Slave To The Rave: EDM Is On The Rise

Slave To The Rave: EDM Is On The Rise

EDM goes against many common assumptions.

Fuzzy boots, kandi, sparkly bras and neon colors. Sweaty dj's, flashing lights, thousands of people, and confetti. Raves are major part of contemporary culture across the globe, especially with the continuous growing support for Electronic Dance Music (EDM). Many think raves are just a dangerous place for kids to do drugs and get hurt, which clearly shows they haven't been to such an event. There is so much more beyond that. 

Electronic dance music unites people in a misunderstood and complex way. Peace, love, unity, and respect (plur) is the underlying motto at raves and after attending my first few EDM concerts such as Flosstradamus, Duck Sauce, Dada Life, and Adventure Club, I've never felt that it's more true. 

In comparison to the pushy, overwhelming and angry fans I've experienced at rap concerts such as A$AP Mob and Mac Miller or the crazed indie lovers at Two Door Cinema Club, the people at EDM concerts are often some of the most down to earth and respectful people I've met. Everyone is willing to help out a stranger in need with water, food, assistance, or whatever you need. Smiles are seen across everyone's faces. Everyone is just so happy to be where they are and to share the experience with the crowd, no matter how big or small. 

These people travel from all over the world to come together at some of the biggest EDM festivals such as Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), Ultra, and HARD & Escape events. In light of the 5-month mark since one of the most popular  recurring EDM concerts, Insomniac Events has just released of the promo vid for EDC 2015 as follows:

If all goes accordingly, EDC 2015 is going to be bigger than ever, although topping last years would be hard to beat. A friend of mine says, "It is impossible to describe all the love I felt in just one night at EDC... I met so many beautiful souls last night and made so many incredible memories which I know I'll remember my whole life. I've danced out any remaining negative energy inside me, and have been reminded by so many wonderful humans that we are all the same! Just painted with a different brush." 

This amazing insight has brought to my attention the unity experienced through this type of music and these types of events. Everyone is there to connect and share a beautiful experience, feel the unforgettable vibes with bass pumping through your body, and have a good time. 

In all, despite judgement from a more conservative folk, EDM goes against many common assumptions. It may look like a hot mess from the outside, but it's an experience that is, in some ways, indescribable. It has been growing more and more as the years pass, with new sounds, styles, and sub genres. So before you're one to judge, start saving your money and experience something for yourselves! 

p.s. EDC tickets go on sale December 1st ;)

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A Collection Of Poems

A collection of poems that I have written.

I have always liked writing poetry, so I have decided to share a couple of my favorite poems that I have written. They are pretty short, but I hope you all enjoy!

A simple touch

A kind word

Is all someone might need

To feel alive, to feel anything at all

The feeling that lingers

Always in the back of your mind

Rides through the day with you unaware

Until night when it flies into your dreams

Sometimes the unknown is the scariest of all

You know the past and you know the present

But the future, the unknown, continues to loom in your path

Until one day you walk right into it

And realize you still don’t know what you want

Truth flies in the wind,

Eager to set the story straight

While lies come swooping in like vultures,

Determined to seize those want to be free.

The petals on a flower,

Delicate like the mind.

People insist on picking those flowers and picking on your mind.

Why can’t people believe that the mind is beautiful like flowers?

Why do we have so much hate?

Cover Image Credit: Leah Perrino

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My Winter Break Awarded Me The Opportunity Of A Lifetime

How one video led me to creating content for two great organizations.

Sometimes things work out for you even when you didn’t plan for them to happen. Over the Christmas break, I got a chance to do some amazing things and promote my work in a big way, all out of coincidence.

Christmas was fast approaching and my mom and I were getting ready to head to the airport to pick up my sister who was coming home from Washington D.C. I was trying to decide if I should bring my camera or not; usually I wouldn’t but my sister always begs me to make videos of her and take her picture so I thought this time I guess I’ll indulge. I figured a nice arriving home clip would be nice to have and something cool to capture on my camera.

Her plane had been delayed and sort of shuffled everywhere because of the bad storm all over the country, so we weren’t really sure when or where she was coming from. As we waited patiently for her to arrive, my mom and I noticed more and more people gathering into the airport and setting up camp on the other side of the terminal.

The El Paso Sun Court arrived, then Mariachis, even the El Paso mascot. Finally, our questions were answered when someone my mom knew from the group came up to say hi to her. He said that this was part of a basketball tournament happening as part of the Sun Bowl. The Sun Bowl is the bowl game we have in El Paso at the football stadium where the UTEP Miners play, and they have many other events that lead up to it, including a basketball tournament.

We learned that one of the teams was coming into town that day and all the theatrics was a part of their arrival. Luckily I had had my camera and a very versatile 50mm lens.

So, I decided to stay a little while after my sister finally arrived to film the event. (I had learned last summer that you can pretty much get anywhere in El Paso with a camera and if you look like you know what you’re doing).

The team arrived and danced to music and had a great time. I later took that footage and made a short little video, which is what I usually do when I film something random that I see, and I posted it on my social media. The post got a good audience and eventually attracted the attention of the head media representative from the Sun Bowl Association. He contacted me and said he loved the video and wanted to know if I wanted to do any more videos for him, gratis of course. It didn’t take me too long to think about it and told him, of course, I would.

I became the sole provider of video content for the Sun Bowl Association. This small airport video led me to create eight videos for the Sun Bowl Association, including hanging out with the NC State and ASU football players at Fort Bliss Military Base.

I also got to create videos for all of their events leading up to the Sun Bowl:

Finally, I had the amazing opportunity to create two sports recap videos for both the basketball tournament and Hyundai Sun Bowl:

It was an amazing experience to represent a company visually and have my content spread across not only El Paso, but also Arizona and North Carolina. It was also incredibly gratifying to be a very young 21-year-old content creator among so many older and recognized photographers from the El Paso Times, Herald Post, etc.

This opportunity eventually led to another freelance video project with the UTEP Tennis team. To get not only one but two organizations wanting me to create content for them was such a great honor.

And to think all of this came from one decision to bring my camera to the airport to pick up my sister. I could not have brought my camera that day or had the wrong lens. My sister’s flight could have arrived on time and we would’ve missed the arrival. I could not have had the confidence to step into the crowd and press the record button. But luckily life had its way of putting me in the right place at the right time.

I had the confidence to step in the crown and press the record button. But luckily life had its way of putting me in the right place at the right time.

Cover Image Credit: Ryan Ortegon

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