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Barefoot Doctor; 24/7 Party People Versus Weekenders


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Recently convicted of bank fraud/ former 80s Acid house promoter Tony Colston-Hayten suggested rave culture differed from earlier underground tribes such as punk, hippies or skinheads by being open to part time weekender followers as opposed to the 24/7 lifestyles followed by earlier groups.


For Barefoot Doctor, today’s sub-cultural world has transformed beyond recognition . . .


Barefoot Doctor Bit: What are the Advantages- & Pitfalls of Immersing Yourself 24/7 in a Lifestyle such as Clubbing?


Barefoot Doctor; It’s all about how we identify ourselves – the reference points we use. The original rave culture, like the punk and hippy cultures that preceded it, were in the pre-internet era, when people necessarily identified themselves far more by external reference points, as there weren’t the online networks we have today that facilitate a myriad of potential reference points by which to identify ourselves.


And there wasn’t the same awareness of the multitude of choices available, so once you found a set of identity references that worked for you, you’d tend to stay with it and invest more time and energy in it.


In the early 90s you’d know yourself as someone into the rave scene and would live your whole life around it. It would become central to everything you did – the atmosphere of the rave would permeate all other aspects of your life, as would probably the MDMA intake that was intrinsic to the culture.


And provided you managed it sensibly enough and kept your everyday logistics sufficiently in order, you’d probably come out of it thriving, as most did. Especially if you were immersed enough to be earning your living through it.


However the internet and mobile phone networks now make it possible to reference yourself to all sorts of culture and scenes, not just where you are but globally. So there’s less reliance on identifying with any particular scene, to know where you stand in the world – or to let others know.


It’s far more varied now, and that breeds a certain eclecticism in respect of identities.


So now you can be a banker, a trader, a model, a marketing person, a journalist, an osteopath, a dentist, or whatever, and be identified by that while you’re doing it, and be a Facebook character and be identified by that while you’re messing about on Facebook, and be a meditator and be identified by that while you’re doing it, and be a rave monkey and be identified by that while you’re doing it.


Like swiping windows of different realities on the screen of your phone. And while using all those as references, somehow not really be identified by any one them.


And this leads to what appears to be a certain superficiality about being in any of the roles you’re playing, yet paradoxically a definite increase of style and skill no matter which identity you’re in at the time.


Hence people dance really well, know all the right moves and the right things to say, can converse in relative depth about the effectiveness of a particular drop or the EQ on a sub-bass or kick drum as they stagger home after a party, and can report into work the next morning in top-top form and do a proficient job of it there too. The pressure to be excellent at everything is increasing exponentially and evolution is producing more and more people that can do that.


So that’s probably the main identity reference: being excellent no matter what you do, for which you have to be flexible and adaptable with your act and costume range.


In the pre-internet days you may have brought the rave atmosphere into the workplace, and fly your rave flag in all the ways you might have done, same with the punk and the hippy cultures that preceded, but now you don’t need to wave a rave flag or any other, you just need to make sure your iPhone is charged.


The pitfall with all of this is the potential for a lack of passion about what you’re doing. The advantages are you probably make more money and get your life better organized by being able to do the changeling thing well.


Whichever way, it’s definitely a symptom of evolution, which is happening at an exponentially accelerating rate, pretty much in direct relation to the rate of technological progress going on, and it’s unlikely we’ll see people identifying with one particular lifestyle like the rave scene again for quite a while, if ever again.”


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