EDM Scene

EDM Scene | Atsuna Matsui

EDM Scene | Atsuna Matsui

EDM Scene | Atsuna Matsui

EDM Scene | Atsuna Matsui

EDM Scene | Atsuna Matsui

EDM Scene | Atsuna Matsui

EDM Scene | Atsuna Matsui

EDM Scene | Atsuna Matsui

ASIAN NIGHT at the new Asian Club.

I was recently offered to shoot clubbing photography with the company Friction at Belasco, and it was quite an interesting experience. First off, when I knew it was the Asian club, my shoulders shrugged since the peak of my partying days has been long gone and over and the Asian club is categorized as one of the most ratchet of the ratchet when it comes to the partying scene. Granted, its not as gross as a rave, where you can find kids high on drugs, rolling around the grass half-naked, and smothering each other with foul nasty passion. But the crowd at the Asian Club definitely gets down and dirty and its not my scene anymore.

Regardless, I took the job offer just for the sake of practicing event and flash photography since those are fields that I haven’t really delve into in my photographic career. And to my pleasant surprise, I actually did learn several things. I struggled reaaaallll hard since it was a type of shooting that I was rather inexperienced at. I had to constantly be on my toes for quick snaps from those epic moments when the crowd was rallied up dancing to their hearts content not having a care in the world to those instances of utter excitement and amusement you see painted on people’s faces because of the kind of blissful, yet short-lived happiness they’re experiencing through boos and entertainment.

The pulsing bright neon lights shined beautifully on the dancefloor in sync with the beat of the EDM music and being in action, photographing this very form of entertainment, I really saw it for all its glory and understood what was so alluring about it. There’s a kind of fascination that people have with partying because of the irreplaceable memories you create in these trance of disillusionment of feeling free, alive, and belonging.

It was all about capturing the moment and the mood of the partying scene and to be working behind-the-scenes of doing so, as opposed to being the actual partier amongst the crowd, I had a lot more appreciation in the art of partying. People drop loads of money when it comes to the partying scene and spend so frivolously on the boos, the ladies, and the entertainment as if there’s no price tag for the experience you get out of one dazzling, unforgettable night. Partying has been branded as such a glamorous appeal and the youth are paying for that experience of adrenaline rush in excitement and high on euphoria.

With the surge of EDM music, the popularity of the asian club has grown and while I’m neither endorsing nor opposing it, I find this trend of the EDM scene to be one of the facets of postmodernism. The music is easily interpreted to be whatever the listener wants with songs revolving around universal themes of escape, identity, and the passing time. Typically, EDM excludes vocals, which enables listeners to ascribe emotionality and music depth in a subjective manner. This is the music for our times and while it may not be around forever, I appreciate it for the zeitgeist it captures of where society is at.

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