For those of us who require bass-boosted, skull-numbing amplification in our ears, it's hard to find just the right set of headphones. The same over-the-top proclivities apply to all aspects of our musical experience, be it the visual aspect, the clothes we wear, or even the bags we tote around. As the holiday season builds to its peak next week, we've put together a comprehensive list of gifts that any EDM fanatic won't return, won't begrudgingly smile about and won't stash under the heap of socks or sweaters that granny sewed 'em.
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Earplugs - $1.00-$12.00 As you're no doubt aware, many EDM shows blast music at deafening volumes, which can obviously cause hearing problems down the road. What's that? WE SAID LOUD MUSIC CAN CAUSE HEARING DAMAGE. All kidding aside, tinnitus is no joke. Ask somebody who suffers from it. For a few bucks, you can help preserve your friends' hearing. Put together a gift package that includes a stock of these, and let 2014 sound even better!
Beatport Gift Certificate What EDM fan wouldn't want a card that allows them access to every great song being dropped by the world's best producers? Beatport tracks are released at the highest quality possible, so your giftee will be getting the creme de la creme of quality.
Grassroots California Lid - $17-$42 Grassroots California creates some of the dopest lids in the game. Featuring custom brain buckets for Big Gigantic, Del Tha Funky Homosapien, VibeSquaD, Camp Bisco, Cheech and Chong and tons more, Grassroots knows how to make sure you top off your style in the slickest way possible. Each hat is custom-crafted with interior graphics, embroidered on the outside with insane detail, and even a little stash pocket hidden somewhere.
Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Culture and Dance Culture - $36.00 Simon Reynolds is a real EDM nerd. Documenting the culture over the past three decades and more, Reynolds covers the early scenes of raves and warehouses, and gives an account of how EDM made its rise to massive mainstream success. A recently revised version features more about dubstep and its recent success in this country (though true dubstep fans know it's been around much longer than Skrillex), so grabbing the new copy will be your best bet.
Urbanears Zinken - $99.90 The Zinken is the best-bang-for-your-buck headphones for any music enthusiast, but especially for the EDM listener. Available in a range of colors, the Zinken also features Urbanears "Turncable," which basically means you can pull the 6.3mm plug out of the headphones and plug the 3.5mm end into any listening device, or you can flip it around and plug it into your mixer. Both ears have headphone plugs, which means your DJ homie can plug straight into your headphones and listen to the same thing you are. The audio is crisp up to 98dB (your average EDM show peaks at about 106dB, for some context), and the range is from 20hz to 20khz, or roughly everything your human ears are capable of hearing.
Orbit Concepts Jetpack Prime - $189.00 The Jetpack Prime is doing for DJs what the iPod did for music fans. Now, your giftee might not be a DJ, but he/she will be stoked to know that their new bag has the capabilities to hold all their gear and swag when going out. If they have a mixer, this baby can hold it safely. If they are carrying their laptop to school, the Jetpack Prime makes sure it gets to its destination safely. With waterproof zippers, everything inside can weather any storm. Bonus: Save on wrapping by stuffing any other presents inside.
Ultra Music Festival 3-Day VIP pass - $849.95 Sure, this one is a little pricey, but there is no way this won't be the best present ever. Along with the bragging rights, your EDM fan will have the best weekend of his/her life alongside 150,000 other EDM fans. They'll get to see the biggest DJs in the world playing some of the best sets of their lives.
Main-stage table service at Electric Daisy Carnival - $3,000-$10,000 Want the platinum experience at one of the best EDM events in America? This option allows you to stand directly on stage overlooking the biggest EDM acts in the world as they play the main stage in front of more than 100,000 people.You also get a private waitstaff, VIP amenities, bottle-service menu, and the ease of entry that avoids the long lines and pesky general people. You also get VIP access to certain rides throughout the event, private bathrooms, and up to twelve cabana wristbands.
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