My Forever Kandi Experience

My name is Ashley, I was introduced to the rave culture in 2011. I absolutely fell in love with the music, the people, the trading of Kandi, and just everything that makes the rave culture beautiful. I would spend weeks preparing my outfits and making fun and personalized Kandi to trade. It was a way to express myself and not be judged.

I immediately found my place amongst the Kandi kids at raves. I loved taking the time to personalize each Kandi and then finding the right person at the rave to trade with. It was a way to show off my creativity and meet new people.

After a few raves, I realized Kandi wasn’t just a bracelet, it is a way of connecting with people in a creative way. It can unite strangers, start friendships, or in my case start a long life journey with my soul mate.

My Kandi story began in 2011 I was getting ready to attend Starstruck and I was beyond excited. I was going with a few friends and we had everything planned out. I spent a couple hours a day making different Kandi to trade. Some with fun sayings, others with just one word and I made one special Kandi that said “Starstruck”.


Finally, it was rave day!!! I got ready and filled my arms with the Kandi that I had been preparing for weeks. As we approached the rave you could feel the energy. It was so positive and uplifting! I couldn’t wait to be inside.

Inside the music was amazing, the people were beautiful, and the vibes were positive. I was ready to dance and meet new people. As the night went on I had almost traded all my Kandi, but I was still waiting for the right person to trade my special Starstruck Kandi to.

As I was dancing to the music under the beautiful night sky, a handsome guy came up to me and asked if I would like a light show. I nodded my head. After the light show, I knew whom I needed to give my special piece of Kandi to.

We started talking and I asked him if wanted to trade Kandi! Of course, he said yes, and 6 years later we both have our Kandi bracelets. We wear them every day as a reminder of our love and dedication to each other. We even got married at EDC 2016. It’s true what everyone says “couples that rave together stay together” and we plan on many more exciting events together!


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Making Connections Through Kandi

I have been raving for years. I love all the friends I made at events. I realized that most of the people I connect with are really genuine, kind-hearted people. Often times I regret not being able to connect with them later on in life.

So one day I came up with an idea. How can we solve this problem and really connect people? I have always appreciated receiving kandi and giving it out. Showing new ravers what PLUR is and how as a community we need to care for one another. So I decided I wanted to build a network that only could be accessed with a kandi bead code. This code would be created and personalized for each user that registers. I could give this to people to look me up later. Often times cell service is intermittent or I won’t even have a phone on me so I thought connecting through Kandi would be ideal.

Now 8 months later, I have a team of developers working with me on my dream. This dream that I could help people connect and make memories.  I wanted to make something people had to connect with each other in person. Far too often we just hit the accept button on a random stranger on Facebook or Instagram. I want a place you can store those true connections. The connections you spent countless hours making a Kandi cuff for someone neat, that you met at an event and you didn’t catch their name or get their contact info, but you knew you had the perfect kandi for them. Every day the site gets a step closer to being finished. You can now register at  I will keep you up-to-date as we launch new features.

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Peace, Love, Unity, Respect,