Kandi Kan Stay Right Where It Is

*written by Shimmy for Electronica Life
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The electronic music scene in the United States has obviously been increasing in popularity in recent years — while I am still waiting for more non-128 bpm tracks to be directly released on terrestrial radio, it is safe to say this era is more than a growing trend, it’s a movement. A movement that I am very happy is happening real time, and not in a history book.

However, with anything that moves this fast, there comes an individual responsibility to understand it before diving right in. Kandi has a big place in US electronic music scene. While not as gratuitous as nipple pasties (not that I’m complaining), kandi is a way of instantly bonding with a fellow music lover. After a simple PLUR trade, this person’s identity can go from a complete stranger to someone who you can now add to your “rave family.”

Diplo recently took to twitter on his ban of kandi at his Mad Decent Block Party shows. As someone who is just plain awful at making the simplest piece of kandi, I am truly appreciative and thankful of every piece that’s ever been traded with me. Banning these beaded bracelets, cuffs, and masks is not a new practice at events, but Diplo’s reasoning is quite odd. Does he really think that it will make these events safer or just about the music? If there is one thing I know about kids is that once you tell to not do something, they will do it.

Electronic music is here to stay and so is the culture of kandi. Nonetheless, the high number of arrests and tragic deaths that are occurring at these events can be minimized. There are many reasons why someone will attend an electronic music event, but there are zero reasons why anyone should die at one. It’s not a secret that some attendees will use drugs (whether at an EDM event or not). Banning kandi is not the answer; being educated about the dangers of drug abuse and looking out for your fellow (old and new) “rave family” members can go a long way. The scene is growing and it’s up to us to pass onto the new generation what it means to be in the “scene.”

Be safe out there and PLUR on!