I am sick and tired of this latest trend in Electronic Dance Music; specifically in bass related subgenres, and no one is talking about it. The trend is the glorification of “going hard” and getting injured. This is essentially glorifying self-harm and that is abominable, not applaudable. See, I get it. You go to these shows and you get caught up in the music. That’s the whole idea of going to these shows. The music is just too good. Team that up with the visuals and the energy, you tend to lose control. Now, whether you’re intoxicated or not isn’t necessarily the point of this, but if it attributes to what I am saying, then yes it does.
Here’s the thing. I don’t know when this started. The phenomena isn’t solely related to electronic dance music, but seeing as this site revolves around it, we’re discussing it. Please don’t think I am opposed to headbanging or anything of that nature. I am not. I am opposed to getting hurt and then going on Twitter (or any other social media) and bragging about it. This is like asking for a Darwin Award. For those who don’t know what a Darwin Award, let me save some time from you pretending what it is or going on Wikipedia:
The Darwin Awards are a tongue-in-cheek honor, originating in Usenet newsgroup discussions circa 1985. They recognize individuals who have supposedly contributed to human evolution by self-selecting themselves out of the gene pool via death or sterilization by their own (unnecessarily foolish) actions.
Too long; didn’t read: Individuals who do stupid stuff that end in their death or self-sterilization. While the majority of you think I am being outrageous or are struggling to believe this is a thing; it occurs. Personally, I don’t understand how this may happen. I get there are accidents at shows; some worse than others. Although, to go on record (social media) and brag? This is by far one of the most moronic things you can do.
— seizure salad (@funkxwidme) March 20, 2016
Growing up, one of the lessons that was instilled very early was to be aware of my surroundings. That means physically and mentally. That means if I decided to headbang, let’s not have a metal pole be inches from my skull. Sorry to tell you between the pole and you, you’re the loser in that battle. Looking like someone who was in a car accident isn’t badass. It is terrifying. The idea that you’re willing to abuse yourself that much at a show really shows how much you care about your well-being.
I constantly see it. People saying, I am going to need a neck brace after said show. I am going to have a concussion after said show. I never understood this mentality. I don’t joke about self-harm nor anything like this because it is more serious than you tend to realize. It isn’t just in competitive sports where this exists. Concussions and how you respond to them are incredibly serious. Nothing like having dementia because you are on your countless concussion from raging too hard.
— laura (@lauraalemons) April 17, 2016
I get the idea of letting loose at a show. I get being in a whole new atmosphere of just you and the music. Although, when you split your head open, you’re in for a world of trouble. There are other possibilities that may happen. What if it gets infected? What if it gets worse? You need to think of all the possibilities? This is how diseases and viruses are spread. Do you really want to have your whole life changed because “da wubz r 2lit2quit?” Let me answer that for you; No.
— BassTitty➡️Funtcase (@nikkiskowron) March 20, 2016
Here is my suggestion to an alternative. Why not go in the back of the venue and headbang. Mosh. Whatever you like to do. There is much more room back there. Maybe I seem ridiculous for saying this, but I will. There is nothing special about being up front than back at a show. None at all. You’re watching an individual or multiple individuals do their thing behind a table. As long as you’re at the venue and can hear their craft, you don’t necessarily need to be upfront. They’re not going anywhere. They’re also not doing anything special in terms of showmanship as they’re too busy DJ’ing. The visuals are the only thing that is worth watching to compliment your listening experience. This will allow you to do your own thing in a safe way. This will keep your body out of harm and potentially hurting those surrounding you. If that is incomprehensible, I don’t believe you’re responsible enough to attend shows.
Enjoy some examples:
— Nolt45 (@Nolt45_) March 27, 2016
This last one is hard to look at:
— alXXX (@atelez81) March 21, 2016