Times tend to change but, unfortunately, some things do not. Since the beginning, the media has always had it out with dance music culture. Regardless of how many safety regulations and necessary precautions have been implemented by event promoters, an inescapable stigma seems to follow. On Sunday, The LA Times released an article which bashes the dance community as a whole, pushing forth a skewed opinion that is both uniformed and highly stereotypical. Kaskade, serving as the voice of reason, chimed in to provide an exceptional rebuttal entitled ‘No One Knows Who We Are’ which is aimed to squash such slander.
First off, this article is irrelevant and outdated. Perhaps if these journalists had written this twenty years ago, when the truth was a little more ragged, they could have made an argument that wasn’t so laughable. Back when warehouses were being broken into, fire codes were ignored, dodgy generators were powering a massive sound system and restrooms were non-existant. This was a time that safety probably wasn’t exactly job one. Things were smaller then, though. There weren’t tens of thousands of people looking to gather in one place, not like now. This scene has grown, and in response to the people it serves, it has grown up.
Kaskade’s deeply-rooted history in EDM has evidently made him a role-model for many dance music enthusiasts. Which is why he will not tolerate any defamations directed towards a trusted member of his beloved scene. In no way, shape or form does Insomniac advocate substance abuse or condone illicit activities. Pushing the blame on such parties is unjust and downright invalid.
Today, massive events are being held on terms that have been scrutinized by engineers, civil servants, fire chiefs, policemen, and all manner of bureaucratic safety hoops. As EDM’s numbers have become larger, we’ve become more accountable. No longer hiding in an abandoned warehouse, we’re paying taxes, paying dues, and stimulating the hell out of each cities’ economy that hosts an event. Before the doors ever open, there is a string of green lights that have to be run through by people whose business it is to keep these events safe. The same codes put into place for every other genre of music applies to EDM. To say otherwise is untruthful and adheres to dangerous stereotyping.
Insomniac’s efforts to create a safe and enjoyable experience has ultimately gone unnoticed in the media’s eye. It goes without saying, the well-being of our headliners (each and every attendee who takes part in our events) is considered of the upmost importance. We encourage YOU
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Read the LA Times article here
Read Kaskade’s full post here