With everything going on in the world, sometimes it's good to look back on the simpler times. Think back to when you were packing up your car, on your way to the first ever EDC Las Vegas. A time when Madonna was asking if anyone had seen her friend Molly. Disclosure is dominating with their new single "Latch." Life is good.
If memories of these times aren't enough, we've compiled the ultimate EDM Throwbacks Playlist to help get you in the mood you deserve. Dance your heart away to "Seek Bromance," "Greyhound," "Spectrum," and more all weekend long.
In celebration of this amazing time in EDM history, we've compiled some of the stand-out moments from the early teens!
Daft Punk Returns with Random Access Memories (2013)
The godfathers of electronic music made their triumphant return after eight years, simultaneously launching the genre to new heights. By bringing along legends like Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams, and Giorgio Morodor, critics could no longer push EDM into the subculture bracket.
"Harlem Shake" Goes Viral (2013)
It was nearly a year after Baauer released his now infamous single that it became a viral phenomenon. Youtube's DizastaMuzik (a.k.a. comedian Filthy Frank, real name George Miller, now known as the recording artist Joji), uploaded a video of himself and some friends dancing outlandishly to the song’s drop. By mid-month, more than 40,000 spin-off videos, each more wacky than the last, were created including those by firefighters, NBA players and late-night TV personalities.
Skrillex Wins Three Grammys (2012)
Skrillex took DJ's to the stratosphere of rock star when he earned himself three Grammys in 2012, simultaneously legitimizing the genre. It's hard to imagine EDM music without the influence of Sonny Moore.
Electric Daisy Carnival Moves to Las Vegas (2011)
Following the death of a 15 year old girl at Electric Daisy Carnival at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 2010, and the indictment of founder/promoter Pasquale Rotella on felony charges in connection to the venue. Sin City then found a new resident, transforming EDC into one of the biggest electronic music festivals in the world.
Martin Garrix Enters The Scene as the Youngest Superstar (2013)
At 17, Garrix made history when he dropped "Animals." He topped the Beatport chart, scored a No. 1 in the U.K., crossed over to No. 21 on the Hot 100, and become the youngest person to headline Ultra Music Festival. He kickstarted a new era of young producers using new technologies and music sharing apps to launch careers.
What was your favorite moment or song of the early teens? Leave a comment below!