Could Houston Ever Work as an EDM Capital?


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"The best arguments for Ultra here would only be for U.S. residents, in terms of Houston being central to both coasts," says dj NIMBUS. "My honest answer for the value of bringing Ultra here is that if Houston struggles with NBA All-Star [games], the Super Bowl and other large events due to never-ending construction, lack of late-night entertainment, ample hotels in close proximity to said events, I think Ultra and WMC, combined or separately, would be a bit much."

"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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Cecilia Pena
Cecilia Pena

do it houston do it Rufiya B Valerie Linares lol

David Shulman
David Shulman

fuck no. i lived in miami. clubs and the edm scene in houston dont even come close to comparing to miami. and honestly i hope they never do for that matter.

Sheena Williams
Sheena Williams

Every time the electronics scene gets too big, something always comes along to stop it. If it's not the cops or noise ordinances, it's something.

WhiteLightning
WhiteLightning

Let us hope not. Anthony Bourdain's recent comments re. EDM: "It's a DJ's wrold and where once they used to say 'Cocaine is God's way of saying you have too much money,' now maybe EDM is," he said with no reservations "Come ye lords and princelings of douchedom, Hear my clarion call. Anointeth thyself with gel and heavenly body spray. Maketh the sign of the devil horns with thine hands. Let there be high-fiving and the hugging of many bros, for this is the kingdom and the power." There, he said it: d-bag music. His other point is that it is sucking the money out from under live music. Anyone who is in favor of that is just wrong-headed about art vs. commerce. Take that stuff back to Miami and Vegas..

h_e_x
h_e_x

I wouldn't mind seeing it bring in more djs, but I think we have more than enough edm here. Some good dance music is always welcome, but I don't think we need anymore music that lacks creativity. There is a lack of creativity in edm, but not so much in dance music, which is why we should bring in more dance music and keep the edm at bay. I'm tired of seeing people play megamixes on laptops, which is what happens at these large edm festivals. 

Els RS
Els RS

centralized hotels, camping, good transportation routes and somewhat relaxed on people using recreational drugs and alcohol. Doubt it could work. well you definitely couldn't put a festival like Coachella in Houston. They have been doing an EDM festival at Sam Houston Park. That seems to be doing well.

Lex Perez
Lex Perez

I agree with the article. Wmc and ultra is rooted in Miami, Houston needs it's own deal. I've noticed FPSF has been getting traction over the years.

Wayward Shepherd
Wayward Shepherd

It was host to some pretty amazing raves. Beyond, The Electric Highway, Experience to name a few, so yes it will work.

h_e_x
h_e_x

Good point to bring up. Reminds me of what happened to raves in the early 2000's. New penalties at the time held the venue owner and promoter for whatever was found on an event. That certainly didn't help.

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