If you have grown up in/around Los Angeles then you have heard about the Electric Daisy Carnival; the kick off to summer for hundreds of thousands of fashion-challenged ravers and 16 year olds from the Inland Empire. This year I gathered up the courage and got the chance to see what all the fuss and mayhem was about for myself. Thank Heavens for Hannah Lewis and A-Trak’s amazing manager for hooking up free tickets or else, let’s face it, I would never willingly pay to take part in this pagan ritual. Every year for the past 14 years (for better of for worse) EDC takes over The Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Park in Downtown Los Angeles, effectively rendering the area useless for much else to take place for the following 2 days. Countless masses decked out in cheap plastic beads from Michael’s, pointless tutus, fishnets, stripper and/or furry boots (please burn these everyone who owns them) and some who wear nothing but pasties (you’re not Lil Kim bitch, put on a shirt) migrate towards the coliseum in a spectacle that I am sure is mind-boggling to any observer caught unawares of what may be happening that day.
So we get there around 6 or 7 and get slapped with artist wristbands, major ego/power trips ensue as we breeze past all entrances and security check points, run into Lil Jon, and head backstage for free everything, to dance on pirate ships and to avoid all crowds. Most of the acts blended into one another as the bass thumped and the beats droned on to hit loud, hard brain-melting levels. Notable, however, was 12th planet an infectious dubstep outfit that stole the night (in my opinion) at The Basspod stage. 12th Planet is an L.A.-based DJ/producer who co-founded the SMOG label and is one of the main reasons L.A. has been put on the map for its hard-hitting and aggressive dubstep sound. Swedish House Mafia (made up of 3 notable house DJs and producers: Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso) was fantastic and one of the acts I was really looking forward to experiencing, the A-Trak x Travis Barker set was a little too hard rock and jarring for my taste, but you have to love those two, and I honesty can not recall or distinguish between anything else I may have caught for the rest of the evening. Unfortunately, Deadmau5, whom I always have such high hopes for seemed a little dead in his set or maybe I had run out of enjoyment by the end of the night, whatever the case he did not perform with the same epicness I had grown accustomed to. Perhaps the Canadian is getting too big for his britches…oh well, I still had a killer vantage point slash dance party during his set to close out day 1 of EDC.
I couldn’t hang and do day 2. Fail. Maybe next year if a generous and cute man hooks it up again and there is a limit on the amount of neon bracelets and high schoolers they let in…
p.s. if you find yourself in L.A. on Wednesday RSVP for your chance to see 12th planet fo free @ The Roxy