Author: Phillip Bodine

Have You Heard Of: The US RAVE Act?

On top of Capitol Hill in Washington DC, sits a massive pile of legislations still yet to be approved, one of which is the RAVE Act or “Reducing Americans’ Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act,” introduced to the United States House of Representatives in 2002. With such a perplex and badass acronym, no other politician than Senator Joe Biden could come up with this. The RAVE Act’s primary objective was, as Biden explicated, to reduce Americans’ vulnerability to ecstasy through a vague and non-official checklist that deems any nightclub establishments that offers good’s such as glow sticks, lollipops, pacifiers or overpriced water to ... Read more

Maceo Plex, Âme, and Rødhåd Joins The Fifth Edition of DGTL in 2017

I know we are all excited for the fifth edition of DGTL – the prominent industrial dockyard Festival coming this April – and the line-up just got a notch sweeter! Isn’t there a better way to celebrate Jesus dying for our sins than to sin again to gluttonously ingest an ear-ringing volume of exquisite techno at one of Amsterdam’s best festival? See also: DGTL Announces Its First Names for the 2017 Edition This year’s DGTL is building a spectacular line-up with great additions to the initial line-up. Maceo Plex and Âme will be joining the big leads, whom DGTL named on the ... Read more

Gabber, Part 2… Don’t judge before you’ve tried it

Last week with my article “The Gabber. or How Rotterdam Gave Birth to An Underground Style” I went on a quest to reintroduce, and maybe slightly poke at the so-thought dead, Gabber culture. The teasing tone of the publication gained an immediate wide-range of comments. Most had a good chuckle or two, but for others this article came off as inhospitable. Then is when I understood that I misunderstood the Gabbers. Eventually instead of defending ourselves, we decided to take things into our hands. So I reached out to our commentators on the article Facebook post, asking them to share their personal stories. Three of them I went into an in-depth conversations. Dennis, a ... Read more

The Phase I Lineup of Croatia’s Island Gem Sonus Scores A Knockdown

If you already miss the sun beating on your sun-screened shoulders, an icy cocktail in the hand and dancing till the sun comes up and down, then it may be the time to plan your next summer holiday adventure. On the offer – Sonus – a summer rave hosted on the divine Zcre Beach, on Pag Island, in Croatia August 20th, mustering the absolute biggest of the techno and house scene, so that even defining the headliner becomes almost impossible. The fact that the festival crew is doing things right is evident in the returning acts. Few of them to mention – after a subliminal festival closing last year, is the ... Read more

The Gabber. or How Rotterdam Gave Birth to An Underground Style

Once, not long ago, existed a short-lived and favored underground music scene known as Gabber, it is pronounced rubber but with the Dutch’s signature throat scratching ‘G’ gulping the ‘R.’ They lived the moment, danced till the sunrise, had no care about shower and limits on drug induced highs. Despite their flat out retarded dance routines and beats reaching nonsensical 220 BPMs, making your head explode, it leaves me with a melancholic impression of an young-lived trend, which somehow, started living again. See also: Gabber, Part 2… Don’t judge before you’ve tried it Gabber origins can be traced to when the ... Read more