Over the weekend of May 14th and 15th, Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) came to Citi Field at the heart of the concrete jungle in New York. EDC is arguably one of the world’s biggest festivals of electronic dance music. It began in Los Angeles, moved to Las Vegas, and then made its way to New York bringing over 79,000 visitors. The festival is characterized by its whimsical themes including carnival rights, dancing underneath a giant, attendees dressed in bold costumes, and the stylized owl face that graced the main stage.
This year’s EDC will go down in history as one of the festivals where artists including deejays and producers showcased their prowess. Below are 3 of these artists who proved their worth before the audience.
Born in Los Angeles, CA, Francis is a moombahton artist who has also achieved a number one spot at the Beatport releases chart thanks to his extended play Something, Something, Awesome. The rise to fame of Francis came courtesy of Diplo, an American producer who spotted the artist and went ahead to collaborate with him on the song Que Que featuring Maluca, the Latin pop artist. In late 2012, Francis started a tour known as Wet & Reckless Tour where he crisscrossed North America. In 2013, Francis toured U.S.A and Canada again on his Wurld Turr. In the same year, the artist was announced as one of the top MTV Clubland’s Artists to watch. During the EDC, Francis dropped a performance like no other thus electrifying the audience.
Yellow Claw is an Amsterdam-based deejay trio consisting of Jim Aasgier, Nizzle, and Bizzey. This trio is known for their music that spans a wide range of genres and oftentimes brings in elements of hip hop, trap music, moombahton, hardstyle, and dubstep. The popularity of Yellow Claw came in mid-2010 thanks to the Yellow Claw Thursday night party held at the Jimmy Woo, one of the most famous night clubs in Amsterdam. In 2012 and 2013, the group did a number of successful singles that sat at the top of Belgium and Dutch national charts. Each of the videos released gained massive popularity on YouTube with views beyond 4 million. In June, 2013, the deejay trio performed at Diplo and Friends on the BBC Radio. They have had a series of shows including the just concluded EDC where they thrilled the audience.
This is a Canadian electronic dance music duo comprising Leighton James and Christian Srigley. While attending high school in Montreal, the duo formed as a hardcore pop-punk band before later deciding to venture into electronic sound. Some of the releases the duo has managed to put out include Flux Pavilion, Tiesto, Bring Me the Horizon, Greeley Estates, and Skrillex. The signature sound for this duo includes high-pitched female vocals interlaced with electronic sounds and heavy drops. They have managed to gain massive levels of exposure through online social networking sites such as the UKF Dubstep YouTube channel. With many successful tours, Adventure Club also added the EDC onto their list of successful shows this year.
Other artists worth looking at as part of the EDC festival include Drezo and Marshmello. There is so much that went on and lots of stuff to learn and enjoy as well.