Exclusive: EDC Orlando 2017 Recap

After two energy-filled days at the historic Tinker Field, the 7th annual EDC Orlando concluded with 80,000 fans, which is the largest group of attendees in history. On November 10th and 11th, headliners were treated to three stunning stage designs in new locations, vibrant décor, playful costumed characters, exhilarating carnival rides, beautiful art installations and unforgettable sets from over 80 legendary dance music acts.

   

Fans entered the festival each day through vibrant tunnels of neon-lit daisies and glowing lanterns strung across the Electric Sky. A serpent-like figure called The Kracken snaked around the lake, crafted from repurposed wood that the artist had collected while helping to clean and care for homes affected by Florida’s recent hurricane.

   

After making its epic debut at EDC Las Vegas this summer, a reimagined version of the kineticFIELD stage traveled across the country to Orlando. Gaia, the Greek Goddess of Mother Earth, sat at the center of the structure with open arms to the crowd, inviting the accepting community to take in the natural wonders around them. Spanning 240 feet wide with 21 flames and 28 lasers, the breathtaking stage captivated fans with its jaw-dropping visuals illuminated by over 450 vibrant lights. Diplo and A-Trak performed a massive world-premiere b2b, along with heavy weights like Marshmello, Armin van Buuren, Galantis, and Seven Lions. The gorgeous Pulse Portal formed a crystalized arch in the middle of Rainbow Road, leading up to the beating heart of Gaia in the distance.

   

Known for its authentic carnival atmosphere, EDC Orlando brought full-scale attractions like the LED-lit Dream Wheel and the Skyhawk Swings overlooking the crowds below at circuitGROUNDS. Those seeking adventure hovered over the crystal clear lake on the thrilling 300-foot long zip line. On the other side of the ride sat the neonGARDEN circus tent, emitting beams of lasers and lights from the glittering disco ball. On Friday, Insomniac’s trance brand Dreamstate hosted iconic acts like Garth Emery and Aly & Fila, while Saturday saw the likes of deep house aficionados Green Velvet and Jamie Jones.

   

VIP festival goers experienced one-of-a-kind, exclusive offerings ranging from complimentary body paint station, full-service beauty bar, an interactive kandi bracelet-making station, signature EDM cocktails, and delicious eats from Orlando’s favorite spots.

   

Corona Electric Beach brought the sand and sunshine to EDC Orlando with palm trees, a heated pool, and special guest sets from Party Favor and A-Trak. This year, circuitGROUNDS enjoyed a separate area across the street from Tinker Field, spanning 166-feet wide in a 360-degree design. More than 1,000 video tiles sparkled across each pyramid structure and 6 canons burst streamers and confetti over the crowd. Kaskade brought fans a nostalgic sunset show packed with classic tracks and memorable melodies while Zedd, Slander, and Bonnie X Clyde provided blooming beats all weekend long.

   

Insomniac Cares welcomed several uplifting charity partners to the festival, engaging fans in meaningful activations. To Write Love On Her Arms, a nonprofit dedicated to encouraging, informing, and investing in treatment and recovery for those struggling with depression, addiction, and suicide, gave fans the opportunity to converse with one another via hand-written notes and inspirational quotes. Love, Hope, Strength gave fans the chance to save a life by participating in the national bone marrow registry.  Project #OpenTalk also returned to provide counseling and education services for substance abuse, sexual health, and mental health.

Exclusive: Wynwood Fear Factory 2017

A special Halloween weekend kicked off in Miami with the popular Wynwood Fear Factory on Oct. 28 and Oct. 29th at the RC Cola Plant. Not only did thousands of ravers attend the two-day festival with haunted attractions and a mainstage with some of the hottest acts, but 100% of proceeds went to Global Empowerment Mission in light of the natural disasters that have occurred in the Southeast U.S.   On day one, despite the rain, music lovers without a doubt enjoyed their favorite artists such as Porter Robinson, The M Machine, Cedric Gervais, Andrew Rayel, Bad Royale, Madds, Dave Sol b2b Unomas and Kyro! b2b Eric Arraoyo. On the second day, due to weather conditions from the previous day, performances were switched around with a back-to-back performance by Oliver Heldens and Fedde Le Grand. The day continued with other special performances by GG Magree, Drezo, 3LAU, Martin Solveig, Yellow Claw, Big Gigantic and DJ Snake.   Aside from the music, many attendees got in the spirit of Halloween dressing up in fun costumes, enjoying crazy graffiti art and delicious food. The graffiti art added an urban vibe for everyone to get into the spirit of the spooky holiday. Despite all the tropical storm warning on day one, that didn’t stop South Florida from having fun, even though the gates opened two hours later. After all the rain, day two was perfect with the sunshine and temperature being in the mid 70’s. Unfortunately DJ Snooko b2b with Loky were unable to play, but the event kicked off with DJ Sub Zero. Yellow Claw’s set was still a bass lovers’ dream despite the lights going off. At one point one member from Yellow Claw stood on the table and held their phone over the controllers, just so the other could keep playing. Now that’s team work, and the party kept going.   DJ Snake ended the night with a fire set, and while the power and sound went off on the stage right at the beginning of his set, that didn’t stop him at all. He started over and jumped back up on the table and started dancing to get the crowd going.   All photo credits go to The Poselski Brothers. www.PoselskiBrothers.com

Exclusive: Manse Interview

With several releases on imprints including Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings and tour performances at clubs such as Souk Singapore, Manse has grown a great fan-base with his popular tracks. Recently, he released “Where We Want To Be” on Armada, which gained him even more recognition in the industry. We were lucky enough to catch up with Manse to get to know more about his musical background and upcoming projects.   Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into producing music?  My name is Michael Hansen and I go under the artist name Manse. I’ve been producing for almost 9 years now, for 6 years it was only a hobby, but the past 3 years I’ve been making music and touring full time. I first got into creating music when I was in High School where a friend of mine introduced me to Acid Pro which is a sampling program, and he taught me how to make hip hop beats since he was producing that genre. At this time I went to my first 18+ rave which was Sensation White in Denmark, I saw DJs like Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Angello, Tiga etc and I fell in love with the sound but also the creativity and challenges I was facing with creating a song and I kept making music. After just a few months I felt I wanted to create something from scratch and not just work with samples as you do in Acid Pro, so I started working in FL studio for around 2 years but then moved over to Logic Pro 8 and have been with Logic Pro since that day.   Who are some of your biggest music influences?  When it comes to the genre I do my biggest influences have been Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Angello, Axwell, Hardwell, Armin van Buuren, Eric Prydz, Deadmau5 for sure. I’ve been a huge fan of these guys since 2008 and I am proud to be supported by most of those names 🙂 What do you do to get the creative juices flowing when you have writers block?  I usually try to relax and not worry about it, its a pretty common thing amongst music producers and songwriters and the worst thing to do would be to get stressed up about it. I usually watch a Drama movie to get into a emotional state where I feel something sad, I found that this way gets me so much inspiration and this usually works if I want to make the writers block disappear.   What would you be doing if you didn’t pursue music?  While I was making music I was studying Real Estate Management so if I wouldn’t pursue music I would work within the real estate business of some sort, less fun than travel the world and do shows and produce music haha..   You recently released, “Where We Want To Be” on Armada, can you tell us about the inspiration behind the track?  This song was made quite a while ago honestly, I think almost 1-2 years ago. I was asked to make a song around a vocal, which is now known to be Where We Want To Be, and I initially made a deep house song, which I loved, but I felt something was missing. I then decided I wanted to incorporate more of the Manse uplifting Progressive House energy but also keep some of the deep house vibe to it. So eventually what we hear today, is a mix between the classic Manse sound with alot of Deep House vibes in it as well which makes it a cool crossover song     With the soft vocals, the track gives off a summery vibe. How is the track different from previous music you’ve created? What would you say really sets this track apart from other tracks out there?  As I wrote in the previous question this song has more of a chill, summerish deep house vibe while from the first version this version was 10 times more calm since it was a 100% deep house song. Usually I am releasing 100% Progressive House which is very uplifting & energetic but for my past releases this year, I wanted to release something more relaxed and experimental, where this release is part of this idea and I had to be more experimental. I think nowadays most artists focus on following trends, I’ve always been focusing on creating something I love and want to do, rather than listening what’s trending on the radio or spotify. This way I think this release is a pretty timeless song which can be played in many years and still feel like it was made yesterday which I am always aiming for and of course to touch peoples heart with beautiful vocals Tell us 5 things we don’t know about you (fun facts, hobbies, funny stories while DJing…etc…) 
  1. When I was younger I used to dance professionally in different Swedish TV-shows and theaters. 
  2. Once I starred in a TV-show where I acted as a young boy in love with a girl where the song is pretty hilarious, search on youtube – Nicke & Nilla – Diggar Dig and you will see a young Manse appear haha 3. There have been many accidents while DJing, but I remember one time when I was DJing for one of the first times, this was in a local bar in my hometown Stockholm back at the time when we still DJ with CDs. I already made a transition to a new song and I was proud it was so good, I was about to eject the CD of the previous song I played to start finding a new one, but since I was quite nervous I accidently pressed EJECT on the player of the song who was playing at the moment, it became quiet in the club and many people started to shout and laugh, I decided to just brush it off my shoulders and play along with the crowd, then eventually start to play a new song… super embarrassing but it was a fun story. 4. I used to compete in Skiing since an early stage in my life until my late teenage years.5. Recently on my last show during my China tour I just bought a new hoodie with these very heavy straws, I was jumping as I usually do but little did I know was that the right side of the straw accidently hit the PLAY button on the CDJ what happens is when you press the play button while a song is playing it makes a horrible sound where it sounds like a KICKdrum is being looped very short, luckily I was in the zone so I pressed play again fast to keep the song going, but lesson of this is: Make sure that you wear the right clothes and shoes otherwise these things can happen lol…