even though “edm” is just an abbreviation for the name of the super broad, overarching genre, i hate hearing or reading it now. i feel as though the media/others throw around “edm” thinking it’s a cool and currently relevant term. ”omg look at this new (a really problematic adjective) music, this dance craze sweeping america, omg i think the kids call it ‘edm’ so we’re going to use that too, all the time.” ugh. i used to call it “edm” too - it’s easier! - but i’ve been so turned off by the pervasive use of it recently.
at least “electronic dance music” and “edm” are accurate ways to reference the genre. but calling any party with electronic music and lights a “rave”? no. raves are dance parties centered around electronic music, but they also are characterized by “underground” traits and distinct subcultures (which often revolve around love, respect, community, friendship, drugs, bright lights, costumes, and other themes in different combinations).
i don’t go to raves. i go to concerts, club events, shows, parties and festivals. all of these involve electronic dance music, light shows, glowsticks, and costumes, but do not fully constitue a rave. there are several elements found in the above productions that were certainly adopted from rave culture, no doubt about that. that said though, i can run around with candy/candi/kandi on my arms and “PLUR” tattooed on my face all day, but neither make me a raver. “rave” is just another cool word being applied to sundry events that feature electronic music. if i were a true “raver”, this would upset me a lot.
i just like to get dressed up in glowing neon shit, look the djs in the eye, and dance to the music that i have genuinely loved for several years. (dancing with friends preferably…having them around is the real benefit to the increasing popularity of this music.)
i’m counting this mini-rant to myself as a monday productivity win.