Stream ‘EDC 20-Year Playlist Series’: 1999
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.
More than any other year of the ‘90s, 1999 was defined by cultural change. Advancements in technology were growing faster and affected virtually every sector of business. The internet became more widely used and more easily accessible, changing the way humans operated on a daily basis, as the global human population reached 6 billion. Prince’s portentous party jam “1999”—originally released in 1982—eerily encapsulated the paranoia of the American people at the dawn of the new century. Powered by the then-frightening, now-laughable Y2K scare, the millennium madness of 1999 reflected a society simultaneously addicted to, confused by, and scared of the rapidly growing tech industry and the widely expanding influence of the internet on everyday lifestyle.
That year, the electronic music community in the US achieved a handful of accolades the whole nation would witness via pop culture milestones. Moby released his groundbreaking magnum opus Play, which would later garner him worldwide mainstream success, platinum status in more than 20 countries, and placement in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. Fatboy Slim became a household name on the strength of his weirdly entertaining “Praise You” music video, which would win three major Moonman statues at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards, including Breakthrough Video, Best Direction in a Video, and Best Choreography in a Video. On the other end of the spectrum, Aphex Twin creeped out the entire world with his “Windowlicker” music video.
The film industry captured the growing international rave and club scenes on each side of the pond, with Go in the US and Human Traffic in the UK. Napster, the peer-to-peer file sharing service, commenced the digital revolution, introducing the culture of free and forever changing the global music industry. And across each US coast, two major music festivals launched in the same year: Ultra Music Festival in Miami and the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California.
As for EDC, it too started a new chapter in 1999 with its third installment. The festival took on a new home at Lake Dolores Waterpark in Newberry Springs, CA. According to Insomniac CEO and Founder Pasquale Rotella, the unorthodox venue choice aimed at providing a unique experience to attending ravers. This new location, which provided a glimpse of the symbiotic relationship between festival and venue, expanded the creative potential of EDC.
Across the grounds, revelers danced to the sounds of trance, techno, house, breaks, drum & bass, jungle and hardcore, which you’ll hear across this week’s episode of the EDC 20-Year Playlist Series.
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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