Welcome everyone, as the year comes to a close I had an idea to ask some people who either have some influence, will influence or are a driving force on social media in the EDM world! Below you’ll find from ID&T Employee, your everyday Social Media personalities and others! We asked them to answer ten questions that we thought would be insightful or maybe give us an idea of what the year was like to these people in our EDM world this past year. Enjoy!
1. Hello, First let’s start off with a little background information on who you are? Do you run a social media site? Do you work for the industry? Tell the people they must know!
David Rodarte(DR): “My Name is David Rodarte, Many know me as “Peedi”. I currently work in the Electronic Music Festival Industry for ID&T. I am the Creative Director for Tomorrowworld music festival, and the director of operations for Tomorrowland.”
I’m Emerson(EN). “Creator of @edmfriends on Instagram.”
Kelly Proctor(KP), “founder of Music Not Molly, a brand dedicated to education, harm reduction, sober support, and responsibility within the EDM community.” (Follow @MusicNotMolly)
Marvin Nicklaus(MN) “I run EDMBOYS and Trance LA on facebook and instagram” (Follow @EdmBoys)
Helen Perez(HP) ” I’m an amateur photographer first and foremost. I have no training and shoot most events on a pocket camera. I’ve gained some success this year and have been able to shoot a couple of events via a photo pass, I’m working my butt off with the hope to see some real forward motion in 2015.” (Follow @Goto_photography)
Matthew Smit(MS) “I am the assistant marketing manager at a big EDM Office. As a side gig, I also run Night Owl Guestlist, and DJ as Shmitty. I am also a guestlist coordinator at Exchange LA.” (Follow @Shmitty)
2. Now that we know a little bit about you let’s jump into this past year, Overall what did you think of the dance culture this year as oppose to the previous years?
DR: “My opinion on Dance culture for 2014 is? 2014 once again, was a very successful year. Many music festival that have never sold out. Finally reached their maximum capacity possible. Clearly that’s a sign that Dance Coulter is still growing just when many of us thought
“it can’t get any bigger.”
EN: “It’s gotten huge and embraced by many.”
KP: “The EDM and festival scene has blown up over the last year or so. I was in a burger place yesterday, and Porter Robinson was playing. Like NEW Porter! This is wonderful because we get to share the music we love with so many new people, and more money is being invested in EDM related events and projects. The bad news is, more people are drawn to the scene for the wrong reasons and it brings a lot of negative attention to our beloved lifestyle. ”
MN: “Dance culture this year went bigger than the past years. So many “newbies” getting involved in our scene. ”
HP: “I think this year saw EDM become much more mainstream as a whole, and as such the scene was flooded with fly by night fans but also by people really discovering what this culture is about. I think overall it was a better year for EDM and the culture is breeds as I don’t think people believe it’s a fad anymore. I think some amazing music came out this year as well, including the new Dillon album – that thin is straight FIRE. ”
MS: “As its getting bigger and bigger, more and more events are popping up and attendance levels are of the charts. This year, house music was given more love than in previous years. Looking forward to the days that house music and not “EDM” are mainstage.”
3. A lot of festivals are popping up all around the United States and beyond, what was your favorite festival this year and why? What festival do you plan on attending 2015?
DR: “I would have to say my favorite festival of 2014 was Tomorrowworld.
Why? Tomorrowworld is a growing event. It’s only on its second year and it’s growing quickly. It’s the only event people are comparing to Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas and has surpassed Ultra Music Festival.
(Two of Americas biggest electronic music festivals.) In barley its opening year.. It’s the only event in the world that is 21 and over. With that being said it draws in a different crowd. There is nothing else like it. I plan on attending (Defqon1 & Sensation Amsterdam) next year.”
EN: “EDC will be forever in my heart. I was born at EDC LA 2010. I’m planning on attending Beyond Wonderland, Crush, Coachella, EDC LV, Hard Summer and more Insomniac Events.”
KP: “The vibes at Nocturnal Wonderland this year were unbeatable.”
MN: “My favorite event this is EDC LV of course. And for next year i’m trying my best to attend Tomorrowworld”
HP: ”In spite of the HORRIBLE venue, HARD Summer was my favorite. I’m a big fan of HARD events overall as I feel they are more accessible to the average fan as opposed to Insomniac which is more aimed at the diehards. I respect and love both companies a great deal and a close second was Nocturnal, the vibes were off the charts and as annoying as those hills were, I’ll still miss that venue. My goal for 2015 is to hit at least one international festival – even if it means just going to Digital Dreams in Toronto or EDC Mexico.”
MS: “As I work the entire time during our produced edm shows, I enjoy time off at other festivals. My favorite festival this year was Lightning in a Bottle, one the best vibes out there…In 2015, I am looking forward to attending BPM Festival in January and Burning Man for the first year =]”
4. Even more than festivals this year, club events are just about everywhere with EDM artist, what club event did you go to this year that you enjoyed and why?
DR: “My favorite club that I went to this year was Ministry of sound in the United Kingdom. I’m a huge fan of intimate club settings. Especially when you’re Favorite Dj’s are playing that evening. I spent 11 hours listening to Trance on a Tuesday night there. ”
EN: “Bassmnt in SD. Most of my friends come party out there and the DJ is right in front of my face. Haha”
KP: “Too many to count! I was lucky enough to see Armin at Sound Nightclub in LA after the Grammy’s. It was so intimate. Unforgettable! The Bounce Bus Tour with Will Sparks, Joel Fletcher and Timmy Trumpet at Create Nightclub was ridiculously fun. ATB at Exchange LA was magical. ”
MN: “Hard with Style at NOS. That event got me to hardstyle, and that’s the reason why i enjoyed that even”
HP: “Club events are my bread and butter in terms of photos since they are cheaper to attend – on average – and much closer to home, but if I had to pick just one show I would have to give it to DadaLife at Avalon for Control’s Anniversary party. I have never had so much fun at a club before and since then. ”
MS: “Joseph Capriati at Exchange LA might have been the best techno in a while…. unreal. Another show that was life changing…. Polish Ambassador at House of Blues. Amazing.”
5. Following that question, what was the best club you visit all year long? And why?
DR: “I would have to say Ministry of sound in London. Is my favorite club in the world..”
EN: “I haven’t been really going to clubs lately.”
KP: “I love Sound because it is small and you can get really up close and personal. But the visuals at Exchange LA are unparalleled.”
MN: “Best club for me this year would be Exchange LA. Super friendly staff, drinks are good and reasonable price as well”
HP: “I’m a huge Avalon fan. I know it has its detractors but you can’t beat the space and with the recent revamp the club is now up to par with some of the news venues. Plus you can’t beat Avaland for some late night partying. My second favorite was Exchange, had they had a better layout i think it would have one in first place, I mean that led wall is INSANE. ”
MS: “Best club of the year goes to Exchange.”
6. Who do you think was the breakout upcoming artist of the year? Why?
DR: “Kygo in my opinion had a break out year. Performing at Tomorrowworld main stage this year. Was a huge smile step in his career. Ever since then he has been getting more recognition and having the opportunity to perform at some of the biggest stages. I believe 2015 will be a huge year for him.”
EN: “Oliver Heldens. Deep House with some new feels.”
KP: “Oliver Heldens. Not my personal favorite of the year, but no one can deny that guy blew up like no other in 2014. I’d also add Deorro , DJ Snake and Kygo to that list. Of course these guys have been around, but they’ve totally exploded this year. I think Helena is also starting something big. I hope she has a big breakout in 2015. She’s awesome.”
MN: “Breakout artist this year.. Hmm i guess it’s Oliver Heldens. That dude got some good talent”
HP: “I think that Porter and Dillon tie for breakout, even though they have both been around for a minute, it seems like both really hit their stride this year and honestly I don’t think there is anyone on the planet who hasn’t heard Get Low. Porter’s tour was amazing and although I didn’t have a chance to attend a show all I heard was that it was beautiful, which is not something people usually say about shows. I think Deorro would have achieved Dillon level had he chosen to continue DJ’ing in 2015. But don’t sleep on Deorro people, the man is really fucking smart. ”
MS: “Breakthrough Artist – Ghastly & Mija – You may not know there name now, but you will…. Not a duo but have been producing a couple tracks together which have been getting played by artists such as Jack U”
7. What do you think the top 3 tracks of the year are?
DR: “Hey Now London Grammer
● Stampede Dimitri Vegas & like Mike freat. Dvbbs
● Akwell & Ingrosso
We came We raved We loved”
EN: “Red Lights- Tiesto
Overdrive- Oliver Heldens”
KP: “Turn Down for What?” was pretty iconic…again, maybe not my favorite, but it certainly took over! “Gold Skies” SvD, etc. defined the Summer for me. “Sea of Voices” by Porter Robinson just showed a totally different side of EDM.”
MN: “Top 3 tracks, This is What It Feels Like – Armin, Summer – Calvin Harris, Booyah – Showtek ”
HP: “1. Get Low – for obvious reasons.
2. Red Lights – I could not get that damn chorus out of my head
3. Yee – that bass line is never going to go away – ever”
MS: “Top 3 Tracks –
Rampa featuring Meggy – Everything (Sonny Fodera Remix)
David Penn – People Lovin’ People (Vanilla Ace Remix)
Return of the Jaded – 2 to the 3 (Original Mix)”
8. Who was your top Dj/Producer overall this year?
DR:” Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
KP: “Names like Cedric Gervais, Calvin Harris, Skrillex, Disclosure, Hardwell, Zedd have all become so recognizable, even outside the EDM scene. We have to give them credit for blazing the trail, even if they are “mainstream.” They all had a great year. My personal favorite of the year? Porter Robinson. The “Worlds ”album and tour both were perfection.”
MN: “My top dj.. My number 1 Dj, Armin van Buuren!”
HP: “Diplo I think just dominated this year as a DJ and producer. I don’t think anyone else really had as much pull as he had this year and honestly I don’t see Dip-train stopping anytime soon.”
MS: “Favorite Producer – Oscar L & Sonny Fodera
Favorite DJ – Art Department & Loco Dice”
9. Overall our culture is growing, what do you expect for 2015 to be like?
DR: “I personally think 2015 will be a ground breaking year for Ravers and festival-goers all over the United States.
Unfortunately with our culture becoming so popular. That sometimes may cause over popularity/population and sometimes that can draw the wrong people for the wrong reasons..
I see many people switching their preference on events because of this situation.. I feel many will be choosing other events to attend and put forth a new interest.. Still in Dance music of course. Just a different festival. I feel that certain festivals that were at the top of the Scene will still be there but now have a different crowd attending. I say this because I have many friends who are choosing not to participate in certain events/ festivals anymore because they would like to try something different..I’m very excited to see how 2015 turns out.”
EM: “A lot bigger scene”
KP: “I hope things keep getting bigger and better, and that we all take a little more responsibility for ourselves and our behavior as the outside world starts seeing more and more of the rave scene.”
MN: “For 2015, i’m hoping that Trance music will have a good comeback. More underground events.”
HP: “I don’t expect 2015 to be a slow year for EDM, I think it’s going to go into hyperdrive and if EDC being already 75% sold out ALREADY is any indication i image there to be a giant boom of new fans that will propel the culture far further than anyone anticipated.” (Editors Note at the time it was 75% now it’s 85%)
MS: “KMore Festivals, More House, and less main room cheese…..one can only hope :p”
10. Lastly, If you had a chance to attend any festival/club in the world where would you go and why?
DR: “I would love to attend club space in Ibiza. It’s always been a great idea of my to go not necessarily have any plans wing the entire trip and see where I end up in that island.. My life can tend to be on a daily weekly schedule and being able to do a trip like that with no plan’s would be amazing”
EN: “TomorrowLand for a new worlwide experience. ”
KP: “Tomorrowland, Defqon, every EDC, and every club in Ibiza! Is that too much to ask?”
MN: “Tomorrowland in Belgium! Heard so many good things about that event.”
HP: “I would love to attend Tomorrowland in Belgium. That is my alpha and omega of festivals and as strange as this sounds, I really want to go to SunBurn Goa in India. India is taking off in terms of this culture and I would love to see it for myself. ”
MS: “I would attend Burning Man….nothing better than Mind body soul and house music….”
There you have it folks, A special thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out the first annual questionnaire it is much appreciated! Hope everyone of you enjoyed reading a little bit about these people and the thoughts they shared regarding our EDM world. I wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Boxing Day, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to everyone! 2015, We’ll try and step it up! Peace, Love, Unity, Respect!