By Kelsie Onsrud
What began in the UK around the 1980s has become one of the biggest communities around the world; the electronic dance community goes by many names and includes various types of people from across the globe. Over the years many aspects of the scene change, including the rave fashion and genres of EDM that have been established as time brought more people into the scene. The fashion of the dance music culture is the quickest changing aspect, starting at the classic phat pants and sun visors which seemed practical and comfortable, but also colorful and fun.
Then, followed the neon bucket hats and more cyberpunk fashion styles. These iconic statement pieces are still worn today, just in less frequency as the trendy and cute Kandi fashion picked up the pace and brought leg fluffies, colorful fishnets, and plenty of sparkles. Nothing beats classic black though, as all-black outfits have been popular in the scene since the beginning. Despite the changing fashion trends, whatever makes you feel comfortable and cute is always a great choice!
Genres of electronic dance music have been being added since the beginning, and now offer so many different and unique styles of music. Styles include techno, trance, house, dubstep, trap, drum and bass, and hardstyle. The genres are so vast and different that it allows you to meet people in the community who have completely different taste as you do, but who also enjoy the same community of love and support. Some artists and DJs experiment with mixing genres and styles and I believe those make for some of the best tracks. Whatever genres you find to be your favorites, there are festivals all across the world that offer a chance to experience the music and culture.
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The one concept that has remained heavily popular and trendy among the rave scene throughout time has been “P.L.U.R.” an acronym for “Peace, Love, Unity, Respect”. The acronym has many different stories of its upbringing; one story claims it was apparently conceived by a DJ named Frankie Jones during a fight that broke out during one of his shows. However it started, it has become a main standard of the rave community. Although P.L.U.R. is a great standard for how to treat people in the community, it should always be remembered to prioritize your safety over being nice. Keep an eye out for not only yourself, but the people you go with as well, and you’ll have a fantastic time experiencing a fast-changing culture that has been around for years.