You know, it’s sad to say that in my recaps of events I like to highlight particularly exceptional experiences with fellow attendees because in a PLURfect festival world, all of your interactions with people should be exceptional, but that’s neither here nor there. Maybe it’s something about being in the sun all weekend, or being surrounded by such cheerful colors and floaties and listening to amazing live music that puts people in great moods, or, secret option C: all of the above. Whatever the case may have been, the vibe level was 100 and I felt it. S/O to the first floor of the Saguaro, you guys were fun.*
Last year, throughout the course of the weekend, I had the pleasure of running into several of the DJs slated to play Splash House. This year was no different. Many of the DJs playing on the weekend also walked around the pool, enjoyed drinks and interacted with fans. It was refreshing to be able to converse with amazingly talented artists in a somewhat “normalized” setting (read: not shoved up against a metal fence with 50,000 other people).
This is an obvious highlight, and was a huge selling point for many of my friends who attended. Who wouldn’t want to join in on the fun with THOMAS JACK, SNBRN, DR. FRESCH, WAVE RACER, SHIFT K3Y, ANNA LUNOE, CASHMERE CAT, ZIMMER, VANILLA ACE, JUSTIN JAY, CHRISTIAN MARTIN, LUCA LUSH and so many more, playing throughout the course of the weekend?
Oh Justin, if you only knew the levels of obsession I have over your ‘Laffy Taffy’ remix…actually by now you probably do. I am almost embarrassed to admit that I listen to it every day before work. I was in the pool on Sunday (where viewing the stage/knowledge of time to see who is up is very limited) thoroughly enjoying myself when I heard a sudden change in music. Knowing someone else was on but not having any sort of idea of what time it had come to be, you can only imagine my surprise and sheer excitement when I heard the first beats of ‘Laffy Taffy’ float into my earbuds. Justin Jay, all taffy-ing aside, played one hell of a set.
Viceroy aka “Sultan of Summer” set himself up for some pretty high expectations from his audience this past weekend. Lucky for him, and us, he lived up to those expectations. Viceroy’s set was one of the few I was able to get up more or less within touching distance of the decks, and it was so worth it. Having watched most of the sets from the pool or from the very far back, I finally was able to feel the “festival” vibe, which is when the aim of Splash House was fully realized: a pool party and a festival. I was in heaven. Accompanied by a saxophonist, Viceroy played wonderfully summery sexy sounds, saving his version of ‘Remix to Ignition,’ for closer to the end of his set, to the delight of everyone. Seriously though, his “Jet Life” series should be listened to on repeat for the rest of summer.
I have seen Dr. Fresch now a handful of times – the first being at CRSSD fest back in March. I am going to level with you for a second here: I had no idea who he was in March. My friend spent a decent amount of time trying to convince me that I would like him and what do ya know, I did. Dr. Fresch absolutely kills the hip-hop, R&B, rap remixes, which is right up my alley. Since CRSSD fest, I made a point to catch him a couple other times, Splash House included. I have to give MAJOR props to Dr. Fresch and his Saturday afternoon performance. At the peak of the heat on Saturday, Dr. Fresch came on to a massive crowd, only to realize that the heat would be the source of technical difficulties for about 30 minutes. Growing restless, the crowd began to jeer and heckle, and albeit no ones’ fault in general, Dr. Fresch took it in stride like a true professional. When he finally came on, he came back with a vengeance. Dr. Fresch: 1, Heat: 0.
I come from a background in heavy bass music so my experience with many of the DJs slated to play Splash House last weekend were very foreign to me. In no particular order, I have to give some props to the unexpectedly awesome sets I caught: GINA TURNER, MANILA KILLA, POMO, TEEMID and SAINT WKND.
A Few Notes …
It wouldn’t be a full recap without airing some grievances, and surprisingly enough, there are just a few. *Remember that asterisk a few paragraphs ago? I’d like to personally thank the random floatie-napper who stole Larry the lobster from the clutches of my hands and ran off...NEVER TO BE SEEN AGAIN! If you're going to steal a 6 foot tall inflatable lobster, at least USE IT! I was pretty bummed to lose Larry.
On a more serious note , this is the second time I have attended Splash House and this is the second time that the heat-decks issue has arisen. It happened during CHROMEO last year to the dismay of many. Now, I am not technology-savvy so this may be an empty gripe, but I hope they can figure out a resolution prior to Splash House round 2 in August.
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