Pasquale Rotella discusses Gary Richards leaving HARD, big changes on the horizon for EDC brand

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In an Instagram Live address to his fans on August 6th, Electric Daisy Carnival‘s owner and poster boy, Pasquale Rotella, discussed myriad issues concerning the dance music industry, his company Insomniac, and it’s relationship to HARD Events, and big changes on the horizon for EDC structuring and mission. Here are a few keys highlights from the address.

EDC New York may not be returning. The company is putting forth new efforts to desaturate the U.S. festival market that it helped to over inflate, focusing more on “quality over quantity of festivals.” This also means downsizing certain festivals like Nocturnal Wonderland from a three-day festival to a more boutique, limited capacity sized event.

Focus will be put on EDC Las Vegas’s transportation system, especially leaving the festival. Rotella doesn’t want to make an official public statements until all changes are solidified. However, EDM Sauce ventures to conjecture that major changes may include the rumored possible future venue change to Las Vegas’ new NFL stadium.

EDC will not move to two weekends and will not be changing the experience inside the festival. Rotella emphasized that the EDC brand and experience will always stand for electronic dance music, stressing that attendees likely won’t be seeing hip-hop on the lineup beyond producers bringing out live guest appearances, a decision that belongs to the artist.

Pasquale spoke to Hard Summer Music Festival founder Gary Richards leaving HARD Presents for LiveStyle. Rotella clarified that Insomniac has actually owned HARD for the past few years, based on a creative partnership Insomniac has with Live Nation Entertainment, the event conglomerate who purchased HARD from Gary Richards in 2012. HARD was able to operate on its own up until this year when Richard’s contract ran out.

H/T: EDM Tunes, YourEDM 

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Earlier in June, Insomniac Events’ CEO Pasquale Rotella revealed in an Instagram live stream that “big changes” were on the horizon for next year’s Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.

In a market that is ever changing and expanding, the desire to maintain control, festival experience, and ultimately attendee safety is perpetually pressing. After this year’s unfortunate, presumed heat-related fatality, Rotella has since revealed in an interview with Review Journal that scheduling the festival around the coolest weather is a top priority.

As a result, Pasquale Rotella is reportedly considering moving the event to Memorial Day weekend of 2018, although at this point, nothing as of yet is confirmed.

Via: EDM Sauce

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Last month, K?d played his inaugural EDC set on the Cosmic Meadow stage and the hour-long offering is now live on Soundcloud. The producer’s bass-heavy debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway includes a mix of originals alongside fresh reworks of Daft Punk, RL Grime, Porter Robinson and more. The soundscapes in K?d’s high energy set range from feel good future bass to the glitchy techno of his collaboration with Rezz, “Fourth Impact.”

Making the debut extra special, the rising artist revealed on Instagram that he attended EDC last year as his “first ever festival.” Over the past year, the young producer has seen a meteoric rise in his career with accomplishments including opening for The Chainsmokers on their Memories… Do Not Open tour and sets at Paradiso, Buku Music & Art Project and Phoenix Lights.

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Two weeks have passed since the 2017 edition of EDC Las Vegas. While Insomniac founder Pasquale Rotella has promised that “big changes” for Electric Daisy Carnival are on the horizon, there is still value in looking back at the most recent run of the festival.

One particularly dedicated Reddit user, operating under the handle /u/stealthyd3vil, has decided to reminisce upon EDC 2017 in an impressive fashion. The Redditor undertook the momentous feat of compiling a playlist of every song played at the festival that is available on Spotify.

Inevitably, the list is incomplete due to the number of unreleased and unidentified tracks which were featured in sets from EDC’s lineup of over 200 artists. However, the end result of /u/stealthyd3vil’s endeavor is a diverse collection which spans over 120 hours across almost 1800 songs, handily making it the most comprehensive way to relive the festival’s soundtrack.

H/T: Reddit (r/edm), Your EDM

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The Essential Mix hits festival season with 5 sets from EDC and Glastonbury

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As June draws to a close and summer officially begins, the de facto “festival season” finds itself in the midst of its peak. In celebration of the ongoing abundance of music festivals around the globe, BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix broadcast a special six-hour episode this weekend, tapping into enviable sets from two of the world’s largest festivals: the British Glastonbury festival and Las Vegas’ Electric Daisy Carnival.

For the first three hours of this weekend’s Essential Mix, Radio 1 broadcast three consecutive sets live from Glastonbury’s BBC Music Introducing Stage. UK house mainstays Patrick Topping and Richy Ahmed provide the first third of the Glastonbury coverage, followed by a set from swiftly-ascending Berlin-based DJ Peggy Gou. Rounding out the first half of the Essential Mix’s festival edition, in-demand Glaswegian artist Jackmaster purveys a mix which would prove duly coveted as a standalone episode in the Radio 1 series (as would any of the aforementioned).

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For the following 90 minutes, the Essential Mix pivots stateside to rebroadcast a set from one of the most scintillating names that the program has offered in 2017: John Digweed. For his EDC performance, the legendary British artist builds an entrancing sonic journey of progressive house and techno, including freshly-minted music from the likes of Tale Of Us, Maceo Plex, and Victor Ruiz.

Listen to John Digweed’s EDC Essential Mix

The program’s festival marathon finishes up with another 90-minute EDC set from Lee Foss. Coming off of his April debut album, Alchemy, the American artist has been a formidable force in house in techno in recent years, sitting with Jamie Jones at the helm of Hot Creations as well as his own Repopulate Mars imprint. Foss’ EDC show succeeds in showing off his essence of quirky, soulful tech house. Filled with unreleased and unidentified music, the mix is further replete with songs from the likes of CamelPhat and Latmun, and ends fittingly with Jamiroquai’s “Cloud 9.”

Listen to Lee Foss’ EDC Essential Mix

View tracklists for the EDC Essential mixes below.

John Digweed EDC Tracklist (Via 1001):

1. Tale Of Us – Red Sky
2. Lee Van Dowski & Nakadia Petrosys – ID
3. Sollscher & Siech – Pulse Train
4. Maceo Plex & Swayzak – 5th Dimensional Groove
5. Lee Van Dowski – Rapidplatz
6. Universal Principles – Flyin’ High (Scuba Illicit Surveillance Mix)
7. Mongo – Planet Mongo (Alan Fitzpatrick Remix)
8. Pig&Dan – In My Mind
9. Hydra – Tiefstone
10. Sian – Medicine Man (Mark Reeve Remix)
11. Martin Eyerer & Patrick Chardronnet – Frequencies
12. Darren Emerson & Nick Muir & John Digweed – Tracer
13. Ross Evans – Flatline (Pele & Shawnecy Remix)
14. Hot Since 82 – Evolve Or Die
15. Christian Nielsen – Black Ceiling
16. Blackbill – 05-1
17. Victor Ruiz – Clutch
18. Phillip Straub & Charlie Tostenson – Miracle Of Existence

Lee Foss EDC Tracklist(Via 1001):

1. ID – ID
2. Eli Brown – Tech This Out
3. CamelPhat – Mess With Them
4. Sable Sheep – Black Tongue (Raffa FL Remix)
5. Mihalis Safras – Raygun Rave
6. Rod Fussy & Fatbass – Dust N Smoke
7. Eli Brown – Throwback
8. Latmun – Cosmic
9. Sonny Fodera ft. Alex Mills – Always Gonna Be (Mat.Joe Funked Up Remix)
10. CamelPhat – Gypsy King
11. Mihalis Safras – ID
12. Hot Blackheath – Switch
13. Ferdinand Weber – Sun
14. Mihalis Safras – ID
15. CamelPhat – ID
16. Hot Natured ft. Anabel Englund – Reverse Skydiving (MK Remix)
17. ID – ID
18. Eli Brown – Got The Power
19. Jamiroquai – Cloud 9

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Pasquale Rotella announces ‘big changes’ to EDC are on the horizon

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Last weekend, Electric Daisy Carnival returned to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for its 2017 iteration. The festival, which drew roughly 135,000 attendees for each day of its three-day tenure, boasts the claim of being the largest music festival in the country this year. However, Insomniac’s flagship event was not without its setbacks.

Though, statistically speaking, the sole fatality and 1,000 medical calls made during the weekend indicated that EDC placed an emphasis on harm reduction efforts, the oppressive heat of the weekend was a complaint for many attendees. Indeed, some artists blamed the high temperatures as a factor to recurrent sound issues during certain performances. Insomniac also faced complaints regarding the shuttle lines and level of traffic that hindered the process of festival entry, which some argue is related to their banning of third party shuttle services from the festival this year.

This weekend, Insomniac founder Pasquale Rotella held a live stream on Instagram during the currently ongoing Electric Forest, which his company produces in conjunction with Madison House Presents. During the stream, Rotella noted that “big changes” for EDC Las Vegas are coming up, adding that he intends to announce the change soon and is writing out a presumed statement “while here at eforest.”

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It’s currently unclear what the “big changes” for the festival will be. Some have speculated the possibility of a venue change, which could help ameliorate the formidable heat of EDC Las Vegas, but might prove problematic to festival’s ability to take place through the wee hours of the morning. Another popular hypothesis is the annual rumor of EDC becoming a two-weekend festival, despite the fact that it did not sell out in 2017.

Only time will tell what changes are in store for the country’s currently-reigning largest music festival, but it appears that Rotella is not taking the announcement lightly.

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On June 12, 2015 during that year’s Electric Daisy Carnival, 24-year-old Nicholas Austin Tom overdosed after ingesting MDMA. His parents are now suing the production companies behind the event, Insomniac Holdings and Live Nation Entertainment, alleging that the two companies were unprepared to offer adequate medical assistance at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway when their son needed it most.

In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs claim that Tom suffered a seizure and then collapsed after ingesting the illicit drug. Other attendees were then slowed in their attempts to get him to the proper personnel by the large crowds and loud, disorienting music. Further, upon arriving at a medical tent, the lawsuit claims it was unattended and Tom was left alone for 30 minutes—during which, he died.

Tom’s parent’s lawsuit claims that Insomniac and Live Nation didn’t have proper medical supplies or trained staff available on-site to properly administer to their son, though during 2015, there were more than 1,400 medical calls placed, with more than 24 attendees admitted to the hospital and 0 other casualties.

At the time, an Insomniac spokeswoman issued a statement reiterating the company’s zero-tolerance regarding illicit drugs at their events.

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This past weekend, Electric Daisy Carnival drew roughly 135,000 people each day to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the 21st edition of the festival. Throughout the three-day gathering, event producers Insomniac put thorough attention into providing continuously accessible medical staff spread across the venue. Statistically speaking, EDC encountered a low number of health issues from attendees, with only 1,000 being hospitalized over the course of the weekend.

However, amid the high temperatures and number of attendees which pervaded the event, a fatality sadly arose. Michael Morse, a 34-year-old man from Thousand Oaks, CA, was pronounced dead at 7:41 AM Saturday morning, June 17. The Clark County Coroner has yet to disclose the details of Morse’s death, though a relative of the deceased reported that his body temperature had reached 109.6 degrees in the hours prior to his passing.

Today, Insomniac provided its first official response to the tragedy. In the statement, the event producers extended sympathies to Morse’s loved ones and detailed the mechanics of their medical staff.

Read Insomniac’s full statement below:

“The unexpected passing of a loved one is tragic, and while the exact cause of this tragedy is still unknown, we do know that family and friends are grieving. It is with great sadness that we send our thoughts and condolences to the loved ones of the man who passed away after the festival had ended.

Our health and safety plan is created over several months with local agencies. Our roaming medical personnel are available twenty-four hours a day, free of charge, with the best emergency room doctors, nurses, EMTs and paramedics in the country. A full staff of security and police are also available to all attendees. We encourage everyone to approach our caring staff and ask for help if needed.”

Dancing Astronaut will provide updates to this story as they arise. 

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In the wake of EDC Las Vegas, news of a fatality has emerged.

35-year-old Michael Adam Morse was pronounced dead at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway at 7:41 AM on Saturday morning, June 17,  News 3 Las Vegas reports. Morse, a resident of Thousand Oaks, CA, reportedly had a body temperature of 109.6 degrees and went into convulsions at 3:25 AM, according to an email sent to the news outlet by a relative of the deceased.

A coroner told News 3 that Morse “never made it to the hospital…His cause and manner of death are pending, and it looks like it may take up to two months for the toxicology reports.”

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Photos of Morse provided by his family.

Linda Marshall, a relative of Morse, speculates that accessibility to water sources may have played an role in his death. “We were told the lines were an hour or more to get water,” Marshall told News 3. “They got it fixed for the second night, but we were told the lines were very long the first night.” Marshall was not in attendance at EDC.

Insomniac has not provided a statement regarding Morse’s death at press time.

135-136,000 people attended EDC per day over the course of the past weekend, with temperatures in Las Vegas reaching a high of 117 degrees. Insomniac placed four free water stations and three medical tents throughout the venue.

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Dancing Astronaut will update this story as further information arises.

Sources: News 3 Las Vegas, Your EDM

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Pasquale Rotella responds to EDC complaints

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A night under the electric sky…or so attendees hoped. EDC Las Vegas kicked it into high gear this weekend for their annual gathering in the desert. This year the iconic festival surpassed all others in the United States in the terms of sheer numbers, making it the most widely attended event this year with a monstrous 136,000 people in the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With that many people, however, problems arose and began to create havoc for festival-goers. One Reddit user expressed concerns via the EDC Reddit thread

Got in line for my shuttle at 5AM. Still waiting 3 and 1/2 hours later. We’re sleeping on the floor and probably still have another hour to go. This is my first EDC. I paid $800 for VIP (no VIP shuttles) and $90 for a shuttle pass. From this experience, I don’t think I’ll be returning.

EDC spokesman and founder, Pasquale Rotella, has never been to one to shy away from comments and concerns regarding his events. In light of the shuttle issues, among others, the man himself took to Instagram to offer support. Stating that “This is not the level of experience you deserve, and we are working to fix these problems. Keep the lines of communication open. If you have an issue or question, please let us know via social media,” letting people know he and the EDC team is there and ready to help in any way possible.

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