In a nutshell, Flint police raided a club and ticketed about 100 people for attending an electronic music event
It appears, in this great Land of The Free, that if you frequent an establishment, where SOMEONE else happens to be on drugs, you can now be held accountable and liable to 90 days in Jail or 500 dollar fine. What the fuck is going on?
Firstly, regarding the DJ known as Jello, who was caught selling drugs...YOU ARE FUCKING SCUM. I am sick to death with people who use my profession as a cover for selling drugs. I hope you go to Jail for a very long time, you worthless, talentless piece of shit. You are not a DJ and quite frankly, you should be sued by every party goer who got a citation for false advertising and fraud.
I am sick to death of seeing my scene being brough to its knees by talentless, drug dealing fuckwads who use their influence and stature to peddle their BS product. You are not a DJ. You do not represent DJS. You do not represent anyone.
Electronic music has been under attack in the USA because of people like this. For anyone reading this blog, 90% of clubbers DO NOT DEAL, DO NOT TAKE DRUGS, they just want to listen to good music. Why is this a crime? Drugs are sold in every mall in America, why don`t the police raid these Malls and issue citations to everyone in the mall? That is a logical conclusion to their argument. They can`t and won`t.
The EDM community has been targetted because during the 90s, RAVES were run by clueless litlle dickheads funding their shitty little parties with drug money and mom and dad`s credit cards. The whole fucking industry turned a blind eye, as DJs played to 14 year olds at "RAVES" who were fucked up on drugs. I mean the whole industry.Even the number 1 DJ, Karekeoki, was a total crackhead. Hey everyone was making money, and in America, thats what counts right?
Clubs are the natural progession for the EDM scene, there should be an element of control in clubs. The ONLY person responsible for allowing drugs to be sold on his venue is the Club Owner. Providing he does everything in his power to prevent this, then I`m sorry, but there`s not a lot else the EDM community can do. When you pay your admission fee, you are entering into a contract with the club owner that he is providing a venue that operates within the law. Anything that happens on his territory is his responsibility (that is why he charges you an admission fee). The police cannot hold you responsible for a club owners inability to run his venue properly.
In the UK for example, the police have the power to shut a venue down immeadiately. The punters are NEVER held responsible. We don`t have law suits in the UK, but in America, I am sure a lawyer could do a severe job against not only the police, but also the club owner. In the UK, providing the club owner does everything within his power to remove drugs, the police won`t touch him. If they can`t stop drug use, how the hell can some poor club owner? It is a fundamental breach of your civil rights to be held responsible for someone else`s crime and this sets a very dangerous precedent if the authorities are not called on it.
This is a basic attack on civil liberties. You want to know how to stop it? Fighting citations isn`t going to change a damn thing. The EDM community needs to get smart. Next time you are out, at the mall, at a "disco" where Republicans hang out, at a rock concert etc, and you see drug use, phone it in. Make a record of the call. Demand that everyone in the vicinity is cited. Keep doing it, en masse around the country. If nothing is done, as it won`t be, over the course of a year, say there are 1,000,000 EDM fans in the USA, and everyone unites and calls in about 10 incidents a week, that is 520,000,000 incidents reported by the EDM community. You are setting a legal precedent that, if this happens to another event covering EDM again, provides massive potential damages against whichever authority decides to breach your civil rights because you happen to like EDM and choose to go to a venue that some other idiot wants to sell drugs at.
Finally, if a DJ sells you drugs, GRASS HIM UP. If a promoter is using his event to cover up dealing drugs, he isn`t a fucking promoter and you shouldn`t be supporting him. Walk out. Tell the club, tell the security. This is how it works in Europe, and it took us a bit of time, but eventually the police and authorities realised that not everyone in EDM was a drug dealer and some of us were actually doing it because it was our lives. Its going to be a hard long battle, but in time EDM will win.
With respect to the drug dealing DJs and Promoters hey deserve everything they have coming to them.