My journey in electronic music started in 2010, with the likes of deadmau5 and The Bloody Beetroots gracing my playlists. This was also around the same time I started fervently dreaming of one day attending Electric Daisy Carnival, which is the most prominent electronic music festival in America. Fast forward to a decade later, here I am with several music festivals checked off my list:
During that time, I’ve traded hundreds of kandis, put four pairs of rave converses to rest, lost six sets of earplugs somewhere in the electric abyss, and saw five sets of amazing EDC fireworks. To this day, I still get the same jitters in those hours leading up to a show no matter how big or small.
Several years deep into the scene, it was clear this was something more than just a weekend past time. I have been blessed with meeting some of my best friends through these events, regardless of where we called our hometowns. Events will come to an end but we would stay connected beyond it over our love of sharing new music, artists, and playlists with one another. I’ve also lost countless hours to SoundCloud and Spotify (apparently I spent over 124,000 minutes on Spotify last year alone). And I would often find myself eagerly reading artist bios and watching interviews instead of working.
As I started nearing my late 20’s, I realized that I didn’t want to stop attending events just because I was getting older. Music has been my main escape for the past couple of years and inevitably changed me for the better. I can’t imagine where I’d be today if I didn’t drag my friends to EDC seven years back. While some peoples’ priorities change or they grow out of the scene, mine is to check off as many music festivals, underground shows, and everything in-between as possible until I can’t dance anymore.
To be honest, this was the one blog category I was struggling the most with when I created Alice in Muse. I’m not musically trained nor do I know how to talk about why I love a song other than, “OMFG that drop is siiiick, it’s like a lovechild of Seven Lions and Armnhmr.” I also wish I had taken more photos and videos over the years so I could inform you of what the festivals are like but I’m usually too caught up in the moment to remember.
Despite my original reservations of creating this category, it felt wrong to not include such a big portion of my life on this blog so I’ll do my best with what little knowledge I have. I think at the very least, I can share some songs that I like. By the way, I do want to mention that I do not believe my taste in music is be all and end all (I hate music elitists!). ‘Good music’ also should not be subjected to only a single genre or style, and this is something I might fight you over, but… PLUR. Seriously, you’re missing out on so much good shit if you only listen to one genre.
I will also state this as a warning that my taste is chaotic and haphazard. I literally will listen to Above and Beyond one moment and decide to blast Kayzo’s Lollapalooza 2018 set next (it’s still one of my favorites to workout to!) These days, trance and techno are my go-to’s, but I will literally listen to anything.
Here’s to hoping I’ll get to go to an event again before I enter my 30’s but at this rate, it isn’t looking very hopeful. For now, you can catch me glued to livestreams instead.