Here at EDMV we go to a lot of dance music events. It’s what we do. We love it! That said after a while some of the festivals start to feel the same. A Top-100 DJ, a massive stage, a wall of speakers, LED lights, lasers and confetti. It’s a hell of a good time, but you can’t help but feel that a fresh new experience is needed.
Welcome to the Techno Parade in Paris, France. The crowd, at an estimated 350,000 people for this year’s edition, is beyond the scope of any traditional EDM festival in the world. All this in the streets of one of the world’s most beautiful cities, the sea of people pulsing to the beat of electronic music on every surface imaginable (bus stops, scaffolding, street lights…) and in the middle of the day. Our minds were blown, what a thrill! It’s an atmosphere of freedom, and craziness that a festival full of rules and regulations just cannot match. An urban playground for dance music lovers, the fact that the city of Paris has continued to allow this event to exist for 16 years is wonderful, and a testament to the fantastic job the team at Technopol do in their organization of the massive parade. Yes, it gets pretty wild, and perhaps a few in the crowd take it too far, but all in all, the event happened without a major incident and we all had an absolute blast.
On to the music, this year was very special as for the very first time a bass music act was chosen as the ambassador of the festival: Dirtyphonics. In a brief chat we had with two out of the French trio, they expressed to us how honored they felt to be able to headline this event in front of their home crowd. A few hours later they closed out the parade aboard the famed FG Radio float, slaying the crowd at and around Bastille with a freestyle set full of “dirty” beats that surely rattled the windows of every Parisian apartment around. Despite their evident love for Paris, they also let us know that they plan to make Los Angeles their permanent home to bring them closer to the heart of the music industry. After their very smooth collaboration with Zeds Dead on Mad Decent, make sure to stay tuned for their return to Dim Mak Records for an upcoming EP set to be released later this year.
Of course, as with every year, hundreds of other acts were also featured across a variety of floats. From disco house, to hardstyle, every genre of electronic was represented and the DJs were out to impress delivering sets of quality for eager fans whose energy was simply through the roof. We especially liked that the Techno Parade chose to create a special float dedicated to electronic musicians from Vietnam. This crew brought a diverse range of sounds, and fresh take on dance music further adding to the originality of this epic street festival.
As hard as we may try to describe the feeling of being at this parade, and our photo gallery may help, it’s something you really must experience for yourself. We’ll certainly be saving our pennies to fly back out to Paris next September, and we suggest you do the same. Vive la Techno Parade!
Written By – Cassandra Ibarez || Photos By – Damien Boulat – 09/19/2014