Our coverage of Electric Daisy Carnival starts tomorrow — the Las Vegas EDC festival features more than 200 artists, playing everything from house to trance to techno to chillwave to trip hop to luvstep to dubstep to hardstyle.
It's chance to power down your phones, let the music lead you where it may, and, as founder Pasquale Rotella suggests, for get about set times. BUT, if you must make a plan, here are five DJs you should be sure to catch.
This Scandinavian duo has a campy aesthetic, what with their whole banana obsession, but live these guys are the sonic equivalent of getting hit by a freight train. (If that's something you enjoy.) Basically, this stuff is aggressive house turned all the way up. Consider these guys the heirs to the Swedish House Mafia throne, and not just because they're also Swedish. They play at 3:30am on Friday.
This German house duo makes music that is subtle, sexy and smart, but also danceable and largely unfussy. It's also an act that might serve as a bridge for younger EDM fans to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the genre. Did we mention it's great makeout music? The play at 3:15am on Friday.
The DirtyBird head honcho makes music that's dark and moody and often laden with funk elements. It's basically the perfect thing to dance to when it's way past your bedtime and you're not even tired yet, which might likely be the case when he plays at 4:15am on
At some point, you're going to want to listen to dubstep. (Seriously! That will probably happen!) When you do, check L.A.'s own 12th Planet. Blurring the already blurry line between dub and trap, his sound is grimy, bass-y, aggressive and dirty in all the ways you prefer at 12:45am, which is when he plays on Saturday.
The Welsh DJ/producer is a bit of a legend, having played to big rooms around the world after getting his start in the early '90s. Sasha's sound is astral, progressive house that's maintains depth and lightness at the same damn time. An old school artist that music critics tend to fawn over, Sasha's sound is perhaps the only thing your BPM-addled brain may be able to handle after three days of hard partying. He plays at 2am on Sunday.