Cadence Culture is an online magazine about international queer and underground electronic music culture, mostly exploring how dance can be used as a tool for socio-political movement and shedding light on the power of the dance floor.
Club and rave culture provide for spaces where for one night, on the dance floor, we are all equal.
People come together to celebrate, but also to forget. Some people get lost in these places, while others find themselves. It’s a place where people experience, where they share and exchange stories. It’s a space that’s not bound by time; only in the way that by living the night, it makes daily life more bearable. It’s a place where we listen to others, where we heal, where we help. It’s a boiling pot for creative scenes worldwide, a place where like-minded creatives find each other. It’s the beginning for for fruitful collaborations. It’s a place where people work, it’s a place where people make art. They are places that provide us with like-minded people, where we can be part of an open-minded community. It’s a place where we form lifelong friendships and relationships. They are spaces that help us challenge the existing, spaces that provide the chance to create a new, better world, may it be even just for a bit.
Cadence Culture focusses on the culture of the sound, on the rhythm of events, on a movement. It’s a digital space where all of those stories come together. For too long, the contribution that club and rave culture brings to the culture of places has been underestimated and undervalued.
My name is David Wouters (26), Dutch, living in Amsterdam and founder of Cadence Culture. I’ve written pieces about the crypto-rave, dance and politics, did scene studies in cities like Kyiv, Paris, Copenhagen and Amsterdam. I also write as a freelance journalist for VICE, where I wrote about the war in Ukraine and rave culture, about how psychedelics on the dance floor can be used as a tool for healing. Moreover, I wrote my bachelor thesis on how Berlin’s electronic music scene copes with tourism and what impacts it has on the people, sexuality, the development of the city and the economy, and I was a guest at the talk show ‘future of the night’ organized by the night mayor for Amsterdam Dance Event.
The dance floor has the potential to change people’s minds, their values and their views on the world overnight. Because through the lens of the night, we can look at daily life in a different way. Having experienced this myself first-hand as a 18-year-old moving away from a conservative small town in Belgium and visiting Berghain. This is where my interest in music journalism – unknowingly – started. As a small-town-boy of 16, I read an article about Berghain. When I was 18 I went to the club by myself and I was dancing next to a half naked woman. I was shocked and thought to myself ‘that’s intense’. Suddenly I asked myself why I actually found this intense and realized it was where I grew up that made me think this way and the cultural standard we get imprinted in our minds. I no longer wanted my mind to correspond with where I – partially – grew up, and as an act of resistance towards my past I took of most of my clothes and danced the night away. When I left the club on Monday morning, and felt the spring sun on my face, feeling the cool air on my skin, I felt like I was no longer the same David of the one that was standing shit-scared in the queue. I realized I wish that dance floor was a reflection of how I would like the world to be, one that’s accepting and one where you can be free of a society where you have to conform. I started to become more open-minded and accepting of people around me and to accept my queer self.
Today I love diving into underground and alternative electronic music scenes internationally to find out how they are connected, how they differ and how they are the reflection of socio-political themes. I am fascinated by how dance can be used as a social and political tool, how it can be used as a form of resistance but also by how music scenes can shape cities.
You can book me for a talk or a presentation about dance, politics & activism. For more information you can follow me on socials: Cadence Culture on Instagram or Facebook