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The Ushuaïa Magazine August 2017 LIFESTYLE Read in PDF format N15/2017
DJ Soapbox Why is everyone in techno dressing head to toe in black? I mean, seriously, what is going on? I have been voicing my opinion about this for a fair amount of time now, but I am still none the wiser as to how we got to a point where almost everyone in a club is dressed the same. Talk about a collective failure of imagination. We can do better…and I’d love to see a shift. I want to see a sea of colour from the DJ booth. Not a sea of black.

Believe it or not, there are several clothes designers and manufacturers out there that make their clothes in a range of colours. Embrace it people. It is your right. And should be exercised at every available opportunity. That may sound a little dramatic, but bear in mind, that fashion has cultural and indeed political significance. Blue jeans were at one point a symbol of freedom in the west, and denim was very difficult to buy in the Soviet Union. It is the similar reason why Chinese youth take fashion so seriously, it is a form of self-expression within a restricted society. This is not what I expected from a community that has roots in celebrating diversity. I’ve always maintained that the best parties are those that have the widest spectrum of people at them. Going out clubbing was always and should continue to be a liberating experience. When I started frequenting clubs, it was always about talking to and meeting people from all walks of life. The notion that everyone would turn up looking exactly the fucking same would have been laughed at. And I think we should be doing the same now. It’s nonsense. Black is also the colour of mourning and is super important to certain cultural movements. I can sympathise with fans of say Depeche Mode or The Cure wear ing all black. But for me it holds no real relevance to house and techno where it has no deeper meaning. I can’t be sure, but maybe the reason this has taken grip of our culture was a result of people trying to get into Berlin clubs. There is a culture of fear about heading to Berlin. Yes, the door policies are strict. People say to wear black to improve your chances of getting in. Last time I checked that was not the official policy of any club, anywhere. But, whenever I have played panoramabar or any of the other clubs in Berlin, there are people wearing other colours apart from black. Not many, but they exist. So unless all these people changing clothes at the cloakroom, then this myth can’t be true. Also, when I played panoramabar in December I wore a big pink jacket. Yes I was playing, so obviously I’m not being vetted by the doormen in the same way the patrons maybe are, but one of my old friends who works on the door said “finally, someone not wearing colour”. Amazing. Anyway, don’t let some bullshit myth dictate what you wear. Some of the other arguments for wearing black, for me anyway, don’t really hold any weight. The old Steve Jobs idea that having a completely homogeneous wardrobe takes a decision out of the morning routine is one I’ve heard a few times. Yeah sure, but are you running a company that big? If you are rolling out of nightclubs after the sun comes up on a regular basis, probably not. Or if you are, you won’t be for much longer. So get up five minutes earlier and have a look through a vibrant wardrobe. It may get your day off to a positive start! Another one is that black is a good colour for clubbing as the sweat doesn’t show up as much as say, white or grey. I would counter that with the fact that sweat has salt, and salt shows up really bad on black clothes. Same for drug residue, if you are into that type of thing. Furthermore, why the fuck are you in a club if you didn’t come to dance, and dare I say it, sweat a little. If that is you, go home, seriously. Just go and get your black coat from the cloakroom and go home. And if you are one of the people throwing shapes, then why do you care about people seeing sweat on your clothes when your hair is soaked through, and your face is dripping. You are a little past looking cool, so let it go. All jokes aside though. Uniforms sometimes are signs of authority and oppression. They reduce everyone wearing them down to the lowest common denominator. I can understand school uniforms as it is a great demonstration of everyone being equal when some children come from poorer backgrounds than others, but institutions like the police and military for example are hardly always positive. There are new clubbers joining us every week, let’s not stifle their individuality by having them confronted by a wall of black clothing. I was at a rave last night where hardly anyone wore black. It feels like the last days of this monotonous trend are numbered. I can’t wait for the good times to begin again, I will be waiting with open arms.

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