Life In Color Surpasses Expectations for 10th Anniversary [Event Review]

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By now, it would be expected that the novelty of getting blasted with streaks of pink, blue, and green would be a tad bit irritating. After all, paint parties have been around before Life In Color came to be.

What started as over-the-top college parties at Florida State University over a decade ago evolved into one of Miami’s most unique series of concerts in the last five years. From massive expansions across South Florida, touring across the country, and even a Guinness World Record for “most people covered in paint at one time,” the people behind Life In Color reimagined their paint parties into a festival experience that combines massive themes with enormous musical performances. And this year was no different.

Much like Ultra Music Festival, Life In Color’s flagship is in Miami, where prior installments packed enormous crowds by the Hard Rock Stadium. This year, however, the music festival made a venue change, trading the expansive parking lot of the Miami Dolphins’ football arena for the intimate combination of Mana Wynwood and the abandoned RC Cola Plant. At first, I came to believe that this is a continuance of the downsizing of Life In Color’s concerting production as Wynwood is a tight neighborhood. After Life In Color 2014 spread its stay for a full weekend of musical messes, LIC 2016 returned to a single-day music festival criteria while still bringing a fierce lineup of commercial house, trap, dubstep, and hip-hop.

To my surprise, the switch made Life In Color feel larger than ever as it sat between large murals of street art and chic restaurants.

Coming into the venue, the main “Sector X” stage featured opening acts Nitti Gritti and Bonnie X Clyde whose musical careers kickstarted from Wynwood Fear Factory and Life In Color 2016 respectively. Between new music, both acts have unreleased and tenacious bangers shaping 2017, their acts set the tone for the incoming performances on the main stage and for the nearby “Rare Stage” which took the form of a circus tent. It was over here that equally bass-heavy performances from Fresko, Doctor P, and Ookay transitioned from the dusk and into the evening. I stayed here for quite some time before returning to Sector X.

In between both stages where a vast array of food trucks and stands offering funnel cakes, gyros, salads, and more. Yet, most of these places began to run out of food faster than they could make new food for future customers. I found that around the time that Marshmello and Desiigner were set to perform (between 9p.m. – 11p.m.), the lines were too long to properly serve anyone and the food being served was underwhelming in comparison to their relatively high prices. This problem struck the hardest for the main food stands that supposedly offered hot dogs, gyros, and Philly cheese steaks because all of these options disappeared by the time Mija was finished with her performance. This came as such a shock to me as previous installments were able have had less food truck options while still having less issues with serving the fan base.

As the evening began to gear up for the headliners, it became abundantly clear that Young Thug was nowhere to be found on the lineup when he was apart of the promotional lineup for the event. However, after seeing his recent antics in not showing up for his own music video shoot, I think this was a little outside of the hands of Life In Color. Meanwhile, every other headliner delivered terrific sets from the melodic dubstep powerhouses such as Seven Lions and Illenium to the electro house bangers coming from the sets of Mija and Tritonal. The night was topped off with performances from Diplo and Carnage who dropped trap, dubstep, and moombahton tracks to send off the 10th Anniversary of Life In Color with flying colors.

Even though there were hiccups with the food provided for guests and one headliner was unable to make an appearance, Life In Color blew my expectations. I went in believing that the transition to Wynwood (which usually hosts underground concerts) would be particularly arduous as it was about to host a relatively commercial music festival. But seeing the success of Wynwood Fear Factory last Halloween and LIC’s using the size of two venues to host the whole event, Life In Color established another successful show filled with head-banging EDM and the most tolerant body paint to be splashed on the faces of its fans.

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Life In Color Miami 10th Anniversary Stage Production [Images]

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Life In Color is gearing up to celebrate their 10th anniversary this weekend in Wynwood Miami, Florida. Life In Color Miami marks the beginning of their annual world tour and has host artist such as Jack U, The Chainsmokers, and 3LAU. This years LIC Miami will feature two breathtaking stages. Sector X, which will feature

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Life in Color announces lineup for 10 year Miami anniversary festival

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In 2007, Sebastian Solano, Lukas Tracz, Patryk Tracz, and Paul Campbell debuted the first-ever Life in Color, known at the time as Dayglow, a humble paint party that tapped into South Florida’s bustling electronic dance music scene. From the outset, the festival’s founders had a vision of creating large-scale, paint-centered EDM events, and ten years later this vision has certainly become a reality. In 2016, the show’s flagship Miami festival hosted 25,000 paint-laden attendees.

More than just becoming “The World’s Largest Paint Party” and a must-attend event for college students, Life in Color’s acquisition by SFX Entertainment has allowed the festival to expand its influence globally, reaching 70 cities in 18 countries in 2016. Some of the most admired names in the industry including the likes of Jack Ü, Kaskade, Alesso, Dillon Francis, Calvin Harris, and Hardwell, just to name a few, have performed at the event in years past.

Celebrating 10 years, Life in Color has released a video announcing its 2017 Miami festival lineup. The event’s decade-old South Florida celebration is stacked with EDM’s biggest bass-inclined artists, such as Diplo, Marshmello, and Carnage, among others. Moreover, this year’s show will feature multiple stages. Diplo, Marshmello, Seven Lions, Illenium, Mija, Solano, and Bonnie & Clyde will take to the Sector X stage, while Young Thug, Carnage, Tritonal, Desiigner, Ookay, Doctor P, and Fresko will take to the Bare Stage.

Miami’s Life in Color 10-year anniversary event will take place on January 28 at Mana Wynwood & RC Colo Plant in Miami’s Wynwood art district. Tickets are available to purchase here.

Life in Color - Miami 2017

 

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Diplo, marshmello, Ookay, Seven Lions & More Top Life In Color Lineup

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Life In Color is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with one of its biggest lineups to date

Galantis & Hook N Sling Drop Remix Pack with Ookay, CID & More [LISTEN]

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Check out the official remixes of Galantis and Hook N Sling’s “Love On Me”

Party Favor Brought Out All The Friends For His Massive LA Show

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There’s really nothing like a hometown show – and since so many artists are living in LA these days, we definitely get our fair share. All the homies come out to celebrate and revel in the good times, and sometimes you even end up with a massive 6-person b2b session at the end of the set. If you were at Party Favor’s show in Los Angeles last Friday, you witnessed all of this firsthand.

With support from Convex, Swage, B-Sides and Aazar, Party Favor was able to rock the crowd absolutely nail his hometown performance. This was Party Favor’s first full-stage setup, including old-school CRT TVs transmitting his whacked out custom visuals, and fans came out in droves to see it – the show was completely sold out. From my position backstage, not a single person left early (that I could make out) and the entire crowd was headbanging from start to finish.

For the final 30 minutes of the show, Party Favor brought out Kayzo, Ookay, Ghastly, Slushii, Yultron and Swage for a B2B of epic proportions. Seeing as it was Kayzo’s birthday, he was brought to the front of the stage where he was caked by his good friend Ookay.

The show was one for the books, and I’m damn sorry if you didn’t make it out. He’s still on tour on the dates below.

Party & Destroy Tour:
10.14.2016 Marquee New York, NY
10.15.2016 Ascend Boston MA
10.20.2016 Hakkasan Las Vegas, NV
10.21.2016 Park Street Saloon Columbus OH
10.22.2016 Boo! Festival Dallas TX
10.27.2016 Liquid Nightclub Madison WI
10.28.2016 Stereo Live Houston TX
10.29.2016 Europe Nightclub St. Louis MO
10.30.2016 Voodoo Festival New Orleans LA
10.31.2016 Livewire Scottsdale AZ
11.10.2016 The Gold Club Stone Park, IL
11.11.2016 Church Nightclub Denver, CO
11.12.2016 Vulcan Gas Co. Austin TX
11.14.2016 Jewel Night Club – Las Vegas, NV
11.17.2016 Club Rio San Antonio TX
11.18.2016 45 East Portland OR
11.19.2016 Time Nightclub Costa Mesa, CA
11.23.2016 Bassmnt San Diego CA
11.26.2016 Soundwave Edmonton AB
12.02.2016 Platformz St. Petersberg, FL
12.03.2016 E11EVEN Miami, FL
12.09.2016 Hawaiin Brians Honolulu, HI
12.16.2016 Borgota Atlantic City, NJ
12.30.2016 Snow Globe South Lake Tahoe CA
12.31.2016 Seattle WA

Video courtesy of JD2Pictures

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Ookay Back At It Again With Experimental New EP

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We know Ookay for his most recent single, “Thief.” Yes, we’re talking about the trap producer who recently had his Soundcloud deactivated. But the good news is this trap DJ & twitter persona is literally “Back Again” with a brand new EP, The Cocoon. For those that are used to hard hitting bass & experimental remixes, this

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Ookay Releases His New EP, “The Cocoon”

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Ookay has been riding high off of the success of his massive single, “Thief.” Even after having his Soundcloud deactivated, Ookay was able to bounce back – it wasn’t like he wasn’t allowed to play “Thief” live anymore, after all. Still, he’s been teasing new music for quite a while and finally, his new EP The Cocoon has dropped.

The new EP sees Ookay deviate from his older, trappier persona as he delves even further into his more melodic, more song-like self that we saw on “Thief.”

“Back Again” and “Sure” exemplify this change most starkly, with calm, serene vocals and a not-so-lit beat. “New Jack Swing” is definitely the heaviest track on the bunch, but even then, it isn’t really trap. The remaining two, “Long Time” and “Bring It Back” continue to shine a new light on Ookay’s production and direction.

Are any of these tracks individually better than “Thief”? I don’t think so, but that’s up for anyone’s interpretation. However, the release as a whole is going to be monumentally important in Ookay’s career as the moment that he really found his sound. With the way that electronic music is heading as a whole, it’s become so much easier for producers to experiment with new sounds that truly reflect what they want to make, rather than what the audience demands to hear.

Listen to The Cocoon below.

 

Image via Frank Apollonio

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Aspire to Inspire 153: Jen Stein

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(Original Photo By: Jack McKain)

Some people know exactly what they want to be when they grow up. They plan out their lives in detailed schedules and follow along as if there is no other way to go about it. Then there are others who, although they may not have a specific plan, experience something that triggers inspiration and they build their lives around the energy of that experience. For Jen Stein, Day-to-Day Manager at Red Light Management, that experience was music.

Growing up, Jen was drawn to the high energy of sports and music. The concept of something that could unite people so strongly was infectious, as she later found herself majoring in sports management at The University of Michigan. Starting out as a promoter, she did everything she could to expose others to the magnetic effect that artists and their music had on her. She went from door to door in the dorms playing YouTube videos to random people, and emailed out her personal cell number to basically the whole school in efforts to make it easier for consumers to buy tickets. Jen had a knack for the music business right off the bat, as she consistently sold every ticket she was given to distribute.

“I always knew I wanted to be involved in something creative, but it has definitely evolved. I actually went to college to study sports management. I wanted to work in live events where both music and sports are involved. Growing up I frequented places such as the Verizon Center in DC, where I saw both sporting events and concerts. At that age I thought it was all intertwined. The more I got into it, however, I realized that they are two completely separate sectors of the entertainment industry. I think the energy that unites people together as sports fans or music fans is very similar. I just kind of fell into working in music, though. I actually interned in both sports and music throughout college, and even after graduation I still wasn’t 100% sure which industry I would start out in.”

Even though Jen has put the time in and created a name for herself in the music industry, there are times that it all still feels like a dream. Having recently visited her alma mater—this time accompanied by an artist she works with—it was a strange feeling to walk the grounds and not recognize the people anymore, even stranger to give advice about the real world in a class that she took not too long ago.

One of the most important lessons Jen learned during her time as a college student was how to work well within groups, and accepting that when the groups of students changed, your role in the group may change.

“My whole major was based off of group projects. The same hundred students would get grouped into five or six people. You would likely work with people again, and depending on the dynamics of the group you would need to adjust your role. You can’t always be the leader; you have to contribute in the way that will be most helpful to the group.”

She also learned many things that pertained to patience and determination. While many of her friends and fellow students seemed to land solid post-grad job offers starting their junior year, it was a bit nerve-wracking to not know what the future held. Choosing to follow the path that we believe will ultimately make us the happiest, isn’t always the clearest route.

“The majority of my friends and classmates at The University of Michigan were looking to work in finance, consulting, or advertising. Everyone had a job offer after internships junior year, but with entertainment it doesn’t work like that. I had been talking to a ton of companies, but didn’t understand why I had to wait until graduation for an offer (it makes sense now, so if you are still in school don’t stress!). So in efforts to land a full-time job, I ended up creating opportunities for myself. Red Light Management was actually my first ‘informational interview’ on a trip to Los Angeles. I started interning the next day. Saying yes to everything and learning how to say no when you’ve taken on too much is so crucial. I’m still learning how to say no to things because unfortunately, we humans still can’t be in multiple places at once.”

As Jen tells us, creating opportunities on our own takes a strong-minded individual, but knowing when there is too much on our plate is one of the most important secrets to success. Beyond that, there will always be things that are out of our control. Whether it’s travel accommodations, scheduling conflicts, or simply whether people like something or not—there is always the chance that something doesn’t work out. The way we handle that as industry professionals will make or break our futures, and for Jen that chance is what keeps her going day after day.

“In music and entertainment you can only control yourself. You can’t control anyone else’s actions or reactions. You can’t control the weather, you can’t control the airlines, you can’t control how the fans are going to respond to something, etc. No matter how much hard work and passion you put into something, there’s always going to be a part of it that’s left to chance and I love that. It’s so exciting, yet it’s also something that you have to learn to embrace. Starting out as an assistant, I was terrified of my first boss. I was terrified of ever missing a text or a call to the point where I would wake up at 3:00 AM, check his email and write out responses that I thought would be good, send it to him, get back up at 6:00 AM when he woke up. That was a little bit ridiculous, but everything is a learning experience. Finding that balance of what’s too ridiculous and what will help you succeed is important. I like to say yes to every opportunity that comes my way.”

The people in Jen’s life are also her major inspirations. Giorgio Moroder, three time Academy Award and four time Grammy-winning, yet still touring musician, is at the top of that list. Working with someone whose music inspired her in the first place is a surreal feeling, but also an endless source of inspiration and motivation.

“He’s always working on music. He knows so much about pop culture and what’s currently going on politically and socially in every single country…it’s just amazing. He knows everything about everything, he’s still passionate about what he does, and still touring. If he can get himself up to play a 3:00 AM set and stay up working until 4:00 AM on music the next day, then what would I ever have to complain about? I’m lucky to work in his presence, ya know?”

One of the things Jen would love to see in the dance music industry’s future is the involvement of more women.

“As a part of Nap Girls (a non-profit whose mission is to connect and empower women and gender non-conforming individuals by nurturing creative and professional growth), I think there needs to be more women in the industry. That’s also a matter of women realizing that they can do it and being taught that the music industry isn’t just a boys club. I studied sports management and started taking some informational interviews early on in college. I would meet with women, high-powered executives, and they would tell me that they would tell their daughters not to pursue sports because it’s a ‘boy’s club.’ I think that’s the wrong mentality. I would tell a younger girl to ‘do whatever the f*ck they want.’ You need to just make your way and show everyone who is boss.”

By starting small with realistic short-term goals, the major accomplishments we seek may not be as far off as we think. Whether it’s selling 50 tickets to a show in your first job (or in Jen’s case, to prove she should be hired for a job), taking the first step towards a career as a woman in a male-dominated industry, or lifting others up in support, the first step opens the door to new opportunities. With this mentality, Jen hopes to have a positive impact on the world through her work, as well as supporting the Josh E. Levine Foundation. Josh Levine was a student at The University of Michigan who died weeks after graduation from co-ingesting alcohol and stimulants during a night of partying. He was one of Jen’s closest friends in college. His mother created this foundation to provide education about the dangerous combination of stimulants and alcohol, and to change the culture of binge drinking among young people. As someone who chooses not to indulge in alcohol or other substances in a field of work where the champagne is often popped, Jen finds that people’s awareness of what can happen when certain things are mixed is of the utmost importance.

“You’re never going to stop people from making their own decisions, but I would love to get to a point where I could help raise money and awareness for the Josh E. Levine Foundation and prevent another tragedy like Josh’s death from ever happening again. That is definitely one of my short-term goals.

I never judge anyone for drinking or partying. I just think that as motivated people we are all so capable of taking things too far, working too hard for days, and then doing whatever you can on your one night off. While I stopped drinking due to an injury (unrelated to Josh’s incident), I quickly realized that by being sober, I was always 100% in control of my actions. People ask me all the time how I can be in this industry without drinking, but for me I do it because I love it. If I ever get to a point where I need to get drunk to enjoy my job, it’s time for a career change (seriously though…good music + dancing = endorphins). I love seeing all my friends grow in this industry. There are people I worked with in college and we are still working together today. Not drinking definitely does not equal not partying. I am guilty of seeing one too many sunrises in L.A. – getting caught up in the good music, good vibes, and good company around me.”

While Jen brings a unique perspective to the party culture of this scene, it’s important to take into consideration. Having the time of your life at a concert, specifically dance music, is absolutely possible without drinking or using drugs. The music, dancing, and connection alone free us from our burdens and make us feel alive.

Jen would like to leave us with one final piece of advice (taken from her Facebook status):

“I truly believe that what is meant to happen, will. There is no such thing as good luck, bad luck, or merely being in the right place at the right time. Your decisions may impact a means to an end, and what and how you learn along the way. But if you take each situation with stride, cherish the good, and learn from the bad…it will all work out how it should.”

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You Need To Check Out Safe In Sound Festival 2016

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Safe In Sound, now in its third year, has booked some of the biggest bass artists to date on its national tours. For this years rendition of the festival, they have outdone themselves with headliners like NGHTMRESlanderOokayBrillzFlux Pavilion, of course Borgore, and countless others, this festival is turning out to be a wild one. Just about a month into the tour, the festival has already proven to be a smashing hit everywhere it stops. We’re going to be catching up with them at their Boston stop, so look out for the full event review next week!

EDM bad boy and dubstep producer, Borgore, recently posted a video with some of the highlights of the festival thus far. Citing the fact that for him, “Pink eye is a work hazard,” the video shows packed venues and the notorious squad of girls who seem to always be surrounding him. This recap, combined with recaps provided by Safe In Sound, prove that this festival is a must do on everyone’s list:

Safe In Sound posted some recap videos too:

Check out the dates nearest you:

Sep 15 Houston, TX
Sep 17 Dallas, TX
Sep 22 Indianapolis, IN
Sep 24 Minneapolis, MN
Sep 29 Buffalo, NY
Sep 30 Chicago, IL
Oct 01 Pontiac, MI
Oct 02 Columbus, OH
Oct 07 New York City, NY
Oct 08 Wallingford, CT
Oct 09 Boston, MA
Oct 12 Knoxville, TN
Oct 13 Tallahassee, FL
Oct 14 Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Oct 19 Garden City, ID
Oct 21 San Jose, CA
Oct 22 Seattle, WA
Oct 28 Milwaukee, WI
Oct 28 Phoenix, AZ
Oct 29 Magna, UT
Oct 31 Kansas City, MO
Nov 04 Broomfield, CO
Nov 18 Pittsburgh, PA
Nov 19 Atlanta, GA
Nov 25 Sacramento, CA
Nov 26 Berkeley, CA

 

 

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