How to be a Junglist: The Dancefloor Moves
Let’s get back to basics today, to what it’s really about: The music and the feelings it gives you. Junglists are going all in in that respect. Nothing beats the energy generated by a dancefloor filled with junglists caught deep in a well-played set, hypnotized by the bass, whipped by the drums. Okay, so things can get upthere on a high quality trance floor, too, that’s for sure! – but jungle, when it’s at its best, has an extra layer. The music in itself also invites to physical outbursts in a different way, which is, well, evident in some of these pics.
Let’s have a look at the moves.
Let’s kick this off with a rarity. Bad scan, good vibe! Thanx for the pic, Mariii (are those glowsticks in your hands? Applaus!)
Here is a classic and yogaesque pic of two junglettes clearly feeling it on the dancefloor. This is from the Jungle Bells party! (see yesterday’s post for details). Photo courtesy of the lovely Miss Popo.
Look at how CRS is totally feeling it in this pic (in a GREEN T-SHIRT <– this one goes out to Garridge Bwoy and Advokatorex who are wonderfully stubborn when discussing things. I know this from myself, but only when I am right).
This is the beginning of Casparados’ set and he has clearly just done something up on those decks that fills me with junglistic joy. I won’t be sitting on that chair sipping bubbles for much longer. My Birthday Bash at Nadsat.
Nico DeFrost is clearly feeling it. Lucy Love approves. Yo Akim is busy, keeping cool.
Something excellent has evidently just happened in the mix. Expressing my feelings here. Advokatorex likes it, too. This will end in a group hug.
Noone feels it like Nufound.
He feels it in many ways. Photo courtesy of Miss Popo.
Nufound, Asmus and Chriszka LOVING it in this photo. We are clearly in the zone! (Photo credit: Miss Popo).
This is what it looks like when a junglist feels it and wants everyone else to feel it, too. Oh, this tune, get up and dance, everyone, now!
This is what it looks like when a junglist succeeds and gets people to join in. Amazing synchronous dancing by Rasmus and Chriszka!
The evil drum’n’bass twins totally feeling it at Rum’n’Bass, June, 2006. A classic pic by Vitus.
And here we go again, feeling it. At Culture Box. Caught by Miss Popo.
Intermezzo: To give you an idea of a tune where your arms just HAVE to go over your head like that, listen to this masterpiece by Bad Company. The sound introduced for the first time at exactly 2.00 just gets me every time. It lifts my heart in that happy/sad-at-the-same-time way, and it HAS to be expressed with the body. Don’t press play in your open office environments, people, the track kicks off quite hard (but the beauty later on is all worth it).
Here we go again, silently feeling it. Kasra at Culture Box, once again caught by Miss Popo.
Intermezzo number 2: To give you an idea of a tune where you just have to silently feel it, listen to this one by Commix. I am choosing this one because the sound I am feeling in particular is so discreet. And quite hard to describe. I tried to anyway, one day after a certain event where I had heard the track for the first time. “Nufie, you remember that tune where it went… blabla… that sound with the… that particular moment…” – something-like-that. Any person interested in electronic music will recognize this situation. And Nufie remembered! And hence, I could buy the track and explore that sound some more. Very grateful, thanks Nufie. Mega jungle geeking FTW! (The particular sound I am talking about is at 0.44).
Feeling the bass at the Kraken party, October 2007. Hand signs, yes yes, you know the drill.
Here, it’s the other way around. The lasers are feeling Thomas!
Mariii silently feeling it at the DNBZone Infiltrata party. Or maybe listening to the voice of the Jungle Demon inside her head. August 2006, Culture Box, photo courtesey of Haywire. No matter what, there’s a lot of that silently-feeling-it-business going on in this pic.
There you are, elegantly dancing away with all your wicked moves, and then you get caught by the camera, frozen in that evil blitz moment forever, and you look retarted instead. Semi-retarded hand signs caught by Miss Popo.
Jungle mosquitoes, caught in amber, forever! Miss Popo to the right, looking for more of those moments where people are feeling it. Dj Rhythmo at Culture Box.
And I think she caught one here! Look at that moment of feeling it immensely in the background. This is a Culture Box, 2008. The magnificent EBK is playing. I had an EBK track on my MySpace for ages. I was very reluctant to begin with when everyone in Denmark started migrating to facebook instead of MySpace. I didn’t like the layout, I missed all the colors, and I especially missed my EBK track.
Extra special bonus: Here’s the EBK track that adorned my MySpace for so long. (Don’t worry, I don’t miss MySpace anymore, peeps).
Tim Driver totally feeling it. Expressing it with a hand sign, but I guess I don’t have to point out this kind of obviousness to you anymore, you are expert observers of the junglist creature by now! Rhythmo at Culture Box, caught by Miss Popo.
Every single thing in this photo is clearly feeling it! Also, I think we needed a photo of a dj, just for variation. Rum’n’Bass, March 2006 at Stengade.
Jungle mosquitoes, blitzed, once again! Front row really into it here. Good move, Pyro! Rhythmo at Culture Box.
More on the moves
I have more thoughts on dancing to jungle, raving as a physical interpretation of the music and why I take it very seriously in How to be a Junglist: Going to London.
For more junglistic body language, check out How to be a Junglist: The Hand Signs Special.
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