This week, the Los Angeles Times published an article linking a list of “drug-related medical emergencies” to big-ticket dance festivals in the U.S. like Electric Daisy Carnival, putting Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella and fellow L.A. promoter Reza Gerami in the spotlight. It’s little wonder, then, that the EDC head took to social media to voice his dissatisfaction with the editorial and issue a ‘call to action’ to festival-goers. “As part of their mission to twist facts to suit their sensational story, the L.A. Times treated the opinions of a few people as gospel, turned everyone who enjoys electronic music events into villains, and ignored anyone that did not agree with their biased opinion,” he wrote.
24 hours on, it’s not just the fans who’ve been come to Rotella’s defence. Mainstage regular Kaskade has taken to his ever-active blog to deride the L.A. Times article, describing it as “essentially an inflammatory pummeling of the EDM scene”. It’s certainly a passionate post from a man who’s never afraid to air his opinion. “I am dug in so deep that articles like this one, smacking of uninformed bigotry fire me up in a pretty passionate way”, the post reads. “To assign responsibility of regulating drug use to concert promoters is ludicrous, in the extreme. To paint a picture (bordering on hysteria) of a community of people as capricious and reckless drug users is irresponsible.”
“I wouldn’t dare say we ignore the tragic accidents that happen,” the US native, who’s spoken out in the past about the dangers of drug use, continues. “I wouldn’t dare say they don’t happen. But it takes a rudimentary understanding of the Basic Laws of Probability to guess that the more people that show up to these festivals, the larger the risk is that something goes awry. This isn’t unique to this music. This is a universal principle. Can we hope to avoid it? Absolutely. Can we take every precaution and security measure to hedge the odds? Definitely. But can the promoter be held responsible for the actions of the individuals at his events? No he can not.”
“Our audience is intelligent and kind, discriminating only in regards to which sound they like best,” Kaskade concludes. “Our audience is unprecedented in their drive to proactively support each other. There’s your story, LA Times. Do the world a favor and dig into that for a change, punks.” Read the full thing over here.