This week in Diplo was all about the shows, their after-shows, their after-after shows, and the continued debate over the kandi ban.
Diplo played his Friday night set in Toronto with Walshy Fire (as mentioned last week, one-third of Major Lazer),
and then back-to-back after-party sets, first at Parts and Labour’s basement club and later at The Hoxton.
Saturday, he took himself to Detroit and the trip was not without incident. There, a fan snuck in some kandi (yes, people are still salty over the ban) and threw it at Diplo during his set.
Kandi is primarily plastic, colorful beads woven into bracelets or onto backpacks and clothing and has long been a part of the rave and dance-music scene. PLUR (stands for Peace Love Unity Respect) community members promote them as a bright, positive way to send messages, start conversation and give gifts at relevant events—someone who doesn’t have any kandi gets some from someone covered in it, starts making their own to share, and the tradition grows.
While it all may seems harmless, the flip side of the equation is that kandi has also traditionally been a way to identify a drug dealer at a rave or EDM event; someone covered in kandi might be selling various party favors and could easily be found due to, well, being covered in neon, plastic beads. They are also another apparatus by which people can sneak in drugs (i.e. molly/ecstasy pills which can look like a bead) for personal use.
After the two deaths early in the MDBP tour, organizers needed to take special measures to ensure the safety of concert-goers and banning kandi was one of the steps chosen, to the consternation of many.
In Detroit, however, Diplo responded as we all should when bearing witness to a child throwing a tantrum: He told everyone to give the dude who’d thrown kandi at him a hug.
After Detroit, Vegas happened. On Sunday, the Block Party.
On Monday, Mad Decent Monday at XS Nightclub with RL Grime.
Most of the photos can’t be posted. But here are a couple that won’t get you fired from work.
Outside of live music, Diplo also released a new Major Lazer track,
changed his Twitter name,
invented a new word,
and found time to go swimming.
The Mad Decent Block Party continues this weekend with stops in Denver and Nashville. Get excited (for it or your weekend) with MDBP Official Spotify Playlist.