Through our Discovery Project competitions, Insomniac aims to give a voice to undiscovered talent and to open the door for those striving for greater exposure. We also hope to demonstrate that the most memorable experiences are often those that aren't planned. If you walked into the Upside Down Room on Friday or the Wide Awake Art Car stage on Saturday and found a world of incredible new music from DJs you'd never heard of, then we've done something right.
The winning DJs and producers have spoken to us about what it is like to play at such a spectacular, world-renowned festival. "I've been to Insomniac's events before," said Clinton VanSciver, "but to be there as an artist for my first festival appearance was surreal." Mr. Brooks declared, "it was the most awesome experience I ever had in my life. The energy and vibe was just amazing." Despite the pressure of performing, many of the Discovery DJs felt surprisingly comfortable. "I could not sleep the night before!" explained DJ Tory Tee. "It felt like a dream come true, like I was a part of the Insomniac family. Like I was at home." MSTREX also claimed that performing at Nocturnal Wonderland "felt like home."
The Discovery DJs have seen a great deal of new support since playing at Nocturnal Wonderland. "Over that weekend we gained 1000 new fans on Facebook and over 200 new followers on Instagram," said the Beat Kidz, whose DJ-plus-live-drummer format brought them a wealth of intrigue from attendees. "I actually got booked for Frenzy After Hours at Avalon in Hollywood," reported Charlie of Monstergetdown. "I also have gotten many more listeners and supporters." Meanwhile, DJ Tory Tee has seen "a whole new level respect open up" for him since his Nocturnal Wonderland gig, and RYKR noticed that his "fan base has swelled quite a bit." MSTREX watched "the whole Northern California EDM scene" turn their attention towards him since winning the competition and now has four tracks in rotation on CBS's Movin' 99.7 HouseNation, the "#1 EDM radio show in Northern California."
A strong and supportive bond has been forged between Insomniac and the Discovery Project winners. We expect many opportunities to arise out of these new found relationships, from gigs and bookings to recordings and signings. Today we're proud to announce that Monstergetdown, whose bouncy tech house style brought loungers to their feet and our entire camera crew to the stage, will be opening the Mad Hatters Hospital at Escape from Wonderland on October 27th!
Stay updated with the Discovery Project at www.discoveryproject.com. We're now accepting submissions for the Discovery Project: EDC Orlando.