drowning in my nostalgia

20 09 2008

Continuation and Part II of Past Foward entry. Starting off with some Consortium pics taken by the great Eddie Boy Escudero…

Consortium residents Cocoy P and myself. Photo by Eddie Boy Escudero.

Consortium residents Cocoy P and myself. Photo by Eddie Boy Escudero.

Jamie Bissmire of Space DJz. All around great guy and techno dj. Rode with me on my Vespa after the gig and shouting "we are the mods","we are the mods" along roxas blvd. in reference of course to Quadrophenia.

Jamie Bissmire of Space DJz. All around great guy. Rode with me on my Vespa after the gig on the way to after gig breakfast shouting "We are the mods,we are the mods" in reference to Quadrophenia of course. A mod/b-boy/ techno dj. Photo by Eddie Boy Escudero.

I have no idea who he is but he looks fierce and has a nice, rare Consortium shirt on. I don't even have mine anymore.

I have no idea who he is but he looks fierce and has a nice Consortium shirt on. There were probably a hundred or so of this printed for a crowd of 3,000 so it's a rare item and anyone who still have theirs in good condition might want to get in touch with me. Photo by Eddie Boy Escudero.

Cecile Z. A regular at the Consortium parties. Grocery,her store then would sell clothes for the 90's local rave generation.

Cecile Z. A regular at the Consortium parties. Grocery, her store then, was part of Consortium,selling clothes for the 90's local rave generation. Photo by Eddie Boy Escudero.

The Detroit innovator Derrick May gracing the decks at Consortium. Check out the Adidas banner. Yup, my favorite brand supporting COnsortium back then.Photo by Eddie Boy Escudero.

Detroit techno innovator Derrick May gracing the decks at Consortium. Check out the Adidas banner. Yup, my favorite brand supported COnsortium .Photo by Eddie Boy Escudero.

the fashionable set were definitely also represented then at Consortium.

the fashionable set were definitely also represented at Consortium. Photo By Eddie Boy Escudero.

as well as the rockers( Krishna M and Nathan-then with Rivermaya) which shows some were actually open to it then and maybe inspire others for Deep Fried?

...as well as the rockers( Krishna M and Nathan-then with Rivermaya) which shows some were actually open to it then and maybe inspire others for Deep Fried? Photo by Eddie Boy Escudero

Karl Roy resting for a bit

Karl Roy resting for a bit. Photo by Eddie Boy Escudero.

the one and only and John Glenn of Blue Cafe was a regular fixture at Consortium and i've played  at some of  the  most memorable gigs at his establishment. In fact ,the very, very first experiment that is the roving club/rave Consortium was held at Blue Cafe when Malate was in full bloom.

The one and only John Glenn of Blue Cafe and friends were regulars at Consortium. In fact the experiment, that is Consortium was first held at Blue Cafe when Malate was about to get really hot. Photo by Eddie Boy Escudero.

rod t.another Groove Nation dj

rod t.another Groove Nation dj. photo by Eddie Boy Escudero.

at Consortium...no comment

at Consortium...no comment. photo by eddie boy escudero

Noel dB and Rod T

Noel dB and Rod T. photo by Eddie Boy Escudero

one of my idols and an amazing dj with great taste in music. Really good guy and somewhat my mentor when i was trying to get in the L.A. underground  scene.

Doc Martin-one of my idols and an amazing dj with great taste in music. Really good guy and somewhat my mentor when i was trying to get in the L.A. underground scene.

this was the smaller Groove Nation in betweener to Consortium named after The Jam's rousing tune.

Sample flyer to the smaller Groove Nation in betweener to Consortium named after The Jam's rousing tune!

a break from Consortium with samples of Los Angeles rave flyers during those halcyon days. Standard clubbing in clubs can be claimed by NY,SF and Chicago but really from recollection, the “raves” really flourished first in L.A as far as the US is concerned. Introduced mostly by British expats who infiltrated the club scene in L.A. playing mostly house and techno music from Chicago and Detroit! Go figure. Ping Pong in full effect. I must have gone to hundreds from 89 to 93. From dark, abandoned warehouses to normal establishments during the day, rave location by night as well as glamorous old buildings like the Park Plaza to the Union Station and amusement parks.

I think this is one of the reasons why people really dance abroad and not just stand around or make chit chat. This was the average price to most raves back then with some going as much as $40. It's definitely a factor as to why people here take things for granted. It's because it's usually "face value", guestlist or a measly entrance fee.

I think this is one of the reasons why people really dance abroad and not just stand around or make chit chat. This was the low average price to most raves back in the day with some going as much as $40. Then again, majority of the "party people " here in Manila do pay that and more nowadays and still just stand around and chit chat like they're at a dinner party. So maybe not many here are value for money conscious? That or Manila really is the Hamptons and people are moneyed ?

afternoon ravin' at Venice Beach. Ahh the love for beats.

afternoon ravin' @ Venice Beach. Ahh,the love for beats.

Lava Lounge menu by Agu P. .Dig that dilis!

Lava Lounge drink list by Agu P...Dig that dilis! oops, my mistake that's on the menu which i have yet to find.

Lizza N and Koro during the Lotus Eaters/Rivermaya recordings that didn't see the light of day.

Lizza N and Koro during the Lotus Eaters/Rivermaya recordings that didn't see the light of day.

Juan Nunez of Wax Records L.A.. Sadly, majority of the record stores in L.A. have now gone belly up and are just existing online.

Juan Nunez of Wax Records L.A.. Sadly, majority of the record stores in L.A. have now gone belly up and are just existing online.

 Cyril Y.,Simone of DSound and Pepi D.

Cyril Y.,Simone of DSound and Pepi D.

Lourd, Peter Coyle(The Lotus Eaters)Jay I., Joonee G. and Jem Kelly(The Lotus Eaters)

Lourd, Peter Coyle(The Lotus Eaters)Jay I., Joonee G. and Jem Kelly(The Lotus Eaters)

J-Jay(Moulton Studios SF/naked), Rica,Pepi and Latrice Barnett

In a LOMO moment gone wrong -Jay J (Moulton Studios SF/naked), Rica,Pepi and vocalist Latrice Barnett.





on the radio + an almost 2 hour mixed free mp3

10 09 2008

In case some are confused, there’s Deep Fried the bi-monthly dance night at Saguijo and there’s Deep Fried the radio mix show on NU107 every Wednesday 11-12 midnight. As you will notice if you tune in tonight, i usually try to put in some tracks that are a bit closer to rock to not totally alienate NU’s audience,whether it’s indie band remixes,and though I’m 5 years tired of it, some electroclash or its current reincarnation, the nu-school of electro ie,new rave/fidget whateverthehellpeoplecallitnowadays. In small servings though and only what’s bearable. The bulk of course, is a lot of tech, deep, minimal house and techno.  So tonight, you’d be hearing stuff from Pony Hoax, Freeform Five, Chardonet Vs Afrilounge, Milton Jackson, Andomat 3000, Tim Weeks, Zoot Woman, Digitalism and many more. In the meantime, here’s a mix of mine for everyone that’s a close approximation to what got played at last April’s CONSORTIUM.  Enjoy.

Toti D’s April 2008 mix





Scenester

2 09 2008

Recently, i overheard some indie kids bitching about how this and that person’s such a “Scenester” and it made me think if i actually had something to do with that term. Of course, i’m not that narcissistic to think i actually invented it but if memory serves me right no one locally pre-mid 90s ever used it in a sarcastic, negative way.

So, just what is a “Scenester anyway? According to the dictionary it’s “a person associated or immersed in a particular fashionable culture scene”. Close… but in my book, it’s someone who associates him/herself to just about ANY scene. Art, Music, Literary, Film, Dance, High Society, Politics, he’s/she’s there. A Scenester knows the key people or pretends to know and try his/her very best to show they’re down with the homies. Nothing wrong to be well rounded and interested in different things for sure but a Scenester is a different beast, much like a pesky mosquito that won’t go away, an irritating fixture to places, things and events that you will want to avoid, eventually. There are levels of tolerance, yes. Some you can still take but most are really out to get their 15 minutes of fame at all costs.

A Scenester also loves being photographed and being in broadsheets as well as the “right’ magazines and publications. Fashion, lifestyle, teen, street, gadget, car etc. magazines, you name it, you’re bound to come across a Scenester in the back pages where they have pictures from various events. A Scenester also loves to namedrop and most especially the “it” names from the respective scenes. So basically, a Scenester is both a leech and a social climber, just slightly hipper. This to me is the definition of what a Scenester is in the local setting.

The other kind of Scenester was a quartely, risographed fanzine of sorts ( yes, honorable fanzine expert, we didn’t know the aesthetics of the fanzine cottage industry then but who cares?). Anyway it was a geeky, psychotic, feeble attempt at literature and ahead of its time ranting vehicle, originally as companion bible to Consortium goers. It definitely raised eyebrows but was destined to disappear instantly due to lack of funds, until, then stranger, turned good friend Kristo Babbler (his nom de plume) offered to rescue it from its impending doom and (gasp!) actually published the zine for his Focal Publishing House much to the delight of its writers, a mixed bunch of people tied together by music, film, watches and quality footwear.

That was a very exciting time, loads of coffee and alcohol, allnighters, good and bad ideas, midnight snacks, ego clashes, personal differences and lots of love in a Melrose Place kind of way. Alas, some people took it way seriously and things went sour. As they say nothing good lasts forever. Yours truly started it and named it The Scenester, inspired by the many attention seekers of the day and the many horrible parties and events that gave birth to Scenesters more than a decade ago.

To commemorate its short yet glorious existence in the mid 90s, here are cover samples in their magnificent monochromatic, cheap-ass style.

If you enjoyed that. Imagine the content.