ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL
Interview by Haley Edelson
The unique and funky house duo of Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano laid down a powerful set at this year’s Electric Daisy Carnival in Orlando. We were privileged enough to sit down with them and talk personal taste, humble beginnings, and the key ingredient to get the crowd on their feet.
So let me start off by saying you guys played quite the high energy set this evening and I could definitely see it effect the crowd. What's different about playing shows in the States compared to Europe? The reason why it's a different experience in the United States and Europe, is because the people in the United States are really enthusiastic and have a lot of soul and a lot of passion. It's a cultural thing I guess you could say, while in Europe everyone is able to party and enjoy where ever and when ever they want. So for the DJ to get the energy for the people in the United States is insane because you get so much energy back and in turn you play better.
Article by Haley Edelson
Ask anyone, from the die-hard fans of the electronic revolution to the fresh faces floating across the grassy dance floors, and they’ll all agree that Insomniac's Electric Daisy Carnival excels at bringing unconventional excitement to fans around the globe. EDC uniquely combines childhood carnival-ride favorites with some of the world's most sought after DJ's/producers to create a festival experience quite unlike any other.
Presented by Area Event, the brand-new festival will invade Six Flags Great Adventure on October 6 in New Jersey for a day of electro-madness. Each ticket will include admission to the show as well as entrance to all of the Great Adventure rides, including the mighty Kingda Ka – the tallest and second fastest roller coaster in the world.
And to get in the Halloween spirit, Electric Adventure will be immersed in Six Flags’ “Fright Fest” when the park is re-decorated with spider webs and smoke machines, and flooded with costumed monsters lurking around every corner.
Tickets for the event will go on sale next Tuesday, August 28 at Wantickets, Ticketmaster, and AreaEvent.
Last year, Insomniac Events expanded their wildly successful Electric Daisy Carnival franchise to the sunshine state - hosting the first ever EDC Orlando at the beginning of summer. And after much anticipation and anxious waiting, the EDM conglomerate has finally confirmed that the festival-turned-fair extravaganza will return to Orlando on November 9 and 10 for another weekend of electro-madness.
Orlando’s Tinker Field will be transformed into a world of musical and carnival wonders, boasting impressive stage setups, interactive art installations, fair rides, and of course a star-studded roster of DJs.
House legend Fedde le Grand is a master in the studio and behind the decks alike. His unique style and unparalleled drive has made him a worldwide sensation, casting him amongst the forerunners of club idols. With his own label, Flamingo Records, and many chart-bound releases in store, he has some exciting times ahead of him.
Maxfield: You recently performed at EDC LV. What’s your impression of Vegas?
Fedde: I love Vegas, it was the latest of many times I’ve been fortunate to play there but it is definitely the biggest stage!
Through years of hard-work, talent, and knowledge of the industry, Dada Life finds themselves at the peak of the EDM. As global superstars, the Swedish duo travels the world in search of new crowds to captivate with their mesmerizing, high energy show. We were fortunate enough to sit down with them before the last day of EDC to discuss their crazy style, production, and future plans.
Maxfield: So first of all, what do you think of Vegas?
Dada Life: It's hard to say what you think of the city because you are surrounded by one hotel. You move in a circle [laughs]. We’ve never actually been to other parts of Vegas.
Ten miles of darkness and 2000 cars separated us from the festival we had only dreamt about. As we stared forward, excited and anxious, there was a faint flicker towards the sky and then the familiar explosion of fireworks in the distance. A roar ripped through the desert from the cars around us. Indian chiefs and their topless girlfriends yelled and cheered out their windows, as packs of neon spattered fur boots ran by on foot. This was the scene I had heard so much about. The one that would save dance music events
Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival has consistently been remarked as the premier Electronic Music festival in the country. With steady competition from Ultra Music Festival , and the multitude of other events that have developed in the past few years, claiming that title is quite a feat. Insomniac’s founder, Pasquale Rotella, has rose through the ranks of California promoters to a point of utmost success. He has absolutely earned his stripes, with the immense scale of his events and consequences this sometimes brings. The risk involved with such massive gatherings as these has made it necessary for Pasquale to impose a new standard for safety at these events, both at the gates and in the festival. In both appearance and functionality, EDC proved to be nothing less than the world-class event that was beckoned for.
Bass-dropping producer and DJ extraordinaire Afrojack made an exciting announcement last night: 15 tour dates have been added to his summer “Jacked” tour!
Afrojack is taking his talents to the electronic music hubs of America, making stops in Miami, New York, Chicago, Las Vegas and Los Angeles amongst others.
We're a bit surprised by Afrojack’s choice of adding another New York date, after closing Electric Daisy Carnival last weekend AND playing the afterparty at Pacha. But I suppose the Grammy-winning producer was just craving more of Pacha’s bottle-popping madness, which would explain why he will return to his stomping grounds for another dance-floor rattling performance June 28.
Insomniac understands electronic music. The concert production company has spent the last two decades bringing EDM to new popularity heights with festivals across the country, including their iconic music-festival-meets-amusement-park Electric Daisy Carnival.
Born in 2007 as a one-day festival in Southern California, Electric Daisy Carnival offers house heads a chance to see their favorite DJs whilst riding ferris wheels, bumper cars, carousels and more.
Since its creation, the festival has grown exponentially in size, traveling from coast to coast with stops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas, Orlando, and most recently last weekend when it debuted at MetLife Stadium for EDC New York.
Hey kids, EDC is finally upon us. And luckily for you, they have released the full schedule right in the nick of time. As expectied, the lineup is ridic. Go here for a larger printable version and here for more details.
See you there!