P.L.U.R.: An Inside Perspective into the American Rave Culture
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Dance music has existed in the United States for over 30 years, but has reintroduced itself to American youth through newer progressions beginning in the early 2000s. With the era of the Internet and social media the popularity of electronic music has skyrocketed, making it the fastest-growing musical genre out there. According to the IMS Business Report of 2015, the 12th largest EDM clubs in the US generated $505 billion in revenue in the previous year and 26% of all nightlife tickets sold in the country are for electronic music events. The growth of EDM festivals has also increased, as the overall festival capacity in North America has doubled since 2011 and quadrupled since 2007. My documentary will trace the history of this genre of music and the creation of rave culture and will also pinpoint the factors that have made this scene explode. Ultimately, I want the audience to understand why recent electronic music has created a booming counterculture and the context of that culture in America.