Rave to the Grave features wild stories, insights and electronic dance music history as told by the world's most interesting party people. Hosted by Vivian Host. Recorded at the Newsstand Studios at Rockefeller Center, NYC. Follow us at http://ravetothegrave.org
Seana Gavin on Spiral Tribe, Cyberpunk Soundsystems, and Adventures in Tekno
Seana Gavin is a London-based visual artist who spent 10 years immersed in the free party culture in the UK and beyond, traveling to week-long parties in Czechoslovakian fields, French mountains, and Berlin squats with soundsystems like Spiral Tribe, Bedlam, Desert Storm, and Hekate. Her photos and diary entries of the adventures of these roving cyberpunks are collected in books like Spiral Baby and Spiralling, and we sat down to talk about the intersection of punk and rave, border crossing, fashion, friendship, adventure, freedom, and just how dirty things can get. Hosted by Vivian Host (aka DJ Star Eyes). Visit RavetotheGrave.org or follow us on Instagram at @ravetothe.grave.
Shawn Caesar on Baltimore Club and Keeping It Unruly
"Tear the Club Up." "Watch Out for the Big Girl." "Bring In the Katz." Shawn Caesar of pioneering Baltimore Club music label Unruly Records joins us to talk about some of Baltimore Club music's greatest bangers, and takes us back to genre's roots in the hip-house scene of the late '80s and early '90s. Learn about Bmore club's inspirations, how it's evolved over the years, and the life and times of some of its icons, including Miss Tony and Club Queen K-Swift. Hosted by Vivian Host (aka DJ Star Eyes). Visit us at Ravetothegrave.org or on Instagram at @ravetothe.grave.
Steven Klavier on Club Etiquette, Weird Afters and Working Behind the Scenes at NYC Nightclubs
Guestlist etiquette, artisanal ketamine, sordid afterhours parties, club sex and trapeze artists are just some of the topics we delve into with Steven Klavier, a house vocalist and nightlife staple who has worked in a bevy of NYC clubs including House of Yes, Verboten, Thompson Hotel, and Public Records. Along the way, he's been a door person, bartender, booker, stage manager, and many other unofficial positions that have put him on the frontlines of all the blood, barf, bodily fluids, and bad behavior the nightlife can serve up... and he still chooses to go back for more! Hosted by Vivian Host (aka DJ Star Eyes). Visit RavetotheGrave.org or follow us on Instagram at @ravetothe.grave.
Flapjack on the Best Parties, Burning Man, EDM and Rave Shit (Literally)
In part 2 of our interview with rave icon Flapjack, we talk renegade Burning Man, the business of EDM, the importance of DIY art and culture, haunted weed, and get treated to a steaming handful of wild party stories, including a trilogy of poop-related bad trips. Hosted by Vivian Host (aka @stareyezzz). Visit RavetotheGrave.org or follow us on Instagram @ravetothe.grave.
Flapjack on the Hardcore Underground, the Lessons of the '90s, and Kandi Kid Pride
Literally a pied piper of the underground (happy) hardcore scene, L.A. DJ, promoter, fashion designer, vinyl collector, and JNCO enthusiast Flapjack joins us to talk about being a Raveaissance Man. In Part 1, we explore how he got so hardcore, kandi culture, being sober but loving drugs, sacred objects of the '90s, DIY ideals and creativity, plus we workshop party names. Stay tuned for Part 2. Hosted by Vivian Host (aka DJ Star Eyes). Visit RavetotheGrave.org or follow us on Instagram at @ravetothe.grave.
Marco Passarani on The Birth of Roman Raves, Breaking Techno and His Many Hustles
Italy's Marco Passarani has been DJing and working in record stores since age 10, and releasing records since 1993. A native of Rome, he walks us through the transition from disco to rave, the evolution of city's unique "broken beat" sound and details the scene at some long-forgotten spots like Borgo Sabatino and Piper. We also talk about his Tiger & Woods project, his complex relationship to Italo disco, smiley pants, the DJ hustle and why techno was and is still the future. Hosted by Vivian Host (aka DJ Star Eyes). Visit RavetotheGrave.org or follow us on Instagram at @ravetothe.grave.
When you’re sick of music listen to this
Every episode is a treat. Vivian’s interview style is perfect for the task, casual and exploratory, really letting the guests share themselves and their experience. It’s a range of generations and genres, and even people whose scene or history I know nothing about make for great listening. Everyone always brings some great stories, historical context, and rave wisdom.
This has quickly become one of my favorite podcasts
Vivian knows the most interesting people, apparently has the coolest roommates, and interviews people in an intimate style that allows space for them to tell the most fantastical and fun stories. If you’re new school, there’s load to learn from, and if your an og, there’s tons to relate to. You’ll probably find yourself shouting out the name of some obscure rave or venue right before a guest says it, or you might flashback to a foggy night and realize you might have been there too! Can’t wait to see who gets pulled out as the next episode’s guest.
Explores dance music history and culture from a lot of different and interesting angles. Great host and guests and some really cool stories so far