Quite obviously, we need a lot of it. At least that’s the impression we get from a festival dance floor these days. The great majority of the party heads is looking into a very particular direction – Forward, towards the DJ. He forges the psychedelic vision into the soul of his audience, one fist pump at a time.
Heart-shaped hands transmit the universal message of love. We are one – so put your hands up in the air! A true master of the fine art of mining is Raja Ram. He has not only an enormous repertoire of miming to illustrate his funfair version of Psytrance, he even throws neon-colored merchandise items onto the dance floor. And he’s extremely popular in doing so. Fair enough – if it’s fun, it’s fine. Let’s be honest: We all had some good laughs with the class clown back in school.
However, what does all that have to do with psychedelic inspiration? Why is the music not enough any more, why do we need a person to look at? I think it has to do with the whole „We Are One“ thing, with the feeling of unity that makes festivals and parties so special. In everyday life, a great part of the scene is distancing itself from society: Many Trancers are against the consumption of meat, against nuclear power, against the development plans of their city. But it’s hard to keep up that attitude at all times. Every now and then a human being needs to agree to something. Even better: Agree to something in unison with others. Exactly that’s what happens on a dance floor. Everybody stares towards the person who unites the crowd with wonderful music. Maybe miming on stage can really provoke a change of consciousness – at least for a little while. However, essentially it reflects the ancient need for a leader or a shaman that has always been the backbone for religions and politics – and it seems doubtful if this is the right path to take for the next step in the evolution of human consciousness.