Detroit Rave Scene

When I moved to the suburbs of Detroit, I heard that Detroit was the place to rave back in the day. Back in the day I was always wanted to be part of the scene for the crazy cool huge pants, the use of primary colors in all aspects of wardrobe, the beads, the crazy dyed hair, the glowsticks, and the bragging rights to the fact that you were able to get out of the house and dance till 6 in the morning in Toronto at the age of 15. I goodsearched the topic and came up with the site detrave.net with merely the phrase “the scene is dead. long live the scene”. Is the scene really dead in Detroit?

4 Comments so far

  1. axel (unregistered) on February 8th, 2006 @ 8:33 pm

    does anyone remember motor detroit in hamtramck? house music? derrick may? did they all move to california? do you know alton miller? he used to produce around here, i saw him once at woodward and charlotte street. haven’t seen him in a while. hope he didn’t move. but glowsticks and whistles? you really talk about the 15-year-olds there…good question though, where’s the scene. considering that house music was pretty much born in detroit. what do you consider rave anyway? if you’re not interested in house music just disregard my post…


  2. tomo (unregistered) on February 13th, 2006 @ 3:07 pm

    The huge parties stopped a few years ago replaced by smaller, low key parties and club nights. I believe it’s a cycle. There’s been a lot more activity lately and the return of large parties (like King James Productions). Look for flyers or check for updates on detroitluv.


  3. Nathan (unregistered) on February 14th, 2006 @ 12:53 pm

    I posted this comment once, and was told it had to be accepted by a moderator before being posted. Since it’s been nearly a week, I’m just going to post it again. Maybe this time someone will approve it.

    Imagine my surprise to be reading Metroblogging Detroit and see Detroit Rave mentioned. I started the website in 1999 when I returned from Phoenix, Arizona and noticed a lack of Detroit rave scene websites. The site enjoyed a couple years of success. I posted weekly events and eventually opened the calendar up to the public so people could post their own event flyers and reviews. I closed it again once people started using it as a graffiti board for their own private jokes.

    By this time Fox News was already targeting local events with their “Crave The Rave” segments. The bad publicity increased until the city police were breaking up parties left and right. Many of the promoters who had been in the scene for over a decade suddenly felt it wasn’t worth the risk of arrest. The popularity of rave culture nationwide also created a turnover in the raver population, bringing younger, less-experienced, suburban ravers into the city, as well as inexperienced promoters who were more worried about making a quick buck than throwing a solid event. Older ravers felt unwelcome and were strangers in their own city.

    The last Detroit party I attended was in 2001. The scene is different now, but perhaps not really dead. I’m sure there are still people dedicated to promoting quality events, just as there are still ravers waiting excitedly for the next big event. It’s just not the same people who were here a decade ago.

    “The scene is dead, long live the scene” is, of course, a play on the traditional phrase “The king is dead, long live the king.” It implies that while the old scene is no more, there has been a succession. The new scene might be great, I wouldn’t know. I don’t go to many events and when I do they tend to be in other states. I hope this post clarifies my position and answers some of your questions. I have many wonderful memories of the Detroit rave scene and hope that people are still making new ones.


  4. tomo (unregistered) on February 14th, 2006 @ 3:43 pm

    Many of the same players as before are still involved in different capacities. Go to Oslo and talk to the owner and you’ll see what I’m talking about.



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