Insomniac understands electronic music. The concert production company has spent the last two decades bringing EDM to new popularity heights with festivals across the country, including their iconic music-festival-meets-amusement-park Electric Daisy Carnival.
Born in 2007 as a one-day festival in Southern California, Electric Daisy Carnival offers house heads a chance to see their favorite DJs whilst riding ferris wheels, bumper cars, carousels and more.
Since its creation, the festival has grown exponentially in size, traveling from coast to coast with stops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas, Orlando, and most recently last weekend when it debuted at MetLife Stadium for EDC New York.
In a joint partnership with nightclub Pacha New York, EDC NY kicked off the summer concert season with some of the biggest names in the scene. Friday boasted three massive stages with Armin Van Buuren, Chase and Status, Fatboy Slim, Fedde Le Grand, Madeon, Pendulum, Boris, Oscar G and more on the decks.
Friday’s highlight was unquestionably Fatboy Slim’s dynamic set. It’s easy for DJs to get on stage and release banger after banger, making for a repetitive cycle of Levels, We Found Love and Cinema. But Fatboy Slim used his hour on the decks to awaken the crowd with samples from rap, hip-hop, rock-and-roll, and soul songs. Sporting silly masks and dropping Bohemian Rhapsody snippets, the pioneering DJ kept the crowd on its toes and wondering what would come next. Accompanying visuals were beyond trippy, most notably with a clip showing the Mac rainbow spinning wait cursor taking over the screen, transforming into a smiley face, then exploding into color swirls, cat-covered bearded men, and leading into Etta James belting out “Something’s Got a Hold On Me.”
When Etta’s face appeared, my friends and I looked around skeptically as if to ask “Really? Levels after such a unique set? Is he really doing this?” But Fatboy Slim kept it classic and paid homage to the late soul-singer by blasting a capella vocals - igniting the crowd to sing and dance along.
Second best to Fatboy Slim was Armin Van Buuren’s closing set on the main stage.
Staying true to his trance roots, the dutch DJ stacked his set with many of his own musical offerings, sprinkling in Mark Sherry, Ferry Corsten and Gareth Emery along the way.
As Armin said goodnight to the crowd, fireworks exploded in the sky and the dazed crowd stood in awe of such perfectly timed happy vibes circling around the stadium.
With beautiful rises and peaking melodies, Armin closed out the first day of the first EDC NY with peace, love and happiness in the air.