In case you are thinking about setting up your own rave, loft party or other such fete in an unauthorized space – do make sure that you check out the locations fire exits and mark them out clearly so that nobody will get hurt. Raves are fun, illegal and unfortunately not very common in New York City circa 2009. Anyhow – I hope that whoever carries on the great ole loft rave tradition will put a good amount of energy into making the parties safe and fun, so the tradition can live on.
Step 1: Set up DJ gear, CDJs, Lighting, STROBE and smoke machine!
Step 2: Do the same in the basement (or garage of the building) – make it DARK and don’t forget the strobe!
Step 3: Find a sponsor (don’t tell them that the rave is illegal!)
Step 4: Stock the bar
Step 5: KEEP IT SIMPLE!
Step 6: Simple instructions for the guests too (PISS ON THE FLOOR)!
Step 7: Make a cozy setting – candles on the tables, etc.
Step 8: Invite your friends – and a couple of bad arse DJs
Step 9: ROCK THE PARTY
Step 10: Lean back and enjoy
Don’t forget to smile
Step 11: Discuss strategies to make people stay forever (Hey isn’t that Lars from Djuma Soundsystem…
Step 12: 10 AM – Pull the plug
Step 13: Enjoy that you don’t have to clean up after!
Step 14: Enjoy it a lot!
Step 15: RUN !!
The building was demolished 2 months later. 500 people visited our rave that cold Saturday night in January, planning took just 48 hours. You can do it too! Just do it…