicks. The Coming together of new sounds created such a great impact.

The Summer Of Love 1998

Acid House Music & How To Understand The Rave Subculture

In the summer of 1988 Acid House became known as the summer of love. People partied in disused warehouses, and open suburban fields, attracting thousands of young and rebellious ravers.

It’s where respect for each other on the scene became noticeable. There was no shift towards any kind of conflict and the scene gained momentum for an ultra-peaceful community.

Frankie Knuckles pioneered the scene in the ’80s and early nineties for Acid House Music, however, he sadly passed away later in 2014. Acid House is a cool genre, due to the work of Frankie Knuckles and many more.

Tracks like Charles B’s ”The Lack of Love” and 808 State’s ”Flow Coma” were tracks that stand out even today as true classics. You can guarantee the retro acid tunes will still rock the dancefloor today.

The whole Summer of Love was a combination of diverse producers, DJs and people from all walks of life coming together as one. The timing was perfect and the response to the scene overflowed into a sea of respect for each other.

The Rave Subculture

Rave music is coupled with an impressive light display to amplify the audiovisual experience of the party. The ravers reflect a sound belief that respect for each other is what demonstrates a solid reason to be involved.

The rave subculture is very secretive even today, moreover, some would mention it’s going back into its underground routes. The Covid pandemic saw raves periodically rise again.

Out of the sheer stress of being locked down, raves have become a way to escape, a little like back in the early 90s. During the recent pandemic raves quickly got shut down, sound equipment confiscated and up to £10, 000 fines drawn up.

As we look back at our past we now see raves being held officially and legalised, unlike the underground scene 1988-92. However, the truth is it’s our past that has generated such an influence abroad where some raves remain underground.

The Realism Of PLUR

Acid House Music & How To Understand The Rave Subculture

The rave culture and community are one of trust. PLUR still stands and exists today. It’s the love for the scene and everything that surrounds it that counts.

PLUR acts as the set of principles ravers feel obliged to follow. It’s still recognised and delivers a message, that we are here to stay.

Acid house music is still played in various legal venues today for ravers to express and dance for many hours. These are mostly promotions for 30+ years of the rave revolution.

PLUR is still recognised today all over the world and acid house remains a large part of the message. Our message from the summer of love to the initial launch of PLUR is no matter what happens we are still here and here we stay.

Retro Acid House Music

With the change in laws and the demand for promoters to up the entrance fees raving today isn’t as cheap. Festivals have gone into their hundreds of pounds.

A real rave wasn’t about spending huge amounts of money. With the economy suffering in the early 90s, it was cheap enough to dance for 12 hours for £20. Today’s economy is also suffering, however, prices still go up.

The buzz isn’t what it was, however, Oldskool tunes remain and are played to the masses. Retro Acid House Music is still a part of many DJ’s playlists and still, nights pop up to remind us of that particular genre.

Rave isn’t a past trend to us it’s still a way of life, and therefore we will never forget it. It’s stayed with us for 30+ years and memories like those never fade.

The Full Moon Party, Thailand

Acid House Music & How To Understand The Rave Subculture

The Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan, Thailand is a unique paradise partying experience. Acid House thrived on this island for many years from the routes and the first FMP was held in 1985.

If you attended the Fulmoon Party in Koh  Pha Ngan, Thailand back in 1985 -1991 you were probably listening to tunes listed here.

I lived in Thailand for five years and went to the Full Moon Party well over 15 times over the duration. I think it’s the closest you will get to raving with that touch of freedom with a spectacular backdrop in paradise.

The Full Moon Party has music from all EDM genres with each bar choosing a niche to play out to the crowd. The headlined DJs play on the beach to thousands and it’s a unique experience to be a part of.

It’s a wonderful experience partying on the beach. Maybe you also remember the Goa beach rave Days. The Fullmoon Party highlights anything from OldSkool Rave to Acid House Music right through to Hip Hop everything is included on Had Rin Beach. here’s an image to express the best times to arrive.

If you want to experience the Full Moon Party it’s the closest thing you will get to raving in paradise. Yes, drugs are monitored in a big way by authorities but the location is just breathtaking.

The Rave Subculture – Conclusion

Most people that read the internet think ravers enjoy listening to electronic and techno music while under the influence of drugs like Ecstasy at raves, or parties, that last all night long.

Yes, this was or for some is a huge part of the euphoria that brings people together, however, there was much more going on besides drugs. The whole reason was to create the freedom to go wild.

It’s a shame that drugs headlined the reason for ravers being wide-eyed and hedonistic. The Media took it too far and paid attention to why it should be stopped.

As a subculture of the EDM scene Acid House has stayed in the memories of many and we still have our routes to remember.

When new legal nights pop up even today we should all rise and bring back that pure form of peace, love, unity and respect. We need to create the freedom we lost and bring back the past. Thanks for reading until next time, peace out.