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Jul 29
2014

Nocturnal Wonderland Lineup Announced

Insomniac's longest running event, Nocturnal Wonderland, is back with the official 2014 lineup, revealed today.

The 19th installment of Insomniac's longtime staple of LA's late-summer rave scene will feature performances from Clockwork, Flux Pavilion, Mat Zo, Nicky Romero, Slander, and about 70 more across two days. Being an Insomniac event, attendees can also expect high-quality theatrics, eye-popping stages, and mobile performers galore roaming the San Manuel Amphitheater & Grounds.

The fest goes down Sept. 5-6, with campgrounds open from Sept. 4-7. Get your tickets/camping passes now, here, and check out the full lineup in alphabetical order below.

Jul 29
2014

Pasquale Responds To Tom Petty’s EDM-Bashing

Insomniac founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella responded publicly today to rock legend Tom Petty's (pictured) recent drug- and death-focused critique of electronic music culture and Electric Daisy Carnival in particular.

Petty offered his two cents in a July 25 interview with USA Today:

Watch people play records? That’s stupid. You couldn't pay me to go. I'm not oversimplifying it. That's what's going on. I don't think it would be any fun without the drugs. It’s a drug party...

You take that many kids to Vegas in the summer, what could go wrong? I knew it as soon as I saw the ad. I went, 'Ooh, dead people.' Do you need the money so bad that you’ll put some kid's life at risk?
Rotella's response was published today on Insomniac.com:

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion about records, DJs and dance music, including Tom Petty. We’re living in a very electronic era with constantly evolving forms of entertainment, which may be a daunting thing for a classic rocker in search of contemporary social relevancy as he starts promoting new music. But I would think that someone who played shows with Dylan and the Dead—someone who lived through and actively contributed to the counterculture era of the ’60s and ’70s—wouldn’t be so quick to drink the overhyped media Kool-Aid about our festival experience. If he wants to come to EDC Vegas next year and see what it’s really about, we’ve got a ticket with his name on it. If he doesn’t want to wait that long, Nocturnal Wonderland is right around the corner. My Mama Irene would be stoked to meet him! Who knows? He might just have a “Change of Heart.”
We seem to remember a past culture movement pretty heavily regarded as a "drug party" that earned Petty a good deal of popularity and money, but who are we to judge? Anyway, maybe he should take Rotella up on his offer, and if he wants to get more involved, surely Avicii would be open to collaborating.
Jul 18
2014

Insomniac Releases New Set Footage From EDC Vegas

If you're still suffering from the post-EDC Vegas blues, we're here to help. Insomniac posted six set videos from the likes of Laidback Luke, Arty, Borgore, Bingo Players, 3LAU, and Destructo to their YouTube channel today. Also included in the YouTube content drop is footage from the traveling parades that made their way through the crowd, the Wide Awake Art Car, shots of the art installations, and time-lapse captures from around the festival. Enjoy all of this below!

Laidback Luke



Arty



Borgore



Bingo Players



3LAU



Destructo



Parade



EDC Time Lapse



Art Car



Art Installations

Jul 17
2014

Giveaway: Tix + Meet & Greet With Cosmic Gate In Hollywood And Oakland

Heads up, trance family California! Cosmic Gate is returning this August for a string of shows as part of their Start To Feel North American Tour.

The legendary duo be playing on Aug. 1 at the Hollywood Palladium and on Aug. 2 at the Fox Theater in Oakland, with Armada's rising star Andrew Rayel opening. Tickets are available here.

We here at LessThan3 are proud to announce that we've teamed up with Insomniac Events to give away one pair of tickets to both the Hollywood and Oakland stops on the Start To Feel tour. As an added bonus, both winners will score a meet & greet with Cosmic Gate and signed copies of their new album on Armada, Start To Feel.

Enter our contest by using the embedded LockerDome widget below (Note that it may not show up if you're using a mobile device or running an ad-blocker). One winner for each of the events will be emailed at 12 p.m. PDT on July 30 when the contest ends. Good luck!
Ticket Giveaway & Meet & Greet With Cosmic Gate In California in LessThan3's Hangs on LockerDome
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Jul 02
2014

Arty On Insomniac Records: ‘I Can’t Think Of A Better Place For Me To Be’

Artyom Stolyarov, otherwise known as 24-year-old Russian DJ/producer Arty, has been in the limelight more than usual in recent weeks due to his signing to Insomniac Records. The Interscope imprint is an offshoot of the electronic music scene's #1 "experience creators," Insomniac Events, and promises to bring along with it a slew of up-and-coming talent via its EDC artists, the Discovery Project platform, and Interscope's far-reaching influence in the music industry.

Being the first artist signed to the label, Arty has become somewhat of a test case for Insomniac's newest arm, but the young prodigy seems to have no qualms about his decision. We spoke with him at EDMbiz about his experiences with Insomniac Records thus far--take a peek below at what he had to say.

How did you first link up with Insomniac Records?

There was no Interscope/Insomniac deal when I started to make the album. I was just making an album for myself to see what sort of steps I could take in my career. In September, I moved to LA and started collecting ideas, and I began recording in Interscope's studio in October. There were 50-60 writing sessions in total. By the time my album was almost done, the Insomniac deal popped up, and we were all very excited about it. I can't think of a better place for me to be.

When the Insomniac deal first came to the table, was it an obvious move for you?

It wasn't immediately obvious. It was my first album and I wanted to make sure I found the right place for it. It's not about the money--it's about working with people who take your music seriously. That's really what I was looking for. I've known Pasquale for a while, and I know how passionate he is, and this made me pretty comfortable with the decision. What he did with EDC this year is incredible. If he takes the record label with the same level of seriousness, we are going to do very well.

Did you work with a lot of session musicians during your time in the studio?

We did a lot of sessions with very diverse musicians who had many different ideas about what kind of music they could create with me. It's important to have synergy with the people you're working with, even if you come from two different worlds or genres. The result is not predictable, so it can go badly, but most of the time the outcome was fantastic. These experiences made me 100% certain of the direction of the album now.

Tell us about one of your favorite studio sessions that was involved in creation of your album.

The very last studio session, I had an idea and some beats, and this songwriter and singer heard it and the songwriter took the guitar and started playing random melodies and suggesting harmonies. In the next few hours we had finished the majority of the track. It's one of those songs that I think 99% of the world can relate to.

What was the direction you wanted to go with this album sonically?

It's not straightforward--I definitely had a vision for the album, though. The ideas I had before had very specific melodies and harmonies, which gave some direction. It just matters what kind of sense you bring to the lyrics and what kind of flavor the singer has. I was really enjoying working with soul artists--I've liked soul music since I was young. I didn't want to make that the whole album, though. I did some indie-flavored tracks as well with guitars. The album still sounds like one piece, though, and still sounds like a story.

How has living in LA influenced your creative process?

In the beginning, I wasn't a huge fan of LA because I didn't know anything about the city and it was hard to find the right place to fit in. I love it now, though. Still, I want to get back to Russia at some point soon, because when you're in LA it's hard to put a lot work in on the production side. I have to be focused for 12 or more hours in a day to be able to finish all the production on a track. I'm really picky about details. Four years ago it would take me one day to finish a track. Now it takes one to two weeks. I'm much less distracted if I'm at home in Russia.

Arty's single Up All Night is out now on Insomniac Records. Pick it up here.
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