Ask A Raver Ft. Jorge R.
Welcome back to our new column, Ask A Raver! If you missed last week’s feature, you can view it here.
This week we caught up with Jorge R. from California. He is twenty-six years old and has been in the scene for a little bit over eight years. Jorge’s first big event was Kandi Fest 2008 at the Gotham in San Bernardino, California. His genre of choice is Hardstyle and Trance.
What brought you to the scene?
I always grew up interested in EDM. [I’ve been listening to] trance, hardcore, techno, etc. since the 5th grade but was always looked at weird by people my age. I started the scene due to the music but eventually I was there for the music and the drugs.
Do you have a rave name/family?
My rave name for a very long time and still some people call me by is JUNKIE. I got rid of that nickname a year or so ago and went back to what my friends first knew me as, GRIZZLY. As for a rave family, I had one huge family called PAO- short for Party All Out. I was one of the leaders of it for a while until I decided to slowly part ways due to me getting older and trying to mature… very complicated.
What are your thoughts on PLUR?
PLUR was one of the first things I learned and I loved the meaning of it. Peace Love Unity and Respect is what it used to be all about compared to now. Before we used to kick it with random people, make friends, exchange Kandi, and somehow make friendships that last forever.
The scene has slowly started to die and what was once a PLUR relationship has become just a saying. Everyone now speaks and says PLUR this and that but they do not know the true meaning behind it.
The Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) used to be 50,000 people in attendance to now 150,000. The prices have skyrocketed. It has become more of a money business than a music thing as it first was. There is a lot to be said about the scene now; just different views from all different stages, from the new people in it to the hardcore old school ravers. We all see the scene differently.
What are your thoughts on Kandi?
Kandi to me was important. We traded to remember the day we met someone and to have a tie of friendship even if we never saw each other again. Each one I traded for meant something to me because of how I met the person and how we connected at the moment and time. Each one is different from another due to colors and names and how it was made. As time progressed people stopped trading and the scene changed. Kandi is worn now to make as a fashion statement so I decided to only wear a few from my inner most circle. I still have trade-able ones but on a daily basis I would only wear one the most important ones to me. To this day I wear the one my current girlfriend has made me.
Would you let your kids rave?
I have a 3-year-old daughter and if she chooses to rave when she gets older I would not mind it. I’ll be the creepy old man at these events looking out. [Laughs.] Seriously, I would let her rave but I would also warn her about things. I would make sure whom she is going with and just tell her of the bad and the good. I realized that trying to stop her would only make her want to do it more and for the wrong reasons. If she loves the music and what it means to be a raver then I will allow her. Where my parents messed up was by not embracing the music with me. Letting me grow up and realize music is life and the more they told me no the more I went.
Do you see yourself raving for the rest of your life?
Once a raver, always a raver, to be honest. The only thing that changes is how badly I want to go to an event and how much it costs. If it limits me from my responsibilities as a father then I tend not to go. I do love going for the music now and just to enjoy the atmosphere. As of lately I have calmed down from it and I do not go to many but when there are DJs that interest me I go. But again it’s all based on how my time is and my priorities are as a father.
Any advice you would give to new ravers?
My advice to all the new ravers is to go off and soul search. Make sure you are there for the music and the vibes, not to be shitfaced and drugged out. Understand what it is to have PLUR and to be able to accept the people there as well. Most ravers went there because we were not judged for us being there, whom we listened to, etc. We were there because we were outcasts in life. Be open minded with all the people you meet. Notice the old school ravers and how they act with you. They all act in a PLUR manner so why not continue it too. Trade Kandi and make friends; get out of your shell and just enjoy it for what the event is, a gathering of lost souls that find comfort in each other. In the end, it’s always about the music.
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