Electronic music has come a long way... as has the annual event dedicated to its celebration, the Electric Daisy Carnival.
The Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC to its many, many fans and attendees) had its first incarnation in Los Angeles in 1997, an event that drew a few thousand electronic music fans. Cut to 16 years later and the gathering has become a global phenomenon, attracting... well, a lot more than just "a few thousand" people looking to spend a few days in an electronic utopia.
"Under the Electric Sky" chronicles (in 3D, of course) the 2013 incarnation of the festival, which was held in Las Vegas and drew a crowd of over 350,000. The documentary explores the experience — which includes not only live music but bizarre carnival rides, pyrotechnics, and interactive art installations — from the point of view of six different groups of attendees. There's also plenty of footage from some of the top names in the business including Fatboy Slim, Kaskade, Dillon Francis, Afrojack, Above & Beyond, Armin Van Buren, Avicii, and Tiësto.
The trailer makes EDC look like the greatest amusement park in the world. Really, you might not know this is a music festival were it not for the film's synopsis — it looks like a Cirque du Soleil performance (times, like, a thousand) expanded as an interactive experience, a "world free of problems that plague our regular culture" where "the kids that ate lunch by themselves in high school" can gather and exclaim, "Whoa, I belong here."
The film comes courtesy of the filmmaking team of Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz, who certainly know their stuff when it comes to music documentaries after producing "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" (2011) and directing "Katy Perry: Part of Me" (2012). Hey, don't laugh — those movies made a lot of money and made a lot of people happy, which will probably be the fate of "Under the Electric Sky," too, especially since the film is offering personalized screening parties for fans to arrange via social media (starting tomorrow).
"Under the Electric Sky" had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and will hit theaters this summer.