Sashas first clubbing experiences were characterised by inner city ultra-violence, he revealed this week, recalling his raving days at
There were always fights- not two lads scrapping but gangs picking on one person. I saw people walk in and flash their gun at the door, said Sasha, describing what happened when gangsters started partying at the club.
(But) I grew up in
The superstar progressive DJs recollections matched those of electro pioneer Greg Wilson who DJed at the club before acid house and watched the clubs ecstasy honeymoon rapidly disintegrate.
At one moment, everyone was all matey (friendly), all that nice one, you want one, come with us, everyone was everyone elses friend but it seemed like only months when I was back there again and there was a different attitude, with people snarling at people, sneering first timer if somebody was doing their first E, Greg told Skrufff.
You could see it going negative and this was where the gangsters moved in and took on the drugs trade and it all got seriously negative. Maybe its one of those things where you had such a high, you needed a low afterwards.
However, acid house Hacienda resident DJ Graeme Parke suggested the clubs gangster reputation was totally exaggerated, with the media over-hyping the violence at the club.
The gangsters were always there in the club, but youd only realise who they were only when there was an argument or a disagreement but it only became evident back in 1992, when we had to close the club down for three months, then we re-opened it and it was never that bad again, Graeme told Skrufff in a recent interview.
Also, I was always in the DJ booth, 20 feet up in the air with the door locked, so I really didnt see much from up there.
He did, however, spot a then unknown Sasha pushing himself forwards to land a gig.
Sasha used to come to the Hacienda as a punter before he started DJing there, said Graeme, He used to tell us one day Im going to be a DJ and we used to think, Yes, you probably will because youre always here.
http://www.crimestatistics.org.uk/output/page63.asp (British Crime Survey: Violent crime happens disproportionately during weekends, this pattern is strongest for incidents of stranger violence, with half of all incidents occurring between 6pm on Fridays and 6am on Mondays. Most common place for stranger violence was at a pub or club with a third of all incidents occurring there . . .)
http://www.crimereduction.gov.uk/violence04.htm (Shootings, gangs and Violent incidents in
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