Over the weekend, Electric Daisy Carnival took over Citi Field in Queens, New York, bringing some of the most popular electronic dance music DJs and artists to the Big Apple for a crazy, flower-filled, beat-dropping experience. I didn’t attend, though apparently EDC was a blast, and I am thoroughly jealous.
But not everyone shares my sentiments on electronic dance music, or EDM, festivals, raves and rave music, in general. Jim Farber of the New York Daily News recently published a preview of New York's summer music festivals, expressing a particularly biased critique of the aforementioned Electric Daisy Carnival. Farber described EDC as a drug-fueled showcase of “repetitive and often lyric-free” music by a few “unphotogenic” headliner DJs “plus zillions of lesser spinners.” To be equally biased, I'll say he's not only painfully showing his age, but also that he completely misses the point of EDM culture.