This book is a must read for all oldskool rave fans. It gives a very honest account of the Smart-E's and Kniteforce stories. A funny, honest, captivating read!! So what are you waiting for, grab yourself a copy, you won't be disappointed!!
A funny, insightful and honest look at what it means to be a leading light in the Hardcore/Rave scene, as well as a lesson in what (and what not) to do with the success it brings.
Packed full of stories and events that are firmly implanted in the mind of an old raver such as myself, but also containing many warnings about the dangers of being part of a scene that loves to chew people up and spit them out!
A brilliant look into the inner (and outer) workings of the music business, and even if you have no real affinity with the general subject matter, the message is the same whatever your area of interest. As biographies go, you'll do well to read better this year - who needs fiction when real life is this interesting!
This is without a doubt the best book I have read.
If you have ever read any of Luna-C's blogs on the Kniteforce website you will already have some idea of what a great and interesting writer he is. This book is no exception, it is excellently written and holds your attention throughout, you wont want to put it down.
As well as being an honest, modest and humourous look into the life of the man who made some of the greatest hardcore tunes of the 90's it is incredibly informative. I have had an interest in the rave scene since 1994, but being 12 at the time I missed out on the classic raves of the era, only hearing about them from the 'older boys'. Luna-C gives a great account of what they were like, you feel as if you are there and really feel the vibe. Another thing I really found interesting about the book was he explains the full process of making a tune, from the original idea to it hitting the shelves of the record store and everything in between (the production, getting a record deal, the pressing onto vinyl, getting it distributed etc) he also explains the downsides and troubles along the way. There are a lot of questions I have always had but had no one to ask about making a record, they are all answered in this book!
A lot of people will know the Smart-E's tune 'Sesames Treet' and the whole journey of the song is in here, including how it came about to be, the success of it, the tours and live appearances which came with it (such as top of the pops) , the legal problems it occured,and the effect it had not just on Luna-C but the whole rave scene. This is a great few few chapters and is, as the rest of the book, told in detail and has some very funny parts!
There are a lot of stories of people involved in the rave scene in the book that people will recognise, Brisk, Ham, Slipmatt, Vibes (A very funny story about him in there) Jimmy J etc as well as in depth insights into Suburban Base, Remix records and of course Kniteforce Records & the stories behind some of the biggest tunes in the scene which were released on this label.
If you are a fan of Kniteforce, and I'm presuming you are if you are reading this review, the book covers all the ups and downs of the label since it started and made me realise that as fun and rewarding as running a successful label is, it is also incredibly hard work and all though there are a lot of people you can count on there are also a lot people that you cannot and that at times the 'Happy Peace & Love' vibe associated with hardcore music & artists is not quite a reality. This part of the book is a really suprising read and is especially interesting if you have an interest in making music yourself.
Even if your not interested in the rave scene I would still recommend this book as a great read and an insight to the life of a very interesting man who has been right to the top of his profession, back down and up again. It is a very inspirational read, fantasically told and is genuinly funny in parts which make it very hard to put the book down. And If you ARE interested in the rave scene what are you doing still reading this review, you should have ordered the book and be sitting by the front door waiting for the postman to come by now!
My only downside of the book was that it had to end. It was quite a journey and having finished his book this morning I can only hope that Luna-C will be writing another one!
A real delight to read with plenty of humorous moments. It's as if you are living the life of Luna C through the pages of the book while reflecting on your own previous experiences. A cracking read and one that I would recommend to anyone who grew up involved in the 90's rave scene.