Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival Experience
Directed by: Kevin Kerslake
Starring: Afrojack, Benny Benassi, David Guetta, Deadmau5, Kaskade, Laidback Luke, Moby, Steve Aoki, Swedish House Mafia, Will.I.Am
By: Nevra Azerkan
Insomniac had the right idea when they decided to create a documentary concert film of the Electric Daisy Carnival. If you have ever been to EDC you know what I mean. I attended EDC last year where it was moved to Las Vegas and let me tell you it was the craziest concert experience I have been to and I have been to quite a number of shows in my lifetime. There is no other concert like it and although other festivals may try they won’t be able to accomplish what Insomniac has. EDC manages to produce the top DJs in the world every year.
EDCE features performances from the following (in alphabetical order): 12th Planet, Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Benny Benassi, Boys Noize, David Guetta, Deadmau5, DJ AM, Fedde Le Grand, Kaskade, Laidback Luke, Moby, MSTRKRFT, Simian Mobile Disco, Steve Aoki, Swedish House Mafia, Travis Barker X A-Trak and will.i.am. All of the performances are from 2009 and 2010 when EDC was at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
They begin by giving the background of EDC and the creator of Insomiac Events, Pasquale Rotella. This is followed by interviews with industry insiders and some of the dance performers who you see on stage and all around the carnival. In between concert performances there are also interviews with many of the performers. Some interviews include: Kaskade, BT, will.i.am, Fedde Le Grand, Travis Barker, A-Trak, Steve Aoki, Swedish House Mafia and 12thPlanet. Keep in mind this is a documentary, so if you just wanted a concert DVD to play in the background of your place this won’t work.
Kerslake was presumably chosen to direct because of his background in directing music videos and documentaries for The Ramones, Green Day, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rise Against. Nothing compares to the actual experience, but he was still able to capture the essence of EDC. I also really liked the inclusion of the DJ AM performance as I never got the chance to see him perform live. In fact, the Electric Daisy Carnival Experience concert documentary is dedicated to him.
Overall, if you have never attended EDC or you have and want a way to relive the experience then you will definitely want to pick this up on iTunes or on Video on Demand.