This past weekend, we found the list of everything Mad Decent was banning from their Block Party shows. This “do not bring list” included things like GoPros, pacifiers, laser pointers, eye drops, markers and pens, but what really set people off was the fact that Mad Decent added kandi to the not allowed list.
Now Pasquale Rotella has taken it upon himself to defend kandi and its history.
“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!”