If you are like me, you would have noticed how the popular and weekly Soca parties simmered and a new concept of raves emerged. Yes, it took me by surprise and I am sure there are many others who share the same view. Now this piece is NOT about promoting or demoting raves. If you are not a familiar with raves and EDM (Electronic Dance Music), then this post will just be words, sentences and paragraphs to you. However, I do encourage you to educate yourself on it as it is slowly taking over the music industry.
But what really are we listening to at Raves? What is this EDM?
EDM is a set of percussive music genres that largely stem from production methods of disco, house, techno and trance music; it was popularized through the 1980s via regional nightclub, warehouse and rave scenes of the Acid House Movement. This minute genre took its roots in Europe and America but really poked into mainstream after Daft Punk’s Coachella performance and David Guetta’s touch to Black Eye Peas “I got a feeling” and other notable works in the early 2000 and thereafter. The history of it is quite complicated and takes many views depending on if you follow the American or the European versions. But today EDM is characterized into unique genres of house, electro, bass, trance, trap, dubstep, hardstyle and many other sublets of the mentioned. These genres are worshiped by talented DJs such as Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Knife Party, Diplo etc to produce dynamic and “eargasmic” music; which are meticulously generated to make raves an unforgettable experience.
The Rave Wave hit Guyana so hard that in a span of 2 months, an alarming 6 events were successfully executed. This really is the first time we have held events that soca songs were not featured in!! The crowd loved it!! It was different, it was fresh, it was catchy and the environment and setting was just perfect. The party scene was being abused by soca music (no offense to the soca lovers) and it took EDM in with welcoming arms. Raves really did come to the rescue. Soca parties are still a success but I can assure you that this Rave Wave is certainly catching on.
The rave culture follows the rules of PLUR (Peace, Love, Unity and Respect). It is not just a culture but it is a lifestyle for ravers. Raving can be viewed as a transcendental, mind-altering experience, providing a somewhat psychic relief to alienated people in a secularly repressive and materialistic society. The culture breaks all the borders of sexuality, racism and social status etc. to create an environment that is somewhat hippie-like but all the same loving, caring and most importantly: safe and secure. Of course, the forefather countries take it to a higher extreme but this is for sure one culture that should be promoted in Guyana! Local Facebook group: EDM Guyana, does its best to promote both the music and the PLUR lifestyle. They have recently and successfully launched their brand and executed their first rave and still continue to show their support to other entities that host raves. The wave sure is spreading.
But is the rave wave going to continue to crash onto the shores of Guyana or is it going to slowly ripple away in silence and serenity? New year, new concept ? Who knows?
In the meantime, the Rave continues!