EDC unveils ‘kineticZEN’ theme for 2020

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EDC unveils ‘kineticZEN’ theme for 2020Edc 2019 Credit Calder Wilson

Mindfulness is an important, yet often overlooked topic in the music space, where chaos tends to rule over stability. Even as a casual consumer, it remains easy to get caught up in the stereotypical “lifestyle” and have trouble finding balance. Pasquale Rotella has thus decided to do his part bring mindfullness to the forefront through EDC Las Vegas‘ 2020 theme: kineticZEN

“In our hyperconnected world, it’s easy to get distracted from making time to care for our minds, our bodies, and things that feed the soul,” expressed Rotella when introducing the theme. “In 2019, we harnessed the collective intensity of our culture at the kineticFIELD when we debuted kineticENERGY. This year, we celebrate mindfulness with kineticZEN.”

No plans have been released as of yet that outline how EDC will manifest a sense of “Zen” within its technicolor grounds. However, with the full Speedway set to be used for the 2020 edition, the added space certainly allows room for dedicated “zen” or chillout zones.

EDC Las Vegas lands on the stip from May 15-17. Get tickets here.

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Introducing the theme for 2020’s EDC… ✨kineticZEN🙏 In our hyperconnected world, it’s easy to get distracted from making time to care for our minds, our bodies, and things that feed the soul. In 2019, we harnessed the collective intensity of our culture at the kineticFIELD when we debuted kineticENERGY. This year, we celebrate mindfulness with kineticZEN. Anything that fuels our focus and helps us achieve balance is our zen. For some people, that could be dancing, working out, going for a bike ride or a long drive, or just chilling on the beach and taking in a beautiful sunset. I’ve always tried to encourage Headliners to live in the moment and be present. I need reminders myself each day. Life is full of opportunities for reflection, and in those moments we can visualize the world we want to create for ourselves and for each other. I’m grateful and excited to celebrate this next journey with you all. See you soon! ⚡🌼❤ @edc_lasvegas

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Pasquale Rotella talks EDC expansion, sustainability, skipping Nocturnal Wonderland in ‘State of Insomniac’

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Pasquale Rotella talks EDC expansion, sustainability, skipping Nocturnal Wonderland in ‘State of Insomniac’Edclv 1

Pasquale Rotella took to Instagram on Tuesday evening to hold the State of Insomniac and announce major updates to the company’s festival lineup. The biggest update from the Insomniac founder is the expansion of Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas to utilize the “entire Speedway interior” for the 2020 event.

This update to the EDCLV footprint comes on the brink of Insomniac’s 25th anniversary in 2021. Rotella told followers to “expect a year-long celebration,” as Insomniac announces multiple new EDC destinations. No word if this means past EDC locations such as New York City, Chicago, and Denver will be included in the celebration.

With news breaking of Paradiso Festival being canceled as Insomniac sues USC Events for breach-of-contract, Rotella announced that Beyond Wonderland will be returning to the Pacific Northwest in 2020, almost a decade after the festival held a Seattle event in 2011.

Not all the news was good; the dance music pioneer was blunt in the possibility of 2020’s edition of Nocturnal Wonderland being canceled. With no date having yet been announced for this year’s event, Rotella advised fans he will upload an Instagram poll to allow votes on whether to “skip this’s year edition and plan for 2021 OR have it back at [Glen Helen Speedway] for our 25th year.”

Rotella reported that Insomniac’s refillable water stations at its major festivals last year served the “equivalent of just under 4MM single-use plastic waters bottles.” However, he feels this is not enough, and Insomniac has hired a sustainability manager to find new ways to reduce the company’s footprint.  Some changes under this manager include exploring solar options to power festival stages, along with the using biofuels to power generators at select shows this year. 

Check-out the full State of Insomniac update below, which also includes news about EDC Orlando, Insomanic LTD pop-ups, and more plans for their future festival lineup.

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Watch Martin Garrix’s fateful fall and recovery in the return of ‘The Martin Garrix Show’

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Watch Martin Garrix’s fateful fall and recovery in the return of ‘The Martin Garrix Show’Martin Garri Breach

The Martin Garrix Show has returned for its fourth season, and the 13-minute episode recaps Martin Garrix‘s EDC Las Vegas performance and takes listeners on the journey of how he injured his ankle in Las Vegas that same week.

The producer starts the episode by returning to EDC for his sixth year, and REZZ makes a cameo when she asks Garrix if he still gets nervous before big performances like EDC (he does). Garrix proceeds to perform at Wet Republic and Omnia until he takes the fateful fall that resulted in the producer canceling his upcoming shows. Viewers can see behind-the-scenes footage from the hospital and watch the producer recuperate wheelchair-bound in his home in Amsterdam while he waits to get his MRI.

In his home, Garrix tells the full story of the fall. It occurred when he was performing at Omnia during his 10th day in Las Vegas, and because he is smaller, he always utilizes a riser so that he looks taller for the crowd. When landing after a jump off of the DJ booth, his foot landed on the edge of the riser, causing his ankle to snap as he fell into a glass wall behind the booth. After taking a break in the green room immediately after the fall, Garrix returned to the booth to finish out his set against his team’s will before heading to the hospital.

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Insomniac Events donates EDC camping tents to shelter Hurricane Dorian victims

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Insomniac Events donates EDC camping tents to shelter Hurricane Dorian victimsInsomniac Hurricane Aid Photo Courtesy Insomniac Evants

Pasquale Rotella and Insomniac Events have joined the Hurricane Dorian effort in a vital way, transporting 750 of its Shiftpod2 Advanced Shelter Systems to Bahamas via air to help over 5,000 victims left without a home in the storm’s aftermath. The Shiftpods, which were built to withstand harsh elements including wind, rain, and excessive heat, have been used over the past couple years to house tens of thousands of EDC attendees at the Las Vegas Speedway since the festival launched its camping program.

Dorian, clocking in as a Category 5 storm, has been measured as the strongest ever to hit the Bahamas since recordkeeping began, wreaking a great deal of havoc to the Northern region of the islands and reaching its peak damage level upon its landing. 43 were recorded dead within days of the tragedy, with hundreds still missing. Insomniac Event staff members are now on ground assisting in the rebuild, where they’re expected to help set up these new shelters for residents in need.

UNICEF is currently accepting funds for hurricane relief efforts as well; head here to donate.

H/T: Fox 5 News Las Vegas

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Insomniac announces return of Camp EDC for Las Vegas arm’s 10th anniversary

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Insomniac announces return of Camp EDC for Las Vegas arm’s 10th anniversaryJamie Rosenberg For Insomniac Events 10 1

Camp EDC is back and better than ever for 2020, as Insomniac announces the festival feature’s return to EDC Las Vegas. The resurrected campground will see its third run outside of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway bowl, teasing a volume of exhilarating surprises and announcements for the upcoming installment.

Camp EDC has grown from an elaborate playground, to a full-fledged partier’s paradise within walking distance of the festival grounds. From luminous art installations to the four central Oasis swimming pools, Camp EDC treats its members with a whirlwind of amenities and activities to complete their weekend in the desert. 

What may have started as a mere complementary addition to the already over-the-top, three-day festival, has morphed into an elaborate outdoors extension of the EDC experience. Camp EDC operates with the same fixations as the flagship festival, with organizers maintaining they’ve erected the space on the values of positivity, love, and inclusivity. Each corner of the campgrounds offers a new sight in store, with the heart of the activities hosted in The Mesa. Marked with three mountainous structures, aptly named the Sol, Cascada and Tierra tents, each tent hosts a handful of scheduled health, wellness, and beauty activities throughout the day for campers to participate in. 

Daily label-hosted pool parties for this past year’s installment welcomed a slew of artists from Bassrush, Hard Records and Insomniac Records set to soundtrack each day. As campers trudged back to their tent sites, their walk was cut short from the sounds of 6:00 am after-parties hosted in the heart of the campgrounds. While the sun rose each morning, the campgrounds were reignited through high-energy sets from artists like Solardo and Dom Dolla and an elusive sunrise REDUX set from Kaskade

Moon Glow and Desert Rose (symbolic of GA and VIP) tent packages for Camp EDC will be available for sale on September 27 at 9:00am PT. Following last year’s model, festival ticket holders are able to purchase their Moon Glow or Desert Rose (symbolic of GA and VIP) camping passes separately to secure their spots in the campgrounds.

In advance of next year’s festivities, Camp EDC has revealed the official site maps for the Mesa, and campgrounds. For more information and to purchase camping passes, head here.

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New survey suggests most people believe you’re never too old for concerts

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New survey suggests most people believe you’re never too old for concertsJan Bakker Marty Mann Pc

A new survey conducted by TickPick found that more than half of its participants believe they’ll never be too old for a good time, with the most accepted form of partying later in life being attending small shows or concerts.

By surveying 1000 people through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service who either currently consider themselves “partiers” or had previously identified as such, TickPick sought respondents’ opinions on the age limitations surrounding various recreational backdrops, including music festivals, bars, and strip clubs.

65% of respondents agreed there should be no age cap for partying in general, with 89% of participants agreeing people should never stop attending shows or concerts. At a relatively lower but still significant percentage, 72% of respondents agreed that multi-day festivals were ageless as well. Both women and the LGBT community were more accepting
of partying later in life than their male and straight counterparts.

Unsurprisingly, the survey drew a considerable correlation between people who attend music festivals and people who believe there’s no age limit for letting loose in one form or another. The survey was even able to show which festival-goers are most accepting of the perpetual partying pedagogy. Voodoo Music + Arts attendees accounted for the most open-minded of those surveyed, with 79% agreeing people should be able to party at any age. Electric Zoo, Nocturnal Wonderland, Ultra Music Festival, and Electric Daisy Carnival followed closely behind, however.

Preferred music genre also played a factor in respondents’ opinions on the party limit with 70% of jazz listeners echoing the ageless party sentiment. Rock and EDM garnered 68% and 67%, respectively, while hip-hop/R&B and pop ranked the lowest points, though not by much, of all the genres at 64% each.

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Andrew Rayel recounts hosting inHARMONY’s inaugural stage at EDC Las Vegas, growing the label [Q&A]

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Andrew Rayel recounts hosting inHARMONY’s inaugural stage at EDC Las Vegas, growing the label [Q&A]Andrew Rayel Tomorrowland

With each year comes new opportunities for artistic development, as Andrew Rayel well knows. 2019 has been no exception for the inHARMONY label chief, who charted yet another milestone in the continually developing course of his musical career at Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Las Vegas‘s recently concluded iteration. Together, Rayel and inHARMONY hosted their first-ever festival stage, the aptly titled “Find Your Harmony.” The stage signified a momentous step forward for Rayel and for inHARMONY, while simultaneously recalling an earlier point in Rayel’s career: Rayel’s first studio album, released in 2014, shared the same name as his EDC stage. Find Your Harmony saw performances from Cosmic Gate, Mark Sixma, Space Corps, David Gravell, Leil, MaRLo, Ruben De Ronde, Andrew Bayer, and Rayel himself.

The curative endeavor is a benchmark for Rayel’s inHARMONY label, which Rayel established in September 2017 in conjunction with Armada Music. Since its 2017 inception, inHARMONY has worked with a number of adept electronic entities, like ALPHA 9, Arston, Alexander Popov, and ARTY, among others. Andrew Rayel sat down with Dancing Astronaut at Armada Music’s newly minted New York office, to talk the production of his Find Your Harmony stage, and his fluidly evolving vision for inHARMONY.

So you just curated the “Find Your Harmony” stage at EDC Las Vegas for the very first time in partnership with Insomniac and Dreamstate, what was that like?

All of them [the artists who played] are really close friends of mine, so it was really like a family stage. There were great vibes, the stage was packed from the start of the festival all the way to the end. At 5:30 in the morning when they close the festival, there were still thousands of people at that stage so I was very happy. It was a big success. I’m really looking forward to doing that more in the future.

How did this partnership with Insomniac and Dreamstate come to be?

They always want to do something unique and special at EDC, because you know, it’s EDC; every year there needs to be something cool, something new. And we [inHARMONY] have never hosted any stage at any festival, so it was our world premiere. Right after EDC last year, we already started talking about curating a stage [with festival organizers]. We had multiple meetings to talk about it, how we could put everything together, who we wanted to play the stage. It seemed like it was just oh, here’s a stage, but our partnership started almost a year ago.

Andrew Bayer, MaRLo, Cosmic Gate, and Mark Sixma were just some of the artists to deliver sets from the Find Your Harmony stage. What was your curative process like, how did you come to select the specific artists that you did, and why did you choose those that you did?

We had a big list of DJs who we wanted to be on the stage, some of them were booked [elsewhere], some of them were booked at other EDC stages. We ended up with DJs who were very close friends of ours, and a lot of them were from the same booking agency, like Mark Sixma, David Gravell, and MaRLo. Mark and David have released music on my label. We wanted to experiment more and show that we’re open. We invited Andrew Bayer from Anjunabeats, and he was happy to do it as well. We wanted to be very diverse and have different types of music and different types of artists from all over the place.

So talk to me a little bit about your label, inHARMONY Music, distributed by Armada Music. You launched the label in September of 2017. Can you say a little bit about the experience of growing the label in the time that’s followed inHARMONY’s 2017 inception?

I always wanted to have a label, and since I’ve worked with Armada for almost ten years, it absolutely made sense to collaborate with them and open a label under Armada Music. I wanted to open the label to sign music that I liked, artists that I liked, and to create a team of artists with the same musical vision. [I wanted] to grow them, take them with me on tour, just basically to make a lot of a friends that like the same music and can tour together in the future, and I’m happy that I found artists that consistently deliver great music.

At this point, we have so much quality music that it’s already hard to find time to release it. At the beginning I thought it was going to be really hard to find [this] quality music. I help [the artists] with the music, to mix and master the tracks properly to have quality results and releases. [Having a label] is one of my dreams. It was a logical step for me to evolve, and we’re taking it step by step. Hosting the stage at EDC was another step, and there’s much more to come.

Can you say a bit more about what some of these next steps might entail?

At this point, we’re focusing on growing all of the brands that we have. Our main focus is on Andrew Rayel and the shows and the music that I’m working on in the studio, and of course inHARMONY as well, and the Find Your Harmony radio show, which I’m hosting every week now. We passed 150 episodes this year and together with the radio show comes the Find Your Harmony live shows, festivals, and solo shows. We’re planning a big tour for next year when we have episode 200. We’ll continue to do solo shows and [perhaps] host more stages at more festivals.

As the label chief and head of A&R you’re really at the helm of the decision making process at inHARMONY, so you get to really sculpt your own vision of what you would like inHARMONY to be. What was your vision for inHARMONY when you first founded the label, and has that vision changed at all in the years that have followed the label’s foundation?

It did change because of the artists [that I brought on], because I don’t want them to follow exactly the way I think and the vision I had before, just because every artist needs to be free to make whatever they think is good for their music. And together with them I also adjusted and changed and realized many things. But my initial vision was quality music that brings people together, very melodic, very energetic, [music] that I see myself playing in my sets as well.

Finding and sustaining a label is an arduous endeavor. Have there been any challenges, foreseen or unforeseen, along the way?

We have challenges almost every single day, starting with creating schedules: how are we going to release the music, how are we going to promote the music, what’s the right time to plan everything, and there’s no right answer for anything. We’re also always trying new things and whenever you think everything’s perfect and everything’s scheduled musically so nothing that’s similar is next to each other [in release order], and so there’s always space in between releases, [you find] it never works like that. Instead it always develops in a natural way since there’s always new things coming along.

We’re working with artists who know their music and know exactly how the music needs to be presented, and we realize we need to listen to the artists and we need to [recognize their vision] and do it the way they want it. We work with so many artists, so it can be hard to combine everything, that’s one of the biggest challenges.

When it comes to signing new artists and bringing them on board inHARMONY, what is it that you specifically look for in aspiring artists. What catches your eye and causes you to think ‘hey, this could be a great fit?’

For me, the music talks. I’ve been in this industry long enough to understand the technical part, the mixing, the mastering skill that needs to be mastered for many years. There’s a lot of beautiful tracks with great melodies, where the technical part of those tracks is far from ideal. I can’t take [these productions] for the label. [The songs that catch my attention] are the tracks that I see that are almost there, where I can give them the last ten percent, the last 20 percent, and teach, show, and tell the artists the exact things they need to adjust to get to 100 percent.

I think every artist needs to go through every step in producing the music and promoting themselves, because if you jump over a couple of steps, you’re going to fall. [Artists] need to establish themselves and take the steps, and when the artists are almost there, I’m ready to give them a hand and help take them to the next level.

Shifting gears a bit, you teased a Game of Thrones remix prior to EDC. Can you tell me a little bit about your creative process in making this remix, how this remix came about?

We knew the dates for EDC in advance, and knew which day we would be hosting the Find Your Harmony stage, and then when they announced the schedule for Game of Thrones’ final season, we saw the finale was going to be the same date that we were hosting the stage, May 19. I was like ‘oh, that’s great, wouldn’t it be cool for me to do a remix and play it on the same night of the last episode, because the people that are going to be at EDC obviously won’t be able to watch the last episode, they’ll have to wait for the next day. I’m not going to be able to give them the last episode, but at least I can give them something cool and a little bit of that vibe of Game of Thrones.’ And I played it. I don’t think we can release it officially, so far we were not able to clear it, but you never know, we’ll see.

I heard you’re a big Game of Thrones fan, so I have to ask, did you watch the finale?

So we stayed at EDC until 5:30 AM, when the last DJ finished his set. We were at our hotel at around 7 AM, and everyone from my team was tired and went to bed. For me, I was tired from my set but couldn’t sleep, so I was watching [the finale] at 7 AM. I knew if I [didn’t watch], then there’s a chance that someone’s going to spoil for me and it won’t be as pleasant. It actually happened the other way around: nobody spoiled it for me, I spoiled it for a bunch of people. So I made a right choice, I watched it straight away. It was great too that none of the Wifi was working at EDC, because there were about 130,000 people, so you couldn’t get anything and that worked out very well because otherwise I would have seen spoilers.

EDC attendee’s boyfriend charged with attempted murder after she went ‘against his wishes’

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EDC attendee’s boyfriend charged with attempted murder after she went ‘against his wishes’Edclv 1

A Las Vegas man named Ryan Mansour has been charged with attempted murder following a dispute with his girlfriend over attending EDC “against his wishes.” According to authorities, the fight began on Tuesday after the festival when the suspect angrily left his work early to confront his significant other over pictures he found of her at the Speedway gathering. At some point amid the fighting, which also involved endeavors to throw out shared memorabilia, the girlfriend (whose name has been redacted) got into her boyfriend’s car. Upon her exit from the vehicle, he allegedly ran her over in a bout of rage.

Mansour claims the accident was unintentional, advising he wasn’t paying attention on account of his anger and that he’d “made a dumb mistake,” according to his lawyer. Immediately after noticing what he’d done, he’d immediately began to “jack the car up” to get his girlfriend out from underneath. Luckily, her life was saved; but she did sustain injuries which include skin and liver lacerations, a collapsed lung, and a broken arm, leg, and pelvis. The suspect is currently in jail with a $25,000 bail posted.

H/T: Las Vegas Review Journal

Listen to WHIPPED CREAM’s stunning set at EDC’s Circuit Grounds

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Listen to WHIPPED CREAM’s stunning set at EDC’s Circuit GroundsWhipped Cream Sourced From Her Facebook

Closing out a stage at EDC Las Vegas is an intimidating task for any artist, but the burgeoning WHIPPED CREAM did so with ease. The Canadian-born bass artist held nothing back as she took the festival’s Circuit Grounds stage for its final run, giving onlookers a final, enormous burst of energy with cuts like Gesaffelstein‘s “Pursuit,” Skrillex‘ remix of “Humble” by Kendrick Lamar, the RL Grime/What So Not classic “Tell Me,” and an array of her own originals. The set riled the crowd and instantly became a cult favorite among EDC goers, and now the cult favorite performance has been releases exclusively on Apple Music for all to hear and relive.

WHIPPED CREAM has seen skyrocketing success in recent years. After five years cutting her teeth on the circuit, the past couple have seen her taking the stage at mega festivals like Ultra Miami, Shambhala, and Lollapalooza all while selling out tour stops across North America. On the musical front, her recent re-work of ZHU’s “Desert Woman” ended up becoming a huge hit, while she also received widespread support for her second record on Mad Decent, “Time.” She’s established herself as a key talent to watch as she continues her ascension into the top ranks of bass music.

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ZHU sports custom jacket made entirely out of festival wristbands at EDC

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ZHU sports custom jacket made entirely out of festival wristbands at EDCZhu Edc Festival Bands

Oftentimes, the festival outfit plays an integral role in one’s attendance of the festival itself. In many cases, the drip—if you will, is a crucial element to one’s festival experience, and perhaps none understand that notion better than ZHU, who dusted any potential competition with his EDC getup.

ZHU hit EDC Las Vegas this year sporting a custom jacket made entirely out of festival wristbands, for one of the more creative outfits spotted at this year’s event. The jacket, a living festival homage, features fan-donated wristbands from previous EDCs, Dreamscape, Lollapalooza, Coachella, Tyler, the Creator‘s Camp Flog Gnaw, and many more. See ZHU’s festival fit below—which other wristbands can you spot?

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Less than 2 weeks until EDC… 👽🌼

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