Throughout the years, the act of raving has always flown in the face of authority, but ask an organizer what it’s like to try and pull off a rave these days and it’s almost like underground parties are a cop’s field of dreams: if you organize it, they will come.

That’s what L.A.-based producer and DJ, Ducky, learned in July when her inaugural Ugh, Just Rave! warehouse party was shut down by the police because of an issue with venue capacity. Underground raves are no stranger to police intervention, but what differentiates Ducky’s situation from the rave heydays of lore, is that Ducky’s event was being broadcast over Facebook Live when the cops decided to crash the party. For a group of unassuming revelers and confused DJs being met by the LAPD, it went about as good as you could hope for.

“It was actually super not-dramatic, which is cool. It’s just a testament to my fan base and how cool they are,” Ducky explains, sounding largely unfazed by the experience. “The cops showed up with like 12 squad cars and were not being nice. Y’know they were fine, but they’re not nice. Like, they’re fucking cops… Honestly, it was hard for me to be upset that it got shut down because it was so cool to me to see that kind of support.”

It’s hard to blame Ducky for feeling elated about the amount of people that want to see her play out. In a short amount of time, the DJ/Producer has been rapidly building a dedicated following of eager fans and listeners. With a stream of remixes, a song edits series called “Rave Toolz” and a brand new label—Quackhouse—Ducky has become one of the most exciting new voices in an EDM community that feels more homogenous by the day.

On tracks like “NLFTB” and on her first Quackhouse release “Hey” Ducky harkens back to the halcyon days of happy hardcore, simultaneously working in trance-indebted chord stabs and thunderous trap drums. It only takes one quick scroll down Ducky’s SoundCloud to tell that she isn’t one for neat categorization.

“I’ve never felt particularly married to one [genre]. I think with the stuff I put out, you could try and find a genre and sometimes you’d be pretty spot on, and sometimes you’d be ‘Well, I don’t fuckin’ know,’” Ducky jokes. “To me, it’s about this emotionality. Obviously, it changes song-by-song too, but for me, it’s about self-expression and about creating something that people relate to, but it’s based on shared emotion. If you approach dance music genre specifically—I’m not gonna say that there’s no emotion in that, or that you can’t make genuine art, but just that it comes with constraints or building blocks.”

Without constraints, Ducky has managed to offer her fellow “kandi kids” a shelter from the turmoil of the times.

“I think that people crave escape. People 100% crave escape and you can see it in all of these different elements. You can see it in the rise of ‘massives’ like giant festivals. You can see it in turn up culture on the internet; it used to be ‘We’re all poppin’ Xanax bars.’ Of course, it all pushes and pulls; now it’s a meme that we’re drinking water and respecting women and that’s part of the ebb and flow. I think 100%, on the same tip, rave culture provides an escape. That’s what it was for me and what I think is really cool about rave culture specifically, is that it does so in a positive way.

Join the rave by regularly checking duckymusic.com for label news, releases and parties.

By Jamie McNamara

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