Stream ‘EDC 20-Year Playlist Series’: 2000
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.
With the New Year came a new decade, as the world celebrated the turn of the millennium at the dawn of 2000. The year ushered in a decade of shifting cultural ideologies and concepts, and a different lifestyle began to emerge, where technology would soon become king and conqueror of everyday life. Microsoft made its latest technological leap with the release of Windows 2000, making computer literacy and accessibility one step closer to universal acceptance—though stocks in internet-based companies began to plunge, marking the beginning of the end of the dot-com bubble.
Metal icons Metallica sued Napster after discovering their entire catalog was freely available on the peer-to-peer network, launching a precedent-setting copyright infringement lawsuit. Down Under, Sydney played host to the 2000 Summer Olympic Games. Back in the States, Vermont legalized civil unions for same-sex couples, the final original Peanuts comic strip was published following a 50-year run, and George W. Bush won the US presidency for his first term in office.
Simultaneously, lots was going down in the electronic world. Legendary Tokyo nightclub Womb opened its doors. Traktor forever revolutionized the DJ software and performance industry with its launch. Hollywood again recognized the dance music scene with Groove, a film portraying one epic night in the San Francisco underground rave scene, with John Digweed making a cameo and also contributing to the soundtrack via his Bedrock alias. Danny Tenaglia rocked a record-setting 20-hour set—one of his legendary marathon performances—at Space in Miami during the annual Winter Music Conference.
The year 2000 also marked the birth of two influential institutions in dance music: the Detroit Electronic Music Festival (now known as the Movement Electronic Music Festival), which recognized the city’s historical influence on the culture, and Above & Beyond, who played an integral role in spreading trance around the world.
As for EDC, the festival celebrated the new decade and its fourth year with a new and exciting venue at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, California, almost 200 miles away from Insomniac headquarters in Los Angeles. By now, EDC had bounced between several venues in search of a new locale, which, according to Insomniac CEO and Founder Pasquale Rotella, kept things interesting.
“Part of the adventure was trying to find the right venue for our home,” he says. “That was part of the culture back then. You’d want to find a better venue, something different. Having a different venue is like having a different lineup.”
According to Rotella, the perfect venue adds to the overall EDC journey, which has always been the key focus for the festival: the experience as a whole. “It wasn’t just about the lineup; it was about the party.”
Continuing to grow in 2000, EDC expanded to five booming stages, each of which featured a soundtrack reflecting the day’s wide-spanning sounds—ambient and chill-out, hardcore/happy hardcore, drum & bass, trance and progressive, and house—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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