It’s Saturday night and one week ago we were gathering together in a muddy tent at Mellen Mountain Meadows for a face melting, box banging night of music that will go down as one of the best in the 80-some event history of Drop Bass Network. And me, I’m finally coming out of the fog just enough to make this follow up post.
I rolled back into the Devilerance Kompound on Wednesday afternoon at almost exactly the same hour I left for Even Furthur seven days earlier. Strangely, I was still wearing the same clothes, obviously I hadn’t showered. I was barely functioning on nightly sleep totals in the 2s. My body was sore and exhausted; my head was a fuckin mess. Somewhere in between I was with a whole bunch of Pranksters and we indeed went Even Furthur.
To try and put those four days On The Bus into words is a difficult task…“no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing.” We reunited to celebrate a peak that happened 20 years earlier, one we thought would never come again. But the crazy thing is, IT DID! The words epic and legendary get thrown around a lot, but Even Furthur was that and more. It was real and it was special. It was 90s RAVE and then some!
The cost to make Even Furthur happen was big…financially and physically, emotionally and mentally. But man was it worth it. Walking around during an event it’s typical to get some props or “the nod”, but it sure felt like every single person at one point came up and said “thank you”. Some of those were the most genuine, heartfelt, teary eyed comments I’ve ever received. While we were cleaning up Monday/Tuesday your posts started coming in and that’s when it really hit home that something meaningful just happened. Drop Bass Network is extremely proud of this one.
This is where I wanted to thank some people, but I soon realized rather than thanking anyone for anything it made a lot more sense to thank EVERYONE for EVERYTHING! Every person at Even Furthur was a participant in some way big or small. Some people participated for two or more! It wouldn’t have been the event it was without all of you. The bar was set, you raised it, and then you said fuck it we can go even higher! It’s tricky flirting on the edge like that, but that’s where the Midwest Hardcorps shines.
I do want to give some shout outs. First and foremost to the Drop Bass Network Support Squad. We haven’t produced an event since NYE 2003. I was behind and under prepared for Even Furthur and when we woke up on site Thursday there was no detailed action plan, no instructions…I just said build a rave. Without missing a beat they did! As if that wasn’t enough, the volunteer plan for the weekend went out the window and rather than the SS working 2hr shifts they ended up working 4, 6, 10, all day! They gave up having the weekend of their lives, so that you could have yours. Selfless dedication. If you think there’s a better crew in rave, you’re wrong. I’m humbled and honored the SS is DBN4LIFE!
I also wanted to give a shout out to the DIYss. The plan for their roles was simple, be a promoting partner and bring a stage to the event. Except they didn’t keep it simple. The promotions were way more than I could have hoped for and what they brought to the event was unbelievable, all mostly at their own expense. Top shelf talent, excellent sound, themed areas, good vibes…it was like 11 different events within an event. I’m still not sure why they took it to the next level, but I’m glad they did. 2-10pm has never been as much fun as it was at Even Furthur.
Lastly, I wanted to give a shout out to the star of the show…Darren and Adam’s Hitman sound system. It might not have been the biggest ever or had all the names you’d expect, but that rig, in that configuration, in that setting, under those conditions…pure sonic bliss. When every single one of the djs is in awe of the sound you know it’s good. I intended to keep it at a safe level at the property border and we did start there, but it was too good to not push it. I’ll deal with repercussions later…this rave needed to enjoy the ride.
So now what? I’ve been thinking about this event for years and when the opportunity presented itself I went for it and asked Woody and Dave to help make it reality. The Drop Bass Network legacy was solid and if I never did anything again it was cool. Even Furthur 2016 adds another interesting chapter to an already unique story and I’d be fine letting that be it. However, it would also be a shame to not build on this…Rave On!
Turn On, Tune In, Drop Bass. – Kurt Eckes
ps. Someone stole the DBN skull road sign out by Highway C. If anyone knows anything about this help us out. If we don’t find it then all we can hope for is karma deals with the thief slowly and painfully so they get time to think about the asshole they are.
(TPR Burn/Support Squad photo credit Dave Eckblad)
FM: Fixmer / McCarthy
A project from Terence Fixmer and
Douglas McCarthy (Nitzer Ebb)
Isn’t It Funny How Your Body Works when you Let Your Body Learn to Join in the Chant? As you Let Beauty Loose you’re Getting Closer. Control, I’m Here and there’s no Shame in Murderous Fun To Be Had.
OFFICIAL : FB : SOUND
let your freak flag fly
theme camps, costumes express, create, participate
bang sparkle ah
in technocolor Saturday at dusk
HeadLights : MathStatic trim tabs the tent with a Minimize to MAXimize lighting installation, and still too much strobe and fog
SubKulture : Hitman Sound Systems designed, four corner High Fidelic Experience with Funktion-One and Void Acoustics
PsychoCandy : Brain Farm presents a kandy kolored visual apocalypse fresh from the rodeo of just say know, why not? yeah
DIYss (Do It Yourself sound systems) : Friday / Saturday / Sunday, 2pm to 10pm
see map at Even Furthur for locations
click on DIYss name or presenters below for more information
72 hours continuous event, Rain! or Shine?, all stages are weather protected
come prepared to Camp and Cope for entire duration you plan to stay at EF
NO IN/OUTS, one time use exit pass per car for supply run if conditions permit
multiple Hot and Cold Food and Beverage concessions with nice for you prices
there is no ATM on site or nearby, bring money with you, don’t be that broke guy
fresh potable Water, daily serviced clean portable Restrooms, pay per use Showers
no alcohol sales available, BYOB for 21+ with Legal Identification, NO GLASS bottles
sales or use of controlled or out-of-control substances are Illegal, Unwise, Unwelcome…
strictly enforced zero tolerance for underage drinking, any illegal activity, trouble
Camping and Parking areas Separate, no drop off site, Prepare to Haul your stuff
room and hard ground for RVs / Campers, but no utility hookups, separate from tents
campfires if Smokey agrees, firewood for sale, Burn Where You Buy policy
Friendly Professional Security and Paramedics 24/7 to assist for a safe event
NO weapons, fireworks, graffiti tools, negativity. NO DOGS without service papers
there is a lot of scheduled music, NO RENEGADE SOUND SYSTEMS ALLOWED!
Tickets Scanned and Vehicles Searched on entrance, be ready and help the line move
Right of Admission Reserved. No Refund/Exchange. IDENTIFICATION REQUIRED
Ticket holder assumes all risk of personal injury and loss or damage to property
RESPECT this beautiful venue, CLEANUP after yourself, garbage bags supplied
please be smart and somewhat act like adults, for sure have fun and do good things
look out for yourself, but also for one another, this is a family reunion, On The Bus!
NO GUEST LIST. Talent, production, DIYss, personnel, and co-promoters will receive
tickets in advance NOT at door. DO NOT show up without ticket or prepare to purchase
Merchandise Vending must email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to arriving for approval