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Jun 9, 2013

EDC Vegas ProTip #13 Don’t Listen to Any More Recent Mixes

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Written by: Keith Wozniak

This one may sound a little odd but if you’re a picky music snob who’s often complaining about DJ’s playing the same sets over and over it’s time to stop listening to any recent mixes from your favorite DJ’s. We are so over saturated with music these days between Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Spotify and every other streaming radio station that we hear the same tracks over and over and once people see a DJ live they’re disappointed that it’s what they’ve heard already.

There will be many DJ’s who have the capability to wow the crowd and do something different but for the most part if you’ve recently seen a DJ at a festival or club gig they’ll probably play a very similar set at EDC. There’ll be some ID – ID’s tossed into sets but for the most part it’ll be the same. Listen to some mixes from last year or even older so you can be surprised at what you’re about to hear.

A majority of DJ’s are going to play similar sets that you may have heard already because they’re only given the standard one hour festival time slot. That barely gives them enough time to play just the record label tracks that they are trying to push. All of this stuff is a big business and the big name DJ’s play tracks for a reason, to make money through sales. They’re playing quality tracks but it’s all tied in to sales. These are the reasons why events like pool parties are a great environment to see them in. They’ll be playing in a different atmosphere and the good ones will change their sets up a bit.

Before the digital age when DJ’s had to travel with a record crate they would often play similar sets night after night back then as well just like they do today. It’s nothing new but we’re so saturated with music that it’s noticeable more than ever before. Some people love knowing more and more of the tracks being played so it’s not a big deal but there’s also others who love hearing something for the first time when you’re at a festival. If that’s you and you’re often disappointed it’s because you listen to too many downloads.

The mystery of the live set has disappeared with the internet and we can only blame ourselves for caving in and having to listen to everything.

The music is what makes the festival happen so go in knowing it or hoping to be surprised, it’s your choice!

About the ProTips: I’ve been counting down the days until Electric Daisy Carnival with a tip a day until the day of the festival. There’ll be more to come after this one and you can view ALL of them here.

Previous ProTips:

#14 HAVE A PLAN B

#15 AVOID MAKING EDC BABIES

#16 HAVE ONE CREDIT CARD READY FOR HOTEL CHECK IN

#17 DON’T CROWD SURF

#18 PLAN YOUR DAYS WITH YOUR GROUP

#19 GETTING FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE HOTEL

#20 PLAN YOUR MONEY, SAVE MONEY FOR THE TRIP HOME

#21 NO OPEN CONTAINERS IF YOU’RE DRIVING

#22 BE NICE, DO NOT JUDGE AND HAVE FUN

#23 LAST CHANCE TO ORDER ANYTHING ONLINE

#24 GET TO KNOW THE BARTENDER, FOOD VENDOR, ETC

#25 PLAN FOR THE WORST HANGOVER OF YOUR LIFE

#26 ALCOHOL AND THE HEAT ARE YOUR ENEMY

#27 TIME STAMP TEXT MESSAGES

#28 THE DEUCE BUS ON THE STRIP IS SLOW

#29 DRIVING TO THE FESTIVAL

#30 WEAR A WATCH FOR TIME

#31 DOG TAGS WITH YOUR NAME AND NUMBER FOR KEYS

#32 BRING AN EXTRA CELL PHONE BATTERY OR CHARGING ATTACHMENT

#33 EXPECT A THOROUGH SEARCH

#34 MAKE A PLAN TO STAY TOGETHER AND A PLAN IF YOU GET SEPARATED

#35 STAY OFF OF FACEBOOK AND TWITTER

#36 TIP THE FREE WATER PEOPLE

#37 BUY A SMOOTHIE

#38 BUYING AND SELLING TICKETS NOW THAT IT’S SOLD OUT

#39 HOW TO CHECK THE SHIPPING STATUS OF YOUR TICKETS

#40 BRING YOUR LAPTOP TO BACKUP PICS OR USE A CLOUD APP

#41 INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLER’S CHECK YOUR PHONE PLANS

#42 RACHEL’S AWESOME GUIDE TO THE BATHROOMS

#43 TAKE PICTURES BUT DON’T BE A PHOTOGRAPHER

#44 DON’T FEAR THE K9 UNIT VAN

#45 WARMUP AND STRETCH BEFORE YOU GO WILD

#46 DON’T FEAR THE MEDICAL PERSONNEL IF SOMETHING IS WRONG

#47 BE CAUTIOUS OF PEOPLE TRYING TO SELL YOU THINGS ON THE STRIP

#48 BE PREPARED FOR CIGARETTE SMOKE

#49 PRINT OUT OR WRITE DOWN PHONE NUMBERS

#50 PRINT OUT YOUR FLIGHT AND HOTEL INFO

#51 REMEMBER IT’S AN EXPERIENCE, NOT A CONCERT

#52 READ THE LINEUP ABOUT 500 TIMES A MINUTE

#53 PREVENT YOURSELF FROM BEING A GRUMPY PAIN IN THE ASS

#54 READ THE GUIDELINES TO KNOW WHAT’S PROHIBITED

#55 FOUR REASONS TO RENT A LOCKER

#56 EAR PLUGS EAR PLUGS EAR PLUGS

#57 ENERGY GELS, GRANOLA, PROTEIN AND MEAL REPLACEMENT BARS

#58 BE A TOURIST, CHECK OUT SOME FREE VEGAS ATTRACTIONS

#59 BEING PREPARED FOR THE POOL PARTIES

#60 REMEMBER GROUND CONTROL IS FOR US, NOT AGAINST US

#61 WRIST WALLET OR RUNNERS WAIST PACK INSTEAD OF POCKETS

#62 SUNSCREEN FOR THE DAY AND FESTIVAL LINE

#63 PACK LIGHT

#64 DON’T BE AFRAID TO SLEEP

#65 BRING A WIFI ROUTER TO SHARE YOUR ROOMS CONNECTION

#66 MAKE PHOTOCOPIES OF LICENSE, PASSPORT AND CREDIT CARDS

#67 GET CASH FROM THE ATM BEFORE HEADING TO THE FESTIVAL

#68 HELP OUT A FELLOW RAVER

#69 TELL YOUR PARENTS WHEN YOU ARRIVE IN VEGAS AND WHEN BACK HOME

#70 THREE SEALED PACKS OF GUM

#71 TELL YOUR BANK AND CREDIT CARD COMPANIES

#72 THINK ABOUT TRAVEL INSURANCE

#73 BUY AN INSOMNIAC WATER BOTTLE OR CAMELBAK

#74 EDUCATE YOURSELF AND KNOW THAT LESS IS MORE

#75 DO NOT EXPECT CELL PHONE SERVICE

#76 GO ON THE RIDES

#77 COMFORT OVER FASHION

#78 START SAVING MONEY IMMEDIATELY

#79 DON’T BE A PRISONER

#80 WATER WATER WATER WATER

#81 BUY A SHUTTLE PASS

#82: DON’T FORGET CHAP STICK



About the Author

Keith Wozniak
Founder of this web site, I have also has been involved with raves since 1999 as a raver, flyer guy, owned a promotion company throwing small and large events and also ran one of the first Dancesafe chapters. I've done it all and have never thought the scene was dead. Also writes for SchulzArmy.com




 
 

 

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Comments

  1. Adam says:

    Great tip! Im a music snob and this is my favorite tip out of all the wonderful tips you’ve come up with. Thanks and keep up the good work!

  2. natalie says:

    THANK YOU! Nowadays your are bound to hear the same songs over and over again at a music festival. Its unfortunate 🙁 LOVE the list of tips!! Totally helping me.


 
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