Scenophobia: A Call to End Elitism

Words by: Reisa Shanaman
Posted: 11/6/14 9:02

KEEP CALM, YOU HAVE A CHIP ON YOUR SHOULDERXenophobia, an unreasonable fear or hatred of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange, is currently running rampant in our scene. It's time this disturbing trend of 'scenophobia' was addressed and squashed, that we may all get back to more important things. Namely, the music.

House Music was founded with an ethos that embraced P.L.U.R. (Peace, Love, Unity and Respect), and it's time the newer generations of electronic music enthusiasts remembered that, and embodied it yet again.

We occupy our own unique island of misfit toys, where the bizarre is beautiful and the surreal becomes real. Anyone who finds themselves exploring the extraordinary offerings of our rabbit hole should be received with open arms, not an upturned nose.

While we may see it as our own sacred space of sound, nothing is lost by sharing it. Like the light of a candle, it only grows brighter and stronger when spread to others.

With the proliferation of EDM and electronic music going mainstream, it seems that those who hold dear the underground have become ever more protective of it, putting an 'us vs. them' mentality at the root of the problem.

Snobbery has become the norm, and an air of elitism all too accepted, masked by such terms as 'like-mindedness,' misused and meant to keep out those deemed unworthy of joining and enjoying the musical journey. It's time we replace the phrase, and start placing an emphasis on open-mindedness instead.

It's safe to say that essentially every single person who steps foot through the door of an underground event, whether it's at a club, on a beach, at a loft or in a warehouse, is there to escape. To be fully immersed in ambrosial acoustics, safely tucked away from the confines of society and the shackles of responsibility. It's where we go to let loose, to get weird, and to get lost.

The music is about transcending time and space, uplifting the spirit, and exposing the listener to new ways of thinking. It's time the people populating our parties did the same...Walking in to a party shouldn't feel like the social equivalent of a high school cafeteria scene. It should be a warm and wonderful world, far removed from douchebaggery, cattiness and cliques, where the freaks can fly their flags, and dancing deliriously and freely under the sun, the stars or a disco ball is all that truly matters.

We have become far too quick to criticize and condemn our fellow revelers. Judgments are snapped and people are put into boxes, when the whole point is to exist outside of one. The music is about transcending time and space, uplifting the spirit, and exposing the listener to new ways of thinking. It's time the people populating our parties did the same.

When you see someone new, take them under your wing. Introduce them to the world we worship, and help ensure it will continue to captivate the hearts and imaginations of enchanted beings for eons. What good is any of it if it lives and dies with us? The techno torch has been entrusted to our hands. It's up to us to hold onto it lovingly while we have it, and share it with those who find themselves swept up in the sounds that touch our very souls.


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