Going to EDC Alone (For the Ballsy and Brave)
This is pretty embarrassing for me to admit, but the first time I went to EDC, I went by myself. That’s right! Alone. By my lonesome. Loner status.
Not even some of my closest friends know that. But now they do because in the end, they could understand why I did it – for the love of EDM and all things Electric Daisy Carnival.
So what happened that caused me to go alone you may ask?
It’s not like it was my intention, but a series of events did not pan out the way that I had hoped for. I was going with a friend, she ran into money issues, and had to sell her ticket. It’s as simple as that. Don’t get me wrong, I had money issues myself. In fact, I deliberately stayed home on Friday and Saturday nights to save up to buy a ticket. I’m not rich and if you read the About Us section, you would know that.
None of my friends were into EDM at the time since my clique was predominately into hip hop and R&B. So there I was in 2007, on my way to EDC Los Angeles by myself.
Going to EDC Alone is Not as Crazy as You Think
In fact, I’m sure a lot of people do it. Well, maybe not a lot, but definitely a handful of folks.
If you’re not into vibing and are extremely introverted, this isn’t for you.
You don’t need to be extremely extroverted at the same time. Just be a cool cat.
Here’s the truth, when you’re having fun and loving the music, it’s easier for a group to “adopt” one individual for the night as opposed to adopting an entire group. #truth
And that is exactly what happened to me that night.
I chose a spot near the middle of the crowd in front of the main stage. And started vibing and doing my thing. I didn’t do anything creepy, closed my eyes, and let the music take over. People around you begin to notice you because they’re likely doing the exact same thing! After a few tunes and several dropped bass, start giving people around you high-fives.
After a few more songs, start chatting with folks around you and tell it how it is. Admit that you’re there by yourself and was hoping to latch on to a group of good people.
And that’s what I did. And I’m glad I did it because that first EDC experience was truly EPIC.
Whenever I listen to this song below, I relive that experience in my mind.
What Happens to Me Now
Whenever I go to EDC, I go with a group. The entire time, we’re always worried about being separated. When one person needs to go to the bathroom, we ALL HAVE TO GO TO THE BATHROOM. It sucks, but it’s part of the price with going with large groups. That’s just how it is at the Carnival. You can easily get lost in a sea of EDM junkies.
Lo and behold, I manage to ALWAYS get separated from my group and find myself in a familiar situation – alone. It’s quite sad, but it’s true. I’m like a lost little boy that get’s distracted by the smallest things.
“Oooh Shiny!” (and walks towards the light). Or “Oooh Beats” (and walks towards the music).
Tips and Benefits to Going to EDC Alone
TIP – Bring a camera. So you can shove all the awesome pics you take with other people in the faces of your “supposed” friends that didn’t want to go with you.
BENEFIT – You can act completely ridiculous and no one will ever judge you for it. I love this fact because I am a horrible dancer. I got rhythm but my feet and arms seem to be attached to a string. It’s awkward and it’s ugly and it’s me.
TIP – Remember that you aren’t alone. There will be thousands of people around you within arms-reach. They are there for the same reason – for the love of EDM.
BENEFIT – You can easily make your way to the front of the stage without being obnoxious and rude. Try navigating your way to the stage with a big group without stepping on a few toes. Not going to happen. People would be pissed and not to mention it’s totally against PLURR. It violates the R, as in Respect.
TIP – Wear something festive. It helps break the ice when meeting other people.
BENEFIT – Do as you please anytime you want to. That means you can leave if you want to, go to the bathroom anytime, grab a bite to eat when you’re hungry, etc.
TIP – If you decide to post on craigslist or other message boards to meet up with other EDC fans, please proceed with caution.
My Last Thoughts on Going to EDC by Yourself
Never ever get into the habit of not doing the things that you want to just because people you know aren’t interested or flake out on you last minute. Being effortlessly independent is simply a better way to live. Do what you want to do, when you want to do it.
For me, I wanted to go to Electric Daisy Carnival. I went and I never looked back to regret it.
Your Turn: Would you go to EDC alone? If you know anyone that would, please share this with that person. We would really appreciate that.