Stop Being Afraid of Dancing Alone

Going a to a music festival or an event alone has its perks. Here’s why everyone should try flying solo at least once. 

  1. Dance all night if you want to. Or don’t.

You have no curfew to abide by but your own. You never have to go home early. You’ll never miss an anticipated set because someone else is tired. Sleep is optional.

On the contrary, if you feel satisfied there is no shame in calling it a night.

  1. Freedom to do you.

Going by yourself to a festival means that you get to pick which artists you want to see. No compromises. No leaving a set because your companion isn’t “vibing.” You have the freedom to do whatever you want – whenever. 

  3. Exploring new artists!

Instead of shmoozing with your friends during down time, you get the chance to wander around. And that set you just meandered into could be your favorite.

  5. Music sounds different on your own. 

Without the distraction of your friends, a partner to dance with, or the subconscious effects of what your friends may think. You might find your musical preferences slighter different than normal.

4. You’re never really alone at a festival.

Making friends with fellow festival goers is one of the best parts of being at a festival. What’s easier to bond over than the love of music? Sometimes being surrounded by your own friends restricts you from meeting new ones. While when you’re by yourself, you have no choice but to be gregarious. If you are serious about music, you’ll attract like minded new friends. And despite what you might fear, people you meet on your own are going to think your brave, not lonely. 

 My personal solo anthem.

 I love to hit a festival with friends and I also really enjoy going on my own. But they’re definitely two different experiences. I learned a lot from attending my first festival alone and I apply some of those lessons to almost every event that I go to now.

Even if you’re with a group, it’s cool to do your own thing and meet back up when you want to. For me, I always know who I want to see, so I tend to stick to it whether or not my friends want to join.

The dance floor doesn’t always feel like real life. So why would regular social norms apply?

On the dance floor everything is different.

On the dance floor there is really no social anxiety about being on your own. Seriously, no one is even going to notice. To me, nothing’s better than closing your eyes and losing yourself to the beat, with or without an entourage.

A Brief History of Roman Techno

In the 1990’s Rome, like many other cities around the globe, was influenced by Detroit’s techno revolution.

Detroit techno is characterized by its jazz influenced central rhythm, simple vocals, the ever essential bass drum and the backbeat of a snare, clap or hi-hat. These dark electronic beats are deeply rooted in retro synthesizers, drum machines and futurism.

The young italian  Lorenzo D’Angelo aka Lory D, inspired by the emergence of Detroit techno and deterred by the stagnant club anthems of the 80’s, went on to define the underground electronic music of his home city Rome. The track Sound Of Rome and his creation of the very first techno record label of Italy, Sounds Never Seen, changed the Roman dance scene forever.

The industrial and avant-garde records, a concoction of European and American elements, was not accepted immediately by clubbers but gradually gained popularity in warehouses, away from the small clubs that once reigned. 

In an intensive exploration of Roman Techno, Redbull Music Academy explains the concept of the sound. “What Lory D, Anibaldi, Benedetti and Vatta were searching for, and slowly developing, was a sound that was as abstract and experimental in outlook as it was overwhelmingly dancefloor-friendly.”