After receiving an honor from the city of Los Angeles, DJ Khaled broke down the Electric Daisy Carnival debacle during his pit stop at L.A.’s Power 106.
The way Khaled tells it, he got to his stage on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway around 10:45 p.m. for his midnight slot on Sunday. “I actually sat backstage for an hour, just sitting there in a chair like this, and you can see on my Snapchat I was there way early, excited to perform,” he said. “When I got backstage to the part where it’s time to perform, they didn’t have my turntables. How am I supposed to DJ without my turntables?”
His team also asked for a sound check earlier in the day, to which the festival allegedly replied that they weren’t giving performers sound checks. After finding turntables, Khaled said, “They couldn’t hook up the turntables for some reason, so they were having sound problems. That’s life, it happens. I’m being patient. Time gone by.”
As a result of the sound issues, Khaled was given 10 to 15 minutes to perform. Once he emerged onstage, there was still no sound. When the sound began to work, Khaled only had two minutes to rock the crowd and proceeded to zip through his songs.
“Another artist would have been like, ‘Yo, I’m not performing,’ because it’s not right. And to be honest with you, I shoulda did that and put a message out to the fans saying it’s out of my control,” he continued. “But instead, I heard the fans chanting my name, showing me love. I was like, cool, I’mma go out … At least let me go out in front of the stage, talk to the fans and perform some songs.”
Still, it was all #luv for Khaled. “We all pray for the best of the best, and again, if the sound don’t work, I can’t control that. And I don’t even want to blame EDC because I’m a good person. Stuff happens. Was I frustrated about it not sounding good? Of course I was, but at the end of the day, life goes on. It’s not a big deal.”
The story falls in line with the statement sent to Billboard from Insomniac, EDC’s promoter, blaming “technical difficulties” for the botched set.
Elsewhere in the interview, the super producer reveals the most expensive toy he’s copped for his son, Asahd, and reads Llama Llama Red Pajama to a group of kids.