Lightning in a Bottle @ Lake Skinner – 7.11-7.15.13

Lightning in a Bottle was everything in a bottle for me. The “celebration of Art, Sustainability, Music, Performance, and Life Itself” at Lake Skinner, in Temecula, CA, July 11-15, was like a checklist of favorite things: Music. Yoga. DJing. Art. Losing myself to dance. Organic breakfast burritos. Sick remixes. Treehouses. Free coconut water (thanks, Vita Coco). Best friends. Wearing booty shorts. People freeing the F out of their spirits.

I ate a lavender popsicle.

I watched Purity Ring so close I almost thought I was part of the “Fineshrine.”

I DJed for Rachelle Tratt‘s yoga class “Let Your Soul Shine” at the Namaste Yoga area on Saturday morning. We had about 40 shiny souls. So fantastic. My song list was all soul-, sun-, and shine-inspired music.

I danced my face off to some amazing remixes that I immediately soundclouded when I was back in Internet-connected reality. Everyone loves remixes because humans are tenderly and intensely attached to nostalgia. Remixes are like nostalgia you can dance to. They are everything we want to hear, but more. One of the best remixers and reworkers of the weekend was Gigamesh with his versions of songs like “Groove is in the Heart” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” making us shuffle our feet in the heat at the Woogie Stage. A.Skillz also provided a nostalgia-tinged soundtrack for one of the best sweaty dance parties of the fest, cutting and scratching through a set of endless greatest hits from AC/DC to Jackson Five to House of Pain “Jump Around.”

On the Bamboo Stage, I was digging on all the harder acts like lowRIDERz, a heavy duty deep dirty bass project from An-Ten-Nae, Laura Low and Auberon. I also loved GRiZ‘s sexy-sax-fueled set.

Over on the main Lightning Stage, gorgeous sets with visuals ruled. Nicolas Jaar took us on an experimental trip. Purity Ring surrounded us with glowing cocoons illuminating in sync with their haunting love songs. Tycho performed a daydream set as the sun went down on the final night, like the lights turning down in a movie theater so we could get lost in their lush video projections. Goldroom also played a memorable sunshiny set on the main stage, with their LA disco-infused grooves.

A general theme was: SWEAT. I misplaced my deodorant on day one and gave up, never looked back. We all perspired our asses off because it was hot as a mug out there in Temecula. Luckily, there was water park area to splash around in and cool off. BUT, NO BATHING IN THE SPLASH PAD!

Lightning in a Bottle 2013


More moments and quotes of note…

– In the backstage area behind the Bamboo Stage, we got thirsty. There was a keg but no cups, so my buddy Mike decided to just refill his empty Pacifico bottle from the keg. A classic reuse-recycle sustainable festival moment.

– “As long as it’s your yoga mat and not animal urine, I’m cool with it.” – Upon investigating the scent in our tent.

– “Can I borrow your tape. My disco ball broke.” – Upon discovering my disco ball broke.

Comin’ Up: Lightning in a Bottle with Purity Ring, Tycho, and more

Lightning in a Bottle
July 11-15, 2013
Lake Skinner
Temecula, CA

Can I borrow someone’s tent? Time to start prepping for Lightning in a Bottle! Been fiending for the Woogie Stage.

The Do LaB has cooked up a sick lineup for us this year. Purity Ring was just added to the already awesome list including Nicolas Jaar, Rusko, Tycho, Paper Diamond, Emancipator, PANTyRAiD, Lee Burridge, and more. Alongside this thick lineup of DJs and music, Lightning in a Bottle also offers performance art, spiritual workshops, yoga, art installations, and an all-around rad festival vibe. Everyone camps onsite like a big happy freaky feathered family. Can’t wait.

Get all the info on buying festival passes here.

Lightning in a Bottle 2013

Tycho @ Troubadour – 1.13.13

Tycho at the Troubadour
Wow. Tycho makes everything look and sound so beautiful. Heart melt.

On Sunday, January 13, Scott Hansen – a.k.a. graphic designer ISO50 a.k.a. electronic sonic designer Tycho – painted a lush Pacific Ocean love story daydream on the stage of the Troubadour. I fell in love with these guys after checking them out at FYF Fest last fall and was so excited to rekindle the flame for one of their two nights in LA. (Both nights sold out, no surprise.)

The visuals behind the band are salivating, captivating, as Scott and his drummer and bassist layer on their atmospheric sound. A projector shines onto the backdrop imagery of a girl walking with her hair infinitely blowing, drifting through a desert. An ocean flows in slow motion, with surfers slicing along waves. The girl’s hands reach up lazily at something in a sunflare. So atmospheric, dreamy, and sexy, they were the perfect visuals for songs like “Dive” and “Coastal Brake,” and a bunch of new material that the crowd yummed up.

Scott’s a pro about making a Tycho show the total staging package. His stylized presentation is the lovechild of his graphic design career. The first 100 ticket-buyers from the sold out show even received a super-saturated magenta-and-blue, impeccably designed limited edition print. (I got one, yay.)

At one point, someone in the crowd yelled, “I love your typography!”

I loved it all. And I want to be the girl in the visuals.

Tycho at the Troubadour

Tycho at the Troubadour