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This is an EDM Intervention... And Everyone Needs to Watch It [VIDEO]

We're sharing this message from EDM fan and industry professional Annie Rinsky in hopes of helping to make a positive change. Here are 10 takeaways from Rinksy's "EDM Intervention" (full video at the end). Read, watch and comment to the right. Let's talk this out! And mad props, love and respect to Annie for creating this. You are one fucking awesome human being.

1. This is electronic music. We’ve transcended organic instruments, and that’s amazing for a lot of reasons.

"Yes, that means that there’s going to be a lot of bad music out there, but that also means that the artists who are going to do something amazing and creative and change the world are not going to be discouraged... having more music in the world is not a bad thing… We are so unique and so fortunate to be in this age where music is everywhere, and we can listen as much as we want."

2. If you’re scared of technology, you shouldn't be making electronic music.

"You're not a 'real DJ' if you’re using the sync button. I think that criticism alone is responsible for keeping electronic music at a standstill for years… We have these tools. Let’s use them. Not having to spend time syncing two songs up frees you up to do so much more."

3. [Some DJs] doubt how important what they are doing is.

"The rest of the world is telling [some DJs] that we’re all so fucked up and we don’t know what’s going on and it’s just dance music and it doesn’t really matter… This is very important to some people. We care a lot. And we see you play multiple times and when you're playing the exact same set over and over and over. It’s frustrating. It’s insulting. At shows people dress in wild costumes and we dance like crazy and a lot of times they are on drugs… but that doesn’t mean that we’re not smart, capable, driven, motivated… it doesn’t mean anything."

4. Raving is a release.

"So many inspiring people who are doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs and rocket scientists - we meet and we lose our minds together and then we go back to our jobs and we kill it. We’re inspired because we feel accepted. we get all that energy out, and then we go back and we are focused. That is the essence of raving... When you walk into a rave, you shed all of the defense mechanisms that you normally carry with you in your everyday life. You're able to just be yourself, and that's why people make such good friends at raves. They are connecting as who they really are, not who they pretend to be."

5. If you are judging other people, you are defeating the purpose.

"EDM means 'Electronic Dance Music.' That’s what techno is and that’s what psytrance is and that’s what all of it all is. When you separate yourself from the term 'EDM,' you're basically saying that there’s something wrong with it… the reason why the EDM scene is so beautiful is because it's a place where we can escape from the judgment and expectation that we feel from the rest of society. If you are judging other people, you are defeating the purpose. And if you see someone else judging and you don’t take the responsibility to say something, then you’re part of the problem."

6. When the scene was underground... it wasn't sustainable.

"If you are someone who is under the impression that the scene was better when it was underground... I want you to do me a favor and WAKE THE FUCK UP! When the scene was underground, raves were thrown in bad neighborhoods by people who didn't know what they were doing... people used to overdose a lot more often because they didn't have access to the information they needed about the drugs they wanted to take... not to mention artists weren't getting paid enough to continue doing this."

7. We've come a long way... and that's thanks to the people who are willing to fight.

"In 2002, Joe Biden proposed the RAVE Act to Reduce Americans Vulnerability to Ecstasy by banning things like lollipops, glow sticks, free water and chill rooms at events because that was said to 'knowingly endorse drug use.' The bill didn't pass. In January of 2003, the bill was proposed again, this time co-sponsored by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. The bill finally passed a few months later when it was proposed for the third time. That drove the scene even further underground and made everyone want to stay away from the word 'rave.' We've come a long way since then, and that's thanks to the people who are willing to fight.

8. We just need to accept that we are all individually responsible.

"I think what people mean when they say the scene was better when it was underground is just that there was more of a sense of community. I think that's because the group mentality of the scene has changed. Society has made us feel guilty for having fun. It's made us feel like we need to stay underground like we're doing something wrong. We just need to accept that we are all individually responsible for believing and explaining that there's nothing wrong with what we're doing or welcoming other people into our scene and teaching them about it. THAT is how change is made."

9. Kandi was never a trend, it was a stepping stone.

"Nobody is taking the time to actually think about what kandi does for the scene. Let’s start with what it stands for - Peace, Love, Unity, Respect… which of those things don’t you like?… that is the RIGHT message. That is what the community is all about. And the fact that now we’re banning kandi, it’s absurd… we are telling the younger generation that it is better to go on stage and shake your ass in a thong than it is to wear kandi and promote peace, love, unity and respect… maybe kandi is just a good reminder to keep practicing those beliefs. Is there anything wrong with that? After you’ve been in the scene for a while you probably won’t wear kandi anymore because you’ve already learned those skills, you’ve learned how to make friends, you’ve learned to not be afraid of anybody and that we’re all here together. And now you don’t need the kandi so much anymore. Kandi was never a trend, it was a stepping stone. But for some reason we’re looking at the younger generation, and telling them it’s not cool anymore. They’re not getting that sense of community. We’re being judgmental for no reason and causing these problems."

10. It's really hard to believe in your art when nobody else does.

"Perpetuating the notion that DJs just push play and make thousands of dollars is detrimental to the scene. It discourages people from believing in this is an art form, and it gives aspiring DJs a reason to not do more. And making complaints like ‘Oh, everyone thinks they are a DJ now’ is discouraging the right people from getting involved."

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Jamie Lamberski Senior Editor

I'm a storyteller at heart, but music makes my world go round.