Electric Daisy Carnival: It’s Not a Rave, It’s an Experience

Posted May 29, 2012 in
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Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. Photo: electricdaisycarnival.com
The Electric Daisy Carnival is more than just a party with the biggest DJs in the world; it’s an experience that leaves me in awe every time I’ve attended. This year will be my third time at the infamous festival that has been going strong since 1997. From the carnival rides and eccentric performers, to the inspiring art pieces placed all over the festival grounds and the most amazing lights and lasers that could light all of New York City, the Electric Daisy Carnival is not only my favorite EDM event of the year, but number one in the industry. This year, EDC was held in New Jersey first May 18-20, and from what I hear, it was amazing. I’m headed to the multi-event festival in Las Vegas from June 8-10 and then it continues on to Puerto Rico on August 18.

My first time ever experiencing the Electric Daisy Carnival was in Los Angeles at the Coliseum in 2010. I felt like a kid in a candy store"there were just so many performances to choose from! Around this time, I was a huge fan of Afrojack"seeing him live changed my world and view on electronic music. His popular track, “Polkadots,” would never be the same for me again. Hearing “Polkadots” on the massive sound system with subwoofers the size of a small building blew my mind. Every beat of the drum ran through my body as if tickling my insides. The music was loud enough to wake a city and would have melted my face if it had been fire blowing out the speakers instead of beautiful music.

Electric Daisy Carnival is number one when it comes to EDM events because of its production. For any EDM show or event, no matter what size the venue or audience, production is key. Electronic music, in my opinion, is the only genre where production can make or break a performance. Imagine being on a roller coaster, building up to that first drop, feeling your heartbeat increasing in anticipation of the descent, then finally getting to the top. Right before dropping, everything goes black, and then a sudden flash of light greets you on your way down. For me, that’s what it feels like every time a track builds up and then drops, and without the accompaniment of amazing sound and lights, it wouldn’t be as exciting, especially if you’ve heard the song over a dozen times. The massive stages, epic lights and lasers make it a new song, and at Electric Daisy Carnival, that song can turn into a new experience!

This year, I’m sure, will be no exception, especially after seeing the lineup. I have the biggest metaphorical boner when thinking about Electric Daisy Carnival and all the wondrous gifts to be bestowed on me by my lord, Bass. With headliners like Above and Beyond, Afrojack, Bassnectar, Bassjackers, Chase & Status, DaDa Life, Felix Cartel, Flux Pavilion, Knife Party, Laidback Luke, MSTRKRFT, and so many more, how could I not be ecstatic?! These are some of the biggest names in EDM, and not just within the United States, but the world, so the weight of what’s going to go down is epic.

Knife Party is a DJ group from Australia that has been killing it since their first EP released last year, No Modern Talking, featuring their popular track, “Internet Friends,” which took the boys of Knife Party to a whole new level of notoriety and fame. I have never seen them live and have been following them for just over a year, so I’m excited to see what they come up with for the crowd at EDC.

Another DJ that I’m really looking forward to seeing is Sidney Samson. Sidney Samson has to be one of my top five favorite DJs and producers. Last year was his first time at EDC and I missed him because I was stuck at Boyz Noize getting my mind blown. I was pretty bummed after hearing recorded versions of his live set"it was so good I started to cry. Since then I’ve had the luck of seeing him live right here in Salt Lake City. It was amazing, but I’m sure it’s nothing in comparison to what he’ll be like at EDC, especially with their production team backing him.

Someone else that I’m sure everyone is excited to see is the man, the legend, Benny Benassi. Benny Benassi is like the godfather of electro. He’s been in the scene since the early ’90s and continues to evolve and gain support from all around the world. With smash hits like “Beautiful People” feat. Chris Brown, and, my favorite, “House Music,” it makes sense. I have never seen him live before, and I’m really looking forward to seeing him DJ, since all I know of him is his production, which alone is enough to admire him.

Electric Daisy Carnival is the only place that I have ever seen bring art, live entertainment and music together perfectly. This is why I believe adding a special performance by The Blue Man group was one of the best ideas Insomniac (the event company responsible for Electric Daisy Carnival) has had thus far. The Blue Man Group pretty much embodies everything Electric Daisy Carnival stands for and actively advocates at all their events, so the addition of them is ideal. Another cool addition to Electric Daisy Carnival this year at the Las Vegas Speedway is Europe’s hard-style powerhouse, Q-Dance, to introduce the harder side of EDM, which I am so down for!

There’s a plethora of talent this year and I don’t know how I’m going to see them all in three days. The only thing left to do is to wait and count down the days when I get to once again truly experience my favorite DJs, songs and people in the best of ways. My advice for anyone gearing up to go: take your vitamins and start drinking a gallon of water a day to prepare for the three-day fiesta, it’s going to be a doozie!
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