Note to readers: Last month a slanderous letter denouncing the psytrance scene as ‘a culture that stands for nothing more than a weekend of getting wasted…’ did the rounds on social media and allegedly appeared in a local newspaper. I feel it my official duty to reply…[one_half last=”no”]
You start your letter by saying ‘disguised to clueless parents as outdoor festivals that embrace principles such as peace, love, unity and respect, these are events where people are exposed to drugs, debauchery and alcohol.’
Oh, Unstable View. Firstly, what have parents got to do with anything? As far as I’m aware, there’s a strict no under 18’s policy, and it’s only got stricter by the year to keep the young ‘uns out. Ergo, the people attending are adults. Grown up enough to decide what’s good for them, don’t you think?
Also I find your use of language amusing. So ‘these events’ are disguised are they? Some, big evil mastermind has concocted a nefarious plan to corrupt the youth? No, Unstable View, I don’t think so.
The reality is, just like in any other industry, there are many people working behind the scenes to make it a success. From the scores of producers making the music – one of the only music genres in the world where South Africans are known to be some of the best I might add! – to the back- breaking work that goes into the décor and set-up, oh, and let’s not forget about the numerous charities which are supported by all of this ‘debauchery’.
Unstable View I’ll tell you where you’ll get exposed to ‘drugs, debauchery and alcohol’: at your local bar, walking down the street, at school… you see where I’m going with this? Drugs and alcohol are everywhere. What you won’t get everywhere however is a community which truly trades in ‘peace, love, unity and respect’ – and since you’ve openly admitted you used to go to parties, you should know first-hand that this is exactly what it’s like.[/one_half] [one_half last=”yes”]
In the decade plus that I’ve been a part of the scene I’d be hard pressed to recall a violent incident. Do you understand that what you say could have a direct effect on the livelihood of many, many people? People with children, bonds and cars to pay off? ‘Ordinary’, decent people, whose work is now viewed with suspicion thanks to your generalised, bitter, little letter? I’m one of those people, and Unstable View you have pissed me off. Let me tell you, it’s not an easy living to make – whichever aspect to be involved in – but a career choice born out of passion and creativity.
I live with a talented producer, who has spent the last ten years of his life working extremely hard. I’m friends with many of the sound, décor, bar folk and event organisers. I know the names of their children. I’ve been for dinner at their houses. I’ve been treated with utter kindness and respect. Yet you just dismiss this. All of it. You’ve publicly said that my life and the people in it are nothing more than drug pushers. How would that make you feel?
I think this is about you. I think your letter is about the bad choices you have made in your life. We’re all responsible for our own actions, and narrow-minded people like yourself love to blame the bogeyman – and in this case you’ve decided to tar and feather a culture, which has uplifted and enriched many people’s lives, mine included. Be a big girl now, and take a look at your own life – and try and figure out the reason why you live in such hate and fear.
There’s something a lot more dangerous out there than a weekend skop. It’s people like you.
I’m still smiling, surrounded by inspiring, positive people. Bet I couldn’t say the same for you.[/one_half]