If you were a raver in the ‘90s or early ‘00s then you will know the name One Nation.
Probably the biggest promotion in Drum & Bass history, One Nation changed the rave scene forever with its groundbreaking productions and concepts.
The name lives on in legend but now you can get a glimpse into the world of One Nation and it’s founder Terry Turbo thanks to United Nation: Three Decades of Drum & Bass.
One Nation, One Tribe
This documentary promised to bring us the history of Drum & Bass but instead focuses solely on One Nation and it’s meteoric rise to the top.
United Nation is full of interviews with some of the scenes biggest names including Ray Keith, Hype, Grooverider, JJ Frost, Adam F, Andy C, Brockie DJ Rap, Fabio, Ragga Twins, Det, Skibba, Shabba, GQ, Billy Bunter, Dougal, DJ Fresh, Sigma and more.
There are also interviews with plenty of the One Nation team including their legendary security team and other key players.
You get a great insight into the brand that you’ve never seen before.
It starts with Terry Turbo talking about his first raving experience and finishes with why he decided to retire from One Nation before selling the brand to Dreamscape.
You get a real feel of the atmosphere of the events with plenty of live footage from many of their nights which lends great authenticity to the documentary.
Where previous documentaries on the history of rave have often talked about drugs and the culture in a controlled way United Nations breaks that apart.
A lot of the artists interviewed discuss their drug experiences or lack of them, and it doesn’t feel preachy.
Enter The Dragon
Later in the film drugs become a major player as the good times threatened to turn sour as Ecstasy culture made way for Cocaine and Crack.
This brought in gangs, violence and guns.
In fact, they aren’t at all shy about discussing this shift and how they dealt with it.
Without spoiling things they essentially fought fire with fire and it was fascinating and more than a little depressing to hear some of the events that took place.
The DJs discuss having guns pulled on them and so do the security and Terry Turbo himself, all of which led to the end for him in clubland.