Every so often, I get to write about something I’m genuinely excited about. It typically involves some kind of specialty cocktail or a new spot to imbibe in my neighborhood, but this time, it was about Pasquale Rotella, founder of Insomiac Events and the creator of Electric Daisy Carnival (or EDC, as it’s known by acolytes). In case you’ve somehow never heard of the weekend-long dance extravaganza, here’s the trailer for EDC Vegas 2013:
Anyway, for the past couple weeks, I’ve been looking forward to this article coming out, and when I finally saw the published piece, I was super bummed to realize they cut out my favorite part. I realize the omitted paragraph was written in a more flower-y, less journalistic style (and the editors probably needed to trim the word count), so I totally understand their move. But I’m still a tiny bit disappointed. So here it is, copied and pasted from my original draft, the paragraph that was supposed to be sandwiched between the last two paragraphs of the article (which you can read in its entirety here).
“Of course, in the case of EDC, the whole is certainly greater than the sum of its parts. It’s more than the booming beats reverberating throughout the core of your body, the dazzling delirium of lights, the circus-like procession of otherworldly performance artists. There’s an intangible sense of excitement in the air—a magnetic, electric charge—much like the static tingle on your skin before a storm rolls in. It’s the positive energy brought by the fans, an energy that charges Rotella like a lifeblood.”