disclaimer: i’m not quitting. this is an opinion piece on my changing stance as a DJ participant in the “EDM” culture.
I’m really tired of it.
I also find it hard to exactly define what I mean by “it,” but I do know that I’ve grown tired.
"It" certainly isn’t DJing or electronic music or dance music or being around people who like it, but "it" is tangentially related to all of the above.
While I can’t provide a fully-formed definition of “it,” “it” includes the mass objectification of women, encouragement of self-destructive behaviors, and somewhere between a fear of and an all-out contempt for responsible partying.
"It" is amorphous and vague, but you know it when you see it, and lately it is becoming the mainstream image of EDM in America.