For anyone who have become an active member in the rave community, you soon realize that it is not always the rainbows and fairy dust experience you probably found at your first show. Each city has their own scene, which means each city has their problems, and unfortunately there is no exception to this rule. With the EDM scene being the rapidly growing industry that it is, you must now constantly be on watch for the sketchy drug dealers, the Youtube Djs, and the promoters who look at our precious gathering and see nothing but dollar signs. The sad reality is that there will always be these people who are simply here to “cash out.” This is inevitable Nevertheless, hope still remains for a brighter future, not just for us, but the generations of ravers to come.
I, along with countless others, first found my place in the rave community with one overall goal: To make an impact and inspire others to do the same. The only question was what invisible force could possibly keep this scene going despite the reoccurring issues we face, what fuels such a force, and how to spread that message to the masses. What I then discovered was truly profound.
Unity. A universal sense of oneness with the vibrations and energies found among our fellow ravers.
Many of you may often wonder how a mass of totally unique individuals from completely different locations, upbringings, demographics, social cliques, and mindsets could have so much in common. All over the state, people travel to the city to join the plethora of others in a massive celebration. It is only here you may find… the cheerleaders, the drop outs, the jocks, the wall flowers, the drama geeks, the honor grads, the rednecks, the stoners, the poor kids, the spoiled kids, the hipsters, the frat boys, the rebels, or the captain of the chess club.
In fact, 6 years ago, you could either find me at quiz bowl practice ringing a buzzer and answering trivia questions (for fun), or being the kid everyone picked on just to pass the time. However, take away the classical stereotypes and whatever role we played in the past, and we all have one thing in common. We were all born with a universal sense that there was more to life than what our parents and teachers could ever show us. Each and every one of us had at some point found ourselves day dreaming of a place where we could stop pretending, stop trying to please everyone, stop having to keep up with whats “in”, and just be…free. Its that internal fire that burns within us that I found to be the unifying factor. Its the piece of the puzzle, that without, would never be complete. Its that spark that gives us hope. We all share this common ground, not because we all like to party or get messed up on the weekends. Its the unspoken bond. Its that smile you receive from across the room because they too share these fiery ambitions. They too have made their journey to a place where the tables have turned, and life’s monotony is now the taboo topic of the night.
This is one message I will proudly preach. Families are there for one another, and we take care of our extended family. It is our duty to continue to remind all of those who take part in our gatherings of this message. It has been said that there are two ways to really make a difference. We can either be the candle that provides the flame, or the mirror that reflects that light to the rest of the world. We are here. We are one. We are a family.