Every year, The Electric Daisy Carnival attracts thousands of new EDM-o-philes who pile in to watch marquee DJs from around the world do their dirtiest behind the decks. Upon asking a handful of people going out to Las Vegas this year about who they want to see, a scary amount of people (who, mind you, actually bought tickets) responded “Skrillex and Deadmau5.” Really? two DJs who aren't even going to fucking be there? Anyway, for those of you who pay attention, we put together a quick list of acts that should–if they're not already– be added to your schedule before you ride out to Las Vegas.
Location: Kinetic Field
Time: 11:30 p.m. – 12-30 a.m.
Before Avicii turned Etta James', “Good Feeling” into a commercialized phenomenon, Pretty Lights sampled the same song, adding soothing horns, walking piano riffs, trippy turn-table scribbles into what we know as “Finally Moving.” Without selling one album, the DJ born Derek Smith chose to provide his material free for all to download. Splashing horns and classic Motown lyrics against New York hip-hop, DJ scratching and dubstep drops allows to him create a own sound all his own. And as a bonus, Smith also believes in truthful advertising. There actually are an impressive array of sparkling pretty lights during his set, even for an EDM show.
1. Blue Man Group and Steve Aoki