Unfortunately, in today’s perception drugs and EDM are almost one in the same. Drugs and EDM have practically become synonyms. It is a very saddening reality and quite honestly, a big blow to the industry as a whole. However, true ravers know that there is so much more to EDM then drugs. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to go to an EDM festival and/or concert, and NOT do drugs, and still have a crazy-fun time.
Try going to a festival or concert sober, and let yourself be surrounded by good people and good music, and you will see how much fun you can have. Just let yourself be taken away by the melodies and move your body. And if you feel like it, go ahead and sing along to the song. It is still a party even without drugs.
It seems like 2016 was a big year for EDM festivals in terms of drug related incidents – arrests, hospitalization, and sadly deaths. It was almost every day you went on social media after a big festival, and all you saw posted relating to the festival was about drugs and all the negativity. And as a matter of fact, statistics do show that these drug related incidents were up in practically every EDM festival of 2016 compared to previous years. The drug scene is getting out of hand, especially when it’s causing deaths of young ravers. EDC Las Vegas almost got lucky and was initially able to report that there were no deaths in 2016. However, an updated report came out shortly after the festivities concluded, and they sadly had to report a death of a 20 year old raver. Reports like these will not help the industry in terms of gaining traction in the mainstream view.
Mainstream media and other people not familiar with the culture of the rave, typically have a negative view towards EDM. But how can we expect people to support EDM when reports come out stating over 400 arrests at Nocturnal Wonderland 2016. Reports like that are definitely going to negatively effect peoples’ perception on the EDM industry and raves as a whole. Now it is not like EDM needs the mainstream support. After all it is a multimillion dollar industry, but music is to be shared, especially electronic dance music. And if the drugs keep receiving more of the limelight that the rest of many positive aspects of EDM, then people will continue to think dismissively about the rave industry.