Kaskade reacted to the Los Angeles Times for its coverage of festival organizer Hard’s Halloween-themed rave, which was canceled after three people died at the Hard Summer festival three weeks ago.
“As a lover of dance music, a friend, a brother, a son, a husband and a father, even ONE death strikes me down,” Kaskade wrote on his website. “But let’s not pretend this is an isolated problem, something unique to dance music culture. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every day in America 27 (TWENTY-SEVEN!) people die as a result of drunk driving crashes.”
According to L.A. Times, Hard organizers said the concert was called off for logistical reasons and declined to comment when asked if the three deaths had influenced the decision. However, the article links Hard with events at two Los Angeles venues (the Memorial Coliseum and the L.A. County fairgrounds) that canceled raves because of overdose deaths. The story reports there have been 25 confirmed drug-related deaths at raves nationwide thrown by L.A.-area companies.
Kaskade viewed the article as fear-mongering. He suggested that the media generalizes rave culture, which detracts from solving the problem and implementing safety measures. “I’m happy to tackle substance abuse,” said Kaskade. “I’m happy to use my influence to encourage people to be responsible, to stay alive. But this is a world-wide problem, something that is not even close to being unique to dance music … The war on drugs is a farce. There are better answers than regurgitating the same alarmist solutions that have never worked, which will NEVER work. Try this on: education, harm reduction and legalization.”