Tuesday, February 5, 2013

This Is a Load of Bull.

The LA Times recently posted this article on how EDM raves+drug use causes deaths (in a nutshell, anyway). Now, I know I'm not huge on the EDM scene (just over 50k fans, according to my Headliner count [and I don't even have an album out yet!]), but I just wanted to put this article into a bit more perspective. And yes, I know Kaskade already did this. This is just my take on it.

First off, kudos to the writer. Though pretty poorly thought out, it's certainly mind grabbing. Now, a quote, which was stated after naming examples of raves where people had died or been injured due to drug use:

"As raves have moved into the mainstream, there have been more tragedies across the country."

Well no shiz. First, if you don't know, raves are what electronic music concerts are called. Now, it's quite obvious that as something grows, the bad will be equally amplified. Say at a concert of 100,000, 1 person dies for whatever reason. The same concert has 1,000,000 people attending at a later date. Given the same ratio, it can be expected that 10 people will die. I know that's not the best example, but you get my point: as the amount of people increases, the likelihood of an injury becomes greater.

In the article, it is stated that "Since 2006 [Yoa's note: this article was written this year], at least 14 people who attended concerts produced by [great LA-based EDM promoters] have died from overdoses or in other drug-related incidents..." Now, guys, maybe I'm a little harsh, but you're saying that over the course of 6+ years, 14 people died of drugs. 14. Aside from being a relatively small number in the scheme of total drug-related deaths in the world, 14 people doing illegal drugs at concerts over the course of 6 years vs millions dying due to drug use outside of EDM... it's just crazy to me to number that few people given the grand scheme of things. It's like they were trying to make this genre look bad. It's like what mainstream media did to metal. And rap. And I think every genre...

Anyway, so the article continues to go on about how ecstasy is the main drug in use and how the concerts are making a lot of money for the cities they are held in. They then link the two together, saying that "The city should have zero tolerance for any activity where drugs are an integral part... A rave without drugs is like a rodeo without horses. They don't happen." Pardon my French, but what the actual fuck. Yes, drugs are taken at raves. But raves aren't about drugs, or sex, or anything like that. I know this gets kicked around a lot, but a lot of the people going to raves really are just there for the music, and to see their favourite artists perform live.

Just a side note, yes I know that a lot of EDM producers simply DJ with a bunch of pretty lights. I don't, and there are a few even big acts that don't, or soon won't.

The rest of the article goes on to talk about the two biggest promoters in the scene and talks concert numbers, so there's not much else going on, but it seems that the LA Times is trying to say that not only are the promoters bad, but that the events themselves are bad. They neglect, throughout the whole 3-page article, to state that the promoters or events never directly influenced these people's behaviour. There's even a quote from a retired police officer on the third page:

 "The promoters need to take responsibility."

No, they don't. The promoters have no correlation to what people do. Do you think that if the promoters wrote on their ads "Hey, and while you're having a good time, don't do drugs!" that the amounts of people being injured would decrease? Of course not. Wouldn't surprise me if it actually increased, just due to certain people's nature to do the exact opposite of what they read or were told.

A man on the board who has approved various raves stated, "...as far as we could tell, there was no fault of the people sponsoring the event." Thus rests my case. Sure, local cities get a fair bit of revenue (y'know, $14 million, fair bit), but it's not like that is increasing the chance of a person ODing on a drug.

In short, people do stupid things, and there's literally nothing that can be done to stop it.

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