This past weekend attended one of the most amazing music festivals I have ever been to. Electric forest is an EDM festival in Rothbury Michigan. Over 40,000 people of all ages attended. This is my second year going and I have to say this tradition will be carried on for the next years to come. My friends and I left at about 3:30 am the night before the event knowing we would have a 5-hour wait in line to get into the camp ground. As we sit in line we come to a stand still after security and the crowd in the cars start to get restless. People start blasting music popping open some drinks and get the party started while we wait. It was amazing seeing all the different types of people already submerging from the cars. After a long confusion about parking and 3 hours later we finally get moving and even more excited that we were finally on our way to one of the best weekends ever. Winding through the dusty roads we find out group camp site right in front of the venue entrance making it an easy commute not only to the festival but to the shops, store, and bathrooms. As we set up our tents and get settled in it finally sets in that we were finally there and all our planning is finally going to pay off. Around 5 the music from the main stage near the entrance starts and the people start to fill the line. My best friend and I go through our clothes and pull out hippie festival clothing put on our fanny packs and make our way out for the day. As we wait in line and then finally get into the festival it is amazing to see so many different types of people all unique in their own way having fun together as one. From stage to stage there are different types of EDM music from house, techno, trap, dubstep to some folk and acoustic. Everyone had their own style. I myself stuck with the house or faster music while I had some friends who stayed with one genre the whole time either way there was something to make everyone happy. When the night came over the festival it turned into a different world, something out of a dream far from reality. Wandering through the forest between concerts was one of the best things you could do. They had different things set up through out of sculptures, interactive things, shops and bars. The forest is filled with happy people who are all there to share their love for the music and happiness of others. Even through crowds and bumping into people all the time you never see anyone getting mad at each other or causing fights. This is a place where everyone can be who they really are and have no judgments just positivity. One of my favorite moments was the transition between two different music types. I first went to see Bassnectar a huge artist that was probably the most popular there. My boyfriend and I went to the stage 30 minutes early knowing people would be waiting for him way before he went on, so we wanted to get a spot somewhat close. You could almost feel the passion that everyone had for this artist while we were just waiting there . Once he started the crowd came alive and became one as everyone started dancing. I have actually never heard of this DJ till now so I wasn’t sure what to expect. It went from fast beats to slow to in the middle and everything beyond my expectations. It was one of the happiest concerts I have been to and would do it all over again If I could. After that set was over we ended the night with some house music. As we went to that stage the crowd was alittle more spaced and the music was at a lower tempo with a more consistent beat. Very different change of pace but I molded right in. Everyone was dancing to the beat in their own world having the best time of their lives. That what I love so much about this music if you have an open mind you can experience so many different types of music. Those are just two memories from many amazing ones from the weekend. As the weekend came to a close I found myself sleeping for most of the day and then tiredly dancing at the last set we went to embracing the last of the forest before leaving it for a year. It was a bittersweet ending ,but I created so many new amazing memories with even better people in a place worry and judgment free. I recommend this festival to anyone who has an open mind and wants to experience something different and adventurous.
A step inside Detroit’s Local house music scene
As in any industry you have professionals and smaller to local artists. Within the past 7 months of getting into EDM music and discovering new types of EDM almost everyday, I have found out about a local DJ group called Golf Clap who in particular play house music. I originally heard of them at Electric Forest last year and really enjoyed their house music. I have always been into the mainstream DJs and still like them a lot but have started to get into a a couple different styles like house and techno. After forest I had a good friend show me new music almost everyday and a lot of it was Golf Clap. I also then found out they are from Detroit and play music every weekend at a place in Ferndale called The Grasshopper Underground. Soon after finding that out a few of my friends and me decided to check the place out since we knew of no place that plays that type of music. We went there and it was a little whole in the wall place with a lot of personality. As you walk in you are immediately greeted with a staircase going to the basement where the dancing is or the ling narrow bar to the right. Once you go downstairs you can see the small DJ booth and lounge area right next to it. Once you see the full downstairs its not larger than a midsized basement of a decent sized house. Normally I like the venues larger with lots of lights and the whole thing but this was so intimate it felt like we were personally getting a show. The only lights used were ones from behind a narrow bar on both perimeters and from behind the DJ booth. The music was great just as I remembered in the forest and afterword me and my friend met them like it was no big deal. It was awesome because ever since then we have been back or to other places around Detroit that we found plays that music and they will show up there as well. I just went there this past Friday and talked to them like normal people and they appreciate our love for their music . I really am glad I met them and glad I know of such great talent that’s near Detroit. I also love that these DJs are so humbled by their fans and they are just doing what they love. It is great to know such great local talent and finding out about new ones all the time. House and Techno music comes a live in our city of Detroit.
Hey all! So the biggest time for all the EDM goers out there is Festival Season. This is a season from end of April all the way till mid September. It is the time where hundreds of organized music festivals are taking place globally on many different scales. They have them in almost every state all the way to Europe and even Japan. It is amazing to see how unique each of these events are and how many people of different backgrounds come together in unity. I myself have only been to two festivals called Electric Forest and Movement. Later this week will be my second time going to Electric Forest. It is unlike many festivals in so many ways. Some festivals only have one stage, are in a city, or on a massive scale. This festival in particular gives you a great variety within the EDM music styles. You camp out for four days and have choices of regular camping, group camping, cabins and VIP. I have found group camping is the best deal because you are right in front of the gate and for me I didn’t need luxuries for the time I was there. It is also unique in where the stages and festivities are located in a real forest and is something out of a dream. People of all kinds gather for this event and truly come together. There is zero judgment as you see thousands of different personalities. It is the most welcoming place I have ever been to which is another reason it brings everyone back. It amazes me how even within crowds and bumping into people instead of fights or rude people you will see manners and even others starting to dance with whoever they bumped into. Each stage has its own flare to it and each offers a different style of music so you can bounce back and forth to what ever your feeling at that moment. This one is located on the West side of the state on a open wooded farm area. Movement however was a whole different experience. It was located in the city of Detroit and you wouldn’t camp out but attend the festival during the day and then afterpartys within the city till about 4 am. This festival had a slightly different style of EDM. It was a lot of deep house and techno with djs coming from around the globe. This is a very special festival for Detroit since the city is known for the birthplace of Techno. This one featured five stages and all had different feels. From being right on the water to mixed into trees, underground and also right in the center of heart plaza. Again no judgment and thousands of unique people coming to enjoy the thing they love. I am so glad I have been able to experience these two festivals but I have so many more I want to see. One that I have been dreaming to go to is EDC Vegas. This is one of the largest festivals in scale and has the biggest artists and also a strong variety. These festivals truly create a unique magical place where people can really be themselves and slip out of reality for a weekend. I hope to hear some feedback on anyone who also enjoys these festivals like I do.
Hey all! This is Brooke Rycerz here and this is my very first blog! I am still learning to utilize the site effectively, while also making sure I am confident in my topics and such. I am deciding to choose the topic of EDM music with three subcategories of different areas within this music that I have a lot of experience with and am very passionate about. Music is a huge part of my life and while I don’t play and instruments or sing (professionally at least), I have a huge appreciation for good talent. I have music for almost every mood and I have experienced this specific type personally and have learned a lot about myself and others. I am writing about this because I want to hopefully give people insight on what its really like to be apart of this type of music culture. I am also hoping that I can get feedback about other peoples thoughts because I have learned how music can bring people together or tear them apart. I will be posting as much as I can! I am excited to hear from everyone!