Tomorrowland’s gargantuan status as one of the globe’s most storied electronic music festivals continues to grow. The Belgian festival has officially announced its stage hosts for 2018 and the list is… extensive.
December 30 marks LA’s turn to daydream, as Lee Burridge and his beloved cohorts touch down in Gin Ling way to provide fans with a blissful kickoff to the new year. Joining Burridge in this edition of All Day I Dream are Hoj and YokoO, for what’s sure to be a pleasant affair.
The event itself might be sold out, but that doesn’t mean followers have to miss out on the joy that will be taking place. Hoj has prepared an ethereal selection of pre-New Year’s cuts that will ease listeners’ transitions into 2018 in the breeziest of fashions. It represents his sonic identity from 2017, and also that of both All Day I Dream and his new label Tale + Tone.
1. Cornucopia – Letter for Poly (Tale and Tone)
2. Daso & Lutz – De Libbe featuring Arooj Aftab (Tale and Tone)
3. Doctor Dru – Savannah (JEUDI Records)
4. Jose Vizcaino – Sure I Can (Seven Villas)
5. Lex & Wood – DNCE (Great Stuff Recordings)
6. Newman – A Walk In The Plains (Tale and Tone)
7. Quiver – Mumbo Jumbo (Bedrock)
8. Thomas Gandey and Alex Kaspersky – To Find Reason (Einmusika Recordings)
Reminisce on dreamier times with these ADID LA photos (Event Gallery)
Lee Burridge aimed to “make people smile” when he created his All Day I Dream parties, according to a recent interview with Billboard. Over the past six years since he started the organizing events on a summer Brooklyn terrace, All Day I Dream has since grown exponentially to be heralded as both one of the most well-loved events on the underground house circuit and as one of the top labels for melodic, ethereal music.
Summer has officially wound down, but the landing has been made considerably more graceful for All Day I Dream fans. Lee and his motley crew of fellow dreamy house purveyors have been making one last round of stops across the United States and the world, providing fans with blissful tunes that match the surrounding weather.
On September 23, the party touched down in central Los Angeles, where the following images captured just how magical the afternoon and evening were.
Lee Burridge has a keen sense for artistry. When he began pushing Belgian talent Lost Desert as a prime new addition to the All Day I Dream family, lovers of his ethereal brand of music automatically knew it came with good reason. They predicted correctly — by 2016, Lee paired up with Lost Desert and vocalist Junior for what became one of the year’s top anthems, “Lingala.” Since then, they’ve paired up multiple other times, with Lost Desert also proving his worth through breathtaking solo work and well-crafted sets at key All Day I Dream events.
His newest body of work lands on Lee’s newest imprint Tale + Tone, which was created alongside Hoj. Hunter opens with a celestial piece titled “Innercity Playground,” which catalyzes feelings of peace and contentment as wistful nature samples grace sweeping vocal notes, a grooving bass-line, and lush melodies. Written with Mike Tohr, the piece brings a sense of bliss to any set of speakers it’s played on.
The EP’s title track and closer sees Lost Desert making magic around a vocal base, much like he did with Lee Burridge for “Lingala.” This time, however, he summons heartbreak with dissonant piano melodies and brooding kicks that surround Adomas’ bittersweet lyrics with the help of Amari. “Hunter” serves as yet another anthemic addition to Lost Desert’s repertoire, as it’s been heavily rinsed on the festival circuit throughout the summer and early fall season.
It isn’t often that an artist after nearly 30 years of DJing and producing music, is able to see not only one, but two defining points in his career. Having been a Top 100 DJ for nearly a decade, in the early to mid 2000’s, Lee Burridge’s second revival began in 2011 on a small Brooklyn rooftop,
Lee Burridge’s Burning Man-inspired brainchild, All Day I Dream, has become synonymous with infectiously positive energy, pleasurable aesthetics, and hypnotic, intricate music that keeps audiences fully engaged for hours at a time. The brand, which evolved from a Resident Advisor mix title into a small outdoor gathering on a Brooklyn rooftop, has since expanded into a transformational institution of sorts with an adjoining record label that embodies its ideology in sonic form.
ADID’s expansion comes as little surprise, given Burridge’s long years serving the electronic community. His resume demonstrates his keen intuition at finding and nurturing new aspects of dance music that will later attract legions of fans for years to come. The first hint of this comes from his fabled early days in Hong Kong and Thailand, where the then-young talent played a sizable role in developing the regions’ underground club scenes.
After further growing his career back home in the UK and becoming a figurehead within the minimal movement, Burridge grew heavily involved with the culture of Burning Man. It was on the Playa where his tastes blossomed into what we often hear from him today: emotive, bittersweet shades of house and techno that are often otherworldly in nature.
Now, Burridge and his team draw thousands of fans each year into the All Day I Dream fold, all of which are enthralling in their beautiful, immersive setups with music yielding the ability to take attendees on journeys from day to night, or night to morning. Furthermore, Lee’s constantly smiling face and optimistic outlook on life creates a symbiotic relationship between himself, his accompanying artists, and the crowd, making for a unique energy present at All Day I Dream events that is often hard to come by.
The next step has finally arrived for Lee & his ADID crew: a world tour. Deemed “All Day I Dream A Summer of Love,” the tour will unfold across various cities across the globe for a total of 22 stops. Before the tour kicks off at Los Angeles’ Gin Ling Way venue, Lee Burridge linked up with Dancing Astronaut to discuss his philosophy for ADID’s growth, how he works with producers to create such ethereal music, and finally, how he uses “spiritual botox” and his love of music to maintain his energized, ever-bubbly persona.
ADID is returning to Gin Ling Way for its first LA Summer show in quite some tome. What inspired the move to that venue as opposed to your old digs at the Egyptian?
We’ve traditionally only done the Egyptian on January 1st. During Summertime I always try to find venues that are more open with more sky. We’ve been looking for ranches and green spaces but damn wedding planners keep getting the locations! I really enjoyed Gin Ling way earlier this year and as it only gets to hold several events like this per year we are very lucky to be able to return.
How did the world tour idea come about? Was it just that you realized global hunger for ADID had risen to the point where you felt ready to embark on such an endeavor?
I’ve always hoped to be able to share the All Day I Dream experience with music lovers around the world. Music is such a universal language that can really go everywhere and it would, at least, resonate with a few like minded souls.
I wanted to grow ADID slowly though. I felt it was really important to create a home or homes for the party. To allow it’s identity to be built by those attending as well as my vision. It’s character and feeling comes not only from the music but the way people relate to it and embrace it as part of their experience. The US is it’s place of birth and it’s spiritual home. It’s where Summer season happens and where other countries look to when they think of it. Over the past six years I’ve slowly built out from New York to LA and now San Francisco as it’s hubs. Then also creating a regular event at Off Sonar as well as London (until the club burned down…I swear it wasn’t me!).
In the past two years, all the other one off events in places like Berlin, Moscow, Morocco and Paris have shined a light on the feeling and the experience and have allowed me to take it globally with a preceding reputation. This has created a momentum for it before even arriving in new lands. I’ve started working with a new and very talented team of people who are looking after All Day I Dream and after extensive meetings and planning we decided the idea is ready to create a project like this.
Since choosing the right venue where ADID can optimize its positive impact, how do you know innately when a certain place or country is the right one to break new ground or return to?
Returning to a place is easy. The parties and response were amazing! Picking new locations relies on the knowledge of my agent Jazz who works tirelessly on behalf of his roster of artists including myself and now All Day I Dream. He works closely with promotors all over the world and finds the right people to work with. These are people who understand the vibe and ethos of my idea and can translate that locally. We have looked at all sorts of venues and certain ones just speak to me. Obviously I’m always looking for locations that present organic elements such as ones near the ocean, a park with trees and greenery or even a desert with a sunset. The more natural backdrops allow our production a great stage to stand on, however we aren’t limited by just those. Some of our events are held in cities and those cases, I look for as much sky as possible. We’ve been asked to do the event in clubs—as is the case at ADE in Amsterdam where it’s winter and too cold—but unless certain things prohibit us, I want to remain exclusively an outdoor event.
Any “bucket list” destinations you’re conquering with this world tour? What places remain?
I really think South America is a place where we can create real magic. I’m hoping to return to Australia as we ran up against some issues last time. The events were actually super nice but I feel we can do a lot more there. I’l like to establish a presence in Ibiza but venue options have proven difficult this year and I’d love to do a winter one in the snow somewhere in the mountains. Oh, and from day one there’s a location in the Atlas mountains in Morocco where they meet the desert and a lake. Beautiful! Oh, Oh…and Iceland. What an amazing backdrop. OK, there are still loads of places I intend to take the event.
As ADID expands into a strong global force, do you see your setup potentially evolving once more? Like, have different places on your travels thus far inspired you to add details to “the temple” and such to make it feel more whimsical or entrancing?
I always intend to keep evolving the aesthetic; it’s an important part of the overall experience. We have our key ingredients that form the identity, but the structures for the booth will, hopefully, continue to change each year or two. There will be a new structure at the second New York event this summer as we had to move our opening event from the Mirage (due to it not being open in time for the June event), we decided to save it for the second event. I’m always looking to integrate elements from my travels in to the event. I like it when people notice the level of detail that goes in to the parties. There’s so much work prior to Summer as well as the days before in the build and I only intend to make it more and more detailed for my poor staff who build it all night long! Sorry guys 🙂
You’ve collaborated with Lost Desert quite a bit – 3 times or so in the past year with your Loopyness EP being the most recent. What has drawn you to him in particular as a composing partner?
We’ve actually got new music coming out this month, July and September too! I feel really lucky to have met him and also Junior who sings on Lingala and many of the other tracks. They are both very generous souls and lovely to spend time with. When it’s easy to spend time with someone it’s a good foundation to work off of. Lost Desert is a super talented musician and we both are on the same wave length musically right now.
How do tracks fall into place for you, as someone who isn’t quite well-versed in production? Are most of your ideas sparked simultaneously like “Stand Up” was at Burning Man, or do you come up with ideas for tracks and approach a producer that you feel would best make your idea a reality?
I’m lucky in the fact that LD is always working on new musical ideas—sketches or loops to build on. I’m able to bring a certain feeling and direction to that. The world of All Day I Dream has it’s own unique flavour and opening up LD’s talent to that has helped guid each musical composition. I’ve found certain times being immersed in a track you’re working on that it’s hard to step back from the track sometimes. If I’ve not been a part of that process, my ears are fresh and able to figure out which parts are working and which aren’t. We are still really only getting started and I want to be able to bring more to the studio each time I’m there. In the mean time I’m (still) the one shouting for more reverb and throwing in samples from all the TV I’m watching instead of working on the music 😉
You’ve noted that your music these days seems to appeal more to “the ladies” due to it’s melodic, sentimental nature. Do you ever feel like more “macho” men close their minds to this type of stuff because they don’t want to open themselves up and feel vulnerable?
Let me clarify. It’s not that it appeals “more to the ladies”. It’s simply attracting a lot more girls than most of the other events I’ve seen. Girls really seem to resonate with the whole experience and it’s a very comfortable, stylish and pleasant environment for them. We also have a huge amount of guys there too. I’m not sure too many would describe themselves as “macho” but we have a broad cross section of people. I don’t think anyone should limit their experience to one thing. Everyone is welcome with us. I’m sure there are plenty of people who think the party and the music isn’t great but that’s probably more down to personal taste than feeling vulnerable. Perhaps I just don’t know those kind of guys though. Why wouldn’t they want to come hang out at a party full of beautiful people though?
What are your secrets to maintaining that beguiling, youthful energy you unfailingly possess at each of your shows? It’s infectious!
Spiritual botox (hmmm…that sounds like I should trademark it and start a cult and dose everyone up with it)! Seriously though, I think it’s the music and the company I keep. I’m grateful each and every day for being given the gift of living a life following my dream. Music has allowed me freedom in my life and choices and makes me very happy and content. When I play music it always takes a hold of me and I become some sort of channel to another place. If I’m sick, I’m not while I’m playing. If I’m in pain, I’m not while I’m playing. I actually had an abscess under my tooth a few years ago at an All Day I Dream on the rooftop in Brooklyn that for 7 hours didn’t bother me while I was DJing…until I turned the music off that is!)
Also, spending so much time in the presence of youthful energy is always contagious. The dance floor tends to stay the same age. I also see a lot of opposing energy in the world. Let’s simplify and say positive and negative. Right now negative energy is everywhere. You feel it. You see it. As someone in a position where I am able and lucky enough to feel positivity, I have to share that. I have to pass it on. I try to do that with All Day I Dream and the music I play. Even if I can affect just one more person. Make them a little more positive than they were that day or that week then, perhaps, that also will continue to spread out.
Where do you see ADID in five years from now? Do you think it will grow to the point where there will be even more parties thrown without you since the brand is thriving so much at the moment?
I really hope it will continue to grow. I like the idea of it being able to take place without me as there are so many talented artists who can also create an amazing vibe. I’d love to hold down monthly Summer residencies all over the world as the continuity of a monthly event really allows the whole experience to go deeper. For us to give more as well especially with the production and decor. I also want to be able to create one special event each year in a difference location that we invite all those who love the experience so much to. Those who truly are dreamers. To get them together from all corners of the world just so they can share a weekend together.
Final words of wisdom to the people who are about to be treated to a dreamy experience?
Never answer the final question anyone asks you to remain slightly mysterious.
As we sit, allured, by Burridge’s esoteric signoff, we are happy to present the “All Day I Dream: A Summer of Love” tour dates below:
Lee Burridge’s iconic party, All Day I Dream, today announced its 2017 World Tour. All Day I Dream: A Summer of Love, it’s happy vibes will continue to spread that very feeling out across the planet, connecting Dreamers along the way with its unique vibes and feelings. All Day I Dream’s recognizable decor and artistic
Have you ever had a dream so big and memorable you have to share it will all your friends and family? That’s exactly what Lee Burridge did, he wanted to create a place an own world where we can all be free and happy and to savor every magical moment possible. All Day I Dream
Early on Sunday afternoon, January 1, much of Los Angeles just was waking up from the stupor brought about by extravagant New Year’s Eve parties that stretched into morning. It was cold and blustery outside, ideal weather for staying in and nursing hangovers on the couch. The morning struggle cast upon the city did little, however, to stop the hundreds of people piling into Chinatown’s Gin Ling Way, where festivities were still considerably far from over. These dedicated revelers found strength in their determination to start their New Year in the most blissful way possible: dreaming (and dancing) all day with Lee Burridge.
All Day I Dream has become somewhat of a fixture in the Los Angeles party landscape for New Year’s weekend in recent years. The brand first touched down in the city during the summer of 2012, then returned half a year later to welcome 2013 at the Egyptian Theatre, kicking off an annual tradition. Festival figurehead Lee Burridge’s penchant for organizing parties that fostere open energy and interconnectedness has swiftly grown into a strongly-knit community, allowing the event to grow in popularity to the point of expanding into a larger venue for its latest edition.
The party’s new location proved an equally adept host to the All Day I Dream essence as the Egyptian Theatre had been. Gin Ling’s open-air setup played well into the breezy nature of the event, while shops boasting an array of multicolored and ornate items complimented the already vibrant decor. Though temperatures just barely breached 60 degrees at the hottest part of the day, the cold weather and crisp breeze ended up being a highlight of the day. Guests didn’t hesitate to wear their most outlandish fur coats and snappy blazers, bringing an extra entertainment element to the party. As the sun sank into the sky, further intimacy ensued as people had no issue huddling together in front of the stage to dance.
As always, the soundtrack for all nine hours of the gathering was superb. The fact that only three acts were booked for the nine hour affair meant that each performer earned a proper extended set time, and thus an opportunity to tell a proper story through their sets. New York’s Hoj opened up the party, treating early guests to a mixture of mellow, sensual tunes that guided them smoothly through the afternoon. Lush, ethnocentric percussion formed a rhythmic base to Hoj’s music as he played around with a spectrum of emotive melodies, ranging from euphoric to melancholic. His polished mixing abilities made his set even easier to digest, allowing the swiftly growing crowd to ease out of their post-NYE haze and back into celebration mode.
By 4pm, it was time for Lee Burridge to take the stage. Though he’d hardly slept at all since ringing in 2017 in New York City, the All Day I Dream cofounder looked chipper as ever as he cruised into the venue sporting a silly outfit and Ewok backpack. A specialist in putting together mystical sets at twilight hours, Burridge commanded eager anticipation among the gathering regarding what kind of music he’d choose to welcome the first sunset of 2017. He commenced on a graceful note, riding off what Hoj had begun and gradually adding intensity into the mix as darkness began tickling the sky. By nightfall, Burridge ventured into a deeper, darker realm of house and techno, selecting an assortment of edgy cuts that unleashed a wild energy into the crowd. His beguiling energy was infectious, inspiring his audience to lose themselves in the music in an ecstatic state.
Russian powerhouses Gorje Hewek & Izhevski took over for closing out evening, taking the the party in their own direction with a delectable blend of highly melodic and vocal cuts. The duo crafted an ideal nighttime set, maintaining an enduring pace with fluid bass lines, accented by diverse and ethereal instrumentation which progressed through bittersweet soundscapes and soaring breakdowns. Hewek & Izhevski’s artful arrangement of tracks kept the party packed until its final minutes as fans eagerly absorbed every bit of what they had to offer and kept dancing until the very end. Indeed, a good number of the set’s attendees felt rejuvenated enough by the magic which the two performers put forth to make it to the afterparty held by Clinic, where Hewek & Izhevski played until 3:00 the following morning.
Once again, All Day I Dream proved to be a lovely and successful way to settle into the new year. Folklore states that a year unfolds in the manner in which it is started. By this standard, it seems that good things are in on the horizon for those who made it to ADID’s New Year’s Day party.