This Headliner Has Raved in More Than 45 Countries
Drew Goldberg, aka “The Hungry Partier,” has traveled to more than 50 countries and raved in at least 45 of them (he can’t remember the exact number). The 23-year-old spoke with us via Skype from his flat in Korea, where he has been teaching English for the past year and a half. Originally from Arizona, Goldberg attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison and studied abroad in Prague in 2012. Since then, he’s been hooked on visiting as many countries as he can, traveling and partying extensively throughout Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, Europe, and North and Central America. You can find the full list of countries he’s been to, and a whole lot more, on his travel blog, The Hungry Partier.
We interviewed Goldberg right before he left Korea to go, well, travel some more. To find out about everything from the dance music scene in Myanmar to why Europeans are so miffed about American ravers, check out our Q&A with him below.
You’ve been teaching English in Korea for a year and a half now. What’s the dance music scene like there?
The dance music scene here is insane. Nobody would think that Korea is crazy, but I’ve never partied harder anywhere. Seoul is the next-best city to club in after Vegas, because clubs go all night, and all the big-name people come here as well.
Was there a specific moment or show that first got you into dance music?
Yes! I went to Bonnaroo 2011, and I wasn’t into dance music at all; but I saw Pretty Lights, and I had no idea who he was, but I remember being like, “Holy fucking shit.” It was just life-changing.
How do you pay for all your traveling?
Americans typically just want things and don’t value experiences, so they’ll just worry about getting a new car, getting a nice apartment, and getting a really big TV, and that shit is expensive. I don’t spend money on any of that; I just buy plane tickets. The school I’m working for provides housing, so I don’t have to pay rent. Since I don’t have a car, I don’t need to make car payments or pay for gas. I value experiences like traveling, meeting people—really experiencing different cultures and exploring life around the world. To me, that’s so much more important in the long run than just a bigger TV. After my contract ends, I plan on supporting myself full-time through my blog, which has really picked up in the past few months.
Have you been to any countries where you weren’t able to find parties?
I’ve heard dance music everywhere in the world I’ve been—even in Muslim countries like Indonesia. I just came back from Myanmar, which is very undeveloped. They just opened their doors to tourism, so there isn’t even a McDonald’s; it’s like Thailand was 20 years ago. I went to a club in the main city, Yangon, where the DJ was playing drum & bass, then hardcore, and then he would stop and play trance. No one had any clue what was going on.
What’s been your favorite experience raving abroad?
It has to be the time that my friends and I went to Let it Roll, a random drum & bass festival in Prague in January 2012. It was one of my first festivals, and it was in some sketchy neighborhood outside the city. The entire experience was bizarre. We were the only non-Czech people inside the venue. I remember seeing Netsky there before he became famous, and he blew my mind.
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