Xenon, good on you man.
As a matter of fact, I am folding back to my roots again and returning to demoscene activity. I'm looking for a couple of groups to join (64 and Amiga only)
Hard as it seems to think about it, releasing stuff at a demoparty saved my life from a big depression in 1999. It was my first party attending + release
BEfore that I would make the music just to myself while I watched with big admiration the foreign demoscene (then I found otut that late there was a very small local one!)
The feeling of releasing and showing your stuff to people on one of those partyrooms, is indeed special.