The Essex rave scene and The Prodigy in 1992
When I’m onstage in here, I’ve got 15,000 people in front of me and I’m thinking, ‘right I wrote this song in my bedoroom’!” – Liam, The Prodigy, 1992
The Essex rave scene and The Prodigy in 1992 are profiled in this short clip for Dance Energy on BBC2. The video has since been rediscovered by Decoded Magazine and posted up on their Facebook fan page.
The freshness and vibrancy of the young people featured in the clip running the Essex rave scene is kind of contagious, especially if I considered what it may have felt like to watch this as an eager raver back in the early 90’s.
At the centre of this Essex rave scene insert is Dan Donnelly who is described as the whizz kid who runs and owns Suburban Base Records, one of the UK’s most successful indie dance labels of the time. All of the acts on the label hung out with Dan at the Boogie Times Record store which acted their base.
“The reason we called the label Suburban Base is because we thought that it was cool that we are based outside of London but managing to take on the majors at their own game and beating them in most cases. It’s more than just a Suburban based thing now. The general public can see that we are a crew, it’s like a tribe of people and we really believe in what we are doing. We’re a group of friends that work really hard together to break our own material, and we work on our own product in our own studio.” Said Dan
And the footage of The Prodigy performing live to a crowd so long ago is a cool thing to watch. It’s also an interesting measure for how the global dance music scene has grown since.
“In a way Essex dominates the hardcore scene, there is a lot of other groups obviously but Essex is where it’s at.” said Chris one of the scenes devotees
“We try play as live as possible as we can.” The Prodigy
They talk about getting a buzz off of playing to a crowd of fifteen thousand people and seeing everyone respond to music that they have made in their bedroom.
The video is endearing in the way that you would look at old high school party photos of yourself, reminiscing in a highly romanticised fashion on all the ugly shit you wore and that you thought was cool.
Essex rave scene and The Prodigy in 1992