Re-Cap: Elelctric Daisy Carnival New York 2012
Still can’t stop thinking about EDC NY? Same here! If you were able to make to Electric Daisy at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey over the weekend, you already experienced the epicness that was EDC – which thankfully managed to make its way over to the east coast from the west. Tens of thousands of EDM enthusiasts made their way down to the festival for three days of non-stop raging, dancing, outrageous neon clothing, and of course some outstanding sets from many of the world’s top DJs and producers. There were so many amazing sets spread out over all three days from enormous talents like Afrojack, Thomas Gold, Markus Schulz, Avicii, and Swedish House Mafia’s Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso – it’s impossible to choose favorites. However, if you’re lucky enough to be gearing up for EDC in Las Vegas, or just want to re-live the magic of EDC NY this past weekend, check out some of these noteworthy sets:
England’s born and bred Fatboy Slim took it to another level with this set at the Kinetic Field stage on Friday night, making it one of the most memorable of the whole weekend. The DJ veteran seamlessly mixed some of his own classics like “The Rockafeller Skank” and “Sunset (Bird of Prey)”, with recent monster tracks in EDM such as Chuckie’s “Who is Ready to Jump”. Who was ready to jump? How about everyone there! Also featured in this set are giants like Steve Angello, Steve Aoki, Fedde Le Grand, and Nicky Romero, in addition to a tribute to the late Etta James and Donna Summer. Perhaps one of the more unforgettable tracks to look out for in this mix is this mashup: Bingo Players – L’Amour w/ LMFAO vs. Chuckie – Let The Bass Kick In Miami Bitch (MYNC I’m In Richmond Bitch Remix) (“I’m In New Jersey” Edit). This is a set that kept everyone dancing.
Rising EDM superstar Alesso delivered a powerful set filled with massive mashups, remixes, and original tracks of his own. In the mix are mashed up tunes from Bingo Players, Nicky Romero, Daft Punk, Deniz Koyu, David Guetta and Dirty South, among tons of others. The young Swede rocked the Kinetic Field on Saturday with original tracks such as his recent release “Years”, popular festival anthem with Sebastian Ingrosso “Calling”, and his remix of Keane’s “Silenced by the Night”. Well it’s safe to say that absolutely no one at Alesso’s set was silent, that’s for sure – especially not during one of his brand new upcoming tracks; a collaboration with Dirty South called “City of Dreams”. That is one melodious release to look out for this upcoming summer.
In the words of this talented techno superior: OH YES OH YES! Carl Cox never fails to disappoint a crowd, whether in the club or at a big festival like EDC – it doesn’t matter, this man will keep you movin’ and groovin’. It was more than a garden party at the Neon Garden stage with Cox dishing out a set with a constant pulsating tech beat, blaring through the speakers, transforming all those in attendance into non-stop dancing machines. At the end of the set Carl introduced fellow techno giant Danny Tenaglia, who announced that contrary to recent popular belief, he is not retiring and is only taking a break from traveling. Sighs of relief filled the air as Tenaglia began his own set, dedicating it to Cox.
Holland’s Jochen Miller brought an electrifying mix to EDC’s Circuit Grounds stage for A State of Trance at EDC on Saturday. Miller’s set contained some hard hitting, high energy remixes and mashups from the likes of Kaskade, Australian duo Nervo, Angger Dimas & Bassjackers, Sander Van Doorn, Swedish House Mafia & Knife Party, and more. Also thrown into the mix are his own tracks including “Bamm!”, and his recent hit “Zodiac”, which has been getting a lot of play throughout trance podcasts everywhere. Even more fitting in this cluster of beats are remixes of his collaboration with Rank 1 and Sarah Bettens “Wild and Perfect Day.” With Miller on the decks, everyone at the A State of Trance stage had a wild and perfect day. This mix will make you want to get up and rage.
Armin Van Buuren
It is not A State of Trance without its king: Armin Van Buuren. Armin played not one, but two remarkable sets on Friday at the Kinetic Field stage, and on Saturday at the Circuit Grounds ASoT stage, to thousands of loyal trance addicts who were literally IN a state of trance. The stage was so packed for these sets, it was hard for festival-goers to all fit inside the tent. Even VIP was closed off at a certain point. The true mark of a master, Armin always draws in an unbelievable crowd. Many big trance tunes made it out of those giant speakers to make the crowd go wild with classics like “Not Giving Up on Love” and “In and Out of Love” to newer sensations such as “J’ai Envie De Toi”, “Suddenly Summer”, and “We are Here to Make Some Noise”. If there were one track to describe the vibe at A State of Trance with Armin at EDC, it was the latter. Everyone was absolutely there to make some noise, and indeed noise was readily made from the massive amount of screaming and singing fans.
Ready to get Jacked? This set is chock FULL of bangers and mashups that will leave you wanting more. Over the past few years, Nick van de Wall has blown up in the EDM scene, playing for crowds all over the world – including EDC NY of course. Amidst the hard hitting rhythmic sounds jacking up the crowd were Afrojack classics like “Bangduck” (mashed up) and “Take Over Control” which everyone sang along to. Newer crowd pleasers that were dealt out included Steve Aoki & Wynter Gordon’s “Ladi Dadi”, Avicii’s Levels with Avicii & Nicky Romero’s Nicktim, and his own recent collaboration with Shermanology “Can’t Stop Me”. At this rate, no one could stop Afrojack as he did what he does best. This is definitely a set to get you going on the dance floor.
These select few are just the tip of the iceberg. There were so many mind-blowing sets from so many incredible DJs including Steven Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, John Digweed, Thomas Gold, and many many more.
What were your favorite sets? Comment below and let us know!