Ultra Ravers Answer: What's in Your Fanny Pack?

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Photo by Marta Xochilt Perez

By Sean Pajot

Once ridiculed as the hilariously embarrassing accessory of choice for fat American tourists, the fanny pack is now a practical piece of party gear for hot, young EDM fanatics.

At music fests such as Miami's Ultra, it has become a ubiquitous carry-all for scantily clad ravers with no pockets. Easy, versatile, convenient -- as pouch enthusiast Andrina (pictured above) ecstatically exclaims: "What isn't in my fanny pack!"

Now, there are those alarmists who insist that every fanny pack must be stuffed with nefarious paraphernalia. But speaking to the owners of these belly bags at Ultra 2014, we simply discovered stuff like pacifiers, Vicks, "glow-in-the-dark shit" ...

See also: 10 Walking Raver Cliches at EDM Festivals

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Ultra 2014's 25 Best Bass Faces

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All photos by Kat Bein and Gretchen Schroeder
Miami's Ultra Music Festival is nothing if not gnarly. The beats are gnarly, the people are gnarly, the portable toilets are gnarly. It's stank-face city, bro.

But even more than the sight of no toilet paper, it's those dirty beats -- dutch, dub, or otherwise -- that make us twist our faces.

Because we love a good drop as much as the next fiend, we're paying homage to all of Ultra Music Festival's magical moments with a series of epic bass face pics.

See also: [PHOTOS] Ultra Music Festival 2014 Day One

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10 Walking Raver Cliches at EDM Festivals

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Photo by George Martinez
By Sean Pajot

Ravers are like snowflakes, right?

Wrong. It's actually not uncommon to find two (or twelve) who look (and sometimes behave) almost exactly alike.

In fact, we've spent a lot of time wandering around EDM fests in a state of perpetual déjà vu, encircled by thousands of party people who seem to be nearly identical human copies of specific stock types.

Here are 10 walking raver cliches you meet at EDM Festivals.

See also: Why Is Rave Fashion Such a Disaster?

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EDM Is Sexist: Why It Sucks to Be a Woman Who Raves

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Thanks for nothing.
As a self-respecting female with professional aspirations and a desire to be taken seriously as an individual, it's become increasingly difficult to identify with American electronic dance music culture without feeling kind of irresponsible.

Six or seven years ago, the playing field was pretty even. We went out to parties, we dressed as if David Bowie and Karen O had had a baby, we got drunk on whiskey, we danced, and we were never embarrassed by our surroundings.

But things have changed. What started out as fun, rowdy party tricks has been fully incorporated into the scene as sexist expectations. That which was once ironic parody has become a parody of itself. We no longer look around the dance floor and see a utopia of acceptance.

Yes, this party is sexist. Here's why.

See also: Guys, Predatory Dance Floor Boners Are Not OK

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One of the Highest Paid DJs in the World Plays a Baseball Cave Tonight

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Look, chances are you aren't getting in. The MLB Fan Cave on 4th and Broadway only holds 200 fans and the show begins at 6 p.m.. But we think you should know that Avicii, one of the (according to Forbes) highest paid DJs in the world, is about to play inside a baseball cave. It's part of the MLB's launch into the post season. Makes sense.


Diplo Attempts to Break Twerking "World Record" With Twerk-Wall at Electric Zoo

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Will you twerk it for a ticket to Electric Zoo this Sunday?
[UPDATE: Today's Electric Zoo has been canceled after two reportedly die of drug overdose.]

Two questions, ladies. 1) Do you have an ass? 2) Can you twerk so hard you could churn butter with it?

If you're a YES on both, Diplo needs your help. This Sunday, the dirty beat impresario brings us his latest creation: "Butts Around the World," wherein he will attempt to break the "world record" of twerkers twerking at one time with his patented "Twerk-Wall." If some of those words make sense to you, and you're interested in joining Diplo on this noble quest, here's what's what: You can win one of 50 free tickets to this weekend's Electric Zoo dance music festival on Randall's Island by sending Diplo a video of yourself twerking to, naturally, twerk4diplo@gmail.com. If his #expressyourself contest from last year is any indication, the competition will be fierce. Diplo and his assorted Mad Decent Bros will review each video submission with what we can only presume is absolute seriousness (lab coats, clipboards etc.). Presto Chango, Twerk-Wall assembled.

See also: Electric Daisy Carnival's Pasquale Rotella on When the EDM Bubble is Going to Pop

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The Five Biggest Egos in EDM

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By Natasha Miller

One imagines that when you're standing behind the decks at a massive concert, a solitary king ruling over an undulating sea of adoring fans, it's hard not to feel a surge of absolute power and control. After all, you're the DJ, the person in charge of sonically and spiritually guiding thousands of people towards BPM enlightenment and securing a place in their hearts, at least until the next mega-fest.

There are tons of perks that come with the worldwide adoration of EDM superstardom. But thanks to social media, we're seeing the consequences of this nonstop jetsetting party lifestyle, and sometimes the results can be a bit, well, douchey. Here's a list of DJs who may want to keep their publicists on speed dial.

See also: Why Are Old School Electronic Artists Annoyed With EDM?

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Why Daft Punk Have to Keep the Masks on

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It's too late now, and it's probably been too late for the last 10 years. Daft Punk, the French electronic duo who has singlehandedly dominated the press for the last month, will be wearing their robot suits for the rest of their lives. There will never be a reveal, a coming out, or a change of tone. Frat-trance superstar Deadmau5 has, for the most part, removed the cybernetic mouse head. KISS wrote Lick It Up and removed the face paint on MTV. But even now, when Homework is a 16-year old album, Daft Punk will always be a gold helmet and a silver helmet.

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Why Are Old School Electronic Artists Annoyed With EDM?

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Broadly speaking, if you're an electronic music fan over 40, you probably dig Danny Tenaglia more than Skrillex. And chances are, if you're a Skrillex fan under the age of 30, you're like, "Who the hell is Danny Tenaglia?"

Coachella 2013 exemplified the generation gap in the world of dance music. On one side of the field, the modern-EDM-focused Sahara tent was a thrill ride tricked out with lasers, lights and LEDs designed to blow kids' minds, with acts like Knife Party, Dog Blood and Wolfgang Gartner playing hyper-aggressive sets full of drops. Your parents would hate it.

See also: Diplo-Approved Flume Hates the Roided-Out Bros and Orange Chicks of EDM Culture

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Why EDM Is Thriving While Other Genres Are Sinking

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Christopher Victorio
DJs are the new rock stars? Maybe. (Although chefs are already the new rock stars.) Still, the big name DJs do seem to be living pretty large, what with the constant travel to exotic locations, goofily-clad fans, eager women, drugs and parties. Just swap MacBooks for guitars and it doesn't look so different from the way Zeppelin rolled in 1973.

See also: Why Is Everyone So Pissed About the EDM Reality Show?

What's missing, however, are album sales. Despite the genre's re-emergence in recent years to gargantuan crowds, you won't find most electronic artists on the mainstream charts, at least outside of the marquee names like Skrillex, Deadmau5, and Swedish House Mafia. Albums and singles are rarely certified at the gold and platinum levels. (Skrillex's "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites," which introduced a whole generation to dubstep, just recently passed a million in sales -- more than two years after its release!) And while streaming services like Spotify and Rdio are earning artists a few dimes here and there, much electronic music is given away for free online.

And yet, many EDM DJs are richer than God. From SF Weekly's Ian Port in his (excellent) story on Bassnectar:

Local promoters estimate the act earns around $75,000 to $100,000 per show, and Bassnectar plays about 150 shows a year. "I'm in the 1 percent, for sure," [he] says. "I pay a fucking sickening amount of taxes - sickening."
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