You know we are suckers for nostalgia around these parts, so when a project like this lands in our laps, we get excited. Looking through this book is like a true time warp, with every page being flipped with the anticipation of seeing someone you know in a perhaps not so charming picture. Dayv Matt did an amazing job in curating over 200 images in this trip thought time. We caught up with him recently to ask a few questions.
TJ. What drove you to photograph raves. What were you most focused on capturing?
I loved Jungle, but I didnít dance, I wasnít into the drugs so much, and I didnít really have a big posse of friends who liked Jungle enough to go to parties. The camera gave me a reason to be there. When I was shooting back in the 90s I did it because it was fun. I didnít make many prints, and I didnít show very many people my work. I just did it because I liked shooting at parties. I was pretty focused on capturing the DJís and MCís, but Iíd also walk around and take pictures of the dancers and people having fun. It was fun to interact with the crowd, and back then, no one really gave a shit that I was shooting. I feel like things would be different now.
TJ What was the most memorable event for you, as a photographer?
As a photographer, I guess the Nicky Blackmarket / Stevie Hyper D event at the hangar was really memorable. It was one of the only parties Iíd ever gotten a guest list to, and there were a lot of people I knew at that show. It was great because Nicky and Stevie put on a kickin set, and the other djís there that night really stepped up their game. It was a lot of fun and the vibe was really great. I think that was one of the last shows in Toronto I had an absolutely great time at, to be honest.
TJ Why release the book, nearly 2 decades later?
During a visit back to my momís house a few years ago I packed up all my negatives with the intention of organizing them and doing something with all the content. I just never found the time. In August 2012 my wife was dispatched to work in Sri Lanka. As a house husband, I finally had the time to organize everything and by chance I was able to borrow a negative scanner off of someone Iíd met. In short, I started working on the book about three months ago. Every shot in REWIND, except for the single color photo of Stevie Hyper D was shot on black and white film that I developed in a darkroom I had setup in my basement in Toronto. I spent a few weeks scanning over a hundred rolls of film, and basically went through them and chose the best of the best. I didnít initially choose to wait this long, but better late than never.
TJ Any particular shots that stand out for you?
Two photos that I very much like show how not everyone at the parties were there simply to get high and dance.
In one photo, you have the DJ doing his thing, but to the right of him is a fan just chillin and admiring his mixing. Itís beautiful.
Another, we can see a crowd that is having fun and excited, but again on the right, there is a woman who looks almost scared of something out of frame. What was the cause for her concern?
TJ Any questionable images left out for any reason?
Not really. Itís not my thing to go out looking for questionable photos, so I didnít really have anything that I felt uncomfortable with. I did have a few frames of a couple in an argument, but they werenít interesting. I guess the only photos I was against publishing were a bunch of some thuggy guys (at luv affair at the docks, I think) who were so aggressive in the way they were ordering me to shoot them. They made me nervous, and again this was toward the end of my party career, and it just felt like things were getting a bit more gangsta. The scene was still great, I just felt like the people around the djís and mcís were fronting a little more than they should have.
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