Year after year, Electric Forest Music Festival in Rothbury Michigan plays host to a gathering of some of the most dedicated and unique flow artists in the Midwest and beyond. The very first time I experienced Electric Forest in 2014, I knew it was something unique. That year I received some of the best light shows in my life. The only regret I have from that year is that I didn’t record the fire.
This year, I came prepared and I now have video evidence of the artists responsible for burning down Electric Forest.
My top 10 favorite light shows from EF 2017 in no particular order…..
Since we announced the “Lights On!” competition a few weeks ago, there’s been one common concern that has come up–the competition being a popularity contest. We heard you loud and clear and we’re making the changes you’ve asked for.
See my new video tutorial on the hand poses for the 9 point iso grid (AKA Clusters)!
What are Clusters?
This emerging new concept style is similar to finger stacking and dialing, with the main difference being the number of fingers involved. Dials typically are done using 2 fingers rotating around and stacking together. In “Clusters,” you may use any number between 3 and 10 (or more if you have a doubles partner) fingers to create point-of-contact shapes, or “connect the dots” grid structures. Once you find a shape that you like, you can manipulate it on a much smaller scale, and with more precision than with similar dial moves.
Shaman teaching kids a crash course in the art of melting faces
Ever wish you could quit your job and travel the world doing what you love? I fantasized about it for years. My name is Lemuel Sison, aka Shaman; and after a near-death-induced epiphany, I realized that life was too short not to. Around the same time, I found myself freezing in line for a Halloween warehouse rave, where I bought my first pair of glow gloves from a sketchy van in the parking lot to keep warm. Little did I know the impact it would have on my life, changing its course forever.
A nationally ranked figure skater turned orbiter, Alicia Hernandez (aka Bubbles) is the only female on the EmazingLights Orbit Sponsorship team. Known for her full body style and powerful wrap sequences, Bubbles is changing the way that festival goers view female light show artists and paving the way for all artists to come.
Since picking up an orbit for festival season in 2016, Hernandez became the first female to compete at the Orbit Invitationals at IGC 2016. Today, she is the first female orbiter to concept her very own EmazingLights Feature Video, which shows the life of our sponsors when they come visit the EmazingLights team at headquarters. By allowing people to see some of the perks of being a sponsor, Bubbles hopes to inspire other females to pick up an orbit and dream big.
EmazingBlog: Alicia, so tell us a little about yourself and your dance background. I’ve heard that you used to be a pretty intense figure skater back in the day. How did you find orbiting? And do you think that figure skating has translated to your style of orbiting?
Bubbles: I’ve been figure skating since I was 5 years old. I competed until I was 19, and I still skate for fun. My team won a national gold medal when I was 17, a competition which instilled the values of hard work and practice. From these experiences, I also learned how the arts can be an expression of yourself and how you’re feeling.
At age 20, Alexandra Kiang (aka Siren) is part of a talented crop of orbiters that is taking over the light show community as we speak. Part of a sister Cosplay Duo for 4 years and the MC of the only functioning Anime Maid Cafe in America, Siren’s most unique talent as a performer might be her ability to play a long list of characters and raise the production value of a project by looking the part. For her EmazingLights Feature, Siren uses her extensive Cosplay experience and next level orbiting to play the role of Link from the Legend of Zelda video game series. Light show artists always talk about how storytelling is an essential aspect of a good performance. When Siren orbits, she doesn’t just tell a story. She is the story.
EmazingBlog: So you are relatively new to the light show and rave scene. What’s your story? How did you get into orbiting? How long have you been spinning?
Siren: My story started one night after my friend’s and I went out to Dave and Buster’s; where we won a couple sets of LED finger lights. We went back to my place and we played around with the lights for a bit. After a while, my friend asked if I had masking tape, chopsticks, and shoestring. I was so confused but I got him what he needed regardless. It took him around half an hour to construct a functioning orbit. That was just a little over a year ago, and I have been flowing nearly every single day since then.
As many of you know, I joined EmazingLights 3 months ago as their Brand Manager with the vision of spreading the art of light shows as far and wide as possible, and I’m here to let you guys know about what we’re doing to make this happen, how we were able to make it possible, and why it’s important to us.
We’ve decided to permanently lower the prices on all of your favorite products across our site so that it is easier for all people, old and new, to get their hands on high-quality light show products. Now, you’ll be able to shop on EmazingLights with the confidence of knowing you’ll get the best price possible from us every single day. Many of our prices will be even lower than what we’ve had in our sales previously.
No more waiting for that sale to drop to get your set of gloves or orbits!
Our team has been working hard for the past few months to solve this before the 2017 festival season is in full effect, and after countless hours of negotiation with our vendors & manufacturers for better rates, we’ve been able to make this possible.
If we’re getting better rates on our products, then so should you–plain and simple.
Lights are expensive. Music festivals are expensive. Life is expensive. We understand that and we feel it too. Remember, we’re also light show artists ourselves who have to go through the same struggles as many of you guys do. As the company has grown throughout the years, we’ve always held on to the core of what we initially set out to do–anything and everything to help this community grow.
We actually give a shit because we’re one of you, and everything we do is meant to be enjoyed together with you guys.
Hope you can appreciate this one from us. If you’re as excited about these changes as much as I am, then just wait until our next massive announcement over the next couple of months! Can you guess what it is?
Davis “Skittles” Duong
Brand Manager, EmazingLights
When people look back at gloving history, Davis Duong (aka Skittles) will be remembered for putting gloving on the map. He was the first glover ever to eclipse 1M+ views on YouTube, allowing the art to reach new eyeballs around the world. Skittles is one of the few glovers to pioneer a full-blown style and movement, and currently leads The Impact Asylum–a Facebook group of light show enthusiasts dedicated to Duong’s very own style calling impacting. As one of the first EmazingLights Sponsors along with Mimik and Gummy, his contributions to the gloving community, his thought process behind gloving, and his “OG” flow continue to inspire both new and old generation glovers.
Fast forward to 2017, Duong is now the Brand Manager here at EmazingLights. With 9 years of gloving and community building experience, he is fully committed to growing the community that supported him through his young adult years and made him who he is today. As a winner of the Golden Glove Award at IGC 2014, Skittles’ style and gloving brand have withstood the test of time, making him one of the few living legends that is still highly active in our community. It is undisputed that his experiences throughout the existence of gloving properly equip him to guide its future.
I sat down with Davis to get his take on what it takes to become “legendary” within the gloving scene, and what it means to be an “OG” glover.
Doc is one of the newest Emazinglights Sponsors for Orbiting. Even though he’s new, he quickly built a reputation as one of the most technical & quick learning individuals we have on the team, teaching us a few new tricks as he came along. Since then he’s been making heavy moves and honing his craft, with next week being slotted for his 2nd takeover of LED Anniversary VI as part of the Facemelt Crew. We invited him in to film his first feature, and try out a few new designs we had been working on. Here’s what he had to say:
Who are you, and where did you come from?
My name is Devin Magnusson; I’m 20 years old, and from Vista CA. I’ve lived here for pretty much all of my life. I’ve moved around here and there but I haven’t left the city. Before I even started doing flow arts I was an all-styles dancer, with my main focuses being krump/house dance. Some of my favorite types of music are House & Future Bass, but now I’m really getting into Trance after i went to Dreamstate in SoCal last November. Continue Reading
I had the pleasure of talking with [3M] Jestafter his last featured video dropped. Getting to pick his brain on his super advanced concepts & thought process during his shows was pretty awesome, and needless to say he’s definitely lightyears ahead of the rest of the gloving world when it comes to creative new moves. As one of the most established members of [C]oncept [C]reators, the crew who’s sole focus is creating new and exciting concepts for gloving, Jest has some serious clout in the light show scene. A (GGN) Global Gloving Network Leader for Minneapolis, he’s not only pushed the Art of Gloving forward with his insane style, but also helped grow his local community and has helped spread the love of light shows for years. Here’s what he had to say: Let’s start with the basics – What is gloving to you?
My definition of gloving is this: Gloving is a performance art that utilizes LEDs as focal points on the hands, which are then used to create persistence-of-vision illusions *as well as shape-shifting puzzles. These puzzles, when set to music, make the illusion that the visuals are “creating” the sounds.