Rave to the Grave

Vivian Host

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

All Episodes

Elijah & Skilliam are a DJ duo and owners of London’s Butterz record label, which since 2010 have done more than anyone else to promote underground UK genres like grime, bassline and UK funky to the world. We talk to Elijah about growing up grime and what the music means to young black Londoners of his generation and talk about grime’s best MCs, mixtapes, and artifacts. Elijah also recounts some of his most ridiculous DJ stories and drops wisdom on how to maintain longevity in dance music. Visit RavetotheGrave.org for extras and follow us on Instagram at @ravetothe.grave.

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Oct 4

1 hr 40 min

Maria 909 has operated behind the scenes at some of the most famous events on the East Coast, from The Limelight nightclub to Industrial Strength parties, from Def Mix deep house events to Melting Point protest raves. Promotion, record distro, management: she's done it all. She joins us to revisit the dark and light of the 90s NYC rave scene, from growing up near Coney Island and falling in love with hardcore to witnessing the death and rebirth of the underground in the city that never sleeps. Visit RavetotheGrave.org or follow us on Instagram at @ravetothe.grave.

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Aug 23

1 hr 18 min

Noncompliant (fka DJ Shiva) is an uncompromising techno DJ/producer from the conservative state of Indiana, a queer punk skateboarder who would go from playing in barns and VFW halls to headlining in Berlin and Australia. In this interview, recorded as lockdown restrictions were easing in May 2021, we talk Midwest raves, learning to DJ on crazy equipment, speaker freaking, phone taps, buying mixtapes from The Blessed Madonna, sci-fi and epidemiology and the importance of community and accountability in club culture. Hosted by Vivian Host (aka DJ Star Eyes). Visit RavetotheGrave.org or follow us on Instagram at @ravetothe.grave.

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Jul 23

1 hr 43 min

Kurt Eckes put Milwaukee on the map in the ’90s with his Drop Bass Network parties and Even Furthur festival. In Part 2 of this interview, we talk about Satanism and rituals, how to throw a rave, the craziest stories from Furthur, the RAVE Act, the Drop Bass label and Midwest hard acid, plague raves and starting a Kult. Hosted by Vivian Host (aka DJ Star Eyes). Visit RavetotheGrave.org or follow us on Instagram at @ravetothe.grave.

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Jun 18

51 min 31 sec

Kurt Eckes put Milwaukee on the map in the ’90s with his Drop Bass Network parties and Even Furthur festival. With an aesthetic that combines heavy metal, Satanism, the acid-fried 1960s and a heavy dose of humor, Drop Bass became legend around the rave scene and beyond, while championing the darker, harder sides of electronic music, from gabber to hard acid to drum 'n' bass. Kurt is a true rave outlaw – in Part 1 of this interview, we talk about big ideas, heavy music, farming, how to talk to cops, drugs and legendary parties of course. Stay tuned for Part 2. Hosted by Vivian Host (aka DJ Star Eyes). Visit RavetotheGrave.org or follow us on Instagram at @ravetothe.grave.

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May 28

1 hr 1 min

Nottingham's DiY Collective, formed in 1989, were one of the UK's first house sound systems and played a huge role in rave culture as we know it today. DiY co-founder Harry calls in from Wales to talk about fusing punk ethics to acid house, his best friend Woosh, what it was like at Castlemorton in '92 (the largest illegal rave ever), the Criminal Justice Bill and rejecting capitalist club culture. Also, DiY's 40-person SF apartment, drug trips, fighting for your right to party and how raving really did change the world. Don't miss it! Hosted by Vivian Host (aka DJ Star Eyes). Visit RavetotheGrave.org or follow us on Instagram at @ravetothe.grave.

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Apr 30

1 hr 15 min

NYC scene staple OJ San Felipe of X-Ray Eyeballs, Acetone 4 and Sahd Wyte Guyz on growing up in SF's Mission District, the Filipino party culture that birthed the West Coast scratch DJ scene, the NYC underground past and present, and blood-and-piss-soaked rock exploits, plus how to write a song, perform live and wild out while sober. Hosted by Vivian Host (aka DJ Star Eyes). Visit RavetotheGrave.org or follow us on Instagram at @ravetothe.grave.

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Mar 26

1 hr 3 min

SF mainstay Marke Bieschke on Detroit clubs of the 1980s and ’90s, the birth of techno, NYC club kids, legendary looks, VOOM raves, writing about partying, the changing tides of queer nightlife, co-owning The Stud and San Francisco clubbing past, present and future. Hosted by Vivian Host (aka DJ Star Eyes). Visit RavetotheGrave.org or follow us on Instagram at @ravetothe.grave.  

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Mar 6

1 hr 19 min

L.A.-based performer Ms Easy on her extraordinary journey from St. Louis rave fixture to globe-trotting performer to managing clowns, stilt walkers and Fishy Fish as Entertainment Director for Insomniac, who throw massive EDM festivals like EDC and Beyond Wonderland. Hosted by Vivian Host (aka DJ Star Eyes). Visit RavetotheGrave.org or follow us on Instagram at @ravetothe.grave.

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Feb 12

1 hr 10 min

In the late '70s, photographer Bill Bernstein tirelessly documented NYC's freaky and fabulous nightlife, producing some of the most iconic images of the disco era. We talk about the unique conditions that birthed the disco movement, photographing in the dark and the scene at legendary clubs like Studio 54, Paradise Garage, GGs Barnum Room and Xenon, plus his current work shooting Brooklyn's gender-fluid nightlife scene. Hosted by Vivian Host (aka DJ Star Eyes). Visit RavetotheGrave.org or follow us on Instagram at @ravetothe.grave

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Jan 17

58 min 30 sec

NYC DJ/producer Jubilee of Magic City revisits the Florida rave scene of the '90s, reveals the secrets of how to party hard (and smart), plus talks about the halcyon days of the Hollerboard, NYC jungle and the wild twists and turns of DJ life. Hosted by Vivian Host (aka DJ Star Eyes). Visit RavetotheGrave.org or follow us on Instagram at @ravetothe.grave.

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Dec 2020

1 hr 8 min

Counterculture journalist and party girl Michelle Lhooq on rave utopias (and dystopias), new frontiers in drug culture, the Asian rave scene and the intersection of protest and partying. Hosted by Vivian Host (aka DJ Star Eyes). Visit RavetotheGrave.org or follow us on Instagram at @ravetothe.grave.

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Dec 2020

1 hr 19 min

Iconic house music vocalist Barbara Tucker talks about her life in music and dance, NYC nightlife over the years, the making of "Deep Inside" and what house music really means, plus gives us a taste of those legendary vocals. Hosted by Vivian Host (aka DJ Star Eyes). Visit RavetotheGrave.org or follow us on Instagram at @ravetothe.grave.

Dec 2020

58 min 33 sec

L.A.'s bassline king AC Slater talks about epic rave adventures, American cheese, the heyday of happy hardcore and how to build your own EDM empire. Hosted by Vivian Host (aka DJ Star Eyes). Visit RavetotheGrave.org or follow us on Instagram at @ravetothe.grave.

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Nov 2020

1 hr 4 min