Last weekend, the 9th annual EDC Orlando took place at its annual home, Tinkerfield. This year’s event was truly a special edition due to many of the positive changes that were added to the festival. This event took place for three days instead of its usual two and it was extended by 10.5 acres, making
EDC Las Vegas can easily be described as the biggest party ever. EDC takes over 90% of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for three days and doesn’t stop all night long. It’s truly its own world. EDC 2019 brought some surprises – such as low temperatures, fierce winds, and some stage closures – but it was
Electric Daisy Carnival is known to be one of the largest music festivals around the world. Taking place in Las Vegas, headliners from around the world have the chance to enjoy three magnificent days of beautiful neon lights, great performances, powerful dance music, carnival rides, and one-of-a-kind firework shows. These are some of the things
As EDC week inches nearer, the city of Las Vegas prepares to welcome thousands of festival-goers to the Motor Speedway’s nearby attractions. Among these is Hakkasan Nightclub, which has made a name for itself since 2013 by bringing EDM’s top names to its hallowed dance floors. With the biggest week in dance music just days away, Hakkasan has announced an innovative new aspect to the nightclub experience: the Hakkasan Grid.
The Grid is a multi-million-dollar custom-built light installation that can be synced with live music, enhancing the club experience with 57 4-foot seamless triangles that form a 30-foot structure over the dance floor. The Grid will be incorporated into the venue’s residency performances, which include Calvin Harris, Zedd, Steve Aoki, and more.
“The nightlife industry requires constant evolution and excellence, and we pride ourselves on consistently rising to this challenge and providing our guests with unforgettable, transformative experiences,” James Algate, executive vice president of entertainment at Hakkasan Group, said in a press release. “We’re thrilled to yet again push the boundaries of nightlife with the new Hakkasan Grid. We’re confident that guests will be blown away by this futuristic, multi-sensory experience we’ve created.”
— Hakkasan Las Vegas (@HakkasanLV) April 30, 2019
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EDC has been a little quiet about releasing themes and lineups for 2019. But finally, we at least have the theme for EDC Las Vegas 2019. In the past, we’ve had themes such as Kinetic Love and Kinetic Cathedral. This year’s EDC Las Vegas theme will be “Kinetic Energy”. EDC creator Pasquale Rotella was assisted by someone
With various versions of its flagship event spanning a series of locations like Orlando and Mexico, it’s certainly safe to say that Insomniac’s flagship event, Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), has catalyzed an electronic wave of live event activity of seismic proportions following its inaugural iteration in 2010. Nine years later, a new documentary invites electronic music fans to backtrack to 2010 to reflect on the inaugural Electronic Daisy Carnival event.
Released by documentarian Le Liu, “The Last Dance” issues a nod to what were then EDC’s—and by extension, the dance music scene’s—more nascent days. “The Last Dance” devotes its focus to these earlier stages of electronic festival production vis a vis EDC 2010. The documentary explores many facets of the then developing rave culture, including the novel character of a large scale dance event like EDC, and dance music listeners’ warm reception of the first-ever Electric Daisy Carnival affair. “The Last Dance” celebrates EDC’s introductory 2010 installment at the LA Memorial Coliseum as a vibrant and interactive live music experience, through interviews with ravers, news footage, and more.
Hardly limited in its topical scope, “The Last Dance” extends its purview beyond EDC 2010, to encompass mass media’s demonetization of raves following a concurrent spike in MDMA usage, and the establishment of harm reduction groups like DanceSafe. “The Last Dance” is a thought-provoking visual trip down musical memory lane that fondly recalls the birth of Electric Daisy Carnival, while contemplating the different developments within rave culture, as the culture concurrently developed.
Note: Le Liu is not affiliated with Insomniac.
H/T: EDM Tunes
EDC Fans, there is something special coming your way this Friday. This is especially special for those who have been going to the iconic festival since its Los Angeles days. There will be a new EDC Los Angeles 2010 documentary, created and written by filmmaker, Le Liu. It seems a little strange that an EDC
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Insomniac is breaking new ground in Seoul, South Korea as part of its flagship festival Electric Daisy Carnival’s (EDC) ever-growing global expansion. The event will take place in amusement park Seoul Land, and thus provides the most exciting EDC experience to date on account of the venue’s more varied attractions like roller coasters, carousels, arcades, bumper cars, a virtual reality cafe, and more.
Founder and CEO of Insomniac, Pasquale Rotella commented on the new festival in an official release, saying, “Right now, there’s an energy around dance music in South Korea that inspires us to bring EDC there.” He continues, “We have a great venue, an amazing partner, and most importantly, a community that is embracing dance culture in an exciting way.” No lineup or tickets have been announced for the festival yet, but fans can stay tuned for more information about the festival via the EDC Korea website.
Photo Credit: EDC Website
It’s 4:30am at the Cosmic Grounds stage, and the crowd is at peak energy levels. Getter, the icon they’re bearing witness to, was just getting into his groove, whipping them into a bass-filled frenzy with excited headbanging, hands-in-the-air moments, and smiles all around. Their spirit is amplified by the incoming sliver of dawn, a rewarding sight as day one comes to an end. His placement at EDC 2018 was a long time coming, and he fit perfectly into the fold.
Electric Daisy Carnival has been held to the highest standards of dance music festivals worldwide, increasing in quantity of viewership and happy attendees every year. Attending the flagship festival in Las Vegas marks an achievement for many, as the preparation and execution behind the weekend requires more than just packing a bag and looking for some glitter.
Besides the festival attendees, artists too are prone to the same uncontrollable excitement leading up to this weekend. Finding themselves on the EDC lineup is considered to be a milestone occasion in an artists career; one goal they dream to achieve in their lifetime. No goal of this magnitude comes at an easy cost however, as fans can fail to see the hardships and struggles that artists face to achieve such honorable moments in their career.
The lavish lifestyle behind success is easy to fall into, but easier to lose oneself to. The recent passing of Avicii reinforced this notion as an unfortunate reality, bringing artists to reflect upon their family, friends, and themselves. While artists may wait for that breakthrough moment in their career, little are prepared for the influx of distractions and vices that can come to surround them.
I have my dream job, why am I not happy. I have money, but why am I not happy?
A moniker derived from mindless doodles on his wall, Tanner Petulla took on his stage name “Getter” with nothing more than an ambitious spirit backing it up. After signing to multiple labels and many released singles later, the California-native soon found himself within the limelight as the dance music community’s latest select.
With his latest mau5trap released single “All is Lost” and the announcement of his upcoming album, Visceral, to be released in September 2018, Petulla has poured nothing but dedication and soul into his latest work. Influenced by many of things but fueled by his change of mental state, “Visceral” is a testament towards Tanner’s story. Amidst the fame and festivities, what may have initially been a continued pursuit towards success has now morphed into a raw and unfolding journey towards the release of the album and a look inside Getter’s mind.
Describe your personal EDC experience, and how it has impacted your career.
I remember being 16 and watching videos of DJ’s I looked up to playing this festival and being like “damn, I need to be there one day.” Then I think I was 18-19 years old and 50 pounds heavier – a little secret, if you see a producer getting fat, that means they’re working, so I was working really hard. Then I got to play EDC, and it blew my mind, and I played it a couple more times and now this year, I feel like I fit in finally. It’s dope. It’s cool to fit in, in such a huge fucking project.
Who were those first artists that you would watch at EDC?
Um, I would say Datsik, but under the circumstances, Rusko, Excision, obviously Skrillex, 12th Planet, Bear Grillz (shout out Bear)… did I already say Rusko? All of the bass guys, those fools got me started. Caspa and Rusko at Fabric Live, that mix from 2013 I think was the start.
In terms of recent events and the increased efforts of shining light on the importance of mental health, have you reflected on your touring or lifestyle habits and made any changes?
Yeah, I feel like I’ve made it; when you start out, everything is so cool. You can go on the road when you’re 18 or 19 and never have done a drug or drank in your life, but you’re at the point where you want to be and it’s there, so you can do it. Your parents and school always tell you “this shit can affect you.” Everybody’s born with whatever their born with, whether it’s depression, anxiety, or bipolar disease, whatever you have you have it from the start. Certain shit triggers it, but chemicals and substances can make it worse or better. I feel like it’s good and bad to explore that kind of thing when you’re young, if you do it when you’re older it’s way worse because you’re in worse shape.
I have adjusted my life around how I feel instead of how I’m thinking because at the end of the day, your brain comes up with dope shit, but everything below your brain is where you feel shit. If you have a headache, thats from what you put below your brain. I have anxiety, depression, bipolar disease, I have a bunch of shit wrong with me and it doesn’t matter because I know how to handle it now. When I was using drugs and dealing with all this shit I didn’t understand, you turn into an asshole, or a manwhore, or someone who isn’t who you really are. When you come out of that, it’s similar to a drug dealer who becomes sober. I’m not sober, but you realize a lot of shit. I feel like with mental health to find out what’s really wrong or right, you need to go through the hard shit and know that when you’re going through it, to recognize that this is going to pass.
It’s comparable to Chipotle; you eat Chipotle and then your butt gets angry, but you just have to tell yourself that this will pass. You just have to tell yourself that whatever you’re going through mentally, emotionally, or anything will pass. Just give it time. Never, ever turn to substances. It might make it better right now, but it makes it worse in the end.
The biggest thing that helped me was going to dinner with a friend, jokes and music aside, just me and a homie. We just talked in private about problems, made eye contact, fucking cried. If you talk to one person, even if it’s your dog or your teddy bear, you just need to get it out. That’s why therapy is there. I couldn’t go to therapy because of my anxiety, but it’s so crazy from my experience when you talk about something, or in my case write about something, or going to dinner with someone, you feel so much better. Find something or someone you’re confortable with and talk to them because as lame as it sounds, it helps so much.
It seems like such a simple solution that not many people are willing to recognize or understand that it could help along the way
Exactly, you know there’s meds that are available and it’s temporary. I’ve had a lot of friends die from meds because you do it and it feels good, and you want to feel good all the time so you start doing more. Then you have to get more because you do it more, and it turns into this big spiral where you either get off it and you feel like shit, or die. I’ve definitely taken that shit recreationally, but never been prescribed it. My personal experience at 25 – whoever’s reading or listening to this, wherever this is going – try everything else first. Write a song, paint a picture, read a book, talk to your cat, just try everything before substances.
Do you feel like this change in your life has affected you creatively, or with producing music?
100%. I will always love dubstep, and heavy shit. I was born a metal head, and I fucking love metal, and I love hip hop, so shows like this where it’s me vs. the crowd on some decks – I say versus because we’re fighting. They’re yelling at me, I’m yelling back, but like play the heavy shit for that moment in time. It’s the same shit if you listen to emo music or heavy metal/hardcore when you’re angry or sad, it’s like in the moment. I just realized that recently. I got through my shit by writing music, and I wrote a song “Color Blind“, literally in tears, wrote these fucking lyrics cause I was on the edge. I felt way better, so I chased that feeling because I’ve been writing shit from my feelings for a bit and I’ve thought “whatever, push it to the side, it won’t work.” Now it’s to the point where my career is on the line because it’s like “hey, you’ve been doing this for this long, you’re funny, you’ve been writing heavy shit, playing these big shows”. Now I think, “can I completely flip it and write a 12-track album that’s all from the past two-three years that’s come from within?” I think it’ll work but I don’t really give a fuck, because I want to chase that.
You can love music but at the end of the day, whether you’re a DJ, pilot, writer, or painter, whatever your job is will get boring, even if it’s your dream job. My shit, to me got boring, which affected my mental health. I have my dream job, why am I not happy. I have money, but why am I not happy? You just have to adjust to it. I could put out this album and it could completely kill my career, I’ll be broke as shit and move back home. At the end of the day aside from all the materialistic shit, I have everything I want right now but I don’t have a piece of work that I’m 100% proud of that will help people.
I listen to my new shit everyday. I could never walk around and listen to my old shit – not that I’m not proud of it, but this new shit’s different, and real. They’re going to hear the shit I went through in a way that other people can understand. It’s definitely affected me creatively, positively. I don’t give a fuck what the circumstances are.
There are a lot of artists who take a huge change on what they do, and what they produce. As an example, switching from one genre to another definitely has fans outraged by the change
It’s the same thing as movies. Someone makes a scary movie, like Insidious. It’s fucking dope; crazy soundtrack, the sound design is insane. All of a sudden everyone’s making shit like Insidious; it’s the same thing with music. You change trends to make money and do your job, but at what point does it turn from job to reality?
Besides the parties and overall extravagance behind the festival, what do you look forward to when you come to EDC Las Vegas?
Honestly, I’m a hermit so I never leave my house. I like to chill at home with my roommates and my dog, playing video games and music. Mostly video games – PUBG – but I love getting on stage and seeing how stoked people are. It reminds me of before all this shit, when everything was new and you were so stoked on everything. I’m definitely jaded now, I could run into Skrillex and be like “Oh Skrillex, what’s up”.
It’s seeing all those people out there, whether they’re here to see me or EDC. It’s just the fact of yelling “Yo, I’m Getter”- I came up with that name writing on my wall with a sharpie, and having people cheering for that? That is the shit I fuck with. Everything else after that is just adding to it. I can have a one minute set but as long as I give a fuck, I’m chill. It makes you feel good. When people give a fuck, it feels good.
Photo Credit: Christina Boemio
As a festival built on an ethereal foundation of acceptance, imagination and an appreciation for dance music, Electric Daisy Carnival has contrived and solidified their elusive reputation in the realm of music festivals. It has grown to become one of the most distinguished dance music festivals throughout the globe, after years of creating transcendental experiences that manage to remain unique to, and a principal facet to the festival’s essence.
Some may say that EDC’s success can be ascribed to its core focus on the principles of unity, love, self expression, and respect. Others may attribute it to the touches of creative ingenuity in every aspect of the festival, along with their perpetual nature of outdoing themselves with the passing of each year.
Though EDC excels in all areas of community creativity, and growth, their success innately derives from their focus on the festival attendees — thoughtfully referred to as the “Headliners” behind the weekend. No festival is able to thrive without balancing their hiccups with accompanying improvements, and this one is certainly one of those that learns from their mistakes.
From its very first edition held in 1997, to the colossal three-day takeover just over two decades later, EDC has risen to the top of the international festival landscape with little competition along the way. The 2018 edition proved to be nothing short of what is known as the “EDC experience”, as the team worked magic to pull off 72+ hours of unprecedented extravagance.
With prior years of facing issues with shuttle transportation, and being at mercy to the desiccant, desert heat, one of the largest additions (and solutions) to this years event included the introduction of Camp EDC. Positioned just outside the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Camp EDC hosted over 20,000+ attendees over the course of the weekend, kicking off a lineup of widespread festivities right from the get-go. Campers were given the choice between the GA Moonstone, and VIP Desert Rose tenting accommodation, each priced within reasonable grounds to the accustomed price-hike that Las Vegas visitors typically assume. RV Camping was available for those who weren’t fans of traditional camping, offering a more “cushy” outdoor experience.
While Camp EDC was an excellent solution to alleviating the traffic load to the venue, it came at the cost of long entry wait times to the campgrounds.
— FestiHeads EDC Las Vegas (@FestiHeads) May 18, 2018
Campers took to social media to relay their dismay behind the circumstances, tweeting both EDC and festival owner, Pasquale Rotella, about the 8+ hour wait times, and the risk of running out of gas/car battery. For those who were the lucky few that managed to be in the right place at the right time managed to breeze into the campgrounds, and get set unpacked before the weekend madness commenced.
Camp EDC’s first-ever campground kick-off party took place in their common-grounds, known better by “The Mesa.” Well prepared for the daily heat and incoming profusion of happy campers, “The Mesa” was characterized by colorful landmarks, non-stop daily activities, and weekend-long pool parties hosted by fan-favorite groups like Space Yacht, Insomniac Records, and Brownies & Lemonade.
Thursday’s pre-party was one for the bassheads (and was definitely met to bewilderment from campers seeking a more tame pre-EDC night), hosted by Excision, G Jones and Habstrakt as they played out on the illustrious Parliament Art car. To add to the already stacked evening, NGHTMRE went b2b with Slander in the early evening; adding to the large case of FOMO that non-campers, and campers who weren’t yet inside experienced.
With the good came the bad, and EDC was not exempt from the common camping festival struggles. Desert Rose campers were promised their own 24 hour, VIP bathroom/shower facilities, yet these were unaccessible at different points throughout the first day. Shower lines for the rest of the weekend were rarely scarce, pushing people to head back to their tents and resort to a good ‘ol-fashioned baby-wipe shower. Bumps on the road aside, no festival is complete without a few mishaps, especially when accommodating to 20,000+ thousand people in the middle of the desert.
#CampEDC diary, Friday, 10 am. Since all of the showers and toilets have been closed all morning, we have had to resort to washing ourselves with Red Bull, since it is cheaper than water. The trick is to ask for a cup when you order the Red Bull so you have somewhere to poop.
— Fiji Quay (@ARPdid911) May 18, 2018
Between the daily pool parties, and influx of group activities aiming to address the mind, soul and body, Camp EDC was a cloud nine destination for those looking to fulfill their EDC experience. Just as Insomniac prides themselves on centralizing the principles of positivity and respect, staff and security showed ample enthusiasm and genuine concern to the needs of festival-goers, making for smooth and sweet conversations all around.
An attribution to the countless hours placed before the festival’s success, campers left tired, yet fulfilled at heart from the three-night spectacle. A daunting task which proves difficult to face, EDC deserves credit where it’s due. Corralling over 20,000 individuals amongst 3,400 tents and 1,100 RV’s requires far more than extraneous planning and meticulous calculations. A project of this caliber requires patience, unwavering dedication and a love for dance music; drawing back to the founding pillars behind Insomniac’s success.
Photo credits: Skyler Greene and Jake West.