Could Houston Ever Work as an EDM Capital?
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|L-R: Jason Walsh and Jordan Kolar of DEAD P.A.|
"Part of the big draw to Miami is the total experience, culture and nonstop action," he continues. "Those things, I'm afraid, are held back by the same people issuing out $2,000 noise-ordinance violations during 'normal club operating hours.' I think Houston as a major metropolitan city needs to get its house in order in the way of hosting large events, much less facilitating the cultures that would make such an event viable on a regular basis."
In spite of everything that went wrong at this year's Ultra Festival, both agreed there's a lot to be learned from it. Walsh wants to see "a homegrown festival that organically reaches the same heights" as Ultra, while dj NIMBUS believes Ultra is the model to follow.
"It'd be wiser to tap into Ultra's resources, as they have been doing it for a long time and clearly understand the process to do so at that level," he says. "Also, they have industry relationships that you really can't bypass or duplicate.
"I think if Houston wanted to be a part of that community on that level, we would have to do what they did," dj NIMBUS adds, "and grass-root our own festival that takes advantage of what Houston has to offer, so no one comes in with expectations set by a city that Houston is nothing like."
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