Electric Zoo is an annual electronic festival held over Labor Day weekend at Randall’s Island in New York. Electric Zoo has a worldwide feel to it. The festival highlights all genres of electronic music and attracts the biggest names in the industry.
As i stood near the based of the Triboro bridge as calm as a Hindu cow at a slaughterhouse in a sea of chaos Knife Party banged their heaviest beats out of the million dollar sound system at Made Event’s Electric Zoo5 I was at peace. I finally came to terms with the fact that I am powerless over my addiction over music. My life, is rather mundane until I add bass inspired, drum heavy beats. Then it becomes unmanageable. I was watching traffic backed up on the Triboro Bridge from the ground level of Electric Zoo’s Main Stage East. I found joy in watching 18 wheelers trudging towards Queens at a snails pace from less than 500 feet away.
I realized nothing mattered other than this moment! The normal day to day activities that truly did not matter ceased to be important. Things like working a dead end job with menial pay. Not having any money and scrounging around for cigarettes. Then you get paid and drink it away. Worrying about bills, food, some lousy NY Jet team that will never win again. Last thing on my mind was human relationships, sex, and mindless arguments that go nowhere. All that stuff that really doesn’t matter when you have a serious and truthful addiction to music. Music is my life, and heavy bass drops is my drug of choice.
In preparation of this show we scouted out the artist we wanted to see. I also enjoy dropping in on people I’ve never seen before and soak it all in. My plan for Friday was simple. I want to see Benny Benassi’s set. I would like to see UZ. I was ready to get dragged to Martin Solveig, Ferry Corsten and Danny Tenaglia. First performer I saw was John O’Callaghan at Hilltop arena tent. O’Callaghan was heavy, danceable and crowd friendly. After his set I was very impressed with O’Callaghan. I want to see him perform a full set and am looking into his touring dates. I didn’t like UZ as much as I thought I would. UZ sounded very pre-produced and they could have just recorded their set on an IPOD. They sounded like a college professor who would just have his assistant press play into a microphone in a lecture hall. I am confident, if I look, I could find the set online, if I wanted to.
Electric Zoo is an annual electronic festival help over Labor Day weekend at Randall’s Island in New York. Electric Zoo has a worldwide feel to it. The festival highlights all genres of electronic music and attracts the biggest names in the industry. It is part concert, part social experience and part a scouting event for fans deciding who to follow for the next year. This is the premiere electronic music event held in New York City followed by Electric Daisy Carnival held on Memorial Day weekend. As someone who attended the prior Electric Zoo festivals, EZoo5 was unbelievable.
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