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Meet ‘Rave Pops’, a 72-year Old Who Parties Harder Than You Do

Alan Grofé a 72-year-old man from from Florida, became internet celebrity when video of him dancing and enjoying the music at Sunset Music Festival went viral.

Videos of him have been watched more than a few hundred thousand times, while many visitors took an opportunity to take a selfie with the ‘rave pops’.

In an interview with Tampa Bay Times, Grofé explained his love for EDM music:

I've loved electronic dance music, as it's now called, since 1995 when my family bought me a Sony Walkman CD player. My son gave me a big stack of CDs, they weren't even in cases, and said 'here.' They were all metal, but there was a green one with no writing on it. I was like, 'Wow, this is incredible.' It reminded me of Jean-Michel Jarre. My son later asked, 'How'd you like the CDs?' I said, 'They're all terrible, except for one, but it doesn't have a name on it.' He said, 'Oh man, that's my orb CD. You give that back.' I fought with him over it. I had to give it back, but I went to Tower Records and asked about The Orb and they pointed me to this tiny electronica section in the back. I bought five CDs, and that was the start of it.”

Also, he got quite surprised with all the attention, and a new nickname:

“I was like, 'holy mackerel.' People have taken pictures of me before, but nothing has gotten around like that video. As for rave pops, I hadn't noticed that, but whatever they want. If that becomes a thing, I'm fine with it.”