The Headliners at EDC This Year Are Just Awful

Categories: EDM

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Dennis Romero

Big isn't always better. The fourth installment of Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas is drawing a hundred thousand people per night.

The challenge facing its L.A.-based promoter, Insomniac, is how to balance what has now become radio pop, with electronic dance music's underground roots.

In order to live so large, with one of the biggest festival stages in North America, the music has to be over-the-top. We're talking Steve Angello, Armin van Buuren, Martin Garrix, Hardwell, Afrojack. Unfortunately this is often  ...

 ... just horrific music.

It's just the most base, push-button, finger-in-the-air tripe. What's worse, a lot of the main-stage acts you'll hear at contemporary EDM festivals try to pass themselves off as house DJs, which is an insult to house music.

With endless build-ups and temple-piercing synths, this bro-raver tunage is really just warmed-over trance with radio-friendly vocals.

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Dennis Romero
The good news is that we spotted ravers streaming away from the stages when both Hardwell and Martin Garrix were playing. (By the way, of all the DJs who would make you want to have your ears filled with cement, Garrix is the one.)

There was plenty of solid, soulful dance music to be had and, despite the ultra-young demographic, the ravers were having it. Booka Shade electrified with a live set that included electronic drums. Dubfire lived up to his name and played a smoldering, minimal take on Janet Jackson's "Go Deep." ("We be up all night. Until the early light. We go deep. And we don't get no sleep.")

Diplo was the star of the first night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this year. The L.A.-based cut-and-paste artist dazzled with his blend of hip-hop, bass, and ragga influences. Ice Cube's "Check Yo Self" even made an appearance.

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Dennis Romero

The spinner brought along an Atlanta twerk team (one of the young women put a foot up on the DJ console and did a one-legged twerk). In fact, just about every female in the crowd seemed to be twerking.

They could have used more room: Fans spread out across the infield outside the boundaries of the Cosmic Meadow stage. "You're the most gangsta motherfuckers at EDC right now," Diplo told his acolytes.

Seeing a teen in fishnets and a tutu twerk is disconcerting, but it says everything about the scene right now: All that fluffy stuff being played on the main, Kinetic Field stage needs a dose of gangsta.

And despite all the exposure EDM has received in recent years, including Rolling Stone covers (finally), there's still a sense of us and them at EDC, as if the mainstream couldn't absorb all this if it wanted to.

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Dogger111
Dogger111

This is classic........give someone a job with the power of a pen in hand and spill your ignorant opinions.  Yes, EDC would be far better off with small house genre music right?  The small group of you who think they have something more than the "pop" EDM music crowd.  Give me a break...you couldn't sell 15,000 tickets with your "special" genre EDM music.  I think Insomniac had 17 out of the top 20 Dj's on top charts.  You are a Moron.....Dennis, are you the same guy who thinks Coachella isn't "indie" these days?  Wait.....are you one of those "hard core" punk rock fans who think the likes of Offspring and Green Day are sell outs?  Lame ASS!

Dogger111
Dogger111

This is classic........give someone a job with the power of a pen in hand and spill your ignorant opinions.  Yes, EDC would be far better off with small house EDM genre music right?  The small group of you who think they have something more than the "pop" EDM music crowd.  Give me a break...you couldn't sell 15,000 tickets with your "special" genre EDM music.  I think Insomniac had 17 out of the top 20 Dj's on top charts in the headlines.  You are a Moron.....Dennis, you are probably the same guy who thinks Coachella isn't "indie" these days?  Wait.....are you one of those "hard core" punk rock fans who think the likes of Offspring and Green Day are sell outs?  Lame ASS!  Keep on wasting your time worrying about if "someone" of the 140,000 isn't an "us" because I can assure you that 135,000 of "them" isn't worrying about anything but FUN!  Did OC Weekly pick up your tab for this junk? 

Dogger111
Dogger111

This is classic........give someone a job with the power of a pen in hand and spill your ignorant opinions.  Yes, EDC would be far better off with small house genre music right?  The small group of you who think they have something more than the "pop" EDM music crowd.  Give me a break...you couldn't sell 15,000 tickets with your "special" genre EDM music.  I think Insomniac had 17 out of the top 20 Dj's on top charts.  You are a Moron.....Dennis, are you the same guy who thinks Coachella isn't "indie" these days?  Wait.....are you one of those "hard core" punk rock fans who think the likes of Offspring and Green Day are sell outs?  Lame ASS!

jembm9
jembm9

But, the "Headliners" at EDC are the fans...

labelbro
labelbro

It is mainly girls who are drawn to the shit pop EDM, and as we know, men will go where women are.


It's good to see that people are recognizing the fake cheesy bullshit and distancing themselves from it.  Men, try to uplift the musical tastes of your female friends.

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