An unconventional love affair with EDM

I fell in love with electronic music in a particularly unconventional manner.

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In December 2012, I attended Lights All Night in Dallas, TX. It was my first EDM festival and though there were a handful of artists there that I had listened to, I didn’t originally go for the music.

I had been dating this boy who also had friends going to the festival and I went because of him. As it turns out, I would leave Dallas that weekend having traded one love for another.

My boyfriend and I got into an argument on day one and he left me alone while he ran off with his friends. I was devastated and scared — I had never been in a place like that alone. However, I quickly discovered a loving, accepting, and compassionate culture that I hadn’t known before. As I sat on the ground awkwardly trying to figure out what to do, a group of people approached me asking if I was ok.

I thought about lying and telling them everything was fine, but I decided I had nothing to lose so I explained my situation. Next thing I knew, I was raving with these amazing people at the main stage. I was introduced to new artists and genres. I learned about trading kandi. Most importantly, however, I felt like I had found a home. An escape from the drama of everyday life where I could be completely and unabashedly myself. A place where no one gives me a label.

Those people I met are now some of my best friends. In fact, we went to EDC this past summer and had the time of our lives. I didn’t just fall in love with the EDM genre after Lights All Night; I fell in love with an entire community and culture. One that will accept me exactly as I am. For that I’ll be forever grateful.


By Jared W

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