Proto-mega rave organization Fantazia first started throwing parties in 1991, attracting thousands to breakbeat fuelled raves everywhere from Exeter to Castle Donington and Glasgow.
Branching off into releasing dance compilations in the mid 90s, the organization went on to sell millions of mix CDs as well as videos of their parties and remains a potent force in UK dance music today via still popular festivals and merchandise. Charlie Fantazia chatted to Skrufff (for more information on Fantazia, click HERE
Skrufff.com (Jonty Skrufff): Who are you voting for? And why?
Charlie Fantazia: “I am voting Conservative on Thursday. In fact I am so pissed off with the state the country is in that I am standing as a candidate for the local council. Labour and Gordon Brown as Chancellor and now Prime Minister has been a disaster. Labour trumpet that they have improved services however any fool can spend money if they just borrow more and more. Sadly however at some point we have to pay that back and that time has come. They have not run the country in a sustainable or prudent way and if Labour gets another 5 years we are likely to end up in the same position as Greece, bankrupt. There are now more public sector workers in the UK than private sector ones that earn the money to pay for them. Crazy. On a local basis the Liberals who run Cheltenham lost a fortune when the Icelandic banks went bust and then spent £1m suing one of their ex employees and lost. That’s a lot of services lost for good.”
Skrufff.com: Is this election any more important (or not) that any others?
Charlie Fantazia: “All elections are important, though at times it does not seem like it. It’s only after a while that we see the consequences of a party’s poor policies. Labour has encouraged the growth of the nanny state and therefore people increasingly expect to be looked after with out taking responsibility for themselves. The reason immigration has been so huge is that people won’t accept certain jobs instead preferring to be on benefits. The jobs are now taken by the newcomers. Of the 3 million new government jobs on a net basis they have all gone to foreign born workers. Again crazy.”
Skrufff.com: How alarmed are you (if at all) about the state of Britain? (What issues concern you? the economy? crime? civil liberties? any others?)
Charlie Fantazia: “The economy is the only important thing. The rest can’t be helped if there is no more money left. The economy is in a mess and that’s effecting how much the young have to spend on going out with a knock on effect to organising parties. The young (under 21's) are most likely to be out of work and as they generally don’t have mortgages there has been no benefit to them from the low interest rates that are keeping the rest of us afloat. More than half are either unemployed or in full time education, more than ever before. They are cutting spending back and that means on entertainment and going out which is suffering a huge recession that has been going on for several years now and looks likely to continue for several more.”
Skrufff.com: How much faith do you have in politicians?
Charlie Fantazia: “Not much on a national basis. They all seem to be telling the public just what they think they want to hear and not what they actually believe. Gordon Brown’s disaster with the mic last week (when he was caught on microphone dismissing a Labour supporter as a ‘bigot’) demonstrated this two faced approach. It does seem the pursuit of power is more important to all the parties than honesty or conviction in their beliefs.”