After a summer of techno and trance delights throughout Europe experienced by the Beats Travellers, and now some big planning ahead of our India Beats tour in December, there is one pressing question that needs to be addressed, ‘why do people love electronic music?’.
Let’s face it; if your friends are into R’n’B you don’t stand much of a chance enjoying your time on the dance floor together. It’s a rough life when you like different music, you will want to go to different festivals, dance different moves, and witness a different type of visual playing to the music (think VJing VS choreographed dance moves). Your friends will ask you why, and although you feel the same way about their musical loves, you have no idea how to give them an adequate answer that proves to them it is more than just electronic noise and beats.
Recently in England, with increasing numbers of clubs bring forced to close, the tabloids have been reporting that the rave culture has died. With a full audio-visual experience (often best experienced outdoors rather than confined clubs) now being craved by rave goers, and gentrification causing club closures, there seems to be quite the flaw in this argument. If you head out to wider Europe, it would seem that techno and electronic music is alive more than ever! Berlin has become a coveted hub for the rave lifestyle with wider European festivals such as Sonus Festival and Exit Festival recording larger crowds than ever before. The scene is arguably finally reaching its peak in Australia as the doof culture explodes with more and more interest spiking.
One of the foremost reasons for the love so many people feel for this music scene is the vibe and culture that comes with it. People are generally friendly, they are always dressed in enviable outfits, or sometimes weird and wonderful costumes. There is always something fun and interesting to watch and do. You don’t have to constantly feel the need to be dancing, and you certainly don’t feel the need to meet certain appearance expectations.
Ignoring being able to take a break, just because you can doesn’t mean you will, you can always find a way to dance. With trance, and sometimes techno, often falling into a mesmerising level where awkward swaying is ultimately, acceptable. Sure you won’t ever want to see a video of yourself doing this, but what it does mean is that when you start to tire you don’t have to walk out of the good vibes bubble, you can keep yourself in there, still full of euphoria. If you can make the awkward sway look good at an R’n’B club then you need to get those moves on Youtube!