When I lived in Amsterdam I used to go to a club called De School and it is probably my favourite place on earth to exist in. Being in there and seeing whoever do an amazing acid house set or whatever was kind of tangential to the really vital and energetic sense of urgency in the moment of “being in the club.” I think there can be a really emancipatory element to club culture for lots of different folks. De School had gender neutral bathrooms and was open enough and well designed enough that you could always find your own space to dance and enjoy music there. Being an embodied person in that space, being an ungendered blob in the fog sheltered by the noise, was really important for me in a time of my life full of intense loneliness and gender dysphoria.
Spending time there was such a nice feeling, and it left me with loads of revelatory moments which I’ve drawn upon as a political person interested in making change in the world. A club recently started in Dublin run by some cool young queer folk and the first time they did it I had never felt so comfortable and at home since moving back to Dublin months prior (and I haven’t felt it since).
I guess what I mean to say is that dance music, for me, is inherently political. Compared with other forms of music, its goals are usually really clear: make people dance, and the kind of bonds you can make on a dance floor feel nearly as close to organisation and concatenation and solidarity as any type of protest or action I’ve been to.
Anyway, quickly came here to gush about getting my first drum machine today. It’s an MFB Tanzmaus and this is the very first thing I made with it: https://soundcloud.com/aidanwall/six-shooter
PS, Here is some recent rave-nostalgia driven dance music that I’m really into: https://soundcloud.com/raveselekts/a1-tommy-holohan-subaru