Back in 2012, Gregg Lillie and EmazingLights took a team of light show artists to Escape from Wonderland in San Bernardino. The team called “the FaceMelt Crew” was the first festival team of its kind, and today, the program and Gregg’s legacy lives on at 25+ festivals across America. After moving on from his position as Brand Manager of EmazingLights, Lillie has worked closely with Jeff Abel, more commonly known as world class Bass Producer, Excision.
With the Excision team, Lillie is working behind the scenes to produce the first ever Lost Lands Music Festival in Thornville, Ohio, and the EmazingBlog was fortunate enough to sit down with Gregg to discuss some of the decision-making behind making Lost Lands 100% LED friendly:
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.
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.
The power of the lights we play with can produce a much more permanent image when captured in photos with slow shutter camera lenses. These pictures are a testament to the artist’s control over his lights and spacial awareness.
We took some of the trail art shots that spoke to us and posted them below. Brace yourself for some wild “paintings” if you will. Flow comes in all shapes and sizes. Check it out.
[S>] Blitzen has been in the lab. Well, more like the studio. This gloving idol, who also runs the GetBlitzed project, features a bass heavy sound that will amp everyone up before Bear Grillz hits the stage. Her set starts at 4:30 PM and will be the backdrop for open gloving time during the afternoon.
In light of IGC coming up this Saturday, we decided to conduct some highly intensive research on the gloving community. What we found is that our competitors have all followed this exact 10 step formula to gloving stardom. Study up boys and girls!
Competitor Tickets are sold out, but you’ll need to grab a Spectator Ticket if you want to see the madness that is IGC this Saturday in Santa Ana, CA.
With IGC only 9 days away, we caught up reigning champion [PM] Ice Kream Teddy to gain insight on his mentality leading up to the tournament, his thoughts on the competition, and his place in gloving history.