10 Things We Learned About Electronic Dance Music From EDC NY
The folks at Insomiac & Pacha have us hooked on Electronic dance music after experiencing their second installment of Electric Daisy Carnival New York two weeks ago. EDC is a wonderful mix of a concert,acarnival, and a giant warehouse party. The music was loud, the people attending the festival wore a bevy of bright neon colors, and the lines for the rides were long. Despite these, usually negative, thoughts–it was an amazing experience. We can only imagine what they have in store for the folks lucky enough to make it to the BIG SHOW in Las Vegas (June 21-23,2013).Below you can learn 10 important things we learned about EDM from the EDC New York experience. That is the only appropriate word to actually describe this event because to understand it, you have to experience it!
10. Electronic Dance Music isn’t just for the youth. – During the first day of EDC NY we ran into Chris Ofner, a member of Flaggers NYC, and he dropped some extensive Electronic Music knowledge on us! Chris has been listening to Stockhausen since he was 15 years old! Electric Daisy Carnival was his first festival, which he t
hought had “good music, and I love the costumes!”
9. The crazier the costume, the more friendly the people. – Some of the attendees wear regular clothes, other people show up in some of the most colorful costumes you’ve ever seen. Everyone, in a crazy costume, was willing to let me take pictures of them and stopped for a few minutes to talk about why they were enjoying their experience. Many of them came to spread P.L.U.R.(Peace Love Unity Respect), which means that they were there as ambassadors of togetherness. They were more than happy to see another person, new to the festival scene, out and there to enjoy the other people and the music.
8. Concerts are WAY more fun with carnival rides! – In between DJ sets we would regularly check out the rides that were available. They all served as a wonderful break from dancing in a large crowd, despite the long lines to get on. The rides included a giant ferris wheel, the riddler, and a crazy ride where you’re suspended above the ground by cables and a bench! Hearing the music as you’re suspended over everyone’s head added a sense of excitement to the show.
7. Even when they’re partying mimes can be scary. – Just look at the photo. Yes the mimes were in sexy-ish costumes, but there’s something, kind of, scary about them. As the Day became Night, the neon glow coming from the stages and the contrast of the festival go-ers made it seem like we were trapped on a deserted island being chased around by people in painted faces. Spooky!
6. Alex Young is a G! – Dude is 17 years old and Dj’ing in front of a massive crowd…completely unfazed by it. His beats were pretty tight and on top of that he has a control over the crowd that a lot of musicians don’t master until later in their careers. We’ll be sure to look out for more music from this “kid” in 2013.
5. “Molly” has a terrible sense of direction– Now we don’t know who this girl is but judging from the t-shirts, hats, and sunglasses that we saw littered throughout the crowd, she stood a ton of people up! From all the gear the EDC patrons were sporting, I thought she was an unannounced headliner.
4. The people making judgements probably didn’t come for the music. – The people actually enjoying the music and the “good vibes” from the other patrons don’t really care what others are doing…they came to have a good time. They don’t get in your way, so don’t interrupt them.
3. Kazi Sorentino is everywhere! – Seriously, this dude must get zero sleep. Whether he’s promoting at clubs around NYC, chilling with the I’mShmacked crew, doing his thing with Electric Rush, or just chilling out enjoying a bit of EDM…this dude knows, and goes, where ever the party is!
2. Afrojack is a fire hazard. – I’m kidding, but the crowd swelled to an MASSIVE size as he took the stage. We, LITERALLY, couldn’t make our way through the crowd, but you could hear everyone screaming out the lyrics to his songs and jumping around to the music.
1. When the fireworks go off, it’s time to go home. – EDC ends each night with a spectacular fireworks show. It’s the nicest way of saying “Go home!” ever.
Photos for 9,8, & 2 Courtesy of Erik Kabik