What Are The Biggest Misconceptions About EDM?

We posed that question to people at one of the world's biggest electronic music festivals, Tomorrowland, and here's what they said. They want you to know: It's not about the drugs.

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"Big misconception:

PLUR = PLease Let Us Rage.


PLUR = Peace. Love. Unity. Respect. + Responsibility

<3 for the music unites us in this chaotic world." – Angie, U.S.A.


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"The biggest misconception about trance music is that all fans are either drug addicts or connected to enjoy consuming some form of drugs or another." – Omar, Syria


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"A lot of people think that electronic music is only "pum, pum" but NO. There's a lot of genres and styles. For instance, for me, I like house, deep house... and they also think that they have to take drugs to have the energy or to feel the music. And it's not true. Thats the best part of it!" – Veronica, Venezuela

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"Biggest misconception is assuming all EDM is the same. And all EDM festivals consist of similar artists. There's tonnes of different sounds and 'genres' all falling under 'EDM' music nowadays." – Unknown, Australia

And these festival-goers would like to replace misconceptions about EDM culture with these truths:


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"Up until three years ago I wasn't into EDM at all. Just like many others I associated electronic music with drugs. However things have changed and I now understand the true beauty of EDM. It brings me joy and happiness – without any drugs :) You can feel the music!" – Monica, Switzerland

Translated from German