The crown jewel in Pasquale Rotella’s festival empire, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, kicks off June 20, making this the perfect time to fine-tune your musical palate. Being that the lineup for this year’s event was meticulously booked to showcase the world’s greatest DJ talent, choosing which performances to catch during the three-day event is understandably daunting.
Fortunately, Insomniac has curated its own Soundcloud page (Soundcloud.com/InsomniacEvents) with full-set recordings from the most famous DJs in the world to the up-and-coming participants of the Discovery Project. The list of uploads and reposts makes for good ready-made playlists as well as research materials for future festival planning. The feed also features entire sets from past festivals including EDC New York, EDC Orlando, Nocturnal Wonderland and Beyond Wonderland. So listeners can also relive magical moments through replaying their favorite sets from the best nights of the year. Here are three of our favorite reasons to press play:
1. Sounds from the crowd and DJ Martin Garrix’s commentary over the microphone are included in a Sirius XM recording of one of Garrix’s EDC New York sets, giving it an authentic festival sound.
2. The EDC Las Vegas Discovery Project sets are compiled into one playlist to give a taste of what to expect at the smaller stage in coming years. These DJs generally play a mixture of commercial and underground tracks. And since these artists are being given a once-in-a-lifetime chance to prove themselves at one of the largest and most important festivals in the world, they are guaranteed to give it their all.
3. The EDC New York Wide Awake Playlist was created to showcase the hit songs from a collection of artists who performed at the festival. Calvin Harris, Krewella and Hardwell are among the top-tier producers who appear on this 63-track list.