There has been a growing debate on the subject of mosh pits at various music events lately, as the EDM movement has seen a huge increase in "moshing" in recent years. For those who happen to be unaware of this trend, moshing originated in Los Angeles, California during the pivotal punk years of the 70s and 80s. Punk rock culture literally slammed into the more mainstream music scene with its rowdy show behavior, and eventually lead to the full blown cultural movement we see at music events today. Electronic dance music has been around almost as long as punk, and people have most likely been moshing in one way or another throughout our culture since its began. However, moshing is making more headway than ever into the EDM world, and it’s clear that the reactions from music fans are differring substantially on whether it should be allowed at EDM shows and festivals.
What once began as a cluster of people vigorously bouncing around and head-banging, has quickly found its way of evolving into a full-scale warzone atmosphere at times, and more and more people seem to be leaving these mosh pits with bruises, sore limbs, and even broken bones as a result. After multiple accounts of negative experiences inside the pit, I have come to question how beneficial it is to "express yourself" at the expense of another's safety.
When songs that condone the act of moshing overtake a large audience at an event, it's nearly impossible to predict how the crowd will react. Generally, the fact that there isn't enough room for people to thrash and ram into each other like a pinball machine subdues the urge for people to mosh. On the other hand, there is also a heavy belief within EDM that respect should be shown to all throughout the entire duration of an event. Few DJ's today condone these "controlled releases of aggression," but with popular artists such as Flosstradamus and Casino releasing tracks called "Mosh Pit," the movement has a way of going past the point of playful dancing and becomes a more violent and negative behavior.