In a video documentary directed by Nirvana collaborator Kevin Kerslake, the Electric Daisy Carnival Experience gave the world a one-night-only look into the country's biggest and most elaborate electronic music festival. The two hour long movie event primarily focused on the 2010 Electric Daisy Carnival, which marked the last year that the festival was held within the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before moving to Las Vegas this year. Testimonials were given from DJs such as Kaskade, ATrak, Steve Aoki, will.i.am, Deadmau5, and Travis Barker as well as members of Insomniac Events, go-go dancers, and even the police who work the event. The general consensus? An overwhelming amount of love and support for the ever-growing event. Electric Daisy Carnival "creates a oneness" as Canadian DJ sensation Deadmau5 described the event.
Whether or not you were able to ever experience the real Electric Daisy Carnival, theater goers got the next best thing last night through this film.With a special tribute to the late Adam Goldstein, aka DJ AM, the film showcased the celebrity DJ at the 2009 Electric Daisy Carnival before his passing. Friend and collaborator Travis Barker boasted on how AM could turn any track into a hit with a live audience. Clips of a healthy and happy looking DJ AM made the whole theater excited as he gets the 100,000 person crowd jumping to his mixes. Featuring other memorable performances by Swedish House Mafia, Major Lazer, Benny Benassi, Afrojack, MSTRKRFT, it was nearly impossible for ticket holders to keep still in their seat. (At least in the theater I attended!)
Having a natural ambiance of positivity, the sixteen year old festival is spoken about through the film as a place where people can go to express their inner self and make lifelong friends. It is stressed that the Electric Daisy Carnival is not a place where you simply purchase a ticket and sit in your seat, but an audio and visual wonderland that allows all who attend to have an interactive experience.The love and passion for the dance music culture is apparent throughout the whole film celebrates the music, the people, and how the two become one. Although there has been some negativity surrounding the event, EDC goers insist the adverse opinions stem from individuals who have no connection to youth culture, or those who simply have never enjoyed an Electric Daisy Carnival. One security officer being interviewed even went as far as saying that Electric Daisy Carnival is his favorite event to work because "You don't have to worry about belligerent people here who tend to hate police...Everybody loves everybody here."
Although you may not be able to catch the film in theaters any longer, the multiplying number of dance music fans can rest assured that the Electric Daisy Carnival is here to stay, no matter the city in which it resides.