Dubstep don 12th Planet has seen it all at EDC, which is due in no small part to the fact that the Angeleno is one of the top-booked acts in the Carnival’s timeline. He’s been with us for many years.

From car accidents in artist transpo and powering through a set during food poisoning, with a puke bucket next to the decks, to catching his first-ever helicopter and celebrating several birthdays there, EDC always finds a way to be memorable for the festival stalwart. The guy is practically overflowing with wild EDC stories. So, narrowing it down to one memory to stand above the rest seemed truly tough for the producer. But 12th Planet landed on one he’s holding onto forever:

I think my fondest memory at EDC Las Vegas was the first closing “production team” party after the festival ended year one. For those of you who know, you know.

That memory sticks out to me mainly because of how much fun we had. Back then, there was only a three-foot kiddie pool with a few trailers and an igloo full of booze. We totally made it work. Imagine chillin’ at 9am with some great friends while everyone is trying to leave the festival, and you’re swimming in a kiddie pool with a Bud Light in one hand and not a care in the world in the other. Since then, that three-foot kiddie pool with tents has evolved into multiple pools, RV trailers with palm trees, and grass surrounding it. It’s kind of a secret oasis within the festival, if you ask me, and probably the most awesome kickback spot there.

EDC is the end-all be-all party in the world for me. I grew up in L.A. and have been attending EDC for 20-something years. For my entire ravelihood, I grew as an artist and as a person, while EDC matured from its early beginnings. I remember going to one of my first EDCs, at Lake Dolores Water Park, and being in awe of how big I thought the scene was at the time. I never imagined the scale that it would be today. Therefore, I treat each EDC like my New Year. Without it, I don’t think I would be the artist—or the person—I am today. I met some of my best friends through this festival, and being able to perform at EDC is just a testament to my commitment to dance music over the past two decades. It’s also the biggest show of the year, so no big deal.

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