Social Media’s Influence On EDM

Social media and edm sort of go hand in hand now a days. Back in the days before social media you had to actually go out and talk to people face to face if you wanted to become friends (ugh). Now, thanks to Twitter and Facebook, we can do it all online! *insert happy cat gif*

Social media has helped create a community that hasn’t really been there before. Sure, there was definitely a community before social media, but it has grown huge thanks to Twitter and Facebook. Back in the late 80’s and early 90’s if you wanted to meet people you had to talk to them in person, which is kinda hard when you’ve got music blasting so loud you can feel it in your chest. So, the communities back then were much smaller. Now, we have social media that is changing the game. For example, if you search ‘ravechasers‘ on twitter you’ll come back with one of the main twitter accounts for the rave chasing community.  What is rave chasing? It’s basically people that go to a shit ton of raves. They’ll drive wherever as long as there’s good music and good vibes. This ravechasers account is the head account, with a bunch of other accounts connected to it, like local rave chasing and edm families. For example, I live in Kansas City so I follow, ravechasers, kc_ravechasers, iowaedmfam and a lot more but you get the point. The purpose of these accounts are to get more people involved in the edm community. Each show that the owners of these accounts go to they hold a “meet up”. They tweet out when and where at the venue this meet up will occur and people show up. I’ve met a bunch of cool people at these meet ups, including people that I go to raves with now. The picture below is from a Kc_ravechasers meet up at NGHTMRE (I’m in the blue on the left).

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Other than just getting local’s to meet up at shows, social media gave us the ability to connect with people from far away. There’s a group on facebook called “NGHTMRE’s trap fiends” and it is basically a group that posts about NGHTMRE’s music and shows and where you can meet up with others in the group. This group allows people from California and New York to interact and share stories about their favorite shows, sets and songs.

Another interesting thing on twitter is the #PLURFollowTrain (PLUR stands for peace, love, unity and respect, a big thing in edm culture). Basically, people tweet that hashtag and they follow everyone who likes/retweets that tweet. This way people from all over the world can follow each other and essentially gain friends over the internet.

Social media allows people to connect like never before. I’ll give you a real life example that happened to me that made me start actually talking to fellow ravers over twitter. A few months ago I found a girl on twitter named Julie who is from Chicago. She followed me because I tweeted about bassnectar, her favorite artist. And since she followed me, it was only right that I followed back. We would occasionally tweet back and forth if one of us tweeted a dope song, or about a show or festival we were attending but that was pretty much the extent of the conversations. In January, I posted a picture of how my house caught fire and I lost almost everything I had. She saw that post, and immediately DM’d me asking for my address. I assumed she was going to send me a sticker or something but what I got was so much more. She ended up sending me a bassnectar shirt, 2 hat pins, car decals, and a bunch of artist temporary tattoos along with a 4 page letter. I had never had a conversation with her in real life, but the bond we had over music was something so much stronger than I had originally thought. Literally, I met her though twitter and she did something for me that was so unbelievably nice that I couldn’t help but get emotional over it. It’s crazy to think that tweeting someone on twitter that likes the same music as you could have such an impact in my life. Since then, we talk much more frequently and I plan on meeting up with her and her boyfriend (who I also follow on twitter) at Electric Forest this year.

Group meetup at Electric Forest 2015

Other than the community building aspect, social media has allowed the music that used to be underground to surface in the mainstream. People are posting  about edm more than ever, according to this article. And because of the increase in posts, more and more people are learning about edm and actually starting to listen to it. This different article also talks about how the average EDM fan tweets on average 11 times a day, unlike the regular twitter user who only posts 1.8 times a day. That’s a crazy big difference and you can see how much impact social media has had on the growth of the genre. It’s weird to think how raves used to under ground (literally) and now they’re growing huge into festivals of 100,000 people. Festivals such as EDC or Ultra are big names in the game, with Ultra trending all of last weekend because of their live stream. People on twitter would watch the stream and tweet #UltraLive and those tweets would be shown live on the screen as they were coming in.

So as you can tell, social media has done amazing things for the edm scene. It has grown its community immensely and has pushed an underground genre to the mainstream. I’m curious as to where social media will take this culture next. But for now we can only imagine what is to come.

 

 

 

 

 

The Do’s and Don’ts of Shows

With electronic music rising in popularity there is a ton of new people to the scene. While growing the scene is always a plus, this also means that there’s gonna be stuff done at shows that isn’t cool. So follow along and lets learn how to enjoy the music and also not ruin the experience for yourself or others around you.

Don’t

Don’t wait until the last minute to buy tickets

This is often one that most people don’t think about. The scene is growing and that means more  and more people are going to shows, however the venues are still staying the same size. If you see a show you want to go to BUY TICKETS ASAP. Countless times I see people complaining about tickets to their “favorite dj” being sold out a couple days before the show. DON’T WAIT, tickets are selling out faster than ever so if you want to go see a dj, buy the tickets as soon as you can. This way you know you’re going to go and don’t have to fight with the dreaded scalpers selling a $20 ticket for $80 (true story).

Don’t shove through the crowd to get up front

As a person who shows up to shows when the doors open, this is the most frustrating thing to deal with. If you want to be up close, show up early. It’s common sense really but some people just do not understand this. Don’t shove other ravers while trying to get a good spot on the rail. When people try to shove their way to the front it just creates one big clusterfuck where people get jammed together and this is where overheating and injuries occur. If you don’t show up early, don’t jam up front. Plain and simple.

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Don’t get too fucked up

This is the most important tip of all and it is the one that can have serious consequences. We get it, it’s a blast to get drunk and go to a show. It’s also fun to take drugs and go to a show. BUT it’s also fun to remember the night/actually live. The edm scene is notorious for drugs and is constantly getting a bad reputation because people don’t know their limits and end up OD’ing and sometimes even dying. It’s gotten so bad that some cities are threatening to ban all edm shows in general. This is a big issue and is something that has the potential to ruin shows for everyone. So if you plan on drinking/doing drugs, please be careful and know your limits. Have friends with you that can help you out if something goes wrong, but god damn please be careful and don’t end up like this guy.

Don’t let anyone bring you down

Shows are all about having fun, so have fun! There’s always going to be a few people that are being idiots and put a damper on things but you’ve just got to shake it off. Music is such a great thing, it can do so many things for so many different people. Being at a live show is one of the best feelings in the world because for four or so hours you don’t have to think about the real world and you can just dance and let the music take control. There’s a surreal feeling when you’re surrounded by your friends (or soon to be friends) in the middle of the crowd just vibing off one another. It’s a feeling that I’ve fallen in love with and it’s something that everyone should experience. So next show you’re at, just have fun, it’s really that simple (and easy).

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(Bitch) Don’t kill my vibe

Sorry, I just had to say it. Every time I hear the word don’t I always think of “don’t kill my vibe”, thanks Kendrick. But yeah, don’t kill anyone’s vibe at shows. If they’re having fun, let them.

Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe

Do’s

Do save up money

Ticket prices are increasing more and more, which means you need to start saving if you want to go to more than one a month. It’s an expensive hobby being a rave chaser but it’s something that I love doing and will continue to do regardless of the cost. Besides ticket prices you also have to factor in the cost of gas, food, drinks, and merch you might buy. It adds up pretty quickly, so in order to save yourself from going flat broke, save up in advance. Also if you can, buy tickets when the presale comes out. This is the cheapest price you can get tickets for and after presale sells out the prices rise. Do yourself a favor and act quick and your bank account will thank you. There’s also a lot of other ways to save money on tickets, this article gives more advice so check it out if you want to lessen your spending.

Do talk to people

I can’t stress this point enough! I can’t tell you how many friends I’ve made by talking to the people around me at shows. It’s so easy because you already have one thing in common and that’s music. If you need to break the ice, talk about the dj you’re about to see or maybe the opener. Doing this is how I met two of my friends, Mallory and Korrine at Electric Forest. While watching Bassnectar’s set my friends Kyle and Christian and I got to talking with the two of them and we ended up becoming friends in that short period of time (Pic on the right). So much so that we already have plans to meet up at this years EF. Or if you want an easier, fail proof method of making friends you can offer the person next to you some water if you have some and I guarantee you will become best friends with them.

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Do show love for your favorite dj without fear of judgement

Show your love for your favorite artists in creative ways. Make customized outfits, make kandi, make a cool sign or banner, carry around a life-size cut out of your favorite artist, whatever. One of my favorite parts about the edm scene is the creativity of everyone that goes to shows. I’m always amazed when I see the outfits that people spend weeks on in preparation to see their favorite djs. Another great thing is the lack of judgement there is. You can do/wear/dance/sing anyway you want and people will vibe with you instead of judging you for your passion. This is something that I really enjoy because I am the world’s worst dancer and yet I dance my heart out without the fear of judgement and I absolutely love how free I feel.

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Do bring water

Water is  essential in you having a great time. After hours of dancing and singing water will be your lifesaver. Make sure you bring water with you in the crowd because there is nothing worse than being up front for your favorite artist and then having to leave the crowd to get a drink because you’re about to pass out. This not only sucks for you, but also for your friends because once you leave your spot it’s almost impossible to get back to it. Also like I said earlier, water can make you friends so easy. If you see someone that looks like they’re struggling, offer them some water. You’ll get good karma, help out a fellow raver, and most likely make a friend in the process.

DO YOU

Whatever you do, do you! Have fun! Sing your lungs out, dance your heart out and just live. Shows are were you have so much freedom so use it to have the best time of your life. If you just do you, you’ll see why people love this scene so much 🙂

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