Nestled in the heart of the sunshine state, the birthplace of Disney World, and other world famous theme parks is Orlando, Florida. Titled as the Theme Park Capital of The World and nicknamed “The City Beautiful”; this metropolis has grown to be the most populous inland city in Florida and home to the largest college student body in the world at the University of Central Florida. At some point in EDM’s explosion in popularity , Insomniac founder Pasquale Rotelle saw massive potential to throw one hell of a party in Florida’s City Beautiful, praising the thriving rave scene that has unarguably been overlooked due to neighboring Miami’s legendary and long history as an electronic music hub of the world. So in 2011, Insomniac threw its first Orlando edition of Electric Daisy Carnival and it’s been one amazing ride ever since.
If it’s one thing electronic music does that all seasoned listeners and fans can agree on, it’s change before you get too comfortable with the fresh new thing. In 2011 we saw Dutch house thrive, festivals weren’t being streamed on YouTube and MTV yet, Tiesto was still playing trance, Afrojack shepherded many EDM newcomers with his mega hit “Take Over Control”, and basic EDM dabblers were still asking how one dances to dubstep. It was on this monstrous year that Rotelle decided to try out his party celebrating peace, love, unity, and respect in the Floridian city. The Orlando festival’s first year brought nothing short of heavyweight headliners with huge names like Paul Van Dyk, Diplo, and Benny Benassi, but that’s not to say the event wasn’t featuring the hottest of fresh blood as well. Contributing their unique and nowhere near as popular (at the time) sounds were English producer Feed Me, then-electro boy wonder Porter Robinson, and that one lead singer from From First To Last calling himself Skrillex. The weekend went off without a hitch seeing 12,000 attendees Friday and over 20,000 Saturday, signifying something truly special had just begin in the Central Florida city.