Music

Burning Man 2017

Santiago Event, Music December 10, 2017

By Natalia Kapchuk

 

Over the years, Burning Man has become very popular, even amongst famous people from art, music, fashion and the film industry. You can spot celebrities, models, musicians, artists – like Paris Hilton, Alessandra Ambrosio, Cara Delevingne, Katy Perry, Jared Leto, P Diddy and Daft Punk, to name a few.

This year, I decided to experience Burning Man (BM) for myself and paid a two-day visit to Black Rock City. BM has always been on my bucket list but the long preparations and stories which I have heard about the organization behind it kept my trip delayed for years and years….until this year.

In September my best friends and I (all virgin Burners) decided that this was the year we were going to make it happen. I was sure nothing would go further than chit chat but I was wrong. To my great astonishment, everyone took the idea seriously and started preparations. You will need from 6 months up to 1 year prior to the event to plan the trip, unless you are joining a camp or have someone who does it all for you – personally I would take the ‘radical self-reliance’ principle seriously. People change their plans and you might just end up being homeless in the middle of the desert.

Step One: Joining a camp. It is advisable to join an existing camp via a friend’s recommendation. There is a number of different camps in BM, from big theme camps to smaller personal ones, and most of them are listed on the official BM website. Every camp is unique in their offering and ‘vibe’ – choose one that resonates with you and your interests, hobbies, music taste etc. Luckily I had a few friends from a camp called Payaskool, it is a pretty big camp with more than 420 people. I absolutely loved it! We had TED’x talks on environmental, digital and psychological themes with great speakers from around the world. Furthermore, we had a Dome, a huge space with remarkable fire and laser shows and AAA DJ’s.

BM has a strong sense of community, responsibility and teamwork. You need to take the ten principles seriously when you arrive on the playa, especially ‘Leave no trace’ – Black Rock Desert is a protected                                                                                                                                        area and it must be left clean once the thousands of burners leave. Do not drop anything and do not hesitate to pick up someone else’s micro moop (matter out of place) on the playa. Camp fee may vary, we paid around $9.000 for four people. That includes parking, breakfast and dinner. When you consider how many gallons of water each individual needs, gasoline, construction, recycling and all the work that takes place behind the scenes to set up a camp, you can understand where the cost comes from. Our camp management team was supportive and always gave us great feedback, trying to solve our issues when necessary – but please understand that these people are volunteers and they want to, and deserve to, have fun themselves too. They are not there to serve you so rather only contact them in case of emergency.

Step Two: Tickets! It is not easy to get a BM ticket. You need to create a BM profile online and you must be registered and logged in to participate in online sales (dates and hours are available on www.burningman.org). Unfortunately, there is no guarantee you will get tickets at the original price. The ticket system is like a lottery. We were left with no tickets. The true essence of Burning Man is not to make any profit and commercialize on BM ticket aftersales but we had no choice other than to buy our tickets from third party companies like Vividseats or Viagogo. The tickets from these websites cost usually between $1000-$1200 each. Please verify the authenticity of the tickets and always ask for original receipt as there are many fake tickets out there. You will also need a vehicle pass if you are arriving by car.

Step Three: Where to stay? There are a few options when it comes to accommodation at the Burn. You can stay in your car, in an air-conditioned tent or in an RV. In our case the RV was the most suitable choice. Our RV had a bedroom, kitchen, shower, WC, 2 single beds and 2 sofa beds. To save costs, many people rent their RV’s from another state like California and drive it up to the playa themselves. Unfortunately, many RV renting companies would only accept US driving licenses. For one week of rental we paid $17000 for an RV, there are less expensive options out there if you book in advance.

Step Four: Outfits. When all organizational logistics are done and dusted, it is time to think about costumes. BM allows for full creative and personal expression so it is very important to wear something extraordinary, otherwise you may feel like the odd one out. I changed two or three times a day. You need to change outfits a few times for various reasons, mainly due to the weather changes which go from very hot during the daytime to very cold at night. Bring warm coats and a hat for nighttime and sunrise – a funky neon fur coat with LED lights would be perfect. Where to get costumes? Mix and match! Lots of thing I ordered online were from the Etsy website (goggles, masks, bodysuits) and from Instagram BM designers. Don’t hesitate to pass by a local sex shop and Halloween shop or upcycle your old clothes using your own imagination and fantasy. Get creative, be yourself, express who you are, it always turns out the best. The desert is very alkaline so make sure to bring boots, many socks and sunscreen, it makes your skin very, very dry. Masks and goggles are also essential. Sand storms are worse than those seen in a Mad Max movie and appear out of nowhere so always be prepared!

  

Ok, it is now time to tell you about how the whole system and temporary city works. The Playa is a metropolis built for 2 weeks in the middle of Nevada desert. There are streets with different names which makes it easy to move around and find things using the map. There are hundreds of camps, each camp providing different services, interactive workshops, music and all kinds of activities.You move around on a bike, it is almost impossible to walk as the distances between camps are very long. Make sure you rent a bike. Our bikes were included in the price of our RV. It is very important to decorate your bike with LED lights, the more visible you are the better as at night it helps people (and your friends) to identify you. Make sure you lock your bikes when you park as someone can take it by mistake!

I was wearing a head light to light up my way at night, plus LED decorations that I ordered on Amazon and eBay. There is nothing you can buy at the Playa as money doesn’t exist there, you can only exchange things. People are super friendly and willing to help, even if you forgot something at home I am sure you will find it out in the desert. This is the idea of the ‘gifting’ principle and people take it seriously too. In our case we didn’t have enough wet wipes and had to trade it for tequila. There is only 2 things you can buy out there: ICE (queue to get it is insane) and coffee.

Food and Supplies. Make sure you bring with you supplies of food and drinks for the whole period of your stay. In our case we pre-ordered most of the things online and a delivery company loaded it into our RV before our arrival. The most crucial is drinking water and coconut water. You will end up drinking up to 6 litres a day as you will feel thirsty most of the time. Make sure to bring some extra gallons of water for others and some for common use in the kitchen. Pickles are a famous thing at the Playa, they retain water in your body,
pickle juice is something you will appreciate. We also got soups, tuna in cans and lots of power bars! Do not forget vinegar! You will be surprised! To wash away dust
from your feet and legs you will need to dilute vinegar in water. As I mentioned earlier, the dust is alkaline and penetrates inside your skin making your skin dry and only vinegar can help as it is acidic.
Other essentials are body butter, foot cream, lip balm and a nourishing hair mask. You don’t want cracked skin and dry hair or dreads right? Wet wipes are very handy too.

How to get to Black Rock city? Reno is the closest international airport. From there you can buy a seat or charter a whole small plane. The only problem with this plane is that you can take only 1 hand luggage with you, big suitcases are not allowed. So, if you
manage your clothing and suppliers to be delivered to the Playa, the burner express is an ideal option. The same company, Burner Express, provides bus services too. With the bus you can buy luggage space. Bus tickets go very fast though so you would need to buy in advance. The last option is to go by car. That is what we did. We then rented a huge GNC. The drive normally takes 2,5 hours but it is never this short in reality. It can be 6 or 9 or even more depending on weather conditions and the traffic.
Don’t forget – over 70000 people come and leave over this period and it is only 1 road that brings you to the Playa… The road trip to the
Playa is beautiful with amazing scenery surrounded by lakes and gorgeous mountains, breathtaking I should say, and road trips are always fun.

When we arrived our RV we booked wasn’t as cute as it looked on the pictures and our water supply was somehow finished on the first day we arrived. You will get 2 vouchers to pump out black and grey water and refill it with fresh water. So we had to stay without water for a whole day – luckily there was a public shower and WC. At this point I remembered my childhood and summer camps with outdoor showers and smelly toilets. On our first day we were woken up quite early with little sleep as our luxury RV ended up not being the 5-star hotel we were used to 😉

All the people we met on our way were super friendly which was quite shocking at first and something our society is not so used to. Many camp members gathered together for breakfast. Burners get to know each other and chit chat about their plans and life. Then you have to be registered and get a job assigned. Everyone has a job in the camp: cook, dish cleaner, security, etc. By the time I registered my favourite position as cooking was fully booked and I picked cleaning the dishes instead.

By the time breakfast was finished I was already covered with dust from head to toe. On my first day I changed 4 times!!! It takes some time getting used to the feeling of being dusty and dirty. What I saw when we began exploring the city was mind blowing – art sculptures of different forms and sizes spreading throughout the Playa. On our first day we had not even seen 5% of the city. The Man and the temple are in the center. On the last day of the Burn the man and the temple are set on fire. The fire displays are spectacular and part of the great excitement to go to Burning Man to witness such massive structures go up in flames.

It was incredible to go on a bike with no agenda, stop by different art objects, explore different camps. Here are some examples of the camp names: 17 Virgins, bike Gods, camp Bang Bang, mystic, candy land, department of peace, dusty bum, insomnia, love cow, miso horny, just to name a few. There are fantastic art cars moving around, from a fish to a boat or an emoji to a dragon on wheels. You can jump inside an art car, make new friends and enjoy the ride. Sunsets are unbelievable at the Playa, colors are spectacular and so bright. At night there is a lot of parties going on and lots of camps are offering various cocktails and drinks, free of charge. The most famous parties are Robot Heart and Mayan Warrior, which you can find on the Playa at nighttime and District and Disconnect for daytime fun. The majority of the burners are up until sunrise and I have heard that the sunrises are stunning and even more enchanting than the sunsets. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to stay up that long to enjoy it and I guess my 2 days at the Playa were not enough to experience it to the full. Now that I have experienced a teaser of the magic, I am very much looking forward to next year, which will be a full week experience.

The closest airport is Reno. From Reno you can take a card and drive. It is about a 2 hour drive, but much longer with traffic, to make it to the entrance of Black Rick City. Make sure you buy a car pass, which you have to arrange separately, for the price of 100 usd. There is is a small private plane called the Burner Express. I would consider it as the best option if you have a small amount of luggage because only 1 piece of hand luggage is allowed. This is the most costly option. Another option is a bus from the Burner Express. Remember to buy tickets well in advance because there is a limited number of seats. This is the website where you can book a tickets:

www.burnerexpress.burningman.org

Rockin’1000 | 1000 Musicians To Change The Rules of Rock

Santiago Event, Music, Uncategorized December 9, 2017

By Daria Longinotti

Rockin’1000 was founded in 2014 as a vision, crazy idea, impossible challenge!

The creator, Fabio Zaffagnini, who at the time worked as a marine geologist for the CNR Bologna, wanted to convince the Foo Fighters to hold a concert in Cesena, a small Italian town located in Emilia Romagna. To try and achieve his goal he needed to come up with something unique, something never attempted before: 1000 musicians singing in sync one cover song of the band, shot in high quality video to be published on YouTube and then to see what would happen…

He involved six of his friends in this crazy idea – Anita Rivaroli, Cisko, Claudia Spadoni, Mariagrazia Canu, Martina Pieri and Marta Guidarelli – professionals each in a different but functional sector in the pursuit of such an ambitious challenge.

A year of work went by with recruitment of musicians and volunteers from all over Italy, logistical and technical organization, continuous search for donors and supporters with the opening of a crowd-funding campaign to cover expenses, especially linked to the involvement of an excellent technical video and audio team.

On July 24, 2015, at the Cesena Racecourse the video was finally shot.

Thanks to the work of the music gurus who selected and prepared the musicians and the Orchestra Director who guided them in the project, supported by sound engineers and technicians, who had to try solve completely new issues, they were able to collectively come up with a technique capable of putting in sync, in a limited amount of takes, 1000 perfect strangers united by their passion for music. Something never done in this
way before.

The next day the video was on YouTube and soon enough David Grohl, leader of the Foo Fighters, responded to the appeal with a video message promising them that the band would come to Cesena, which happened on November 3, 2015. Incredible! The challenge was won!

This idea soon became a global phenomena and the video “Rockin’1000 Romagna calling Foo Fighters” received over 40,000,000 views, becoming the most seen video of the year.

The team were followed by media with interviews with broadcasters from around the world and acknowledgments of all kinds including the “Disruptive Award” at the Tribeca Film Festival
in New York.

 

 

In addition to achieving such an ambitious goal, the acknowledgement that the video has received is the overwhelming originality of the Rockin’1000 idea itself, namely that the union of ordinary people, without competition or protagonism and moved by a great shared passion for music, can come together and each one of them make their own contribution to allow for something greater to be achieved, cutting barriers and borders, reminding us that anything is possible when we the people
come together.

Best Of Chiara Arrigoni, chuckia – Rockin’1000 Summer Camp

 

With their new goal accomplished, Rockin’1000 has not stopped with their mission and desire to bring people from around the world into union and solidarity through music.

On July 26, 2016 at the Dino Manuzzi Stadium in Cesena, “Rockin’1000 That’s Live” was the first concert of the biggest rock band on earth in which 17 iconic songs of rock history were performed live. An all-consuming event followed by an edited CD by Sony Music Italy, ranked 4th place in Italian sales in a short amount of time, and countless awards including the Coca Cola On Stage Award as the event of the year and the
YouTube Silver Button.

On the 28th and 29th of July this year there was a new adventure: a Rockin’1000 Summer Camp held in a majestic setting on the slopes of Mont Blanc. Two days of full immersion into the music and nature where audiences and musicians lived together and shared their great passion including another new incredible Rockin’1000 style video that was produced on 3 high
technical medleys.

 

 

To support Rockin’1000 in its business and adventures over the past three years, brands, media partners and institutions, very close to the mission and the founding values of the project, have supported Rockin1000 in spreading their positive energy and continuing their vision. Brands and sponsors have supported Rockin1000 in an organic and highly rewarding way in terms of visibility and image return. Last year saw frontline by Nastro Azzurro dedicate their latest TV commercial to Rockin1000; Radio Deejay amplified the project; Courmayeur Mont Blanc, successfully integrated the camp among the novelties of the summer events in the area and Samsung and Intesa Sanpaolo participated with facilities and activities on the field. An example of teamwork that has rewarded the commitment and spontaneity of all brands involved.

Rockin’1000 has changed the rules of rock and has in the pipeline many more surprises. Many goals to pursue, many destinations to reach, many musicians to involve in every corner of the world, many partners and sponsors to receive, many dates to schedule in Italy and not only there for a project which promises to be increasingly global.

“Stick together and play rock and roll” … see you in 2018!

Videos and info: www.rockin1000.com

Coachella diaries

Santiago Event, Music July 1, 2017

 

By Liliana Nova

 

Going to Coachella is truly an incredible experience – from the exotic location in the middle of the Colorado desert to the amazing weather, parties, fun in the sun with friends and endless great music, it is truly a festival not to be missed, particularly for the fashionistas. I had an amazing time this year and was grateful to be attending on behalf of my favorite sunglass brand, Gentle Monster. With the endless pool parties and sunset sessions, these shades made the perfect match. Coachella is fun in terms of fashion because you can take more risks and dress a bit differently to how you would normally. Let us just say you can truly let that inner hippie out and channel your inner sun loving goddess.

 

The first day began with a cool pool party by Revolve for star influencer and friend Chiara Ferragni. Pool parties at Coachella are not your usual pool parties, they are an explosion of crazy outfits, the most delicious food and cocktails as well as an exciting array of activities. At Revolve we even had the chance of getting inked by the world famous Tattoo Artist, Jon Boy who was creatively expressing his talents for anyone who wanted to get a tattoo. Trust me he is worth it, I was really close on getting one but then something must have distracted me, next time!

I love festival weekends because you get to experience the perfect balance between an exciting escape from your daily routine as well as some much needed relaxing, socializing and catch ups with new and old friends from all over the United States – and even the world – who come to Palm Springs for these two much anticipated weekends. Besides the outside parties and events there is also of course the festival itself. You get to hang out with all your friends and listen to the top artists play phenomenal music, indulge in all kinds of food and snap a bunch of unforgettable moments. Something about the energy at these events makes you forget about anything negative or stressful and allows you a time to really appreciate being present in the moment!

 

Let us look into a more detailed take on fashion for Coachella…You see, there are not many occasions in your daily life where you get the chance to either dress like a flower child hippy from back in the 60s or play around with some crazy fantasy looks and still be deemed as “fashionably appropriate.” For Coachella you can truly live your little girls (or boys) dream and have fun with your styling (although there are of course still some tasteful rules at Coachella, do be warned). This year I mixed up some casual pieces with some crazy ‘It-Pieces’ such as this oversized Bob Marley Vest that looked totally incredible with my jean shorts and a pair of my old Chanel Dallas Over-the-knee boots. I also enjoyed the attention I received in my beloved black bodysuit with gold metal details that I wore for a shoot in the middle of the desert (note, this was was pretty hardcore considering the heat and landscape but all worth it for a glamorous
shot, right?)

As far as accessories go, I found my backpack to be the ideal item and most worn piece. They are the perfect on trend festival handbag – easy to throw on, super cute (obsessed with the Mini Louis Vuitton one I’m wearing) and they keep your hands free, love it! Speaking about my shoot in the Palms Springs, I was also lucky enough to get the chance to shoot in the most breathtaking surroundings with the sunglass brand I was marketing called Gentle Monster. We shot at the so called ‘Mirage House’ – a glass house in the middle of the Colorado desert and around a Circle of Mirrored Sticks by Phillip K Smith III. The art installation was truly breathtaking and the talent really blew my mind, impeccable!

Last but not least, I must mention my favorite part of Coachella which has to be the Neon Carnival.The Neon Carnival is sponsored by Levis and Tinder and truly brings out one’s inner child. It is a playground for adults (and semi- adults) who get the opportunity to embrace euphoric and melodic beats by the world’s best DJ’s while taking a wild ride on a roller coaster. I mean what more can one ask for? Hanging out and having fun with new and old friends from around the globe, sometimes even the artists themselves, appreciating great music, great food and great company. What an enchanting weekend !

BURNING MAN 2016

Santiago Music December 2, 2016

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By Naike Bokan

Whether you are a spiritualist working on your chakras; a rational geographer; a glamorous materialist; a dreamer who wanders off into the mystical past; a futuristic space traveler; a Mad Max enthusiast; or perhaps just someone longing to endure in the secretive Eleusinian Mysteries; whoever you may be, if you happen to find yourself in the middle of the Nevada Black Rock desert in August, prepare for letting go of all the physical and emotional boundaries and allow this true playful side of yourself
to shine through.

image51Like an untouched magical land, the desert of Nevada has an echoing emptiness, without any traces of civilization, it sits waiting for the creation of a new world. An enchanted world, resurrecting from and dissolving into dust, built by its great creator – man. For this very reason, Burning Man is much more than just another music festival and its ideals go far deeper than a whimsically colorful carnival – it represents a celebration of the creative power of man. The Burn promotes freedom of expression, which is a responsibility, not an anarchy; individuality in the form of a gift rather than selfish egoism; it is a communion emerged from the acknowledgement of each and every individual who attends. Being part of this ad hoc community, you can’t help but be inspired and drawn in by the Ten Principles, which mostly rely on the connection and the revolving of the individual combining into one. For me, as an artist, the principle of radical self-expression is the closest one to my heart, probably because  it is a crucial element of my point of view – art is a way of life, it is not something artificial. Art represents the natural and organic which every one of us can and should base our beings on. It was a playground for me to freely express my creativity without any boundaries. The leading philosophy behind the Burning Man festival is that every man is an artist, therefore each individual is a work of art on its own, one of the reasons why I myself wanted to take part in this experience in August this year. Best known to the public for the distinctive costumes of the participants, which you can say are without a doubt limitlessly unconventional and authentic. The innovation this world inspires, creates a feeling of boundless freedom and self-expression.

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You will soon come to the realization that a mask does not obscure our true face, but rather reveals us in our natural state. Speaking of deconstruction to reveal our true selves, I would like to mention a sculpture which I think reflects exactly that – the Heart of Gold. Inspired by this year’s theme “DaVinci’s Workshop”, the light installation is based on Leonardo’s polyhedron drawings. Just looking at its holographic sequence of infinity mirrors, giving the viewer a fusion of diverse lighting and color, instinctively suggests letting go of all barriers and encourages one to look inside as well as outside. A pluralistic perspective that calls upon you to take a different point of view. Burning Man feeds all of us longing, since our childhoods, to travel to outer space where we believed we could fly and build magical worlds of our own. It is for those of us who know that love, giving and freedom is the strongest power and gift and for those who believe they can change the world for the better.

Let your playful inner child run free without any judgement. The diversity of experiences from people around the world allow you to try and imagine yourself being there. Indulge in the fantastic and inspirational photographs; get creative and dream up your costumes and imagine yourself running wild in the desert. Be warned, however, that what you actually endure at Burning Man is not something you can ever foresee, control or prepare for, nor should you try because it will certainly exceed all your wildest expectations. In the words of Hamlet, who said the truth is in the readiness, being ready for Burning Man means – being ready for a complete surprise! Burning Man is not a mimesis nor does it try to be, rather it is a procreative evocation of the myth and rituals forgotten. It is an eclectic symbiosis of the future and the past utopia and dystopia, a pre-civilised and post apocalyptic experience that generates a ludic playground free of traditional convention.   

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