Happy Monday! Today’s stories include Electric Daisy Carnival, EDMBiz, Calvin Harris, and Caspa. Please read on after the jump.
Electric Daisy Carnival Shuts Down Early Due To High Winds
At about 12:40 a.m. on Sunday morning, the lights came up at Electric Daisy Carnival – but a bit too brightly. In the face of high wind gusts, the fire marshal ordered the three-day festival temporarily closed, and its estimated 115,000 attendees to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s elevated grandstands for their safety. But the winds continued, and the festival never reopened, prompting a mass exodus to the nightclubs of the Las Vegas Strip.
Less than a year ago, the stage at the Indiana State Fair collapsed due to winds of up to 70 MPH, killing seven and injuring 43. It was unclear just how strong the winds were on Sunday morning, but they whipped across the Speedway’s open plane with ferocity, paralyzing attendees where they stood, while causing EDC’s six large stage structures and several carnival rides to noticeably move.
The shutdown meant that headliners Avicii, Armin van Buuren and Tiesto never took the stage.
“Mother nature struck @EDC_LasVegas tonight,” tweeted Tiesto later that morning. “We love to party but safety first…I hope y’all still have a great wknd!!”
“Insomniac is doing this for everyone’s safety,” tweeted van Buuren. “We don’t want anyone to get hurt from possible falling objects.” The trance DJ took to the Sirius XM studio behind the Circuit Grounds stage, and live-streamed a back-to-back set with DJ Markus Schulz on his own State of Trance website.
Other DJs and a good number of revelers made their way to the Strip to continue the party, hitting Marquee at the Cosmopolitan for Kaskade, and XS at Wynn for Steve Angello, who played a rare 6-hour set that was still going well after sunrise.
EDMBiz Wrap: Kaskade, Angello, Hawtin on Free Parties, the Term ‘EDM,’ More
For all the dissent around the importance or artists, the politics of outside investors, and Avicii as an arena draw, participants at the EDMBiz conference were uniformly reveling in their newfound cred. And despite concerns about bubbles bursting, most indicators were positive: Ticket sales for Live Nation’s Identity Festival, for instance, are triple what they were last year at this time, according to David Brady of Spin Artist Agency, who represents headliner Eric Prydz. Here the are some of the top nuggets from EDM bizzers at Day two’s panels:
“There have been difficulties and some decisions to adjust along the way, but when you’ve got a format where the music has grown literally in two years from club level to arenas, we’re going to have our challenges. We as leaders in the business are going to have to overcome working with our promoters to achieve that.”
– David Brady, Spin Artist Agency on his client Avicii’s much-talked-about tour troubles
“Interscope is not an EDM label by any stretch; in fact I’m pretty sure Jimmy [Iovine] doesn’t like dance music. I would bet on that. So I have to get creative and come from a different perspective. He’s a music producer, so I have to find producers, and slowly implement them into the system to give value to these guys for Jimmy, for music that he doesn’t even really like.”
– Dave Rene, Interscope
“In some ways [the EDM explosion is] a little bit scary. The challenge now is to work even harder to not let it slip through our fingers, and keep control. The people behind the scenes have matured; if this happened 20 years ago, we would have lost control. It needed to gestate.”
– Richie Hawtin, artist
“Some of the Bassnectar shows still do amazingly well, but we find sales slow down when you get rid of the GA floor and start to get to the 100 or 200 level.”
-Jake Schneider, Madison House (Bassnectar’s agent)
“It’s a conference, with a badge. It’s very official…I couldn’t imagine this type of seminar happening around what electronic musicians do two years ago.”
Kevin Kusatsu of Tmwrk (manages Diplo, A-Trak, Duck Sauce).
“Ingress, egress, traffic, municipalities It really is building a temporary city. There are thousands of line items in our budgets.”
– Phil Blaine, Insomniac, on building Electric Daisy Concert
“Our guys have a younger crowd, generally speaking 16-20 as a whole. We came on early in the dubstep thing and made a conscious effort to go hard ticket. Nightclubs didn’t want to have an underage crowd who weren’t buying drinks or bottles. Bass music artists were hard ticket acts first, putting them into more of a band space. Now our bigger acts are crossing over, and hard tickets shows are selling out.”
– Kevin Gimble, Circle Talent, Founder (Chase & Status, Flux Pavilion)
“I used to fight back and say we’re in the business of selling records, but that’s completely changed now. Now it’s dependent on the deal.”
– Glenn Mendlinger, EMI/Astralwerks, on how 360 deals, like Swedish House Mafia’s, have changed his reaction to tour promotion
“For artists like David Guetta, it’s really important that it’s a global story with a global backup system that works, with offices, and music-minded, good people who do all that work. It’s a very easy misunderstanding that you can do it all yourself; put it online and it happens. That’s where a label is a very important part of the equation.
– Bart Cools, EMI, EVP/Head of Dance Network
“If we had free parties everyday, production would be shit. We’d be playing on a table with no speakers because it’s free.”
– Steve Angello, artist (and in Swedish House Mafia)
“Try to throw a free party and people in L.A. riot.”
– Kaskade, artist (who tried that in 2011)
“Maybe you should drop the ‘D,’ perhaps it tightens the spectrum too much. Not everything we do is danceable. Maybe it should be ‘EM,’ and leave it as open as possible.”
– Richie Hawtin
Calvin Harris kicked off decks for “not playing hip hop”
Given the niche he’s carved out as a pop powerhouse, Calvin Harris isn’t the kind of guy you’d expect to be kicked off the decks in Las Vegas. Strange things do happen, though, as a late-night Twitter post from the DJ revealed (see below). In case you’re wondering, Carly Rae Jepsen is a tween-friendly pop singer who surely doesn’t get a whole lot of club play. Harris has since deleted the post, as the club has invited him back for another round. Harris’s booking at Tryst Club in the Wynn hotel is just one of many DJ-headlined events happening around Vegas during ‘EDC Week’, which surrounds the mammoth Electric Daisy Carnival festival out in the desert.
Caspa and Keith Flint Team Up
Dubstep producer Caspa is readying his major label debut single, which is entitled War.
The release features the unmistakable vocals of Keith Flint from The Prodigy, and it is set for release on the 30th July of 2012.
Caspa had this to say about the track: “Who wouldn’t want to work with Keith? Growing up, The Prodigy were one of my influences. To actually work with someone like this is a big stamp of approval. One of my goals was to work with the idols I grew up listening to and that’s what happened with this track.”
Naturally it makes sense to document Keith Flint’s take on things: “I knew Caspa was the originator so I was really buzzed to be asked. This is a proper movement and I’m proud to be part of this track.”
You can listen to the track which was recently made Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record here.
You can catch Caspa across various venues this summer including Creamfields.