LSD Magazine interviews Tin Tin (Energy Parties)

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?  🙂