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See you there! - The ForeverEDM Family
"When I first got into edm, I wasn't as passionate about the music as I am today. I also didn't understand the culture or what edm REALLY meant to its fans. The music though, caught my interest and effortlessly held it. Everything fell into place after that. Even though, at the time, I wasn't the crazed, “rave music” fanatic that I am now, I still was awe-struck when I discovered the live performances for the first time.
I spent a lot of nights scavenging through YouTube videos of live footage and festival after-movies. One of the first, to genuinely catch my attention, was Tomorrowland. The thought of spending an entire weekend, submerged in that much energy, really inspired me. I grew in appreciation of not only the music itself, but the community as well. By watching these videos, I started to get an idea of what “PLUR” meant to the culture. Not long after discovering Tomorrowland, I uncovered the gem they call “Electric Daisy Carnival.” Not only did it amaze me to see such a wonderful community and stimulating atmosphere, it wasn't just a fantasy like Tomorrowland. The fact that EDC is held here in America made it possible to dream, that one day, I could actually go. Regardless, the trip to Las Vegas isn't something that’s realistic for many, especially if you’re from Chicago or the East Coast (or are broke fuck like me).
Since then, my passion for music has deepened. Today, I not only discover new music, I make it myself. Well, i'm “in the process” of making my own, that is lol. My, then, new-found love for the music inevitably brought me straight to the source of the action. Starting with Spring Awakening Music Festival this past summer, I've attended as many shows as my wallet allowed. To name a few, I saw Justice at Congress Theater and Boys Noize at the House of Blues. My most recent RSVP was to the NYE weekend, Porter Robinson double-header show at Congress. The "special guest" openers were Hardwell, Deniz Koyu, and Dannic.
Ever since I limped out of Soldier Field with my ears ringing, preceding the closing of SAMF, I've been lusting after attending another edm festival. Regardless of its size, theme, or line-up, I wanted to feel that rush again. Simply put, the experience really stuck with me. For the first time in my life, since discovering all this, I not only understood the true meaning of “PLUR;” I finally connected with the culture. I could, for the first time in my life, be myself. More importantly, I was accepted without comment, nor question. I felt loved...
Not too long ago, I heard “rumors” that involved EDC coming to Chicago. I had my doubts, but still have been building my hopes up ever since. Now that it’s been made official, I’m beyond excited. On top of it, I’m both overjoyed and relieved to know that it’s going to be held only TEN minutes away from my house at the Chicago-land Speedway in Joliet! That means I’ll pay little to nothing on transportation. Oh, and I don’t have to stress over the money spent for a hotel room either. From what people have told me (and my own common sense), the road trip and hotel costs alone can add up to be as much as a ticket itself, or more. Thankfully, I don’t need to save up for a week-long trip to Vegas. I mean, I'll inevitably end up taking that cross-country trip. I'm not going to waste my time with that, though, until I'm 21; what fun is Vegas if you're not 21? Re-fucking-gardless, my wishes have come true… I can FINALLY say I’m going to EDC! I’m lost for words just thinking about it. I hope to see you all there! Rave on Chicago."
Let's be honest, digging through music blogs is not, by any means, the proper way to unearth major news updates. Scrolling through page-after-page of song releases and pointless tour announcements is not only distracting, but it diminishes your interest as well. On a typical day, I'll spend about an hour online before going to bed. I don't have the energy, nor the will, to play "Where The Fuck Is Waldo" with news stories I may see as of interest to me. Let's be honest, most of our schedules are too full as they are. We certainly don't have the time to spend hours a day online "browsing" through music blogs. Inevitably, many great stories get overlooked. Hell, half of the stories I included in this post (a few being the Association for EDM, SHM's Black Tie Event, Wynn's 42 DJ residencies, & the Ultra+Sony agreement) were unknown to me, until I set out to find them.