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

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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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Shaq, Diplo, Mija, Tiësto featured on Beyond Wonderland 2020 lineup

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Insomniac started off 2020 strong dropping the lineup for its first major festival of the year, Beyond Wonderland, within the first ten days.

This event always comes at an interesting time as it overlaps with Ultra and, by extension, MMW every year. This can often leave the DJ bench a bit thin as so many artists take up residence in Miami for the whole week, playing multiple shows around the city even if they’re not playing at the festival itself. This year, however, Insomniac has managed to reign in a rather impressive roster of talent despite the beachside festivities occurring on the other side of the country.

2020 will also include some exciting firsts for Beyond Wonderland. Most notably, this will be the first time the event has hosted the Factory 93 experience. Beyond was the only event in Insomniac’s repertoire without a dedicated techno stage, but as the genre’s popularity only increases it was time to bring the darkness into the fold. Diplo will also be hosting a stage dedicated to his new house-only label Higher Ground. The lineup also boasts slated performances from Tiësto, Alison Wonderland, Dillon Francis, k?d, Andrew Beyer, Good Times Ahead, and many more.

Beyond Wonderland 2020 is set to take place on March 20 and 21 at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, California. See the full lineup below:

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House meets trap in new Night Owl Radio episode featuring Dr. Fresch and ATLiens

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Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella has proven yet again that his ability to curate diverse top-notch electronic music acts is unmatched. Insomniac’s Night Owl Radio is back and better than ever with a brand new episode featuring The Prescription Records labelhead Dr. Fresch and masked extraterrestrials ATLiens.

First up is the man with a PhD in house music: Dr. Fresch. Dr. Fresch gets in the groove and selects this episode’s Up All Night tracks for the first hour and 15 minutes followed by an exclusive guest mix from trap and bass duo ATLiens. Hot off the success off their recent hit “Shelter” and massive remix album, Ghost Planet Remixes, these two hold nothing back in 40 minutes of head-banging bass.

If listeners enjoy the juxtaposition of house and trap created in this mix and want to see it again, this mix provides that opportunity. As the end of a decade quickly approaches, Dr. Fresch and ATLiens both have New Year’s Eve festival gigs locked and loaded at Countdown NYE Festival in San Bernardino, California.

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Tchami and ZHU share back-to-back performance from HARD Summer

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The house music stars aligned over California this summer. Tchami and ZHU swept the decks, side by side, at the now Insomniac-owned HARD Summer for an hour of four-on-the-floor insanity amid the August heat.

Such a venerated pairing isn’t surprising in the least for those who’ve been following HARD’s iconoclastic narrative for the past decade (and change); and the titillating twosome certainly rose to the brand’s legacy. The dexterous duo treated the audience to standout renditions of each DJ’s eminent discography, like a “Guilty Love” remix and an Umek “Vibrancy”/”After Life” mashup.

The hour is chock-full of revered house cuts, alongside Tchami and ZHU staples. The performance is undoubtedly among the best sets of not only the bygone weekend, but the entire 2019 festival season.

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EDC Mexico reveals 2020 lineup featuring Diplo, Tiësto, Knife Party, Madeon, and more

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Less than a day before EDC Orlando 2019, Insomniac has revealed the full lineup for EDC Mexico 2020. Returning for a seventh iteration, EDC Mexico will take place at its home venue Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez from Feb. 28-March 1 as a three-day event this time around. In concurrence with its other Insomniac variations, EDC Mexico’s lineup packs a punch in offering an extensive selection of acts across all genres—featuring a spectrum from mainstream artists to rising talent and everything in between.

Diplo, Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Zedd, and David Guetta are among a few of many DJs gracing the festival’s bookings, as well as comeback artists like Knife Party and Madeon. Other beloved artists including Carl Cox, Vini Vici, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Walker & Royce, and Wax Motif are also slated to perform.

Tickets for EDC Mexico 2020 are on sale here. General admission three-day passes begin at $1,950 MXN. The Comfort Pass, PLUS • Enhanced Experience Pass, and SkyDeck package are also available to purchase.

Secret Project 2019: SoCal’s premiere house and techno event [Festival Review]

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For the underground dance music community, it’s commonplace to opt away from the perceived bigger forces in the scene. It’s all in the word “underground,” after all. Finding people who believe the best of the best is within in the lesser-known corners is not a difficult task; they reside in the dark warehouses, the hidden rooms protected by passwords, or in clandestine desert or forest clearings. These type of environments are held sacred among the community, and many wish they scene had never left them in favor of a more “corporate” direction.

What this aversion to the supposed mainstream doesn’t change is that these forces know what they’re doing, and Insomniac proved their excellence in underground dance music tastemaking once again with Secret Project 2019.

Since Factory 93 really began hitting its stride, the response in Los Angeles has been massive. Dozens of club nights and larger events have been popping up around the city all year. But all those events culminate in this one weekend that brings a lineup no Euro-snob could brush off. Not only were there some heavy-hitters like Insomniac books for their other huge offerings, but so too was a swatch of artists that represent every facet of underground dance music who were showcased in new, exciting ways.

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In general, at Insomniac events, it’s typical to see some sort of house or techno-oriented stage hosted by Drumcode, Moodzone, La La Land, or Paradise. Secret Project did not tap any of those. The only themed stage was DJ Tennis’ Life and Death on Saturday, or the day when the music fell just a bit flat to some attendees.

The common consensus around the festival was that Sunday packed most of the real heat, and this idea was reinforced by the fact that detractors of Saturday’s selections felt that the most anticipated artists of the day did not deliver at the top of their game. Some on social media voiced their opinion that Dixon played a bit meagerly set for his closing slot. Others argued that Loco Dice and William Djoko played it safe in their back-to-back. That isn’t to say Saturday was total bust by any means; one artist who really came through on Saturday were Ben UFO, the sole pure DJ on the lineup, who once again proved that producing your own music is completely separate from putting on a great show. Jayda G played an incredible disco set to a cheery daytime crowd, while Gerd Janson’s prowess in skillfully eclectic mixing was on full display.

Sunday, however, made up for any mediocrities and then some. From minute one all the way until the end of the night the music was dynamic and seductive. Beginning with Denis Sulta and his effortless nonsensical transitions (he closed with “I Remember”), everyone from there felt the need to top each other. Modeselektor introduced a kind of energy to the dancefloor that was equal parts punk rock and heavy techno. Ame and Kink shared a live set that broke all musical boundaries. And Four Tet, well he displayed a level of musicianship that is almost entirely absent from electronic music all while Nina Kraviz and Helena Hauff were dealing out earth-shattering techno.

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As good as the music was though, the music isn’t what made Secret Project the best house and techno event in SoCal. Every event out here books top-notch artists. From heavy-hitters like CRSSD and Insomniac events to those in the aforementioned password-protected hidden rooms. It’s easy to find a good party.

Secret Project rather, through its lineup and aesthetic, attracted the best people in the SoCal scene into one spot for the weekend. That’s what made it really special. Even someone with the most pessimistic impression of raves and ravers couldn’t say anything negative about the crowds. This was a group of thousands of close friends who all knew how to handle themselves. Everyone was there to enjoy the music and each other. Rudeness didn’t exist. Sloppiness (almost) didn’t exist.

Beyond that, the extra space for dancing was appreciated to the highest degree. There was no pushing. No shoving. No struggling to find your spot again. It was so easy to leave for whatever reason and come back five minutes later. The one water station almost never had a line, and using the bathroom was a painless experience. Some overzealous security guards were the only logistical snag, but everyone can understand the reasoning behind that.

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In truth things only improved from last year. Insomniac clearly knew they were on to something special after the inaugural edition and just made some slight edits that made all the difference.

Rather than go all-in on sensationalized VIP experiences, the upscale Arts District watering hole Apotheke was now open to all ticket types. And because this crowd was in it for the music, there was practically never any wait to get inside. If you wanted to take a load off and enjoy the lounge’s plush couches, simmering space heaters and impeccable service along with a delectable signature cocktail, all you had to do was take a jaunt. Plus the overhead view of the Spring Stage from the lounge was immaculate.

Secret Project was not an event meant to display the titanic influence of Insomniac. That’s EDC Las Vegas, and those events certainly have their place (EDC sold out faster than ever before this year). Secret Project was a labor of love. Love for underground dance music culture. Love for the Los Angeles dance community. Just pure love. It was in the air. It was in the music. It was in our hearts.

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Dustycloud unveils dynamic 3-track EP, ‘Skyfall’

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Parisian Insomniac recruit, Dustycloud, has been making his mark in heavy house circles since his festival-affronting “Rebel,” of 2016. Over the last handful of years, he’s materialized on some of the most auspicious label housings in the electronic realm, including Ultra, CONFESSION, Zeds Dead‘s Deadbeats, and OWSLA.

His latest showing with Insomniac, his triple-tracked Skyfall EP, is testimony that his style may be ever subject to flux, though his cornerstone aural ingredients are here to stay. While “Find A New Direction” employs an uplifting vocal cut and groovy bass pluck, “Mighty” cuts right to the ear-chiseling chase, with serrated, staticky bass abound. But all three tracks harken back to the producer’s rumbling basslines, while still managing to range from funky to fierce within Dustycloud’s eternally danceable four-on-the-floor format.

“As time goes on I continue to find myself experimenting with new things, pushing my vision of what house music can be,” Dustycloud says of his latest aural offering. “With three really different tracks, the Skyfall EP is a culmination of my journey as an artist up to now.”

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Charlotte de Witte and Chris Liebing deliver silky, acid-tinged EP, ‘Liquid Slow’ [Stream]

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Friendships born of techno are friendships that last. It’s a true statement that applies to casual listeners as well as two of the most prominent techno artists working today: Charlotte de Witte and Chris Liebing.

Ever since these two announced they were working on a track together at the end of 2018, they have never been apart for too long. The following March, the pair played back-to-back during Miami Music Week, and their set was broadcast as a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. Then a few months later, they were booked to play together again at an official Movement Detroit after party. Now, they will soon play as a duo again at Insomniac‘s upcoming Halloween festival, Escape: Psycho Circus.

All of these collaborative encounters indicate that these two share a specific chemistry as artists, catalyzed by their time in the studio. Now the fruit of their labor is finally available to the public in the form of their Liquid Slow EP, out now on de Witte’s KNTXT imprint.

For those who haven’t seen de Witte and Liebing on the decks together, this EP makes their chemistry immediately clear. De Witte is known for her ability to revolve a set around tinges of acid, and Liebing is a champion of all things deceptively heavy. This EP is the middle-ground between those two descriptors.

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

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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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Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is set to make its return in 2020 after missing 2019

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After skipping the 2019 iteration of the festival, Florida’s beloved Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival (OMF) will return in 2020 to Sunshine Grove. Soundslinger, the founders of OMF, have partnered with North American festival leader Insomniac to bring the destination multi-genre music and camping event back to its picturesque home on March 5-8, 2020.

Okeechobee is known for its eclectic festival lineups, which have included artists like Travis Scott, Usher, and Khalid all of the way to ODESZA, Skrillex, and Kings of Leon in the past. In addition to OMF’s three main stages—Be, Here, and Now—dance music fans will gravitate once again toward Jungle 51, a dusk-’til-dawn dance party nestled in the heart of the jungle that has hosted some of the biggest names in house and techno in recent years.

During the day, OMF attendees will again be able to experience Aquachobee Beach, situated in the scenic background where Sunshine Grove’s jungle meets the white sand beach, that will give Okeechobee-goers the chance to catch daytime live music sets while swimming and sunbathing.

Passes are on sale for all ticket and camping types beginning Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. ET here. The festival has released a video to get fans excited for the 2020 edition of the event, which potential festival-goers can view below.

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