The EDM world has been taking some nasty hits lately, particularly from the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors after two tragic deaths of college women at Hard Summer last week.
Insomniac Founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella has recently released a statement regarding recent criticisms of dance music culture. The statement can be found below:
“I’ve been incredibly saddened by yet another loss of life that’s been attributed to our culture, and I have spent the last week reflecting on how the story has played out in the media. First and foremost, my heart goes out to the friends and family of those two young women.
We don’t condone or tolerate drug use, but the problem here isn’t raves or dance music, or even festivals in general. The health impact of drug abuse in our country extends far beyond what happens at our events.
I lost five friends to drug overdoses at a young age, none of which occurred at dance music festivals; most of them weren’t even fans of the genre. No one wrote about them.”
Pasquale Rotella and the Insomniac team employs several safety measures, and anyone who has attended an event can give first-hand testimony of searches performed prior to entering a venue. The Dance culture has survived for decades, and continues to thrive, gaining popularity every day.
Pasquale continues, “Banning these events at facilities where we are able to provide first-rate medical care and emergency services is not the answer. I hope that policymakers and the media do not turn their backs on a cultural movement that is thriving and brings so much happiness to a generation that, quite frankly, needs an environment where they can feel loved and accepted. Most just want healthy interaction with their peers. I know that if I didn’t have access to this community growing up, my life would have taken a much different turn.
I see nothing but great opportunity within large gatherings—the opportunity to promote health, happiness, individuality, and human connection.
If we’re trying to create a safe and secure environment for these passionate fans, sending them back into the unregulated underground isn’t a step in the right direction.
We all need to do our part in creating a national dialogue that educates our youth and encourages them to be accountable for their choices—especially when it comes to drugs. “
The loss of any individual is extremely heartbreaking, and hopefully we can eliminate the danger of drug overdose through education of the dangers associated with drug use.