In light of the recent Hollywood Boulevard fiasco possibly as a result of DJ Kaskade’s twitter announcement; two major theater chains have declined to show “Electric Daisy Carnival Experience,” a documentary about the large scale annual electronic music festival. The Wednesday night premiere in Hollywood was set to be the precursor of the August 4th one night only nationwide showing. Unfortunately for director Kevin Kerslake, Manifest Productions, Insomniac Productions and distributor NCM Fathom, mega theatre chains Regal and AMC both cancelled the showing citing “the incident in Los Angeles.”
Notice the kid in the white T-Shirt in the center of the frame trying to stop the crowd. He is the only one with any sense!
According to IMDB (Internet Movie Database) the documentary feature artist such as Afrojack, Kaskade, Swedish House Mafia, Steve Aoki, with top billing going to Will i Am and Travis Barker of Blink 182 fame. Now Travis is a tight drummer and all, but I don’t group him in the electronic music category and Will i Am hasn’t been cool since “Joints & Jam.” Hey! I’m just saying! The LA Times Blog quotes an unnamed spokeswoman for Insomniac Events Inc., as expressing disappointment at Regal Cinemas and AMC Theatres decision in the following statement.
“It is extremely disheartening that some theaters wrongly associated an unaffiliated ‘block party,’ and its disorderly crowd, with the private screening of the film. The individuals who caused problems outside of our movie premiere were not the same audience, which wants to buy tickets to the film, just as the same people that cause disturbances after a sporting event do not represent all fans of that team.”
– Unnamed spokesperson, Insomniac Events Inc.
The founder and CEO of Insomniac Events issued the following statement.
“I want to make clear that while this film showcased an Insomniac event, Insomniac had nothing to do with the supposed ‘block party,’ which was not a part of the premiere. The crowd issues that arose were a result of individuals responding to social media information which mistakenly led them to believe they could see artists perform. Despite the crowd’s unruly behavior, while the movie premiere did take place, even I was unable to attend the premiere of a movie that I have worked tirelessly to produce. Insomniac strongly believes in personal responsibility and hopes that anyone who didn’t comply with police orders is held accountable.”
-Pasquale Rotella, founder Insomniac Events Inc.
So who is to blame for the event that went wrong? Some blame DJ Kaskade, some point the finger at the city for the actions of the police officers, while others blame the individuals that were there simply to cause trouble. According to the KTLA 5 Blog and a LA Times report, Kaskade did not secure the required permits for the event and it is unclear if the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office will consider filing charges.
“Our personnel are working in conjunction with LAPD to investigate this incident. Once we receive the files and review everything we will make a determination about whether there was any criminal behavior.”
-John Franklin, a spokesman for the city attorney’s office.
Kaskade issued the following statement to the Pop & Hiss LA Times Music Blog before leaving for his European tour.
“I’m incredibly disappointed that last night ended the way it did. It’s unfortunate that a few disrespectful people turned what was supposed to be a celebration of music into a regrettable event. This is not what EDM is about.”
– DJ Kaskade
In the previous statement Kaskade seems a bit somber as a result of the incident, somewhat of a contrast to his twitter post in which he appears to be a bit more playful as he takes a poke at his detractors and critics.
It will be interesting to see how this all will play out and wether or not charges will be filed against promotors of the event or DJ Kaskade. I will be the first to admit that I have been a rather harsh critic of the EDC and Insomniac Events, but I would hate to see Mr. Rotella and his crew take the blame for a botched publicity stunt that they may have not been a part of. The bottom line is the actions of those individuals that committed acts of vandalism, caused fights and threw bottles at the police do not represent what the scene is all about.