In the months leading up to the 20th annual Electric Daisy Carnival, Insomniac is releasing a playlist every week to commemorate each of the previous 19 iterations of EDC, along with some behind the scenes memories from founder Pasquale Rotella. The first playlist features iconic songs that helped bring electronic music into mainstream American culture in the 1990s, including Daft Punk, The Prodigy, and The Crystal Method.

From Insomniac's site:

Coming off the major success of two Nocturnal Wonderland events, Rotella was set to debut his new event series, EDC, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. It marked a major change for the Insomniac crew, as the event represented a shift into a proper host venue with legit logistical support for the first time. Rotella’s spirits were high; so was his heart rate. Faced with a last-minute city permit scare around hosting carnival rides at the venue, he quickly began to learn the challenges of festival planning at this scale.

Even at EDC’s inaugural event, Rotella already saw its potential as a creative playground for the imagination, with illuminated daisies lighting up the onstage production and sensory stimulation remaining a key pillar for the festival. Even the stage became a fully immersive experience, with a 360-degree platform placed in the middle of the dancefloor for all attendees to absorb.

“It’s always been very important to have something unique going on at all our events—EDC, and everything else we do,” says Rotella. “It’s about the experience, and the music is part of that experience.”

As for the music itself, one song stands out to Rotella: “Music Sounds Better With You” from the Daft Punk offshoot project Stardust. “That song was magical at EDC ‘97,” he recalls.

With roughly 6,000 dancing, sweating attendees getting down within the indoor venue, the vibes and energy of EDC were at maximum overdrive, providing an early glimpse of the festival’s future cultural impact.

“I didn’t know it was going to be my largest festival,” says Rotella. He soon learned just how big it would become.

Relive the beginning of it all in this playlist, and experience the sounds of 1997 and the first-ever EDC.

Check out the full playlist below.

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