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Full Coverage of Electric Daisy Carnival 2010:
Steve Aoki Interview – Electric Daisy Carnival 2010
Huoratron Interview – Electric Daisy Carnival 2010
Boys Noize Interview – Electric Daisy Carnival 2010

Editors Note:The editors and writing staff at Pinpoint Music would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the tragedy that took place at this event. We want to pay as much sensitivity to the families and loved ones involved and promote positive drug-free concert going experiences. At the time of the interviews neither the artists nor writer were aware of any incident.

Arms covered in plastic bracelets, glow sticks, DJ sets and carnival rides in L.A. can only mean one thing, it’s time for Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) once again.  The event started in 1997 and has grown into the biggest dance festival in the United States.  On Friday, attendance was 85,000 and on Saturday, the event sold out with a staggering 100,000 people.  This immense attendance number makes EDC the largest attended music festival in America per day.

EDC is not just a music festival but an art showcase as well. There were gigantic sculptures of animals, people, and abstract objects that towered over most stages.  The crowd favorite was a large snail made out of car parts.  It was complete with blinking turn-signal lights for its eyestalks.  Local food was sold in tents along the perimeter (at very inflated prices, even for L.A. standards) and free carnival rides were present as well. While the rides did seem fun, many others had the same idea as me and the wait was much too long to be worth it.  These distractions were a nice way to fill free time but you have to remind yourself the primary reason you are there is for the music so hopping between all the stages is a must.

The genre variety was nice and we weren’t stuck listening to electro-house or trance the whole night.  A dedicated dubstep stage was refreshing.  MC’s rapping alongside those DJ’s was a nice touch.  The stage was nestled in a small corner with trees growing on all sides and DJ sets felt intimate because of the more confined space.  Dimmak sponsored a stage and Steve Aoki put on a great performance involving climbing scaffolding and even crowd surfing at one point.

I made my way to the infield entrance and was surprised to find out they had closed admittance to the infield at 7 p.m.  Other ticket-holders didn’t want to listen to security and rushed the field in waves by climbing fences or pushing through aisles to get to the coveted infield section.  Both methods resulted in crushing those underneath themselves and made for a potentially life-threatening situation.  Attendees always have to be careful about their actions while at such a large event and the death of a 15 year old girl from a possible drug overdose made us all realize how vulnerable we are.  Regardless of whos fault it was, the fact is that if you don’t treat a rave with respect, your night could easily end in disaster.  Though there were negatives, it would be tough to distract from the exceptional music being played from the colossal USC stadium.

Earlier in the day, the USC infield was full of sun-kissed bodies and the faint shine of glow sticks.  As the sun started to set, those bodies began to blend together and the only thing discernible on the infield was the thousands of brilliant lights dancing around as one.  It was incredible to see the crowd become one massive, glowing entity. Despite the obvious space restrictions, everyone managed to dance in the aisles or on top of seats the whole night. Laidback Luke played a mediocre set but he showed talent when he started mixing alternating house and dubstep tracks together.  Benny Benassi opted to play more ballad tracks for the crowd to sing along to.  I had no idea the likes of Lil Jon and Rivers Cuomo would be present but they were a nice surprise.   Deadmau5 stuck to darker songs full of foreboding organ sounds.  Deadmau5’s LED head sang “Ghosts n Stuff” lyrics to the crowd’s delight and it was one of the most memorable parts of his set.  Fireworks would explode to coincide with musical breakdowns and the effect fit in really well by always being on cue with the beat.  Fedde Le Grande played the crowd favorite, “Put Your Hands Up,” though I don’t understand why he played the version praising Detroit.  Wouldn’t the L.A. vocal remix have been more appropriate?  The highlight of the second night was the headlining set from Boys Noize.  He used track selections laden with heavy bass lines and his excitement up on stage transferred into the crowd to keep us dancing all night.

The event was fun and everyone could have had a good time had security been tighter to stop stampedes of people from trying to rush to the infield.  Despite the negatives, EDC once again did not disappoint with its stellar line-up and activities all around the event grounds.  With so many things to do, you would be hard-pressed to find yourself bored at any time those two days.  We can only hope EDC won’t lose its edge and outdoes itself next year.

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