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While society views raves as strictly adult spaces, raving inspires people of all ages to connect with their inner child. Some people even go so far as to label raving and festivals as “childish”  for this reason.

Still, despite their negative implications, the child-like joys of the rave experiences can offer a positive release to the adults of the modern world who are trying their best to muddle their way through an increasingly hectic world.  

At some point or another, most people hear the message that play doesn’t belong in adult life before they even reach adulthood. Dominant culture pulls young people away from sources of joy that get labeled as “childish” and pushes them toward a very specific set of “adult” outlets as they come of age.

This is unfortunate, especially since some of these normalized forms of “adult fun” can be deeply destructive (i.e. binge drinking culture).  In reality, every human benefits from play. It’s been found that play benefits both physical and mental health across all ages, and yet, many people spend their adult lives chasing the joys they experienced in childhood –a time when fun and joy were encouraged and celebrated rather than seen as something to be put off. 

Rave culture critically challenges restrictive perceptions of what it means to be an adult by encouraging a sense of playfulness we often lose. They allow people to drop the masks they feel they must wear to get through daily life and lean into joy, creativity, and curiosity unbothered by any other agenda.

Experiences like this can help people live more fulfilling lives and even find healing, so while raving awakens our child-like senses, its benefits are anything but childish.

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Creative Self-Expression  

One of the ways rave culture echoes the highlights of childhood is that it embraces and celebrates bold acts of creativity. Perhaps nowhere is this more visible than in North American rave fashion: No color is too bright, no style too wild, no platform too bold, and at long last, the narrative includes more diverse body types.

As an adult who still adores playing “dress-up,” nothing lights me up like putting together a rave outfit.  Many ravers use fashion to express themselves–there’s a timeless joy that comes from experimenting with one’s appearance and crafting a look that boldly expresses a vision only you can bring to life.

It’s an incredibly liberating experience for dancefloor fashionistas because they can embrace and celebrate a playful part of themselves unhindered by social norms.

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A Place To Meet Yourself

The fierce creativity of North American rave fashion points to a broader aspect of rave culture’s playful allure. In this unique space, people can safely explore different aspects of their personalities in ways they may not be able to in their everyday lives.

Think of how kids and adolescents use music, fashion, fandoms, or special interests to represent different aspects of themselves. Young people use their interests to express and experiment with identity, and raving can fill a similar space in people’s lives when they reach adulthood.

That can be a liberating counterbalance to the fact that the pressure to fit ourselves into a mold increases with age, especially as we become employees, parents, business owners, etc and our identities intertwine with our responsibilities. 

Many people feel stifled by the rigid view dominant culture has about how we’re supposed to craft our identities as adults. It ignores the fact that humans can benefit from evolving, learning, and developing new interests at all stages of life–and that fun plays an important role in making this happen. 

The playful spirit of rave culture provides an environment where outside labels and responsibilities fade into the background, and adults are once again free to let their joy and curiosity take the wheel. People can discover dozens of styles of music, explore different subcultures, and try out creative hobbies like flow art and body painting, and there are no consequences for changing direction.

Leaning into playful exploration like this can widen our sense of self and lead to new passions, which can ultimately enrich our sense of identity.

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A Sensory Playground

In addition to awakening our inner senses, raving and festival settings also awaken our somatic senses. From the music to the colorful installations, lasers, and lights, to feeling the bass pulsing in your chest, raving is an all-sensory experience. Plus, with many festivals embracing interactive elements like art installations and games, the environment truly feels like an adult playground. 

Many people love festivals because they encourage everyone in the space to frolic and play through their senses, and this playful energy reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously. It’s safe and acceptable to act silly, to jump and run and lay in the grass, and fully let the energy of the moment take over.

Not only is this fun, it’s actually good for us. This kind of play helps us reconnect to our bodies and be present in the moment– a priceless release from lives filled with stress, restrictions, expectations, and responsibilities.

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Social Connections

Who can recall a time in their childhood when playing a game with a stranger led to a new friendship? The rave environment breaks down social barriers and creates a space where people can mingle, play, and bond with one another in the same carefree way that children do.

Making a new friend can be as easy as asking a stranger who their favorite artist is, inviting them to play a camp game, learning a new dance move from someone, or trading kandi and other collectibles.

Fostering new friendships in the outside world can be difficult, and in a world where social connections and community are eroding everywhere, these spaces provide an important safe haven for people to come together. 

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Some people argue this is changing as rave culture and festivals bleed into mainstream culture, and there’s no denying that festival environments have become more chaotic as the scene grows.

Nonetheless, it’s still very possible to find spaces that foster positive connections in the rave scene. Raves and festivals continue to be a haven for people seeking to reconnect with the carefree sense of joy, wonder, and play we experience as children.

Not all may understand the value that experiences that appeal to our inner child have to offer, but having access to this kind of release is ever more important in today’s fast-paced, high-pressure society. For those who find this experience through raving, it’s a priceless part of well-being.

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A State Of Trance Top 1000 #1 Is Revealed!

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After 30 years of nothing but Trance excellence, with all the feels, and all the incredible talent, Armin van Buuren‘s legacy prevails. A State of Trance Top 1000 Award revealed the number one track of the label. We can’t imagine how hard it was to pick their top track ever. Cue the drum rolls please… The award goes to none other than Dutch Trance producer RAM and German DJ Jorn van Deynhoven. The honorary title is thanks to their remix of the 2009 masterpiece ‘RAMsterdam’.

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The Duo took it on their social medias to showcase the plate they received to commemorate the award. We can’t forget the track has earned over 10 million streams on spotify. The track embodies Trance in its rawest form. Its true nature and drive summarize the power the genre carries from decade to decade. Naturally, ‘RAMsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix) reigns supreme over 999 other songs that have moved millions of people since the inception of A State of Trance. Furthermore, RAM mentioned on his Facebook post that after he earned the title, DJ Mag announced his residency in the number one Trance club in China for 2024.

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Both artists are one of a kind, and the award deeply recognizes the mark they continue to leave on a State of Trance and the scene itself. ‘RAMsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix)paved the way for more unique sounds to evolve and develop to this day. RAM and van Deynhoven have what it takes to carry the title of worldwide phenomenon.

Congratulations to these two legends! Now, go ahead and leave ‘Ramsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix) on replay. After all, it is the number 1 ASOS Top 1000 track.

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[EVENT REVIEW] Ultra Chile Returns After Nearly A Decade, And In Full Force Too

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The large ‘U’ festival celebrated a fantastic return to South America recently.

When you think of Ultra Music Festival, you likely gravitate towards Miami straight away. But we’re lucky enough to have them all over the world, celebrating parties far and wide. That is certainly a blessing for energetic crowds living in somewhat further places in the globe, like South America.

I’ve been here for a while, and it’s safe to say it’s growing a strong community of Dance-devoted madmen like me. I’ve been lucky enough to get to know the Argentinian scene fairly well, and also those in its neighbouring country, Chile. This is a country where Hardstyle reigns supreme, and genres like Techno and its branches are seeing a roaring uptrend in the number of fans and followers. So much so, that Ultra themselves decided to pay a visit. A two-day visit, mind you.

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Ultra Chile: Its History

Chile had its first Ultra in 2013, with the next two years also calling artists from around the world to come together on the far southern end of the globe for Ultra Chile 2014 and 2015. The year after, Chile received a more compact Road To Ultra, as well as in 2017, for the Ultra host of those years was the continental giant, Brazil. After that, Chile would have to wait some time before the brand set foot on it again.

2023 saw Road To Ultra return to the long country for a Halloween party, headlined by Marshmello, Nicky Romero, Oliver Heldens, and Two Friends. And this year, the acclaimed main branch returned in full force, with two days of unstoppable beats coming from a handful of places, and showcasing an impressive plethora of talents, established, up-and-coming, returning… everything.

It was held on Friday, April 19th, and Saturday, April 20th, in Santiago’s iconic go-to place for massive events, Espacio Riesco.

Day One: Friday

Day One kicked off late in the afternoon, at 7 PM to be precise. The crowds started to appear from very early on. Once inside, it was time to have a look at the place, and, oh dear, they truly made the most out of the venue. Three of the four stages were on that day, the Mainstage, on the back of the property and boasting an impressive open-air setting, the Resistance stage, a blacked-out, massive former plane hangar to welcome the best Techno represents in the world, and the Carolina stage, a local-lineup filled stage out on the open.

Day One Winners

Jumping between the Mainstage and the Resistance stage allowed me to watch basically all artists for a little. That’s life at a festival, you can’t really marry one particular DJ. That said, I think I’ve got my favourite artist of the night, and it is Stephan Bodzin.

I had never watched him play, so I was basically going in not knowing what to expect. Add to that, I was at the Main seeing Armin before, so I didn’t really know what I was about to witness. Walking into Resistance, the first thing I noticed was that there was A TON of space to dance and just be yourself. The Mainstage was filled to the brim with people, and well, that left the Techno-devoted stage with a crowd that was truly enjoying Bodzin’s magic. I did too.

I swear, ten minutes in I was already fully hooked. Eyes closed, moving side to side, that kind of hooked. Him playing a live set was a tenfold amplifier as well, since he was interacting a lot with the audience, and the audience interacted a lot with him back. Ask me to name one track from his set, I can’t. But what I CAN recall vividly is how happy he was managing his instruments, and how happy the people dancing beside him were. I was one of them, fully gone away in a trance. A star for you, mate.

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Day Two: Saturday

Day Two started quite earlier, promising twelve endless hours of good music. My friend — who flew in from Buenos Aires for the festival — and I entered the place just past 2:30 PM. And after a little day tour of the venue, we headed straight to the brand-new Resistance Square stage. Reason being, Daniella Da Silva was on at 3:00.

The stage itself was really interesting to me, since the Ultra guys turned this giant conference place into the host for the darkest, most energetic beats of the entire day. I remember my highschool once took me for University speeches or something of that kind literal years ago, and seeing it changed to fit a literal Ultra festival blew me away.

The other stages were just as breathtaking as the day before, and now places like the Mainstage enjoyed the geographic surroundings of Espacio Riesco: mountains for days. It was another level. Point for you, day parties!

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Day Two Winners

Daniella Da Silva

My friend wanted to see her so badly, and I wanted to learn from someone new to me. Good. Lord. Those were 90 minutes of nonstop dancing. There are pictures and videos of me absolutely losing it during her set which I won’t show for, reasons, but let me tell you, her energy is sensational. Dark, Hard Techno. I’m not of the kind to enjoy that in a car ride or on a normal day, but I for sure allowed myself to enjoy her beats at Ultra. I felt slightly sore after that, and that should tell you enough of how good of a set hers was.

Hardwell

My childhood hero. How wouldn’t I have enjoyed Hardwell’s set when he was my role model when I was in school back in the day? Growing up loving ‘Encoded’, ‘Spaceman’, and his remix of ‘Man With The Red Face’, it was about time to see him again. Absolutely nuts. Lots of what he played I had heard before at his Ultra Miami set from earlier this year, but far from taking away from the experience, it allowed me to sing my lungs out. Special shoutout to that ‘Strobe‘ x ‘Save The World‘ mashup which nearly got me crying.

Kasablanca

These guys take the gold for me, no question. Seeing Hardwell, you know beforehand that it’s going to be a phenomenal show, but I had never seen Kasablanca before. I’d only heard their Anjuna tunes. And so my friend and I got to the very front of the Mainstage to see them. We could not have decided better.

They played a live set, just like Bodzin had done the day before. The difference here was the setting: While Stephan Bodzin played inside the warehouse vibe of the Resistance stage, Kasablanca did it out in the open. And their set just so happened to occur during the last hours of the day and into the night, sunset included.

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They absolutely rocked it. From synths to vocals to literal choreography, their set had it all. They truly made good use of the Mainstage speakers as well, with their fat-bottomed tracks. I can’t tell you just how magical that time was, even the landscape fit the vibe of their music. Mountains all around, the clouds turning slightly red at sunset (see a few pictures above), and the moon reigning high aloft by the time they dropped their remix of Above & Beyond’s ‘Black Room Boy’. The duo take the gold, and my heart with it. I won’t turn down the possibility of seeing them in the future.

Final Thoughts

It had been a while since I last attended a big festival, since I’d been much more inclined to go to artist-focused events. It was a refreshing treat to come to Ultra Chile and soak in the festival experience again. My mate and I had a great time, enjoyed the food (shoutout to Papa John’s), the Gin Tonics, and the feel-good atmosphere. For now, be right back, I’ll be listening to Kasablanca!

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Adriatique’s ‘Beyond Us’ (Hatshepsut Version Alex Wann Remix) Is a Mystical Voyage

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As time goes by, some songs become timeless classics. Even more when artists reimagine different emotions and moods. This is the case with Eynka‘s ‘Beyond Us‘. It wasn’t long until Swiss Electronic duo Adriatique made their own renditions of the track. They amped it up a notch when they immortalized their rendition at the Hatshepsut Temple in Egypt last year for Cercle. Finally, we’re delighted to get an even more magical version of the track, brought to you by Deep House Parisian Icon Alex Wann.

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‘Beyond Us’ (Hatshepsut Version Alex Wann Remix)

How do you remaster and refresh a track that has so much influence and power, you may ask? Well, it seems like Alex Wann found the right formula for his ‘Beyond Us’ remix. From Eynka’s melodic touch, to Adriatique’s deeper and darker undertones, Wann manages to deliver an ethereal track with powerful afro elements. The percussion calls out to your ancestors, and the groove represents the vast deserts phenomenally. After a successful run with his Kelis’ ‘Milkshake’ Remix, the producer continues to influence the world around him.

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A star in the rise, Alex has received the support from House legends Keinemusik, Pete Tong, Swedish House Mafia, Diplo, and Blond:ish. This remix furtherly proves his ability to produce with different elements and styles, such as Adriatique’s unique sounds. Earlier this year he embarked in a North American tour, visiting major musical capitals such as Miami, New York, Toronto, San Francisco, and Montreal. Next Up, Alex Wann will make his rounds around Ibiza, Milan, Dubai, and La Bourget.

Watch out for Alex Wann this summer! He will most likely reign supreme with this delicious version of ‘Beyond Us’.

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