With festival season upon us, there comes some trouble and heartache along the way. With so many amazing artists, stages, sights and sounds to see, one may find it difficult to conquer it all simultaneously, unless of course you are an extraterrestrial being. Naturally, you must pick and choose your music battles wisely, which is a nerving and tumultuous task. Luckily, LessThan3 is here to lend a helping hand (and ear) for this year’s Electric Daisy Carnival New York.
It would take days to count the many reasons why witnessing Eric Prydz live is one of life’s necessities, so here are just a few: He’s been giving us a Proper Education since 2004 with his first charted hit Call On Me, which laid comfortably at the #1 position on global music charts for weeks on end. Under the alter-egos of Pryda and Cirez D, he fearlessly strays from borderline to touch on the multitudinous elements of mystical, imaginative percussion, and unrelenting bass, making it impossible for us not to worship a man who, though he feared flying for the majority of his career, recently overcame that fear to express his gratitude for the enormous, worldwide Pryda following. “We don’t rage, we Pryda.” Oh yeah, and 1983 and Pjanoo.
EDM fans have been Walking On A Dream with Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore, aka Empire Of The Sun, for just a few short years, but the hype over this Aussie electronic band has grown immensely along with their righteous electro-indie-punk rock productions which include Freedom, With You Forever, and more recently Alive and We Are The People, whose rapid success landed it in countless media and film outlets. Much anticipation has been stemming over their soon to be released second artist album, Ice On The Dune, coming out on EMI this June, so expect some special sneak peeks to unreleased tracks during their live performance at EDCNY.
For that feel-good groove, look no further than Maceo Plex, who this year is adding a different flavor to our typical festival sounds. Let’s take the tempo down a bit, add some disco dynamics weaved with harmonic analog frequencies, and feel your body float amid the music festival clouds. Whether you’re a veteran or newbie to the infectious feel of deep house and nu disco, enjoy the ride with Maceo, who in addition to providing a great body high, will perhaps share some darker synths from his Maetrik moniker. He recently had the privilege of mixing the galactic 2013 installment of DJ-Kicks so be sure to catch Maceo Plex live so that you too can understand why he’ll never make you Love Somebody Else.
For a raise in your blood pressure, look to Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo, the Italian DJ/Producer known as The Bloody Beetroots, who has been ransacking the world with his cut-throat take on electronic punk-rock since 1977, non-coincidentally the same year punk rock exploded. Known for wearing masks and participating in a melange of aliases like Deathcrew 77, his “electro-punk” band whose live shows are as much political empowerment rallies as concerts, this one-man cultural movement comes heavy with bass, character, and the lyrical manifesto: “It only takes a sound to change the beaten path//It only takes love and courage to take it all back.” If you’re prepared for a trip down the rabbit hole, do not miss this boisterous badass live.
What would a New York festival be without some raw, up-and-coming New York bred talent? Chris Manik crept up on us in 2011 when voted the official “Hot To Watch” by DJ Mag. Since then, his deep, spatial melodies, which include charted collaborations with Burnski on You Know What It’s Like and Next To Me, have landed on top labels like Josh Wink’s Ovum, Hot Creations, Culprit LA, Steve Bug’s Flat, and Real Tone. You could try to define a smorgasbord of sound that draws elements of house, techno, disco, acid, electronica, and all that lie in between, but you’ll fail to define this young, eclectic talent, so let your ears be the judge.
Bonus: In March, Insomniac Events sought out the bold and daring in a DJ competition to discover the next great talent in EDM. Contestants were able to submit their latest original track and a thirty-minute mix for consideration by Discovery Project judges. The winner is set to perform at EDC New York as well as have their mix featured on our LessThan3 Heartbeat Podcast. The winner will also be considered for Insomniac’s forthcoming DJ management and music marketing platform.