This time last year I was preparing for my move to the city of Las Vegas while also getting ready for the 2012 edition of Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. I’m a self-proclaimed music and festival junkie and attending EDC 2012 seemed like a great welcoming party to my new life in Sin City.
On the second day of EDC my best friends Mark, Jackie and I were wandering the Speedway grounds and stopped in front of the media room to watch live performers prance through the crowds. I turned to them and said “guys, I have no idea how, but I will be at EDC next year… Working in that room.”
Fast forward about eight months and I finally landed my first job in PR with Kirvin Doak and somehow the PR gods granted me two amazing clients, VEGAS.com and Insomniac. What a dream!
As the Electric Daisy Carnival gets ready for its 17th edition and its third year in Las Vegas I am beyond thrilled to turn my dreams into reality with Team Oontz.
Here’s a look at my must-see list for EDC Las Vegas 2013.
Empire of the Sun
Easily one of the best live acts on this year’s lineup, Empire of the Sun combines groovy music, over-the-top costumes and stage antics to create a performance unlike most you’ll catch at EDC. Get to know their latest single ‘Alive’ by clicking and pressing play below.
The Bloody Beetroots Live
My love for The Bloody Beetroots goes back to the days I first started attending dance music events in 2008 and the “secret vacation time” with the best friends mentioned above. Their live sets provide an unparalleled amount of energy, mixing live instrumentation with the technology of DJing into a non-stop rage fest.
The Dance Music Veterans
Hailing from Brooklyn, N.Y., Tommie Sunshine is one of the house music scene’s most prolific remixers. He also has an eye for up and coming talent, taking musicians like The Disco Fries and Downlow’d under his wing as a mentor. Here’s one of my favorite Tommie Sunshine mixes.
When Eric Prydz finally came to America I knew I had to catch him live. With a well-known fear of flying I wasn’t sure how long Prydz would grace us with his presence here in the States. Lucky for me, it doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere anytime soon.
If you prefer to be taken on musical journeys versus hearing today’s top music, Eric Prydz’s set is a must-see.
I missed Pete Tong in the Yuma Tent at Coachella this past April and I’m still pretty devastated. Okay, devastated might be an exaggeration but I am still bummed.
Tong’s commitment to dance music, knowledge of the history of the scene and ability to mix are just a few reasons he’s on my live music bucket list. Fans lucky enough to catch Tong will be given a proper lesson in the art of mixing by one of the scene’s most respected figures.
The Up and Comers
Adrian Lux, who made his debut in 2010, was one of the dance music acts I didn’t know I loved until someone told me the titles to some of his most popular songs. One of the songs was “Teenage Crime” and the whole time I was obsessed with the track I was sure Axwell (1/3 of the popular group Swedish House Mafia) was the song’s creator.
I was lucky enough to catch Adrian at Coachella this year and the 27-year-old Swedish DJ didn’t disappoint. The set below is Adrian’s Summer Mix from 2012 but it will give you an idea of what kind of sound you can look forward to from the Swedish DJ.
This 19-year-old French DJ/producer first popped onto the dance music circuit around 2011 when his YouTube video “Pop Culture” received millions of hits in its first few days and catapulted him to international fame. “Pop Culture” features samples from 39 songs on a Novation Launchpad where Madeon then mixes the clips in real-time to create the ultimate mash-up.
Check out Madeon’s talents in ‘Pop Culture’ by clicking the link below.