Growing up, we all were fascinated by the concept of magic at one point in our lives. As kids, we would watch the movies, read the books and even would get innocently intrigued by that super lame magician we've all had at our birthday parties- who in reality is just as much of a magician as I am (*shocking spoiler alert*: I am not a magician). We fell in love with the idea of magic, until we would eventually get dismissed by some adult who would tell us that "there is no such thing as magic". Well, my friends, I'm here to tell you that there is such a thing as magic- and I experienced it firsthand at All Day I Dream last weekend.
Okay yeah, maybe I'm not talking about the "pull a bunny out of a top hat" kind of magic. But I'm talking about the type of magic that touches your very soul and uplifts your spirit- making you want to bask in that very moment for the rest of your life. The type of magic that can only exist when elements like perfect music, perfect people and perfect vibes all harmoniously blend together. Going off of that, it's safe to say that LEE BURRIDGE, the mastermind behind the world-renowned All Day I Dream brand and the maestro of the evening, is an absolute wizard.
I remember walking the streets of industrial East Williamsburg on a sunny Sunday to come across a palm-tree filled, white-stone castle oasis and was heavily under the impression that the scorching heat was actually inducing a mirage right before my eyes. But nope, it was all real- and now I realize why The Brooklyn Mirage is so appropriately named. The second you enter the Mirage, you become completely and utterly disconnected from everything else around you; you literally forget that you're in the middle of Brooklyn. But let me tell you, once I situated myself inside and made my way to the main floor, I was transported into a whole other world.
Golden rays of light softly pierced through breezy canopy tops, while pink and blue lanterns, vibrant colored hand fans and windy palm trees all delicately swayed back and forth. These canopy tops, woven with a bed of purple and white lilacs, were held upright by beautifully carved wooden structures. To kick things off, HOJ fed our souls with his signature mystical grooves, followed by YOKOO who somehow managed to put everyone in this meditative, trance-like state. Looking around, you'd see people with their eyes shut, heads rolled back and smiles from ear to ear- and you could almost for just a second see the auras radiating from these people. It was timeless moment, and it was as if everything around me was just sparkling.
Finally, Lee Burridge was ready to take his rightful place on the decks- and immediately proved to everyone why he is one of electronic music's most influential tastemakers. His deep, ethereal playa-tech sounds found a home deep within our hearts as he played tracks like the KIASMOS remix of SASHA's "Vapour Trails". As the orange sky faded into a dark blue, neon lights lit up the rest of Mirage as Lee began dabbling on the tech-house side of his musical stylings with tracks like Dennis Ferrer and JEROME SYDENHAM's "Sandcastles".
However, within the midst of all the tunes, the mischievous little child within me wanted to do some explorin'. Perusing through the nooks and crannies tucked away deep within the castle, I managed to get myself on to the top deck of the Mirage just as the sun was beginning to set around 7PM. And honestly, words elude me when it comes to describing the absolute BLISS that I experienced in that very moment.
The panoramic views of the NYC and Brooklyn skyline wrapped around the top deck, as the orange-and-yellow sorbet of a sunset cast a golden hue onto the castle, while Lee continued to transfix the crowd below me. You would kind of just stand there and take in this priceless view before you, because it's only during moments like this that you realize just how beautiful life really is. It was euphoric- and speaking of bliss, Lee put the cherry on top of this moment by transitioning right into BUTCH's tune "Bliss". Talk about meant to be, am I right?
So here I sit, still wondering to this day if ADID was just a dream- but regardless of whether it was or not, I still found myself floating home on a cloud. Much love to Lee, Yokoo and Hoj, along with the rest of the ADID team: