Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Electric Daisy Carnival: The Mega Post

Anyone in the EDM community knows that Electric Daisy Carnival is one of the biggest festivals in North America. Some of the bigger DJs who played at EDC include Hardwell, Kaskade, Knife Party, Kill the Noise, Dada Life, R3HAB, Steve Aoki, and Afrojack.

Knife Party
Diving right into it I'll start off with Knife Party's set. Having just released the Rage Valley EP they had a lot of stuff to show off. However, the took us by surprise once again with their set. Knife Party unveiled a lot of unreleased VIPs and bootlegs in their set which never goes unappreciated. Their manipulation of the bass drops drove the crowds wild and their song selection was dope.

Known for his smooth, feel good dance music. Kaskade killed it with his set. It was clean, and had all the favourite hits. After his Coachella set I had really high expectations on this one and it cleaned up in my opinion. Not only did it have the Kaskade sound we all know and love but it also had a hard beat as well.

For Hardwell's set, he kicked it off with his latest hit Spaceman, even sampling Gotye's Somebody That I Used To Know similar to Kap Slap's bootleg. From there it only got better. It kept Hardwell's sound the whole time even though he wasn't shy when it came to sampling other DJ's stuff.

Dada Life
As the Swedish duo took to the stage at EDC their set consisted of banger after banger including a lot of new bootlegs which never hurts. I'm sure they were throwing and consuming bananas and champagne as they usually do at their live sets.

Kill The Noise
Although KTN's set was shorter than others, it was still not to be reckoned with. It had a lot of the eerie dubstep sound that KTN is known for and after the first bass drop you're hooked. The heavy, hard hitting dubstep KTN brings to the table never gets old and it was filled with new, unreleased material.

R3HAB not only got to play at EDC but he also mixed the official soundtrack album for EDC. His set had all the classics and then some. It opens with his absolute smasher, Sending My Love and has the electro mix that all DJ's would kill for.

Steve Aoki & Afrojack
I'm not gonna lie, I save the best for last. The set that took the cake for me at EDC was Steve Aoki & Afrojack's. When you put two of THE biggest names in EDM together, there's nothing else yo expect. Their back to back set was insane and has a really hard house beat that you can certainly fist pump to. 

Also, heres Aoki's on tour video chronicling his EDC 2012 adventures.

It's safe to say that this year's EDC was the best yet. In it's twelfth year now it has progressed to become one of the biggest US festivals up there with Coachella. I can only look forward to the third installment of EDC on August 18th in Puerto Rico. The DJ's work so hard on their sets and bring all their unreleased material to show off and unveil at these festivals. 

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