Shoom 25 Time For Love

Posted on December 3, 2012

When tales are told of the late eighties, of Ibiza and the subsequent explosion of the youth culture in the UK, there are certain DJs and parties that play a prominent part. Throughout the UK the stories differ slightly, with regional parties and DJs playing their part, but if you trace the story of the dance scene back to a time before it was a scene, the list becomes a lot smaller. Two names synonymous with the explosion of the movement are Danny Rampling and Shoom, the party he launched on his return from Ibiza that would play a significant role in a movement that would change so many lives forever.

Shoom was one of those parties that captured the imagination of a generation, strange when you think that it was an intimate affair compared to the huge raves that were taking place at the same time. Yet it was the small party in London that would attract clubbers from all over the UK, united in a love for the music and an open minded approach to making new friends and sharing experiences. As Danny Rampling gets set for a massive weekend, December 8 and 9, which sees ‘Shoom 25 A Time For Love’ offer an insight into what made the party so special, mixing seminal DJs from back in the day with some of today’s new stars, we catch up with him to get an idea of the man and the brand that meant so much to so many…

Danny-Rampling

You’ve played in numerous venues and parties around the world, is Shoom still a benchmark of a good party for you and do you find yourself comparing other events to it?
Nothing has ever come close to those nights at Shoom, they were extraordinary. On conception of Shoom, everything had changed for me as a DJ, I’d spent a number of years waiting, knowing at some point I would get to a point where I’d have a receptive crowd in my own club to play to after years of trying to make it as a professional DJ. The club became a family, friendships were formed for life and the energy was incredible at Shoom

Were you aware at the time that you were involved in a youth movement rather than an entertainment evolution?
We collectively created a new youth culture movement based on peace hope and unity. It was much more than entertainment evolution, the scene made a positive impact on so many peoples lives who embraced the music and spirit of 88/ 89 Acid house. The scene broke down the barriers of race, class, sexual orientation and merged people together, which was unique to London youth culture.

Could the music have created this movement without the drugs or was it a combination of both elements that captured the imagination of a generation?
The music opened peoples hearts and minds, much of the USA house sounds had its roots in gospel/ spiritual music, the lyrics sang of hope, love, freedom, peace, tolerance and understanding. The music had a message in the lyrics and at the same time there was a massive surge of chemical empathy. The shift that happened was parallel to the hippie movement of the ‘60s and ‘70s.

Do you see something like that ever happening again?
It would be great to experience that positive collective consciousness that everyone was experiencing at that time of the 88/ 89 ‘summers’ of love. Who is to say something like that will happen again, I feel it will likely happen through influences and circumstances outside of music possibly.

Danny Rampling Resized

When you look back at those early days of Shoom, would you change anything?
I would have filmed the club as there’s no footage of the club sadly. I wouldn’t have changed a thing as we were all having the time of our lives, carefree and happy.

What was it about your party that had clubbers travelling from all over the UK to visit it?
Shoom was intimate compared to the huge raves that attracted thousands of people. There was a special energy within the club that everyone experienced and created together.

You have added a second Shoom 25th anniversary party as the first sold out almost immediately, how much satisfaction is there in the knowledge that today’s clubber has an acute understanding of the significance of your party?
Shoom 25 is not a reunion but a celebration of our rich music culture, we are bringing together the past with the present with original innovative DJs like Derrick May, DJ Alfredo, Mark Moore, Farley and Heller from the core scene to new wave DJs like Kris Di Angelis, Ilona Inc, Mat Playford Legendary Children and James Priestley. Shoom was and is now about promoting new ideas, new music and new DJs. Today’s clubbers have far more interest in the history of the scene, which is beneficial to all.

What can we expect from the parties, will the famous sail drapes be back?
The parties will offer the ultimate clubbing experience for all who attend, the club will be dressed with props and décor reflecting the identity of Shoom again past and present. Good music, passionate DJs, receptive audience and a friendly atmosphere, that is the spirit of ‘Shoom 25 – Time For Love.’

How influential has Ibiza been throughout your career?
Ibiza inspired and influenced me greatly to create Shoom and has helped greatly shape my DJ career. Without the Ibiza DJs and clubs at the time, Alfredo at Amnesia in ‘87, there may not have been Shoom or the UK explosion of acid house and the scene movement that developed. Ibiza will always hold a special place in my heart forever.

Saturday Dec 8 has sold out but there may be tickets left for Sunday Dec 9 at www.cable-london.com/shoom25

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