Stream ‘EDC 20-Year Playlist Series’: 1998
Commemorating the 20th anniversary of Electric Daisy Carnival, Insomniac has launched the EDC 20-Year Playlist Series, highlighting two decades of the most memorable tracks in dance music and EDC history. Every Thursday leading up to EDC Las Vegas 2016, we’ll present a hand-selected playlist reflecting every year of EDC musical history in chronological order and featuring the most pivotal tracks and artists from each respective era.
Much like the aftereffects from a stellar artist debut album, Electric Daisy Carnival experienced growing fan anticipation and an increasingly expanding following after its launch in 1997. For its second installment, EDC needed to return harder, better, faster, stronger—there were many soon-to-be ravers waiting to be converted into lifelong EDC devotees.
The late ‘90s represented a high point for electronic music as a burgeoning industry. If 1997 played an integral role in developing the global appeal of the dance community, then 1998 helped solidify the genre via a handful of key releases and milestones: electronic pioneer Paul Oakenfold released Tranceport, which paved the way for acts like Armin van Buuren and Tiësto to reach mass appeal; director Iara Lee debuted Modulations: Cinema for the Ear, a documentary chronicling the history of electronic music; Massive Attack offered the entirety of their masterpiece album Mezzanine for legal download on their website months prior to its official release, resulting in one of the earliest commercial uses of the still-developing MP3 technology; and author Simon Reynolds penned Energy Flash, one of the cultural and historical pillars in electronic music literature.
Throughout America, tensions were high as US President Bill Clinton was impeached in the infamous 1998 Monica Lewinsky sex scandal. In the entertainment world, Titanic won the Oscar for Best Picture at the 70th Academy Awards; Korn launched a national nu metal craze on the strength of their multiplatinum album Follow the Leader; and the pop world met its new princes and princess via the worldwide release of NSYNC’s self-titled debut album and Britney Spears’ breakthrough single “...Baby One More Time.” Elsewhere, the tech industry forever changed when Microsoft released Windows 98 and Ph.D. candidates Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google.
With the United States experiencing a digital and cultural revolution in 1998, so too did Electric Daisy Carnival back in Los Angeles. Electronic music remained on a steady rise, with then-new–now-classic releases from Inner City, the Crystal Method, and Fatboy Slim spreading the feel-good vibes of electronic music across EDC and around the world. On its second year, EDC began to earn its place as a cultural institution within the electronic world.
Take a spin on the sounds of 1998 and the second installment of EDC.
EDC Las Vegas 2016 takes place June 17–19 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Stay tuned for more details on what promises to be an unforgettable show.
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