Photo: Henry Eshelman
Electric Daisy Carnival Experience
Played @ Tower Theater on 09.19.11
In 2010 during the last weekend of June, I attended the Electric Daisy Carnival for my first time at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Sadly, it would be the last year EDC would be held in downtown LA due to a teenage girl’s suspected drug overdose. The overdose lead to the Coliseum banning raves at the venue, and 2011 saw EDC move to Las Vegas. Founded in 1997, EDC is one of the biggest EDM festivals in the country and has since added satellite events occurring in places like Puerto Rico and Orlando. Imagine a place where you share the same love for electronic dance music with thousands of others who surround you. “PLUR”(Peace, Love, Unity and Respect) is something that ravers know to be the unofficial motto at EDM events and it is exemplified throughout Electric Daisy Carnival. My experience there can only be described as magical: Music comes at you from all directions, mimes in funny outfits interact with you as you walk between stages where all your favorite DJ’s happen to be playing your favorite songs, and as if that weren’t enough, there is a carnival full of rides to indulge in.
In Electric Daisy Carnival Experience, takes you inside the festival and shows viewers how each component comes together to make Electric Daisy come alive. The documentary goes behind the scenes of the Festival and introduces you to the some of the performers, patrons and people like the Founder/CEO of Insomniac, Pasquale Rotella, who brought the conception of Electric Daisy Carnival to life. Captivating live performances and eloquent personal interviews from select DJs, like Kaskade and Steve Aoki, help round out the magical portrait of the Electric Daisy Carnival. There’s also an amazing tribute to DJ AM in the documentary, which made it all the more special. The movie sent a surge of excitement through me that made me fist pump and do a little shuffle in my living room. It also gave me a better perspective on the festival and EDM culture it’s self. It was a party on screen that I never wanted to end. -Mama Beatz