Yetu wonders about rave culture ‘style’ and whether it’s something that the South African electronic music scene will pick up. 

It started off with a BuzzFeed post comparing rave kids in the ’90s to rave kids on the scene today, click here to check it out. I found it because Vaski linked everyone to it on his Facebook and Twitter.
I checked out the article and tweeted back to Vaski saying:

@ye2_d that’s interesting. Do people just wear their regular clothes?
— ѴASKI (@vaskimusic) May 9, 2013

And that’s when it hit me how different our music scene is when compared to the American electronic music scene and I wondered why average clothes don’t fit the scenario there. I’m not here to offend anyone or their style. If you think that will take offence then look at this cool picture below and close the tab.

Photo taken in Orlando, FL, U.S.A.

Rave culture fashion style, if you can call it that, was something that I noticed at my first dubstep gig in the states when I went to Funktion! Las Vegas – Play Me edition and ironically Vaski was performing, click here to see what I thought of that evening. I was kind of shocked at the furry boots, lack of clothes, crazy neon stuff and spirithoods. Just note that not everyone was dressed that way, it’s mostly girls that don the crazy perhaps it’s a good 60-70% of girls that dress this way. I’m asking the same question that I did then, ‘Is it freedom of expression or just a fashion trend?’

Photo taken in Johannesburg, South Africa

Fast forward a year and I’m already seeing spirithoods and crazy neon stuff here in South Africa but I wonder why we aren’t we dressing less and tanning more? I mean if we’re following rave culture trends then surely we should be heading in that direction but we’re not. Except for the wifebeater boys we represent our electro scene by wearing the same clothes, our All Stars and jeans and girls aren’t dressed for twerking.

Photo taken in Pretoria, South Africa

I think some of it boils down to how conservative we are as a nation, now don’t scoff at me, it’s kind of true. I remember when Diplo was performing at Oppikoppi Music Festival last year and he did his typical request for us to remove our shirts. I was like, ‘Hell no.’ I looked around and no one was removing their shirts or jackets until he made a second request and some of the guys removed their shirts. I know it was freezing, in a typical Oppikoppi desert festival cold kind of way, but our initial instincts were no. If anything people took off their jackets. There’s a few times I have seen girls down to their bras and that’s because organisers have put Haezer or Double-Adapter performances inside somewhere and those rooms don’t have the air-conditioning capacity to bring the temperature down as the dancing goes up. It gets super hot. So that’s understandable I mean normally when the show is over the tops go back on and it’s not as if the girls came dressed in their bras to party.

Photo taken in Orlando, FL, U.S.A

Then I remembered that we do have a place in South Africa where people don’t really wear clothes and Snooki No.5 Fake Tanner is people’s body lotion. It is the Jersey Shore to our Jozi Shore. This scene can be found in a place called H2O and it’s Johannesburg’s house scene. Remembering this lead me to realise that ‘rave culture costumes’ are several neon colours away from looking like trashy Jozi/Jersey Shore. I think the only thing that stops it from being ‘The Situation’ is that aspects of it are cool like the reference to comic books and 90s play-things.

Photo taken in Boksburg, Johannesburg, South Africa

In SA, we have a music culture, not really a rave culture. Our parties are insane. I think in its barest form our scene is about the music, not costumes or specific dances (twerking) to get you crazy. I think that rocks. I think we perhaps have the coolest music scene in the world with the exception of what goes on in Europe. Would you like us to take on rave culture style? What do you think?