Classically social organisation within Club Culture is

Classically subcultures define themselves as ‘other’ and ‘subordinate’ to ‘the dominant’ culture. Many cultural theorists such as Stuart Hall and Dick Hebdige have been chiefly concerned with the ways in which subcultures subvert and pose a resistance to the ‘established order’ through their expressive dress codes and rituals. The social organisation within Club Culture is much more egalitarian: people dance alone or among a group, and interactions with strangers are commonplace. People do not watch one another’s appearance or how they are dancing. Appearance doesn’t matter in raves, as everyone is too busy enjoying themselves. This may be part of a larger trend that’s displayed in society where we avoid and perhaps even fear physical intimacy with strangers, but it is also specific to Club Culture itself. Dance music seems to depart from these theories of youth culture, since it has not established its own identifiable dress code nor consciously set itself apart from the wider culture. Today dance music is primarily focussed around clubs, where people meet together and dance to electronically engineered music. It could take place in a derelict warehouse, a bar, a beach, a field, an aircraft hangar or a sports arena. Some may be free, and others may charge an entrance fee. Each venue seems to have its own discourse. A beach may signify the escapism of a holiday; a warehouse may signify the decline of industrialisation; and a sports arena may signify commercial profiteering. The sort of people that go to any particular one will vary according to the place where it is held, the way in which it is advertised, and the price of the ticket. The dizzying laser lights flashed in synchronicity with the pulsating bass of the music that bounced off the psychedelic warehouse walls as I stepped into the venue to begin my exploration of this society. As I mentally attempted to organize the chaos surrounding me as I pushed my way through the crowd of spasmodic individuals who contorted their bodies in time with the music and lights. I located a couch in a room covered with cartoonesque, hyper-graphic graffiti to sit back and watch the overwhelming but comforting display of light and sound. During this time a young lady in tye dye leggings approached me asking if I came alone. I told her I was observing the scene and wanted to have an understanding of what attracts people to this environment. Because of my youthful, unorthodox appearance and connections she invited to join the underground scene and attended numerous raves in several major cities in the D.C, Maryland, and Virginia, most commonly known as the DMV. The American rave subculture is an alternative, underground movement promoting different genres of dance music, visual experiences, teen angst, and a chance to be anyone you want to be. Young American culture has always seemed fueled by the concept of having a good time. People in their late teens to early twenties are beginning to make choices on their own, including what they choose to do with their leisure time. However, this has been a culture that has been growing since the mid-80s that promotes equality, peace, and the love of music. People from all walks of life attend these camping festivals and all night events, with nothing more in mind than peace, love, unity, and respect in mind. They come from far and near with one common interest: the love of music. Dancing is, to an extent, yet another reiteration of the music. The music that the DJ creates spontaneously is a text. The dancer then in turn re-interprets this text through movements of the body. The “reader” therefore, whether in the role of dancer, DJ, or user of sampling technology contributes a mind set that is culturally specific and productive in itself. “Transformation, the cognitive/affective behavioral change, is a process that occurs regularly in rave contexts for those that are empowered. It is the gradual transformation of self, the restructuring of knowledge to incorporate the symbolic and experiential meanings gleaned from experiences. This transformation of acceptance/ inner peace is a lasting effect that carries from the rave communitas back into the external social world. From this perspective, Unity and Acceptance of Diversity is not a phenomenon contained within the world of raves; it has the potential to reshape the worldview of participants ( Rill, B. (2006) Rave, Communitas, and Embodied Idealism. Music Therapy Today pg.8 (Online 1st October).” Dance music encompasses both the underground and the mainstream facets of society through its multi directional subgenera The euphoric beats are the pulse of the crowd, and the meaning of unity is never clearer. The feeling of togetherness and love provides a desirable escape from all the petty problems in our society. So, why can something that seems so innocent and peaceful, seem to pose such a dominant threat?There never seems to be one party (rave) that can be thrown anymore, without the arm of the local authorities far behind. This discourages many young people from going, for fear of getting arrested for something they may have no part in. This, in itself, is the real tragedy, as I believe that everyone should experience the joy of a party once in their lives. However, the presence of authority also promotes safety and quick emergency response to any attendants who might be in need of assistance. The scene has been growing at a rapid rate over the past few years. This has alarmed our nation, as most people who have never experienced a party only think of the stereotypical cornucopia of drugs. The rave culture has many positives to offer our growing, young American society, but unless it is realized for what it truly is, this culture may never reach the potential it possesses.There always seems to be a generation in American culture that has its choice of music deemed “non-melodic noise.” In the 50s, it was Rock n’ Roll, the 70s was disco, and the late 80s/early 90s targeted hip-hop music. Now as we enter a new millennium, electronic music has been given that title. Its primary draw is to those who understand techno music and who have opened their mind to new experiences. To anyone with a closed mind toward this music, it’s often deemed nothing more than “repetitive beats thrown together with no lyrics.” However, the beats serve a much greater purpose to the many people who have an appreciation for them. They are often described with such terms as, immaculate, beautiful, and even orgasmic. This is just one of the reasons why only a small population truly understands the rave generation, its deeply emotional impact on those involved in it, and why those outside of it can only deem it “disturbing.”Those exercising their concerns regarding the rave culture, mainly concentrate on nothing more than the obvious drug references. True, there are a lot of drugs in this scene. Some ravers do drugs to make them feel better. They may come from a dysfunctional family, and feel a need to escape. This isn’t the best way to escape, but it works for them for only a brief period of time. Others do drugs because they want to fit in. They don’t understand that just being themselves will work. The overwhelming increase of drugs is the main reason why society has had a watchful eye on the rave culture, and why there have been efforts to shut events like these down. Usually these events become age restricted to only adults usually starting at a minimum of 18 or 21 years of age. To survive in the rave subculture, possessing both the artifacts insider lexicon phrases include codes for illegal substances, group gatherings, fandom, and dance music/genres. a few examples will serve to conceptualize the term. Bradburn’s (Jul. 1993) broad definition is of ” a new phenomenon that is more of a spontaneous happening that brings people together for dancing in various locations.” More specifically, Saltonstall (1995) defines raves as “all-night dance parties that move mysteriously into the city’s abandoned warehouses or lofts for one night, like tremendous floating clubs, and then move on” (4A). Perhaps Reynolds (1994) captures raves best: “It is a self-induced hypergasm, a shared hallucination of the in-place-to-be grandiosity” (56). Raves typically share the common features of secrecy, mobility, youth, music, drugs, fashion, creativity, and attitude. To this end dance music has created its own subculture, commonly known as ‘Clubculture’ mainly through hairstyles, clothing, attitudes and vices with many sociologists linking this primarily to the LGBTQ scene. It is noticeable within Club culture that the distinction between male and female is more blurred than in the ‘normal ‘disco-club’ environment. Men do ‘not pick up girls, nor do girls passively’ stand waiting to be approached (both of which can still be observed at any club or social gathering). ‘These features appear consistently throughout the entire history of raves since the moment of its inception. Like so much of Generation X’s culture, the rave is sometimes said to be inspired by (or stolen from) the hippies of the 1960s, discourse of the 1970s, and punkers of the 1980s, according to McKusick (1992) and Smith (1992). Critics such as Garcia (1992), McKusick (1992), Tagg (1994), Hesmondhalgh (1995), and Zukeran (1995) debate whether raves are any type of social movement or the discos for the new millennium. As the name Generation X implies, American youth is sometimes characterized as the generic generation accused of simply copying earlier American counterculture or European contemporary culture.  Although there is no definitive source on the etymology of the term “rave,” most ravers agree that the term originally referred to “raving” about secret, decadent parties.. Artifacts of this culture include appropriating clothing, essential supplies, and “psychedelic” toys. This  originality aspect of physical appearance and body language demonstrates acknowledgment towards everybody paying little attention to race, sex, or sexual introduction. It might appear to be peculiar when you initially consider it; however we truly become more authentic as we grow up more cognizant and proactive about acknowledgment and solidarity (iHeartRave, n.p). The growing popularity of music festivals involving such popular artists such as Bassnectar and events such as Electric Forest focus on music as well as positivity, acceptance, and personal growth. In many cases djs are looked at as a spiritual leader to many and lift others up with their energy positive influence. This shows how us how beautiful these events can be. Because of all the positivity emanate within the community, these individuals are able to translate those good vibes into their personal lives on and off the dance floor (Reddit, n.p). Many ravers incorporate these meanings into their daily life by helping out with the environment, supporting movements, gathering money and supplies for charities. You would think because of the negative connotations that these ravers would act more like criminals but it’s been seen to have quite the opposite effect.EDM and the groups that work with it, have contributed to this development and the developing group will have a key influence in spreading greater energy around the globe. While twenty to thirty year olds have made incredible walks in making an all the more tolerating world, the work is just half done. We are part of an era that is more aware of social liberties and more receptive about correspondence, yet regardless we neglect to incorporate people who may simply be somewhat particular. It’s interesting how tolerating we are of individuals paying little heed to race now, and how we know about the reality we shouldn’t ridicule individuals with dysfunctional behaviors, yet regardless we shun the normal odd child. There’s a ton of eccentric individuals out there. The rave group is the place kids who felt they didn’t exactly have a place discovered shelter. Here in this excellent group, they discovered companions, love, and acknowledgment. This is the thing that I have cherished most about being apart of this movement. It’s one movement occupied by various groups that acknowledges everyone from different backgrounds and I adore how there is greater inspiration with each passing year.There is nothing more amazing then seeing influential people who properly take advantage of their position of power in the community to talk about accepting each other and also share their experiences. For instance Skrillex, in a New Year’s Eve event in Toronto, 2005 stated that, “This music is for everybody – it’s for the outcasts, it’s for the cool people, it’s for the fat kids, it’s for the skinny kids, it’s for the gay kids, the straight kids. The aliens! The yellow people, the purple people, the black people, the white people, No matter who you are this is for you (Reddit, n.p).  If you see someone at your school, or at your work and they look left out man, all you gotta do is reach out. Our New Year’s Resolution is hand a hand out…”Most of the djs and musicians in the rave scene are in it because they love helping people, creating light where there wasn’t one before, exchanging of ideas, love, and happiness. They believe in the spirit that if you give you will always receive (iHeartRave, n.p).   Flapjack a Dj says, “I am never happy unless everyone else is happy, and that being around negative or stagnate energy is not good for personality or personal energy.” As per the rave group, living this way of life, while it might appear like a negative thing to many given the shame of stereotypical categorization, is really a positive thing. It shows us to acknowledge others, it causes us stretch our imagination and perspective ; it encourages us make bonds and opens our eyes to new thoughts and openings. I think the reason such a significant number of individuals get hooked on this way of life is on the grounds that it’s something other than music, it’s about the full involvement. You are completely acknowledged for your identity, you’re ready to relinquish everything cutting you down, and encounter your definitive joy (Ourtunez, n.p).Offering this experience to others is far superior. When you bring somebody into the group and look as they let free and experience the happiness and adore, it’s genuinely the best feeling. As a group, we should intend to proceed with the work we’ve begun. While we have seen many changes in the battles of prejudice, negative self-perception, and social equality, despite everything we have far to go before we are the tolerant group we need to be and the rave group will assume an expansive part in that by constantly advancing and rehearsing peace, love, solidarity, in regard to our regular daily existences and imparting this culture to people around us. Give this way of life a chance to enable you to connect with your profound side, spread your great vitality to others, and let it be infectious (Reddit, n.p).An individual, Johanna Barnet, who I met through one of the many shows, I’ve been lucky to attend explained to me that for each individual who goes to a Bassnectar occasion or show, which is part of the rave community, they give 1 dollar to nonprofit associations with an end goal to support offering, and to advance a solid, educated, engaged group. This idea is significant to us since it gives us a chance to meet up and really have a beneficial outcome on the planet (Bassnectar, n.p). Here is the means by which it works: We gather and give one dollar for each ticket sold, and send it to Air Traffic Control (striking, connection to site), a non-profit association that enables craftsmen to advance their chances for social commitment. Each time the Bass Bank comes to $50,000 we will show 3 distinct associations that are doing stunning things to enable instruction, wellbeing, or group. On you can find out about the associations, what they do and how, and perceive how you can get included on the off chance that you are intrigued (iHeartRave, n.p).  This isn’t just an incredible approach to give back, yet it is likewise a wonderful approach to meet new companions, and to investigate life OUTSIDE of the gathering. They hold a vote at to put the associations arranged by inclination (Reddit, n.p). The association with the most votes will get $25,000, the runner up will get $15,000 and the third finalist will get $10,000. You can track the movement of every association on, that remains included during the time on our group remarks load up, and enable us to pick different possibility for up and coming rounds.Apart from the Bassnectar and his events there is the Electric Forest, which has become among the biggest camping music festivals in the U.S. which a weekend long journey that celebrates not only music and nature but also community (Bassnectar, n.p). People from far and wide camped for four nights in Rothbury, Michigan to see their favorite musical acts. The people in this festival are encouraged to be friendly and help those who have camped around them. The sense of community was largely felt. In the course of recent years, the quality and soul of the Forest Family have developed beyond anything we could ever imagine (theraveprovider, n.p). However, as we likewise develop in measure, we continue returning to one critical inquiry: How would we protect closeness and uprightness while inviting new companions? This group is a consistently advancing trial of culture, innovativeness, and kinship where we investigate what happens when the complexities of our day by day lives are put on hold for interfacing with each other on a more profound level. However, there are numerous amount of people who don’t have the chance to take part since wristbands offer out so rapidly and since participating in festivals doesn’t come cheap. Why not extend something that makes so much good? For what reason are we not able to aggregate vitality to make space for new thoughts, and more noteworthy support? This isn’t untethered development. This is careful advancement with enormous care being set on the most profound standards of the Forest (Ourtunez, n.p). Electric Forest 2017 speaks to an important, natural venture into the innovative wild that defines the experience we appreciate together.In conclusion, any endeavor to depict the rave soul must originate from what the individual’s true involvement is with raves. These tributes advise us that raving must be genuinely comprehended through direct cooperation. PLUR remains for Peace, Love, Unity and Respect. These four beliefs are regularly touted as the components that make raves more positive and life certifying than different sorts of gatherings or club scenes.  Unity and Acceptance of Diversity is the dominant symbol, the embodied ideal of the rave subculture. This ideal is more than just a mental construct. Symbols can and do affect our total beings, because the body is not merely a vessel of culture, it is a product of it. Raves themselves are instances of communitas, emphasizing spontaneity, free expression, immediacy, and the affective experience. They are anti structural, contrasting the values and norms of the external social world. At the core of a genuine rave there’s the beat of something elusive; a positive bringing together notch, a phenomenal inclination, a vibe that rises above portrayal.  For others, it is powerful because it is an avenue of free expression wherein participants can find release from social tensions. I hope to have recast your understanding of rave as a social movement necessary in the functioning of social systems.


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