continued "For me, I get a lot of emotional high out of it," Eckert said. "There's something about feeling that pulsation that drives you to live. It definitely reminds me of what it's like to be alive. To take my pulse."
Other ravers receive other revelations, but in Eckert's mind, it's not ecstasy but "the music that brought us together first, and it's the music that will keep us together last. And upon that music we've built a community of peace, love, unity, and respect."
How does music build community?
"We had to go somewhere to listen to it; we had to have a group of people to listen to it together; and because of the fact that it's not mainstream, we had to group together tightly and make sure it stayed alive for us. We couldn't have the music without each other because what point would there be?"
Asked about the roots of rave music, he gives as an early example the Who's "Baba O'Riley," from their 1971 rock album Who's Next. "That would be probably the earliest heavily synthesized music," Eckert said.
What makes Eckert think that the ravers, the neo-hippies, won't become extinct the way '60s hippies did?
"It depends what direction it goes now," he replied. "And a lot of it depends on where the scene takes itself, going back to those five kids."