Are you getting ready for your next concert or festival? Make sure you have lots of kandi to trade!
If you’re unfamiliar with the term, “kandi” are stretchy bracelets made with plastic “pony beads” that ravers make and trade with one another at electronic dance music concerts. They often say the names of artists, have EDM lyrics, or have some sort of pixel art on them. Many ravers just make dozens of single strand kandi, which are very easy to make. Other ravers get extremely into their kandi, creating “cuffs” made of several rows of beads all tied together into one piece. Single row bracelets are nice and all, but have you ever wondered how to make one of these cool cuffs? Watch EDM Party’s tutorial below, and get started!
I hope that that tutorial was useful! Hopefully you can all make some nice cuffs for your next concerts. 🙂
Also, If you follow the link below, you can see a photo slideshow of all of the kandi in my personal collection. (
Also, look for the girl wearing these kandi at Electric Daisy Carnival New York, if you’ll be there!)
Have you wondered at all about EDM’s rise into the mainstream? How is EDM accepted by the average college student?
We have run a survey on 39 college students in order to get their opinions on EDM.
According to the 39 surveyed students, only 20 of them enjoy the fact that dance music is becoming popular. Many of them preferred rock or rap music to the genre of EDM.
Only 10% of the surveyed students said that dance music is their favorite genre.
When given the option of choosing a dance artist that they liked best, many of the students chose the option of “n/a” because they do not enjoy the genre at all. Many also chose the well known artists such as David Guetta and Daft Punk.
When tackling the touchy topic of drugs at a rave, however, just under half of the surveyed students claimed that drugs would positively affect the experience. Also, 73% of the students who said they have been to a rave felt that way.
So, will EDM entering the mainstream affect the way college students view the genre in the future? Now, it seems like EDM is hardly accepted unless drugs are involved. Hopefully this will change in the future in order to allow more people to appreciate the genre, and so that kids are not just into raves for the drugs.
I’m sure some of you are asking yourselves “How did deadmau5 get his start?” I’m here today to answer that question for you.
Joel Thomas Zimmerman (born in 1981) started making music as a Canadian teenager under the online alias of Halcyon441. He posted his homebrew music online to anyone who was willing to listen, and had actually gained a very small fanbase.
Joel was very interested in technology, having begun to make this electronic music, along with being a gamer, and even doing some CG rendering on the side. On a day in 2004, while on a tech forum, he researched some problems he was having with his computer. He opened up the computer’s case, and inside, discovered that the problem was that a mouse had died inside of the case. He told his story on the forum, eventually gaining the nickname of ” the Dead Mouse guy.” Joel wanted to change his username to “deadmouse,” but the name was too many characters than the website allowed for usernames. Shortening it with 1337speak, he coined the name “deadmau5.”
From that point on, deadmau5 eventually reached the point of having a show called “The Party Revolution” on a local radio station named The Planet. The small show got his name out there, and from there on he began to rise into stardom. Joel began to work with dance artists who spread the word around about how much talent he had, and then it all began. Even though he had released some tracks beforehand, he released his first official track, “Faxing Berlin,” in 2007. Joel did his own renders for the cover, and even created his own label called “mau5trap.” He even created his own icon, eventually turning it into a mask to wear while he performed. The entire deal was solely done by him and him alone.
From that point on, listeners knew that they were hearing something special. With the releases of “Random Album Title,” “For Lack of a Better Name,” “4×4=12,” and “<album title goes here>,” the mau5 has gotten more and more popular with every new release. His concerts are crazy with LED lights and insane displays in order to back up the great quality of his music. He often sells out. He sells an overwhelming amount of merchandise, often with just a simple picture of a mau5head on it. His new hits often reach very high on the charts, and his fanbase is one of the most loyal and awesome fanbases out there.
deadmau5 is becoming a household name… and he’s definitely worth it!
MTV’s article about Daft Punk’s new music is extremely exciting to the EDM scene. Daft Punk are practically gods to the world of dance music, and the length of time we have all waited for new music from them has finally been worth it. Apparently we will be seeing new work from them this year, and it will definitely be the highlight of 2013. I’m expecting great things from them!
Hopefully we can see a tour soon, too!