Diplo Bans Kandi at Mad Decent Block Party, and People Freak Out

August 18, 2014 By:
Diplo Bans Kandi at Mad Decent Block Party, and People Freak Out
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Following the recent deaths of teens at Diplo's traveling music festival, Mad Decent Block Party, Diplo has made a huge decision… to ban kandi at his parties.

What is kandi?

Kandi are bracelets made of colorful beads given as friendly gestures at raves to bring people together. The tradition started in Southern California in the 90's built upon the idea of PLUR (peace, love, unity, and respect). Now with the growing popularity of electronic music festivals, kandi has acquired a negative connotation. It is believed that attendees wear kandi to signify that they are selling illegal substances (which is not always the case).

Ravers were NOT happy with Diplo's decision. So he took to Twitter to address the new rule:

The kandi ban even got Pasquelle Rotella, Insomniac Events CEO, to speak on the matter. Pasquelle, an OG raver from Southern California, was also not too pleased with the ban:

"One of my favorite aspects of dance music culture is the freedom of self-expression. Since the early days, dance culture has always been a non-judgmental environment where you could express your individuality through art, music and positive energy. It’s been especially amazing to see how the making and trading of kandi has evolved over the years. Kandi started in Southern California, and is now a tradition embraced by ravers all over the world! I love that these beaded works of art create a special bond between the giver and recipient when traded. Although I don’t wear kandi regularly, I save all of the pieces I’ve been gifted by Headliners and remember the stories behind each one. Whether you’re from SoCal or Singapore, wear your kandi proudly and continue to spread the good vibes!"

Do you agree with Diplo? What about Pasquelle? Is kandi all that bad? Let us know what you think in the comments section.