We are a small group of friends who enjoy filming and photographing Scotland’s vibrant music scene, we went to almost all the big raves around Scotland between 1991-99, we turned up with our own carry out, several cameras lights and battery belts to keep the cameras rolling as we partied throughout the night. The camera crew were friends of video enthusiast Paul Martin who would hand out cameras to ravers at bigger events to “get the vibe”, he always said; “i only need 10%, if you can hold the shot”, some of the crew had never even used a video camera before.
Towards the end of the 1990’s, we took time out from the rave scene as we noticed a change in the music scene and were busy with our day jobs so we stopped going out and went our separate ways. In 2009 (10 years later) a few of us resurfaced on the social media platform Bebo and started reminiscing about the 90’s. At that time Paul Martin had just given up his job as a building inspector to become full time carer to his mum who was diagnosed with dementia. In Paul’s spare time he started thinking about the buzz around oldskool rave on Bebo and started digging out some tapes and searching for some clips to cut out and post, this was around the time that Bebo had just launched their video feature so there was a great buzz about the whole concept of bebo video, alot of people from back in the day were popping up on bebo and they were loving all the clips and photos Paul was posting. One night Paul was venting his frustration about the limited video features on Bebo in a message to Marc McLean, Marc suggested Paul should get his own platform just for the DVarchives.
Paul and Marc spent alot of time together brainstorming on the best way to build a website to document all the footage captured back in the 90’s and make it available for all the crew to revisit their rave years directly in their living room, Marc was at sound college at the time and had built his own website as part of his development plan, there was a module at college on audio dialogue replacement using protools, Marc was liking the way video could be edited digitally as he knew of the struggles Paul had back in the day editing tapes with several vhs machines and an analogue mixer. Ten years on (2020) and we are still busy behind the scenes looking through old tapes from back in the day and trying to fix broken ones to see whats on them and get them digitised and edited to add to our archives. We are building up a 20 hour archive to make available for all the ravers to watch, this is just the first instalment, we have so much footage to show we’re still trying to work out how to deliver it all to you in its entirety, its not a cheap set up to run and will need the support from dedicated ravers to make it happen… We still like to go out filming at music events when we have time in between working with other videographers and film makers on documentaries, short format music and technology events, always building future archives for our website. We’re not a professional film crew but we have picked up some great vibes over the last 20 odd years in the industry and learned a lot along the way.
We have recently had some stuff commissioned on the new BBC Scotland channel the broadcast is over now we were stoked our footage was being shown on national television once again.
To find out where it all began, we have transcribed an interview we done with M8 magazine in the 1990’s, click here…