The Rise of House Music and EDC

By Kieran Hurley and Patrick Janeczko

Jazz, the Blues, Rock and Roll, Hip-hop. These music genres were once intertwined with images of rebellion and nonconformity. Their popularity caused them to affect cultural attitudes and social norms. Icons like Elvis and the Beatles were products of music crazes. Today’s music craze, House Music, has become entrenched in adolescent culture and has created cultural icons and controversies of its own.

House music is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in 1980’s Chicago. Largely influenced by Europe, it has an upbeat tempo and a drum kick known as the beat to create a sound designed for dancing. It seems to be the perfect fit for our generation with its lack of substantial vocals and pleasurable – and sometimes drug induced – experience.

New York City has not escaped the House Music craze. To welcome spring, some of House’s biggest names will gather at Citi Field for one of the most anticipated concerts of the year. One of this year’s Electric Daisy Carnivals, or EDC, will take place in New York for the first time ever on May 17th and 18th. This year’s festival is poised to be bigger and louder than ever before with names like Afrojack, Calvin Harris, and Nicky Romero set to perform.

“House music is just different,” said Billy Panagakos, a senior who is attending EDC this year. “It truly personifies our generation. We are wild and crazy and that is what the music represents.”

Ever since 1997 when the first festival was held in Los Angeles, EDC has attracted young people who have a love for house music. The concert shot up in popularity recently when it expanded out of Southern California and became a two-day event in 2009. Last year’s three day concert in Las Vegas drew over 300,000 people and more people are expected to attend this year.

After the festivities in New York, EDC will take place in Chicago, London, Puerto Rico, Orlando, and Las Vegas.  New Yorkers have been long awaiting EDC and were quick to get their seats. EDC tickets started at 160 dollars and skyrocketed to 300 dollars soon after release. Despite the hefty price tag, the tickets sold out almost immediately.

“I’m not a particular fan of house music but many of my friends are,” said Linda Hoftyzer, a Math teacher. “It’s amazing how the genre has exploded in popularity and I know many people who are psyched for EDC.”

One of the unique aspects of EDC New York is many of the minor artists performing. Everyone is looking forward to seeing the big name performers like La Roux – the singer behind the hit song “Bulletproof” – but forget about the many smaller acts that will perform. Up and coming house artists like Hobo, Skism, and Morgan Page are on the lineup which was released on the official EDC website on April 3rd.

“EDC is going to be crazy,” said Sally Back, a senior. “The lineup looks really good and it features a lot of the hidden talent in house music.”

Many people call EDC the modern day Woodstock. It is a fitting name seeing that it is popular amongst the younger generation trying to escape from daily pressures, social norms, and the rapid pace of life.   EDC New York is set to be one of the most exciting house music festivals yet and will surely be a weekend to remember.

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