Those of us old enough to remember the rave scene of the ’90s have a tendency to look back on the era through rose-colored glasses. After all, let’s be honest, it was kind of a weird time for electronic music. The needles on vinyl record players skipped all the time, happy hardcore was an actual thing that people listened to, and the drugs were a lot dirtier.
Fortunately, plenty of photos have surfaced from dance music’s awkward teenage years – including several that will shatter the EDM generation’s perceptions of their favorite DJs as larger-than-life deities.
Look through the following photos of DJs before they became famous and head to the comments section and tell us which are your favorites.
7 Early Photos Of DJs That Will Make You Stop Wishing You Grew Up In The ’90s
When you look at this baby picture of them you feel guilty for what you thought about when you looked at grown-up pictures of them, don't you?
Ferry Corsten, Tiësto and Armin Van Buuren
Apparently three of the biggest names in trance looked like the cast of Good Will Hunting back when they played hardcore. Yep, you got it, Tiësto is Ben Affleck.
Nope, too easy.
Armin Van Buuren
For some reason I wouldn't be surprised if every Dutch superstar DJ had a phase where they looked like Jonathan Taylor Thomas.
It's somehow reassuring to know that deadmau5 has always been just as insufferable, even if at one point he looked 100 times more ridiculous.
Swedish House Mafia and Eric Prydz
It totally makes sense that Swedish House Mafia would have looked like a bunch of frat boys - and, as much as I love his music, that Eric Prydz just plain wouldn't have fit in.
...Honestly, I don't see any difference.