The new era of the Russian rave Skotoboinya
The Skotoboinya rave parties in Moscow offer a place for the cool misfits to band together. The nostalgia prone millennial generation, hankering for the gritty and dusty rave of the nineties has a powerful effect on young Moscow.
Skotoboinya translated to English means slaughter house. The name, clearly chosen for its edgy appeal is a distinct one that hints at the kind of raw experience you can look forward to when making it to one of the parties. Unpolished ravers in a platforms and a dusty underground venue are all features of the nature of this new Russian rave.
These are cool misfits who agonise over being rejected by the regular club scene. But when they are at Skotoboinya they get to fly their freak flags high.
Delve into their unique world via this short film by Thump, produced for their Night Visions series. Hardcore happy people rave, gabber beats, and the penultimate in nineties fashion ala Spice Girls era.
“Everything which is dangerous is also beautiful at the same time. Skotoboinya for me is an art project for us. It was never a question of money or success. People were coming to experience the atmosphere which they couldn’t find anywhere else. They used to be “outsiders” to the club life. Every new generation is open to new things. What we have created, Skotoboinya it is a new cultural phenomenon. For us the main thing is music and how we perform is what makes it so popular. We didn’t expect that it would be so wild. The parties became much more wild, faster, and harder.” shares Skotoboinya Founder, Victor Eroshenko
It’s also about more than just drugs and fashion…
“For me rave music expresses everything that I lived through in my life. For me it is a form of art that has transformed into dance music.” said a producer featured in the documentary