Michael Tullberg featured in PHOBLOGRAPHER!

Great news! DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM author Michael Tullberg has been featured in the big photogreaphy blog THE PHOBLOGRAPHER!

In the article, Michael talks about his photographer, especially his classic rave material from the 90s and 00s. Great stuff!


BIG NEWS! It’s once again that most favorite time of the year–the holiday season! And we’ve got an INSANE holiday price drop for America’s #1 rave coffee table photo book! You can now get a copy of “DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM” for only $19.99, plus shipping! That’s right, the ultimate rave holiday gift, for just twenty bucks!!


This offer is ONLY good here on the “DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM” web site!

We strongly urge people to order ASAP, as the USPS shipping service we use is slower than Priority Mail or FedEx. Just go to the “Order Book” section in the site’s top menu. We recommend that your latest possible shipping date be December 18th, so as to give enough time for the package to arrive by Christmas. So don’t wait!!!

DFTS 2018 Holiday Pricing 1 FLAT

Some words of praise for the book!

THUMP (VICE): “Tullberg’s collection captures the spirit of the American ’90s rave scene in a way that transcends location. Perhaps it’s because his original style of using long-exposures to capture the kinetic energy of endless hours on darkened dance floors illuminated the scene before the introduction of the epic crane shot.”

LA WEEKLY: “Tullberg does a good job of capturing the scene — the superstar DJs, the club kids, the chilled-out crews, the pro-rave demonstrations — but more importantly, he pulls the viewer into the parties. Light refracts, piercing images like those moments when your eyes have been open for far too long. Scenes morph into vortices that blur at the edges, like your memories will the next day. In Tullberg’s photos, faces melt and hands multiply. They are photos that make you feel like you are in this moment that you hope will never end.”

MIXMAG.NET: “A photobook from electronic music photojournalist Michael Tullberg showcases images of the glory days of the American rave scene, before EDM was even a twinkle in Steve Aoki’s eye. ‘Dancefloor Thunderstorm: Land Of The Free, Home Of The Rave‘ charts the history of the underground dance movement during the 90s and 00s before it was dwarfed by the stadium EDM concerts that take place today.”

October Update & Bookstore Reminders!

Hey everyone,

Got some good news for you guys: DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM and THE RAVER STORIES PROJECT are both now being carried in a new bookstore: FINGERPRINTS in Long Beach, California! You can find lots of details about this amazing record shop (think Amoeba Music, but in Long Beach), here: FINGERPRINTS’ WEB SITE

Fingerprints on Long Beach!

Fingerprints on Long Beach!



Speaking of our vendors, the amazing SPACEDUST in Echo Park just celebrated its’ 4-year anniversary! Some of L.A.’s best and most eclectic artists have their work featured at Spacedust, so come on down for some off-the-chain swag you won’t find anywhere else!  SPACEDUST WEB SITE

And let’s not forget the one and only Y-QUE TRADING POST in the always hip Los Feliz neighborhood of L.A.! They’ve got the city’s edgiest custom made t-shirts, as well as copies of DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM! They don’t have a web site, so go see this great little bohemian knick-knack shop at 1770 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027!

Get your copy of DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM before the holiday crush!

UPDATES! New book signing party, reduced domestic shipping!

Hey, all!

Sorry to keep you waiting, but we’ve had a bunch of new developments as of late, and we’ve just recently found the time to update you guys as to what’s been going on in the world of 5150. Well, the biggest news as of late is the latest book signing party we had for DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM! We held it at the Conspiracy nightclub in Hollywood on April 25, and had a stellar lineup of five female DJs: Lexie Looker, Holly Adams, Eve Falcon, and the great headlining duo No Pants Party! Take a look at some highlights from this great signing event!

Lexie Looker

Lexie Looker

Holly Adams & Eve Falcon

Holly Adams & Eve Falcon


Mark Lewis (R) & friends

Mark Lewis (R) & friends



No Pants Party, Mark Lewis & the gang

No Pants Party, Mark Lewis & the gang


No Pants Party

No Pants Party


The other major development we want to mention is that we’ve been able to negotiate a reduction in shipping costs for DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM! Now we can ship the book domestically for just $5.00, less than we’ve ever been able to ship the book out to customers before! That’s because we want you to be able to enjoy the glory days of the American rave scene as affordably as possible! This is why we recently brought the price of the book down as well–to make it easier for you to plug into this incredible era of American pop culture!

So don’t wait–tell your friends about this great opportunity to pick up America’s best coffee table photo book about the amazing period when rave music swept across America.

DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM lost chapter – raving in the EDM era

Hey all, got something interesting for you guys. We went digging through the archives recently and found this 2013 piece that was supposed to be the basis of the book’s “Rave Scene Today” chapter. When we put the book together, we went with a much smaller entry in the end, and as you’ll see we had a lot of Michael’s initial words end up being cut out. We’ve restored the chapter here for your reading pleasure.


“Although electronic music has grown and prospered, today the American rave scene is quite different from what it was in the Nineties.  It would be great to be able to say that the rave scene shot ever upwards, achieving success following unimpeded success until it reached the glorious heights it was always destined to.  Well, that’s a great story, but it’s not what happened.  Yes, today EDM is flourishing across America, but this didn’t happen overnight, and is in fact a fairly recent development.  Prior to this, however, the rave scene began to change in some very fundamental ways, which gradually brought the era of the Second Wave to a close.  What followed was a period of several years during which the focus of what would become EDM moved away from raves and more towards larger commercial success in bigger venues, even as it continued to come under attack in the press.

Many of the parties that flourished during that period are now gone, the ones remaining mostly being annual massives that have proved to be commercially successful enough to ensure not only their survival, but growth as well.  One of the reasons for this success is that most of these parties aren’t called “raves” any more, but rather “electronic music festivals”, taking place in enormous stadiums and expo grounds—traditionally the home of mainstream concert entertainment.  The most successful ones, like EDC and Miami’s Ultra Festival, have not only exploded in both size and production value, but now tour the country annually, bringing the party home to thousands of new fans.  Meanwhile, the current cream of artists that headline these festivals like Skrillex, Steve Aoki and Deadmau5 have finally begun to achieve success on the mainstream pop charts.

By contrast, the smaller parties, many of which proved to be non-sustainable over the long haul, receded for several years.  Today, they’ve made a steady comeback, but like the massives, they’re not as underground as they were back in the day.  Even the Monday Social currently resides within the walls of one of Hollywood’s many upscale “ultra lounges”. The fact that more above-the-line clubs are now readily accepting this music is encouraging, but again, the underground hipness and edge has been eroded away somewhat.  Yes, the music has spread and become very successful…but it’s not the same.

There were several catalysts for these changes.  The three major ones coincided at the beginning of the new millennium, and their combined influence pretty much left the scene unable to operate as it was, kicking off the changes that would eventually steer the music in the direction that it follows today.  To start with, there was a new police and media crackdown, which was probably somewhat inevitable given the continuing success of the scene.  The police finally woke up to what was going on around them, and you saw more parties being raided and stopped.  This in turn made it more difficult for event organizers to locate good, “safe” locations that hadn’t been discovered or tainted yet.

Looking back, in a way it was amazing that the scene did as well as it did in L.A. for such a long period of time.  I mean, it all happened right under the noses of the L.A.P.D., and for the most part they seemed almost oblivious to the whole thing.  It only took, oh…about ten years for them to fully catch on!  They could have shut the whole scene down in a matter of months if they had just bothered to pay attention to the underground record stores who had the rave fliers sitting right up front on their racks.  It wouldn’t have been terribly difficult for the police to put two and two together, and just follow the phone information lines…but they almost never did.  I’d like to think it was because they had higher priorities at the time, like dealing with one of the highest murder rates in the nation!  But at the same time, I also chalk it up to being largely ignorant of sources of information that were right at their fingertips.

Second, following a media uproar that followed in the wake of increased drug confiscations and a small number of truly regrettable (and perfectly avoidable) deaths at various parties around the country, new legislation entitled the Reducing Americans’ Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act—a.k.a. the RAVE Act—was introduced in 2002.  Sponsored by then-Senator Joe Biden, this Act, though no doubt well-meaning in the minds of its authors, was seen as draconian by those in the scene as it went out of its way to target both venue owners and promoters for hosting events that authorities claimed were designed specifically for drug use.  In theory, venue owners could also be prosecuted for throwing parties containing “rave paraphernalia” such as water bottles, glow sticks and pacifiers. The Act was initially rejected by the U.S. Senate, but then was passed later under a new name, the Illicit Drug Anti-Proliferation Act, only after it was attached by Senator Biden as a rider to the bill that created the AMBER Alert system.

The fact that the Act has been faced with successful legal challenges since then is an indicator to some that it may well be unenforceable. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the Act is still on the books, but has very rarely been used, perhaps for that very reason.  It is noteworthy that the Act has not been used even in the wake of recent rave-associated controversies, such as the unfortunate events (over two hundred arrests, one hundred hospitalizations and one death ) which occurred at the 2010 edition of EDC.  Nevertheless, in its early years it created headaches for several promoters, most notably the famous New Orleans promoter “Disco Donnie” Estopinal, whose troubles were chronicled in the documentary “Rise”.  Faced with the prospect of possible criminal prosecution (and the high legal bills that would accompany such prosecution), many would-be promoters decided that facing such a backlash just wasn’t worth it.  This was true not just in Southern California, but around the nation.

The third reason was the most important one, as least as far as Hollywood was concerned: the major clubs finally began to allow rave-quality music within their walls.  One of the main instigators of this shift was Dave Dean, the club producer and promoter who is the brains behind Giant, the superclub that opened in 2000 which really kicked the doors in.  This was thanks to the extremely high caliber of talent they brought in on a regular basis—the cream of the crop of the rave DJs.  Starting out in Circus on Santa Monica Boulevard, Giant became a raging success very quickly, sending a clear signal to the other venue owners that yes, they could indeed make money off dance music that wasn’t the musical equivalent of flat, warm diet cola.  Big-name DJs would indeed draw large crowds, who in turn would run up large bar bills.  This led to the opening of new big clubs like Avalon and Vanguard, and eventually to the eclipse of the rave scene.  After all, it was no longer necessary for city-dwellers to go out to some distant location for the music—it was finally right in their own neighborhoods, especially when the smaller clubs eventually began jumping on the bandwagon as well.  With the demand for such high-quality music finally being met in the city, the rave scene became less necessary as a musical outlet, and it began shrinking as a result.

The makeup of the new superclubs’ audience began to change as well.  At first, it was made up mainly of hardcore electronic music fans that were intimately knowledgeable about the music and the scene…in other words, transplanted ravers.  As time passed, however, the audience began to change as more and more “casual” clubbers found their way in, turning the crowd into an increasingly mainstream one that bore less and less resemblance to the following that had made the rave scene as successful as it was.  And although all music scenes change and eventually run their course over time, it was still difficult for me personally to watch an incredible moment in West Coast pop culture slowly pass by the wayside.

There seems to be a sort of re-evaluation going on nowadays by certain senior members of the electronic music scene that the whole thing was all about the drugs.  Sorry, I don’t buy it…I was there.  I’m not going to claim that the rave scene was some idealistic musical and social crusade for the betterment of mankind or anything, but to state that it was all about Ecstasy is like claiming that the Sixties were only about LSD, or that the Eighties were all about cocaine.  An easy pat statement to make, but not true.  There were plenty of ravers who didn’t do drugs at all, and besides, if the music was shit, there would be no reason for all these people to gather regularly in the first place.  I mean, did all those devoted fans keep returning week after week, simply for drugs?  Would people like Jason Bentley have staked their professional reputations on this music if that was the case?

Where are the rave DJs now?  Many of them are still out there, making their rounds across the globe, living as high-tech traveling troubadours.  The most successful of the lot now do soundtrack work, commercial themes, and play to super-opulent clubs in New York, Las Vegas, Dubai, and other big cities around the world.  It’s a long way from where they all came from, and although I recognize that one of the points of commercial success is to get out of the dirt and into a decent place to live, all the same it’s become something that at times seems to share little in common with those glory days when the community all pulled together and pushed forward.

The fans who made up the Second Wave are still around, though almost none of them still call themselves ravers today, if for no other reason than it’s incredibly hard to lead a lifestyle based on partying.  Most of them are still fans of the music, and many still go out from time to time.  Some of them fell out of the scene for one reason or another, and some of them simply grew up and moved on.  This change was inevitable—after all, no scene remains the same in the end.  However, the rave scene proved to be resilient enough so that it could survive the loss of some of its earlier fans…which enabled it to produce a Third Wave, which is driving EDM forward today.

As the second decade of this millennium progresses, America has finally joined the ranks of countries that feature electronic music as a significant part of their pop culture.  Big-name DJs that cut their teeth in the rave scene now play regularly in cities nationwide, and the up-and-comers in Southern California now have a stable local circuit where they can hone their skills.  A new generation of dance music fans has established itself, a generation with little or no experience with the rave scene as it was in the underground days—though that doesn’t appear to be much of an issue.  Even though the conditions that existed that spawned the First and Second Waves no longer exist, this new rave generation has grown and adapted to this new environment just fine.  The fact that mainstream mags like Rolling Stone, SPIN and others are finally featuring electronic music artists on a regular basis is proof that the days of EDM not being able to carve out its own niche are long gone.  The fact that this generation has emerged and started this Third Wave that we’re experiencing now is pretty clear evidence that in the end, the rave scene has done its job, and done it well—and that American pop culture is better off for it.”

(final chapter, pt. 2)

“If you thought back then that there were no opportunities for advancement in the rave world, you were dead wrong.  Consider this list of people in the scene who made a future for themselves…”

  • DJ Paul Oakenfold: Not only the biggest DJ/producer in the world, but assembler of film soundtracks galore.  Often opens for Madonna on her world tours.  Residences in Las Vegas at Rain.  Jets around the world on a constant basis. Almost certainly the biggest recognizable name in electronic music today.
  • Pasquale Rotella: Went from being the biggest rave promoter in Southern California to one of the biggest promoters of any kind in the music business.  Still does EDC and the Nocturnal Festival, and continues to rewrite the rules on how mass electronic music entertainment is run.  Also married Playboy’s Holly Madison, too.
  • Reza Gerami: fellow promoter, head of GoVentures – still throws at least two massives a year in L.A.  Runs the Love Festival tour.
  • Mark Lewis: Longtime supporting DJ & producer who became a full-time A&R guy and event producer. Currently in the process of launching EDM TV shows.
  • Brett Ballou: The B3 CandE promoter is still around doing parties, although his main source of income nowadays is through manufacturing surfboards.  I dunno, in Southern California it makes sense.  Cowabunga, dude.
  • DJ Rap: went from queen of the jungle to mainstream commercial house success…and did that Twix candy bar campaign, too.
  • DJ Jason Bentley: the host of “Metropolis”, his cutting-edge radio show on KCRW, where he also serves as Program Director.  He’s also done loads of film and commercial scores, including the “Matrix” Trilogy soundtracks.  His musical tastes are analyzed by Hollywood producers to see what the Next Big Thing is coming around the corner.  Oh, and he also serves on the Grammy Committee, and was directly responsible for getting electronic music categories entered into the Grammy Awards.  Not too shabby if you ask me.
  • DJ David Holmes: now a big-time Hollywood film scorer.
  • Moby: Little to say here, his success speaks for itself.
  • BT: Producer and songwriter extraordinaire, works from anyone like Britney to Elton John.
  • Vello Virkhaus: visual artist who went from live visual mixing at parties to a fruitful partnership with Sandra Collins.  Today Vello provides cutting-edge visuals for music videos, concerts, clubs and the like.
  • Sound production guys: created the best portable sound systems in the country under sometimes the very worst of conditions.  These guys are probably the most professional of all the people involved in the scene—if the PA doesn’t work, there’s no party.  Now they apply their skills to acts of more mainstream artists.
  • Rave flier graphic designers – these people were often on the cutting edge of marketing design.  They could afford to go places visually that mainstream advertising agencies couldn’t.  Some of them are working at those very same agencies now.
Mark Farina and a happy fan, from a fantastic chapter in dance music history.

Mark Farina and a happy fan, from a fantastic chapter in dance music history.


NEW “DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM” book signings for May 2017!


I’m pleased to announce that I’m doing two book signings for “DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM” this coming May! Both events will be taking place in Los Angeles, at two very cool and interesting venues. The events are going to be part book signing and part party–we’re going to do a Q&A/exhibition, signing and then wrap things up with great dance tunes. In other words, these are going to be real events, not just pop-up stuff. I’m really stoked to be doing signing gigs like this again after so long–it’s great to get back into this. Here are the details:


MAY 12, 2017

10:00PM – 1:00 AM

Fiction gallery – location TBA on night of the event

DJ: Jason Blakemore


MAY 28, 2017

6:00 – 8:00 or later

Fais Do-Do

DJ: Holly Adams


Here’s the e-flyer for the Fiction gallery gig:

DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM signing flyer at Fiction Gallery

Hope that lots of you can make it down! The book is going to be sold at a special signing discount, so you’ll save on the book and shipping!

Stay tuned for more details to come!



Hey Folks!

Just added a new promo video for the book up on YouTube!

Thank you Paul Oakenfold, Frankie Bones, Richie Hawtin, Junkie XL, DJ Rap, Christopher Lawrence, Swedish Egil and DJ Snails for their awesome support!

Enjoy, and please feel free to spread the good word around!!


Legendary DJs love DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM! Paul Oakenfold, Richie Hawtin, DJ Snails and MORE!!

Legendary DJs love DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM! Paul Oakenfold, Richie Hawtin, Frankie Bones and many more!!

Look at all these legendary electronic music artists supporting DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM! From trance to techno to drum ‘n bass to breakbeats to dubstep…the acclaim is pretty much universal! Paul Oakenfold, Frankie Bones, Richie Hawtin, DJ Rap, Junkie XL, Christopher Lawrence, Swedish Egil and DJ Snails…now there’s a lineup we’d gladly go see on any night!

Naturally, this brings up an important question, namely…do you think that there’s a chance that these great artists are onto something here?

Answer: YES! YES!! YES!!!

So, here’s another question: since these guys are onto something, and since the DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM Triple Holiday Blowout sale is taking place right now…don’t you think that it’s time you took advantage of some BIG savings (reduced price, FREE SHIPPING and a BONUS iBooks sequel!) by ordering a copy of this amazing book for yourself or a friend?

Again, YES! YES!! YES!!!

And, one last question: do you want your book to arrive late because you didn’t order before the holiday crush?

NO! NO!! NO!!!

So what are you waiting for?? Go to the ordering page (or click this link if you’re reading this on another site) and get a copy on its way to you TODAY!!


#PaulOakenfold #FrankieBones #RichieHawtin #DJRap #JunkieXL #ChristopherLawrence #SwedishEgil #DJSnails

“DJs – THEN & NOW”, Week 8: MARK FARINA!!!

What’s up, people! Yes, it’s time once again for “DJs – Then & Now”, and this time around it’s our pleasure to acknowledge another old-school house master who definitely has made his mark on the electronic music world. In fact, it’s pretty to hard to find many American DJs who’ve made such an impression that fans marked their calendars after his performances so that they could look back and smile on a night that rocked their world. Yes, it’s the one and only MARK FARINA!!

Mark Farina FINAL

Wow, eighteen years and a beard are sure ways to mark a change, aren’t they? One thing that hasn’t changed–the amazing house beats that Mark has blessed the rave scene with for the past two decades! This man is definitely worth checking out, as you’ll see in this clip from one of his performances at Sound in Hollywood!

So what excuse do you now have for missing this guy’s show? Answer: NONE! And furthermore, the EDM generation definitely could use a good lesson about quality house music from time to time, so it’s fantastic that people like Mark have been providing that music all these years. So the next time Mark comes to your town, do yourself a favor…don’t miss him!!


Whoo-whee! A big apology to  everyone for last week’s lack of a “DJs: Then & Now” segment…we were quite honestly all wrapped up in the social media launch of our newest book project THE RAVER STORIES PROJECT. This is 5150’s next major book project, and so understandably some other things had to take a temporary back seat. But guess what–WE’RE BACK! And this time we’ve got someone really special for you on today’s Throwback Thursday! It’s the techno master himself, RICHIE HAWTIN!

RichieHawtin FINAL JPG

That 1999 shot of Richie was taken at the world-famous Viper Room on the Sunset Strip, when the great old club Atmosphere was in there. This was at the height of his Plastikman era. The one on the right is Richie not quite showing off his PLAYdifferently mixer at Sound in Hollywood. As you can see, putting the razor away can make a world of difference.

Richie appears a couple of times in the pages of DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM, by the way…just thought we’d point that out…

And while we’ve got you here, we really do want to draw your attention to THE RAVER STORIES PROJECT. It’s going to be a fantastic collection of amazing raving nights, as written by the people who experienced them…the ravers themselves! In other words, this is going to be the first book about ravers, by ravers. If you haven’t noticed on social media already, we’ve just put out a Call For Submissions in the rave community, and the initial response has been nothing short of fantastic. Dozens of electronic music fans have already inquired about how to contribute their favorite rave memories to the project, and once our official press release goes out soon, we expect to see a lot more.

RSP Screenshot 1

We have a saying here at 5150: “Every raver has a story”, and this is the foundation of THE RAVER STORIES PROJECT, because it’s true! Every raver really does have a story, whether it’s about their first rave, or when they saw their favorite DJ spin, or when they found their significant raving other, or when Daft Punk conquered Coachella. It’s the amazing experiences that people go through that drives the rave scene in the first place, and we want to spotlight this long-neglected aspect of our wonderful community.

So yes, we really want to read what you have to say. Go to for full details!