Hello Like-Hearted Ravers! It's Been Way Too Long!!
Unfortunately, life has thrown some serious curve balls that had knocked the wind out of me and I'm slowly gathering myself finally… Brighter days are ahead.
On that note I am busy distracting myself by focusing my energy once again on our Edmpire.
The brighter days ahead include some great news that I want to share with you all! I will be going to TomorrowWorld this year and am hoping to meet people such as YOU! So if you are going, feel free to drop me a line on Instagram: EDMPIREAPPAREL or Twitter: EDMPIRE_APPAREL and I will do my best to meet up! I might even be carrying a few freebies ;)
As you guys may or may not know Im always looking forward to meeting new people, my spirit thrives off of sharing happiness and passion. Hence why I continuously do my best to interact with people like You.
After starting up a Twitter and Instagram account I've become much more active in meeting other ravers and this post is dedicated to a real soulful individual.
One day I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and saw a post dedicated to him by one of his gal-pals that I happen to follow. She wrote something like an honest open letter under his picture with her and explained why he mattered to her. The depth she went into showed that this was not just any typical post but one that was quite heartfelt and honest. What drew me to this post most was she described a naturally positive energy that he has… I couldn't wait… I had to click on his profile and started to hit the 'like' on more than a few posts by him that had also caught my attention. I then decided to add him because positivity radiates positivity and people like him at times can be hard to come by, nevertheless I had mentally book-marked him as someone that one day I would like to meet!
Lo and behold, I noticed that he repaid me the favour by not only 'liking' but also commenting on the edmpireapparel instagram account and adding it as well!
I direct messaged him immediately and we continued conversing and both decided to send each other a plur package. The instantaneous vibe I received from him was exactly as his friend had described in her post. Since then we have become Insta-friends and have spoken on the phone as well. Now, I feel as though I need to share this person with you all because I can't wait to meet him in person myself!
Our community really spreads a lot of positivity and I wanted to share this individual with you all because he is a truly genuine person that embraces EDM and all the great things it encompasses. I am happy to call him a friend and I present to you all... JEREMY FOGLE!
What I had done to give you all a better idea of who he is, I had him answer a few questions in regards to his perception, influences and experiences of EDM and its culture. Even though this is a small flavour of Jeremy I would urge you all to add him on Instagram: jeremy_fogle to truly get to know him! You can't blame me for showing off the awesome people that I happen to get to know and surround myself with! :P So lets start with him!
Me: So Jeremy! Lets give everyone an idea of who YOU are! One thing I always ask people that rave and attend events is: What is it that keep you coming back?
Jeremy: Here we go! Hope you enjoy learning a bit more about me!! I am a very social person at heart. I love meeting new people, and I love being around people who share the same interests as myself. Music is such a huge part of life, it's emotional, it's deep, it's the soundtrack to your life. It's a connector. I feel that raving and ravers in general have a deeper connection to the music and people that surround themselves with that same music. We feel more powerful, we connect deeper, and in general we're people person's. What keeps me coming back, is knowing that at each event I attend I can meet 50-100 people, and a lot of them I will keep in contact with, by either social media, texting, phone calls. I have met some of the greatest people I have been able to friends in the edm community. The social aspect to me, is a huge part of why I keep coming back to edm events. But the music, you can't forget about the music. That's what has brought us all together in the first place. Be that trance, trap, dubstep, techno, or trance we are all a community and we share that some love for EDM.
Me: Nicely put! I am one of the people you keep in contact with via social media and phone calls hey?! Personally, Ive found some very deep memories being involved in this community and was wondering if you can share some of your own personal moments with us!
Jeremy: I'll share a couple, but first I would like to start off with one moment that will forever be engrained into my mind.
It was Ultra 2014 - I was with my friend Spenser Lebbano (@lebbano on Instagram) and we were sitting on the hill behind the trees where we could see the lights and sounds of the Main-Stage. We were taking a break, just talking about life and how close we had gotten over the last 4 months. Sharing experiences with how each of us has helped the other out during some pretty dark times in our lives, and made the good times 10x better by just being there to hang out. But at that moment, we were sitting there, side by side, listening to Steve Angello's set and everything fell away. Every care in the world, every little thing that was bothering us, and we were just in the moment. I'm not going to lie, I cried. I cried of pure happiness, pure joy, and the fact that I was sitting there with my best friend, experiencing one of the moment amazing times in my life with someone that I would call a brother. That memory will forever be with me.
Another was at Seven Lions in Charlotte at the Fillmore. My rave family were all going to see him perform, and I told them all that I wouldn't be able to make it. I waited about 45 mins to an hour after the venue opened up, knowing that they would all be there getting ready to rage to the main set. I decided to go, walked in and found them all, and they were dumbfounded by it. I knew that Seven Lions would be a powerful set, and I couldn't miss something so powerful with my rave family. And he didn't disappoint. To this day we ALL still talk about the amazing set, the amazing memories, the amazing vibes that we all felt that night. My friend Jenna (@jenna_mcverry) told me a month or so later that she even cried to one of the songs because it was so powerful. The unity we all felt that night was unlike I have ever felt before. Every song, every drop, every plur moment was made special that night. The whole time Seven Lions rocked out with us on stage too.
Me: Wow, I couldn't imagine! You really hit some chords just speaking about your own personal experiences! They are beyond wonderful when shared aren't they?! I also absolutely love Seven Lions and haven't had a chance to see him yet… Hopefully I can enjoy a set by him with my rave family! So aside from Seven Lions who else do you enjoy listening to and what sub-genres?
Jeremy: I love Dubstep. When it comes to artists: Bassnectar, Excision, Flux Pavillion, Datsik, Zed's Dead, ZomBoy, Skrillex, JackU, Monstercat, PegBoard Nerds and even a little Krewella just to name a few. I can listen to anything and enjoy it though, but dubstep will always have a huge place in my heart. I think that I like dubstep so much because of the drops, as lame as that might sound to some. Trance just doesn't do it for me. . .there's buildup and buildup after buildup, but never a drop. I gotta have some filthy, dirty, nasty drops to get down to... while wearing some meggings of course ;)
Me: Im glad to hear you can enjoy anything though. That makes two of us! I can't blame you for loving filthy drops, everyone has their reasons to enjoy edm in whichever form they prefer! So, I recall talking to you about your move from North Carolina to California.. can you tell everyone about the difference of the scenes between North Carolina to California?
Jeremy: I personally can't say anything about the edm scene in California yet. My first event will be Nocturnal Wonderland in SoCal. But the scene in North Carolina is pretty good. There were 2, maybe 4 now, venues in Charlotte and 2-3 in Raleigh. The two main ones in Charlotte were The Fillmore which was an amazing venue and Label which brought in some pretty large names but was a more club-like atmosphere. Both were quite amazing. At each you had your kandi-kids, glovers, and hoopers although there would always be more at the Fillmore because people just seemed to fit in more there. A lot of people that I encountered at shows didn't know about kandi-kids, plur, not even about the rave scene or lifestyle, as you will. But with every new face, seasoned ravers would trade kandi and bring fresh faces into a world that they had never experienced before. One full of love, acceptance, no judgement, and a family, if you will.
Me: Haha! I love the look in a 'fresh faces' eyes when they first exchange kandi! Something really does change internally, at least I felt it did for me! Is there anything about the EDM community that you would want to change?
Jeremy: One thing that I would like to see change in the rave scene is the objectification of women. Yes, I am all for fluffies, and littleblackdiamond panties, and pasties, but there comes a point when some edm-related Instagram pages objectify these women, and the comments they receive on the photos are downright disturbing. I will admit that we do have some beautiful beautiful women in our scene, but to try and make yourself known by wearing the least amount of clothing and vying for shout-outs, you create an atmosphere where males yelling vulgar things at women starts to become appropriate. We need to show that our culture is not just about half naked women running around raving till the early morning. Self expression is key, but Not when you're vying for IG 'likes' because you have a hand-heart in front of your pastie-sticker covered nipples/breasts, without even showing a face to go along with it.
Me: Lastly, I want to ask you Jeremy if there is anything you would like to share with others in this post?
Jeremy: One thing that I would love to share with all readers, not just ravers is to give the edm scene a chance! I have found some of my best friends, easiest people to talk to, and the most meaningful relationships because of raving/edm/plur/kandi and everything else the scene has to entail. Don't think of us as crazy ravers who wear crazy beads, frolicking around sucking on pacifiers. We are a beautiful community, of people who have the deepest appreciation for one another. And if it's your first ever rave and you're nervous, don't be. We love everyone.
Me: Beautifully put! Thank you Jeremy for taking the time to being such a great ambassador of our community (or what I call: Edmpire!) and taking the time to answer these questions, sharing them, and welcoming others to what we hold so dear to us.
Once again, I urge you all to reflect on the things that Jeremy has spoken on… How would you answer the questions I asked him? I think we all should applaud the responses we received from such a great person. It is people like Jeremy that keep me coming back. As I've said before, Feel free to add my friend on IG @ jeremy_fogle. He truly is a gem in our community and I can't wait to hang out with him! If you or any of your friend are coming out to Tomorrowworld, don't hesitate in dropping me a quick line on Insta! I will be posting soon about another good amazing heart I've had the luxury of meeting and becoming friends with very soon! Thank you all for taking the time to read my blog!
Peace. Love. Unity. Respect.