The latest film from Insomniac sees DJs, ravers, and more reminisce on the past three decades of the behemoth brand’s growth in the scene.
Turn back the clock to the early ’90s, and you’ll find a young gun in the Southern California rave scene beginning to stake his claim: Pasquale Rotella. It was in 1993 that he founded Insomniac and began hosting and partnering up with parties that were thrown in Los Angeles and its surrounding communities. Two years later was the birth of Nocturnal Wonderland, which has since become North America’s longest-running rave, and in 1997, Electric Daisy Carnival was folded into the mix and began to grow into its own.
Those initial festivals led to many more over the past three decades as Insomniac rode the roller coaster of the scene. While they experienced highs like their expansion across North America and the rest of the planet as EDM began to boom, they’ve also faced bumps along the way, such as the passing of the RAVE Act and more. Yet through it all, Pasquale Rotella and his team have remained dedicated to bringing memorable festivals, club nights, and more to the scene.
This year marked 30 years of Insomniac, and they’ve already been celebrating in style, from releasing exclusive merchandise and hosting experiences to launching new-founded festivals like EDSea and Apocalypse Zombieland. Now, they’re looking back on the past three decades with the release of a new mini-documentary that highlights some of their biggest milestones and achievements. The film also highlights the culture surrounding Insomniac as DJs, ravers, and more who have found a home at their events and fell deeper in love with the scene share their thoughts and their own experiences over the years.
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