My informant is a sophomore student at USC that grew up in the Bay Area.
Me: Tell me about Electric Daisy Carnival
Informant: So ever since my senior year of high school I have been going to EDC in June. Its in Las Vegas now but it used to be at the Coliseum and its basically one of the biggest raves in the nation and all the best DJ’s come perform for three nights.
Me: Sounds fun. Has this been around for a long time or somewhat new.
Informant: Uh no idea when it started but I would guess after I was born.
Me: Ok, since you have been going for a long time what are some of the big traditions you have noticed?
Informants: Uh well [haha] people do a shit ton of drugs but I wouldn’t call that a tradition.
Me: More of a culture?
Informant: Ya sure, umm I guess P.L.U.R. is a big tradition that people participate in at raves.
Informant: Ya it stands for Peace. Love. Unity. Respect. Basically people wear a bunch of colorful bead wristbands and exchange them through a handshake, while saying “Peace. Love. Unity. Respect.” I know it sounds fuckin weird and hippy but you make a lot of new friends that way.
Me: Huh, and someone taught this to you?
Informant: Exactly, at my first EDC a girl “PLUR’d” me one of her bracelets and said she was my rave mother. I thought it was pretty fuckin weird at first but got into it pretty quickly when I saw how many other people did it.
I didn’t really get much else out of the interview but it seemed obvious that P.L.U.R. was a big part of EDC’s culture and probably all of “rave” culture, given EDC’s size. Ravers seem to embrace a non-judgemental, loving attitude and P.L.U.R. is a way for them to express to others that they embody these ideals. Meeting random strangers isn’t easy but trading bracelets with them is a harmless and easy way to break the ice. It may be the music, and it may be the drugs, but Peace. Love. Unity. Respect. seem to be the all encompassing rules at EDC.