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10 Jul 2006
Obscure has been around since about 1993 or so, and online since 1995. The Obscure website started back in the days of Netscape version 1 - using a crusty old Mac and Teachtext to put together pages.
We've been organising (mainly techno) events in Wellington City, New Zealand since that time, most recently the Fun Poison series, but through the years almost too many to count.
After a couple of out there rock gigs, things really started with a seminal event called Psychic Droid, along with Andy Pickering who now edits Remix...
A few months later Andy and Psi opened a club called Biosphere. Biosphere ran for three months or so before the inetivable burnout of both punters and cashflow. Fond memories though.
You can find complete history at Funpoison.com
More recently, The Visit, featuring Cristian Vogel, Bang Psurkit, and the rest of the Psurkit series, Hexanaut, PRG, Aspera (with Halogen), Skankatronics (Pure Wellingtronika)
Skankatronics CD Cover
The Obscure website started back in the days of Netscape version 1 - using a crusty old Mac and Teachtext to put together pages.
News and info on the Welly scene went up, maybe weekly or fortnightly. It was pretty primitive. But so was everything back then.
The Wellington scene really started rolling around that time, our first steady flow of international djs, lots of promoters trying to make it happen. Compulsive sleepdodgying and seedy dj's.
The addition of a video camera led to a huge collection of thumbnail pics over the next couple of years. UK based DJ magazine featured us in one of their early internet columns. Cool!
Around that time Lily Star came on board, the Skankatronics gigs and CD happened, we were updating daily, with pics and gossip. We also opened the Psurkit mailing list, the first dance list in NZ.
Psurkit was a wild ride, almost killed our pal's mailserver. One day we decided to kill it, cos it was just getting too noisy. The next day a new, invite only list called Psecret started - and still runs to this day - where the old and crusty of the NZ scene get together, gossip and chat about the rugby.
Obscure is operated out of Queenstown and Sydney with a network of agents throughout the country and roaming offshore. We also run the http://www.psurkit.net podcasting station which has 2-3 shows a week covering electronic and New Zealand music.
We also run a number of back-channel mail lists connecting the movers in NZ music. Ask us about these if you're interested.
Other players, shouts and respect
Larry, Masif, Juice / Smiley, Eden / S-Ence, Coda, Zero, Omar, Mark Cubey, Soft, http://www.radioactive.fm, Flipside (RIP), Mu, The Roots Foundation, Bassnation / John Goosebump, Discotek, The Gathering (RIP), Entrain, Remix, http://www.loop.co.nz, Espressoholic, Shihad, Stereonasties, Mayuri Fastback, Geof and Penny, Midnight / Havana, The Matterhorn, UR, The Psecret Foundation, D-Wire (Respect).