Infamous back in the day for pulling off some off the biggest and fattest illegal warehouse parties of the Acid House revolution we had a quick chat with Tintin – one of the partners behind the Energy explosion
What was you doing before discovering Acid House?
I was thrown out of a posh boarding school in 1985 aged 15. I headed to London where I devoted myself to drumming in various bands (most of whom were crap), partying with friends and clubbing with the likes of Robert Pereno in places like crazy Larry’s, The Mud Club, Westworld and such. During this time I connected with Jeremy Taylor who was organising Gatecrasher Balls and I helped him with promotion and a few other things for the events. So I was already on somewhat of a scene, though a little different from the scene I later joined and embraced.
How much of an impact did Acid House have on you personally?
Enormous. It really did change my life. Of course I started putting on events and later DJ’ing so the scene provided me with a creative output and a career. But more importantly it opened me up spiritually and mentally. It allowed me to meet such an amazing cross section of people that most people with my upbringing may never have encountered, yet alone become such true friends with. Of course there was the madness that went with the territory but to this day I will look at those years and say they were truly out of this world and were pivotal in shaping the person I am today.
When did you decide you were going to stage your own Acid House events?
Jeremy and I came back from abroad in mid 88 to find that his partner in Gatecrasher has totally shafted him. This guy had removed all (and considerable) money from the company accounts and safes and even cancelled his driver who was to pick us up from the airport. I had already been thinking about putting a night on as some of the best clubs at the time were very cliquey and hard to get into and I had a crowd who I thought would follow. I knew that Jeremie’s bad experience could be turned round for the better and that this was also an opportunity for me. Jeremy had the organisational skills and I have some ideas, contacts, a good network to promote to and a passion to do it. It seemed like the most logical thing in the word to do. We called the company Karma productions.
I first met both you and Jeremy (Energy partner) whilst breaking into a warehouse in Hackney for a Magical Mystery Tour, tell us a little about those parties in 1988..
Ohhh.. The crazy days, running around with our 5 tonne Motorola’s, moving from venue to venue and being moved on every time. I guess persistence eventually pulled us through, but we lost a lot of money and some reputation for never quite pulling those early parties off. Not to say we didnt have fun..
Energy’s contribution to Acid House is immense, did you think you were making history at the time?
Well thank you 🙂 I knew we were doing something special and I knew that we were part of a bigger unstoppable movement that was changing the world around as, at least the world around the M25! But honestly I wouldn’t have imagined the impact globally today and how what we did back then helped create what’s now taken for granted culture. Its quite humbling and of course fucking cool to have been a part of that – to help sow the seeds of love as it were.
Energy did some of the biggest parties of the period, did you think it would last forever?
I was never sure it would last till the next weekend. There was so much establishment against this thing. I was arrested at least ten times over the period, then there were the security issues at some parties, Graham Bright etc… But in the end were stronger and more united and so prevailed, though things did change after the Summer of 89.
Was Acid House Unique or just another passing fad?
Oh totally unique. But then so were many other movements. The important thing was it was totally unique for us. This was our time.
What’s your favorite Energy party?
Has to be Westway, our first one. The atmosphere, the production, the music all came together that evening and the party certainly lived up to the hype. It was and still is my proudest achievement.
Do you think young people today will experience the love and unity we had at Acid House?
I’m sure many people still are, though the circumstances may be different. Many well documented factors came into play at the same time to allow Acid House to emerge and grow but people around the world are surely experiencing some similar emotions for their first time.
What you doing today?
I’ve been djing since 89 but not so seriously now. More recently (since 1997) I’ve been working in Internet and Digital Music related projects, starting with the first ever Electronic Music Internet Radio Station ‘Groovetech’ (sadly no longer) and now with CI where we handle the digital distribution for the crème of Independent Record Labels globally
Anything you want to say about Acid House?
Absolutely: Thanks Acid House…. Now anyone got a time machine? 🙂
INTERVIEW TAKEN FROM
LSD MAGAZINE ISSUE TWO – BOOTING OFF THE DOORS