Over the past two years, I've been somewhat obsessed with watching Boiler Room and other live streams. While some people prefer to watch movies in their free time, I watch and re-watch my favourite DJs getting boiled or playing somewhere new. Over time, there are things you pick up on depending on the DJ or the city being showcased. The most noticeable of these is the crowd; the people, their energy, and of course, their interaction with the camera.

Being filmed or photographed changes how one might act – we know that we are being looked at, and we present ourselves as how we want to appear in that moment. We want to make a good impression. We want the people on the other end to see us for us.

We over think, and this doesn't necessarily translate smoothly.

While some people go out of their way to be on camera the entire night, others are there to enjoy the music and to let themselves go. Perhaps it is both a blessing and a curse that reality can be captured through a lens. In today’s technological age where almost everything can be found online, this notion of being watched and being judged is plain stressful. When you’re at a party and the air seems tense, and people are constantly looking around the room, this can create an aura of negativity which is felt by all those present. It’s uncomfortable. It’s disconcerting. It’s unsettling. Do I look OK? Am I dancing weird? Oh no, do I look messed up?

Chill.

When we are able to immerse our ears and minds into the music, things change. No one is looking at you, no one cares about what you look like, or what you’re wearing. You become lost in the sound just as much as the sound becomes lost in you – and the rest disappears. As the tone set by the music shifts your mood, embrace these emotions. When everyone gathers with the intention of sharing their love of dance and music, this is truly what is picked up on. We read emotions through body language just as much as through words. So put your walls down. Dance weird. Look messed up. This is meant to be your escape from the stresses of everyday life, not add to it.

The important thing is not just about having a good time, but to be a part of this temporary family you meet on the dance floor. Show the same respect to others that you would prefer yourself. Whether or not you’re being filmed or photographed, the sentiment everyone wants to feel and see is that you are there for the same reason they are; to have a great night. Being you for yourself is what helps others come out of their own shells. Introvert or extrovert, we should all feel comfortable on the dance floor.

 Zeina Samy
Photo by: Arthur Rad