Just in time to get EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) Orlando attendees pumped, Netflix has released Insomniac’s documentary of last year’s Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas concert, aptly titled Under the Electric Sky. EDC is coming to Orlando Nov. 7-8 and is bringing a big line up of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) DJ’s and artists, such as Above and Beyond, Aly & Fila, Andrew Rayel, Brillz, Cedric Gervais, Ummet Ozcan and many more. Under the Electric Sky doesn’t just give viewers a backstage pass to the concert, but also showcases personal stories of the people who attend these events.
EDC is an annual EDM music festival that takes place in Orlando and Miami, and occasionally in various other cities across the country, such as Las Vegas, and also in Mexico and Puerto Rico. Begun in 1993 by Pasquale Rotella, CEO & Founder of Insomniac, this musical event has helped Rave and EDM culture take a more mainstream role for over 20 years.
While this year’s concert takes place in Orlando, last year’s took place in Las Vegas, Nevada. This documentary is a must-watch, especially for those who will be attending EDC Orlando. Additionally, this film is an impressive introduction to the world of EDM and Rave culture, and has the power to inspire a love for this music.
A visual orgy of art, music, lights and people, it is hard not to get sucked into the world of EDC. Just looking at the size of the festival from the film, it looked like a city of music had just popped out of nowhere. Even viewers who aren’t huge EDM fans will still feel a longing to be there and experience this monstrous event. However, this film isn’t just a recap of last year’s festival, but rather a way of telling the story of EDM and Rave culture. When discussing why he chose to create EDC, Pasquale Rotella said that what really grabbed him was the energy behind the EDM and rave culture. And there is no denying that there is high energy at these concerts.
In the documentary, DJ Armin Van Buuren says, “[EDC] is not just an event—it’s a cultural movement. It’s all very positive. It’s almost like Woodstock, reinvented.” This couldn’t be more true. In the documentary the festival seems exactly like a twenty-first century Woodstock. The purpose of EDC is to promote love and harmony, which is very reminiscent of the famed 1969 concert that epitomized a cultural movement.
One thing that was so wonderful about this documentary was it’s special care to show how much this event is dedicated to music and Rave culture, and the safety of all its patrons. EDC’s department of health and safety had a continuous presence throughout the entirety of the film. It is explained that they have a strict no drug policy, and that they are constantly checking on the well-being of those in attendance.
Side note: Strobe lights, drastic changes in light and images and other such sensory overloads are a staple in this film. While it is very pretty to look at, it may cause some discomfort to those who are sensitive to flashing lights.
Claire Farrow can be reached at Claire.firstname.lastname@example.org.