By now, most of you have heard of Diplo’s recent ban on kandi at his touring festival called the Mad Decent Block Party. As to be expected, that decision came with its fair share of criticism and attacks from disgruntled fans. Diplo even took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the matter, where he exclaimed:
“i don’t got nothing but love 4 u and your kandi i just want to take steps to make sure everyone is there 100% for the music. not other stuff”
Well, everyone’s favorite raver and Insomniac head honcho, Pasquale Rotella, decided to respond with the following statement:
“One of my favorite aspects of dance music culture is the freedom of self-expression. Since the early days, dance culture has always been a non-judgmental environment where you could express your individuality through art, music and positive energy. It’s been especially amazing to see how the making and trading of kandi has evolved over the years. Kandi started in Southern California, and is now a tradition embraced by ravers all over the world! I love that these beaded works of art create a special bond between the giver and recipient when traded. Although I don’t wear kandi regularly, I save all of the pieces I’ve been gifted by Headliners and remember the stories behind each one. Whether you’re from SoCal or Singapore, wear your kandi proudly and continue to spread the good vibes!”
So what are your thoughts on the matter? Are kandi wearers not really at events for the music like Diplo is insinuating, or does Pasquale have the better mindset on the matter? Let us know!
Diplo is taking to heart his point of view on kandi as you can see him rejecting a fan in the video below: