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Paradiso Festival 2013 Performance Recap

Paradiso Festival 2013 Goblin Queen Super Geek LeagueNeon soundwaves shattered the hills of the Pacific Northwest with sounds of bass, trap, tech house, and a variety of electronica noise accompanied by 27,000+ decked out fans. A smiling American mouse saluted an American stadium built in a dreamland of epic, and epic it was.

Tall, beautifully-grotesque creatures shambled through the massed throngs of happy, rocked out ravers. The Kandi kids shouted PLUR! and traded strings of creativity with their colorful world. The Bro culture threw their egos aside for a moment and joined humanity in a space that merged nature with the freedom of large sound. Amusement rides spiraled throughout the amphitheater, creating wonder and dazzling the hillside. Lights and lasers shot into the night, accompanying the music of the Millenials.

We created a world of Whomp, and unleashed ourselves in mass. Paradiso Festival 2013 had arrived.

Paradiso 2013 was the 4th USC Events show that I have had the pleasure of performing at with Super Geek League. About a year ago, I moved to the Pacific Northwest from Denver, CO. with the goal of becoming a national nightlife performer. I am a fire performer, a stilt walker, an aerialist, and a dancer. Paradiso 2013 was my first major performance at an Electronica Festival. I rocked 4 costume changes both Friday and Saturday, clocking in around 19 hours per day.

The weekend went by in a whirlwind of awesome.  National performers and performance teams including Super Geek League, Wildchild World, Team EZ, Stilt Circus, Fire Groove, Emerald City Trapeze, and performers from Las Vegas took over the visually stunning Gorge Amphitheater and performed next to some of the top DJ’s in the world. Dozens of costumes littered the walls and tables of the performance base camp. Rapid fire schedule changes, multiple stages, and production professionals turned the Paradiso Backstage area into a ballet of coordinated performances.

Daytime was filled with stilting shenanigans and costumed aliens. We had brought our own interactive sound, the talented Chaotic Noise Marching Corps, and we unleashed them on the crowd.

As dusk turned to dark, the setting sun signaled the time to unleash fire! It’s always an amazing experience, being in front of thousands of people. Add a bit of fire performance and large sound to the mix and you have something truly exhilarating.

As fire ended, the light costumes came out to play. Modern technology is allowing us to turn ourselves into shining bits of art. We get to play with the workings of visual attraction and interactive movement. There’s a certain satisfaction that comes with watching thousands of people light up with wonder and amazement as they react to a combination of dance and visual art.

Paradiso Festival 2013 was an amazing spectacle. Next up, Freak Night.

Make sure to check out Super Geek League online and come to our show July 20th at the Neptune in Seattle. Many thanks to USC Events and all of the amazing events that they throw.

Cloud Nine With an Evil Smile

I performed in a kick-@$$, balls to the wall, epic performance music video this weekend with Super Geek League! I’m so thankful that I got to be part of it (seriously SGL and all of the awesome performers and musicians I rocked with, thank you)! While hanging out behind stage, I managed to type out a quick post for the C+D website:

In the Green Room

Sitting here, getting ready to perform in a music video, I find myself excited. It’s an interesting thing, finding out that the same people that you hang out with on a day to day basis, are the professionals.

Capacity and Desire, Super Geek LeagueI’m rocking red body paint, highlighted with dark accents for muscle tone. My face paint is a dark, toothy grin. I had a friend just complement me and say that I looked like something out of Wildchild World (who I absolutely idolize ). This is cloud nine with an evil smile!

We’re pushing to be big. The next big production, the next big event, the next big ‘WOW’ factor. It’s going to look and feel new.

Super Geek League and Capacity and DesireI have the ‘I’m here’ feeling. I’m finally making it. All of those things that I always dreamed of doing with my performance, I’m doing. It feels amazing. Chasing my dream while having a day job is working. The Business Degree is paying off. The constant body work and discipline is worth it.

How wonderful! I’m on the road to becoming the thing that I wanted to be as a kid. I can’t wait to see where I’ll be in a year.

Progress

Post epic weekend, I’m still managing to push my day jobs to my limit. I am now working on multiple projects, including working with the Burning Man Project and Burners Without Borders (which I’ll be posting about next week).

I started learning how to code in Python (thanks to Learn Python the Hard Way and Codecademy.com) so I’ll be able to program all of the LED projects that I have coming my way.

I have two awesome books coming in the mail this week! One is on fashion and technology (electronics sewn into fashion), and the other is on FX makeup and design. I can’t wait to get my hands on them and learn new things! I’m hoping to design something new and crazy for NYE!

Next up for the performance life:

Bootie Seattle! I’m going to try and book something between now and then. Definitely will keep everyone updated.