Challenging The Negative Stigma
The Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Community has been scrutinized as a public nuisance revolving around use of illegal drugs. In 2010’s Electric Daisy Carnival at the LA Coliseum an MDMA related death of 15 year of Sasha Rodriguez caused a media frenzy revolving around illegal activity and underage partying at Electronic Dance Music Festivals (often referred to as “raves”). The city of Los Angeles enacted a temporary ban on raves in publicly owned venues, and event organizers responded by increasing the minimum age requirement to 18. While many still consider raves to be dangerous and full of illegal drugs, those that produce, DJ, or simply enjoy the music on its own merit reject this notion. Joey Li of UC Berkeley’s ElecTonic discusses the tight knit nature of the community.