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Rant: Why the Arizona rave scene should cease to exist

2006In 2006, the AZ rave scene was pretty poppin, and I have the evidence to prove it (see picture on right of me in the front row, yes that is me at 16).  Fast forward 6 years and the rave scene sucks more than a Dyson vacuum cleaner.  The scene went from being underground and personal, to basically a corporate money-making machine.  Thanks to complete morons such as Relentless Beats, Insomniac Events, and Steve Levine Entertainment, the rave scene is nothing more than a bunch of college douchebags and a bunch of middle school/ high school druggies looking for a place to not only party, but partake in highly embarrassing behavior including asking everyone within 5 foot distance if they would like a back massage or letting fellow partygoers know how hard they are rolling.  Thank you so much AZ production companies for really looking out for the best interest of the rave scene here.  Over the past year, I haven’t attended an event that has gone on PAST midnight.  This is complete bullshit, and for that, somebody needs to immediately destroy the offices that belong to said production companies.  Back in the day, when raves were still illegal, most of them weren’t even starting til 11 and ending until 5 or 6, sometimes even 7 in the morning.  Now that the production companies have taken “raves” into their own hands, raves end at midnight sharp so that the event is legally an all-ages event.  Obviously the promoters don’t give a fuck about the absurd amount of rolling 12 years grinding on each other in nothing but underwear, but rather how much money they make and how many people they are able to rake into their event.

Recently on the popular social media site, Facebook, I saw a rather well-known promoter posting pictures of himself flyering what looked like the ASU campus.  No offense idiot, but if you don’t know what raves are, you have no right promoting it to the idiots that destroyed our scene.  When I first started going to raves, it was all about the underground, and the vibes; it was about leaving your identity at home and partying til the wee hours of the morning with people that only knew your raver alter-ego and would probably never see you while the sun was actually out.  Many of these idiot promoters have taken it upon themselves to make sure that the rave scene has grown rapidly so they can rake in the dough.  Everywhere you go there are flyers, whether you are at a smoke shop, tattoo shop, or even college campus.  The promoters do not legitimately give a fuck about who comes to these events, they just want it to be big.  Gone are the days of vibes and “PLUR” and whatever other raver bullshit I used to tell myself when I was in high school.  Now its just a big money making scam where the promoters truly don’t give a shit about what a rave is.  A rave ends at whatever time the djs decide they want to go home, and should consist of people that know people that know people that know people, not just end at a certain time because of contract or consist of everyone and their mama because the promoters are trying to attract a big crowd.

azravesceneIts obvious no one gives a fuck about who comes to raves or about what vibes are present, just as long as the promoters are making money they are happy.  They know nothing about the culture, and are using the new EDM trend to profit.  For me personally, my culture has been taken away from me and I am forced to hang out with possibly the whole meth-using population of Arizona.  The promoters here are bringing out really good talent, and for that I commend them.  But seriously, if you know nothing about how raves used to be, stay the fuck away from promoting; if you’re money-hungry I heard drug-dealing and stripping are pretty profitable professions, but for the love of God, STAY AWAY FROM THE RAVE SCENE.

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Relentless Beats gives me a ticket to La La Land, excitement ensues

According to La La Land’s event page, 960 people are supposedly coming to party at Phoenix Convention Center.  Although I was already planning on going, Relentless Beats has decided I am worthy of a free ticket via some random Facebook post contest.  I couldn’t be more ecstatic if I tried.  Datsik, Cosmic Gate, Mat Zo, Michael Woods, DJ Bl3nd and Noisecontrollers all playing at one event? In Arizona? As much as I despise major promoters and event planning companies for their majorly douchey events they host here in Arizona, I can’t help but be thankful for the fact that if it wasn’t for the rise of EDM, I wouldn’t be able to see these djs at all.  Production companies such as Relentless Beats, OneVibe Events, and Steve Levine Entertainment rule the Arizona electronic music scene.  Sometimes I am less than satisfied with the people that choose to go to these events who I am forced to share my personal bubble with, but for $40, look who you could see at one event! I am flabbergasted by the lineup and the cost because of the fact that I have been used to seeing good lineups ONLY in other major cities.  Phoenix is blowing up and is a new hotspot for fresh talent.  I think I am most excited to see DJ Bl3nd and Mat Zo.  I’m over Datsik because of the fact that pretty much all dubstep sounds the same to me and the common misconception in America that dubstep is in fact the name of a DJ.  I am very much looking forward to this event and can’t wait to write some more artist reviews. Again, thanks so much Relentless Beats.

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