When you think of New Orleans you think of many things but EDM is probably not one of them. You think Jazz, beignets, chicory coffee, Cafe Du Monde, Preservation Hall and madness in the streets.
I've just landed in N.O.L.A. to cover my second Voodoo Fest, it's been a return trip that I've been thinking about doing for a couple years since I first came in 2011. The festival is one of my favorites with its amazing and diverse lineup, manageable size, legendary food and positive people.
Dance music belongs here, it just feels just right in this city of cultural collisions and revelry. Roaming the streets last night in the French Quarter for my warm up lap it was hard not to be caught up in the atmosphere and controlled chaos. The bohemians of Frenchmen Street seem trapped in time as they wander aimlessly through the clouds of music that collide with the sidewalk.
This is a city of music, everywhere you go there are sounds of percussion, wild screeching horns and shouts of rhythm. It makes perfect sense that Voodoo Fest has brought so much dance music to the lineup this year, it fits the city's intoxicating energy and wild irreverence. EDM is a lot like Jazz in many respects, it's music that makes you move and brings people together. It's a cultural movement, not just a genre.
Check out this article from NOLA's OffBeat magazine about the rise of EDM at Voodoo Fest below. I'm going to get some chicory coffee to work off this warm-up lap hangover.
Voodoo Rules - OffBeat Magazine
The Voodoo Experience has been in a constant state of evolution since it first hit the New Orleans scene back in 1999. From its first incarnation as a single day event at Tad Gormley Stadium, to its triumphant post-Katrina return and its acquisition by music industry powerhouse Live Nation, the annual gathering has undergone myriad changes over the years.
One of the most recent major adjustments to the festival’s character came in 2010, when the Voodoo Experience announced that its dedicated electronic music stage would be revived under the Le Plur moniker. In the years since, the stage—which derives its name from the classic raver mantra of Peace, Love, Unity and Respect—has become one of Voodoo’s most popular attractions.
“What we’ve been seeing is that a lot of people go to that stage and then they don’t leave,” says Voodoo Experience founder and Live Nation executive Stephen Rehage. “Since we brought it back in 2010, it’s been as big as the main stage.”
The revival of Le Plur came at just the right time. Since 2010, electronic dance music—or EDM—has exploded across the country. Once considered an international phenomenon with a niche presence in the United States, EDM is now firmly rooted in the mainstream of American music.
Read The entire Off Beat Magazine Article Here