• Awesome People We Met at EDC Mexico 2016

    We’re back in vibrant Mexico City at EDC Mexico for another year of big beats, hilarious totems, thrill-inducing rides, spectacular costumes and kandi, and Awesome People. The Headliners of Mexico City, composed of local Mexican ravers, young teens, and kids accompanied by their PLUR-friendly parents, are a unique type of festival fan, music lovers who are here to have a good time and dance like everybody is watching. From first-timers to dedicated ravers, these awesome Headliners brought their A-game to EDC Mexico 2016.

    Name: Pablo
    Age: 29
    Hometown: Mexico City
    Number of EDCs: Two
    What’s one thing you’d show your friends and family about EDC? It’s the best. It’s a really cool experience.
    What’s one Spanish word or saying you’d like to teach our US raver friends? Esta bien vergas (“It’s fucking great”).

     

    Name: Emiliano and his parents
    Age: 10
    Hometown: Toluca
    Number of EDCs: First time!
    What’s one thing you’d show your friends and family about EDC? The mainstage—I really like the owl.
    What’s one Spanish word or saying you’d like to teach our US raver friends? Chingon (“It’s badass”).

     

    Name: Giovanna
    Age: 30
    Hometown: Mexico City
    Number of EDCs: Two
    What’s one thing you’d show your friends and family about EDC? What I like is that the atmosphere is super cool. Everyone come with good vibes. You end up making a lot of friends. I think a lot of people don’t understand that concept. Here, it’s a little different than over there in Vegas. But in a way, it’s also very similar. The whole world comes with all the energy and all the good vibes, and that’s what’s so cool. There’s so much energy.
    What’s one Spanish word or saying you’d like to teach our US raver friends? Chidisimo (“It’s super cool”).

     

    Name: Kevin and Lorena
    Age: 22 (K), 19 (L)
    Hometown: Guerrero (K), Mexico City (L)
    Number of EDCs: Two (both)
    What’s one thing you’d show your friends and family about EDC?
    Kevin: We have a Facebook group where we try to invite more people so they know the festivals, the performers, the stages, the DJs, everything that has expanded. [We show] people that this genre isn’t from one country, and that you can participate with many more. We see so many people gathered here, and you couldn’t imagine how well Mexico has been positioned in the electronic music scene in only a few years.
    Lorena: I’d show them PLUR culture, because it’s very, very cool. [Just] now, I met a pair of kids. We traded kandi; it was marvelous. We’re meeting new people, and I’d show them that.
    What’s one Spanish word or saying you’d like to teach our US raver friends?
    Lorena: I’d show them union (unity). We all know “unity” is part of PLUR. Mexico should unite a bit more, not be racist. For example, I just met some kids from Japan. We traded kandi, and it was fantastic. I don’t know how to speak their language, but we understood each other. It was really fantastic.

    Name: Mike and John
    Age: Las Vegas (M), Los Angeles (J)
    Hometown: 29 (M), 30 (J)
    Number of EDCs: First time! (M), four (J)
    What’s one thing you’d show your friends and family about EDC?
    Mike: I want people to know EDC is really about the costumes and the feeling you get when you’re here. I’ve seen it in Las Vegas, of course. That’s why we’re in costume right now: to spread the feeling of what you get when you go to EDC.
    John: I like that it’s a community for everybody. It don’t matter how young you are, how old you are, if you’re into the music, if you’re not into the music. It’s such a variety. It’s just a blast, no matter who you are.

     

    Name: Daniel, Diego, Ximena, Fernando, Juan Pablo
    Age: 26 (Daniel), 22 (Diego), 20 (Ximena), 22 (Fernando), 30 (Juan Pablo)
    Hometown: Mexico City and Guadalajara
    Number of EDCs: Three
    What’s one thing you’d show your friends and family about EDC?
    Daniel: Right now, they have the idea that it’s not a safe place. But they should know it’s a safe place [where] you have tons of fun, [there’s] good music, and it’s cool.
    What’s one Spanish word or saying you’d like to teach our US raver friends?
    Daniel: Desmadre, which means total chaos.
    Ximena: And to party!

     

    Name: Erick and Hernan
    Age: 21 (both)
    Hometown: Mexico City (both)
    Number of EDCs: First time! (E), three (H)
    What’s one thing you’d show your friends and family about EDC?
    Erick: The atmosphere and the culture—I think the unity within the surroundings is important.
    Hernan: The internationality of it all, because you come across people from different cultures, and it becomes different from your everyday life.
    What’s one Spanish word or saying you’d like to teach our US raver friends?
    Erick: Esta chingon, cabron (“It’s fucking awesome, dude!”).

     

    Name: Elisa and Rebecca
    Age: 24 (E), 18 (R)
    Hometown: Mexico City
    Number of EDCs: Three (E), first time! (R)
    What’s one thing you’d show your friends and family about EDC?
    Elisa: It’s a place where you can have fun and play like a kid and come as you want. The goal is to have fun and have an incredible time. As you get older, there are a lot of issues, but right here you can do whatever you want—just simply have fun.
    Rebecca: When we came on the bus, a lot of people were staring at us. But the idea here is to feel like a kid and have fun.
    What’s one Spanish word or saying you’d like to teach our US raver friends?
    Rebecca: Amigos (“friends”). Even though we look like, “Hey, look at them,” when they ask you for a photo with you, it feels like a reunion—like we’re all friends and there are no differences.

    Name: Joel, Bryan, Ivan
    Age: 51 (J), 27 (B), 26 (I)
    Hometown: Sinaloa
    Number of EDCs: First time for all!
    What’s one thing you’d show your friends and family about EDC?
    Bryan: The vibes are perfect.
    Joel: Everything! EVERYTHING!!
    What’s one Spanish word or saying you’d like to teach our US raver friends?
    Joel: VIVA MEXICO!!! ARRIBA SINALOA!!!
    Bryan: EDC means entertainment.

     

    Name: Cynthia, Uriel and Lenning
    Age: 26 (C), 9 (U), 30 (L)
    Hometown: Mexico City
    Number of EDCs: Three (C), first time! (U), three (L)
    What’s one thing you’d show your friends and family about EDC?
    Cynthia: It’s really cool, the ambiance is good, and the music is great.
    Uriel: It’s badass; I love it.
    Lenning: I think this is the best electronic event in Mexico City right now.
    What’s one Spanish word or saying you’d like to teach our US raver friends?
    Cynthia: ¡Viva Mexico!

    All photos by Skyler Greene.

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