DJs Doc Martin, Jeno, David Harness, Galen & Kincaid Revive NorCal Early 90's Full Moon Rave Parties

Posted by Billyjam, July 9, 2017 06:09pm | Post a Comment

In sync with tonight's full moon and this afternoon/evening's balmy East Bay July outdoor weather, Doc Martin and other veteran dance party DJs, who were part of the early 90's burgeoning SF Bay Area rave party including DJ icons Jeno and David Harness, will be reviving the legendary early 90's full moon parties with today's Waterfront Sessions: Full Moon Edition. The dance party, also featuring DJs Galen and Kincaid, is already underway and will be going til "late" down by Oakland's Jack London Square. There at Eve's Waterfront (15 Embarcadero)
the BPMs of the smokin' house grooves been spun will be gradually increase, picking up pace as the evening turns to night and the full moon comes into clear view about the Oakland Estuary. As the joint promoters of this new party series (Prismatic, Rouse Records and Sky Sundays) predict, today's party should revive the vibe and feel of the "Bonny Doon parties of the rave days of old, as we dance the day away into night under the full moon." While the DIY grassroots approach of those early era NorCal ravesof a quarter a century ago may have morphed into the comparatively controlled environment of parties like at Eve's tonight, the music and vibe promises to recapture that golden era of the fun rave parties in the Bay (that I was fortunate to be witness to) like the Full Moon parties and A Rave Called Sharon, The Gathering, Toon Town and of course Mr Floppy's Flophouse in Oakland - not too far from tonight's event. Fun times! Public transport to today's event include BART, AC Transit and the ferry to Jack London Square. 21+ Tix $20. More information.

Saluting Scott Hardkiss

Posted by Billyjam, April 2, 2013 11:49am | Post a Comment

God Within (aka Scott Hardkiss) "Raincry" (1993)

Since the sad news of the premature passing of DJ/producer/remixer Scott Hardkiss surfaced I have been meaning to post an Amoeblog tribute to this extremely talented man who was so closely associated with the early 90's Bay Area rave scene. Scott Hardkiss (born Scott Friedel), whose sudden death last week shocked the global dance music community, was only 43 years of age and while the exact nature of his death are not yet known many Facebook postings by those who knew him indicated that he had suffered a brain aneurism. What is known is that two years ago Scott underwent serious eye transplant surgery to restore vision in his left eye, which had gone blind from a degenerative disease known as Keratoconus, but the artist had reported how the vision in his new eye was worsening and was causing him problems over the past year.

As one-third of Hardkiss (aka the Hardkiss Brothers along with non-siblings Gavin Hardkiss and Robbie Hardkiss) Scott was instrumental in helping to pioneer the U.S. rave scene via memorable informal rave parties and pioneering productions and remixes that fused techno and house, with psychedelic and breakbeats and other genres. Scott's introduction to rave culture and music began when he and Gavin attended the UK's famed Glastonbury Music Festival in 1990 and were exposed to acid house. Soonafter back in the States they set up their base out West in San Francisco where, in addition to throwing underground parties, in early nineties released their debut album, Magical Sounds of the Underground. Later in 1994 they would set up their own Sunburn label to release other artists music as well as some of their own. Collectively and individually they recorded and remixed a lot of music and in the late nineties Hardkiss landed a Columbia/Sony deal although like many major label electronic music deals did not pan out as well as hoped.

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Posted by Billyjam, July 19, 2007 06:35pm | Post a Comment