Author: Carolyne DeBlois

Carolyne is an actress and writer living, writing, and dancing in Los Angeles, California. She studied theater at the University of Southern California where she fell in love with electronic music via her friend’s attic dance parties. When not covering events for DHA she is found writing poetry in her apartment above the city or collaborating on various film and artistic endeavors. She is currently working on a short poetry film, which will incorporate her love of house music, to be released sometime this summer. To keep up follow her blog at www.carolynedeblois.com or find her on instagram @carolyne_deblois

Making Magic: Manifesting Burning Man & Beyond

I believe in magic again. I wrote that in capitol letters in the bottom of my journal entry my last morning at Burning Man. My heart was full of joy in a way I have not experienced before in my life. For eight days I was surrounded by art, culture, conversation, friendship, and curiosity. I’d been to many festivals and I’ve never experienced a more engaged and immersive environment than Black Rock City. On my last day I was excited to return to my home in Los Angeles and take the lessons I had learned into the world. See, I ... Read more

Review: Splash House

This past weekend 5,000 attendee’s donned inflatable alligators and sailor hats to celebrate the end of summer in Palm Springs, a California oasis in the middle of Palm Desert. Despite the blistering 43 (110 F) degree temperatures party goers floated about in pools “hydrating” with vodka and dancing the day away. Although, it was a good time, it felt more like a frat party than a music festival. See, I’ve become accustomed to festivals where music is a huge part of what creates the community. This was a sensation that was lacking at Splash House. It was not an event ... Read more

Interview: Claptone – The Mystery Behind The Mask

About a year ago I fell fully down the rabbit hole that is house music after stalking a group of friends who had spent a week in Ibiza. One of the reposted a mix on Facebook and it was a Clapcast and I instantly became hooked to the groovy rhythm curated on this weekly show. Many times I was caught causally street dancing as I walked to my car in Los Angeles, imagining I was sipping a mojito by a pool or an ocean listening to the masked man lead us all into the sunshine. I mean, lets face it, ... Read more

Dirtybird Campout Drops Second Phase And We’re Officialy Excited

Growing up in Maine one of my favorite parts of the summer every year was the week when I got to go away to camp. It meant meeting a bunch of new friends with common interests, playing games, and of course staying up way too late telling stories. A lot of the friends I made at such camps were friends I kept for life. As I have gotten older I certainly see that attending music festivals every summer has taken the place of camp. I get excited planning and packing and preparing. I make friends I’ll never forget and open ... Read more

The Artisans Of Festival Fashion

In the last few years the rise of popularity of electronic music has brought festival culture into everyday life. This year #festivalfashion has been blowing up the internet and huge corporations like H&M have hopped on the bandwagon developing lines specifically marketed to attendees of Coachella, with the popular festival even achieving credit on the tag. But, what is real festival fashion? It goes deeper than just a cute romper and a sunhat and delves into true self expression. At the festival you combine unique pieces which allow you to be the truest form of yourself. Then, you want to ... Read more

Lightning In A Bottle: The Family Festival

This past weekend in Bradley, California festival culture had its annual family gathering at Lightning in a Bottle (LIB). This festival in its seventh official year has grown into a movement with roots in many cultures and as it grows it extends its arms to embrace more of those truly seeking connection.This is not a place of discrimination, but a place of deep understanding of other and of self. It is a festival about awakening. This year, for the first time in history, LIB sold out. This left the community of dancers, yogis, chefs, and children alike wondering: will lighting ... Read more

Editorial: Are Computers Instruments?

How many times have you had to defend your music taste in a bar to people who just do not understand dance music? I certainly have. I’ve heard people argue that DJ’s are not playing instruments. And truthfully, not all of them do. DJing is a different talent, one that us in this community admire; however, musicians of the old school rock and roll mentality resist this. Of course DJs and producers are not necessarily the same thing, many in this day and age are pressured to do both. In this way there is a growing musicality coming back into ... Read more

Lightning In A Bottle: The 5 Things I Learned Last Year

Last year I attended Lighting in a Bottle Festival in Bradley California for the very first time. I was a Coachella veteran and thought I knew everything about festivals and what they could offer. Truth: I could not have been more wrong. A random speaker series on the first day drew my attention it was titled “The Art of Letting Go”. It sparked something in me. I felt I had so much clutter in my life. After this talk I recognized the clutter was in the palm of my hand. That’s right. I’m talking about how much I learned from ... Read more

Further Future: A Millennial Utopia

Last weekend just deep enough with the native lands of the Paiute Tribe in the desert of Nevada a cultural shift took place which has redefined what a “festival” has the potential to be: the event was Further Future.The festival, put on by the organizers of Robot Heart, is unlike any other festival on the scene. The founders have curated a truly unique space for the imagineers of the world to come together and converse. It goes beyond the party. The energy encourages growth and conversation. Upon entering the festival you can tell it is just different: it’s about the ... Read more

Coachella: An Awkward (But Necessary) Conversation On Shame

Coachella is the staple music festival for most California festival goers: if you don’t go anymore it is almost surely where you started. With no age limit and two weekends of fun many young people go to experience their first festival event. For a lot of young people today experience goes hand in hand with experiment and, though the drug stigma in festival culture has been addressed before, it is time to shine a new light on this “taboo” subject and address what we are doing in the US by constantly shaming drug use. Yes, drugs are illegal. No, you are ... Read more

CRSSD FEST: A Step Forward In The US Dance Music Scene

This past weekend in Southern California festival goers gathered in the Waterfront park of San Diego for the semi-annual CRSSD Festival put on by FNGRS CRSSD. Although this is a fairly new festival the attendees were not new to the festival scene. Everyone involved was a seasoned festival goer and this was obvious from outfit choices to the level of commitment to the party and the vibe curated by everyone involved. Firstly, after walking in the gates of CRSSD one notes how beautiful the location is. The waterfront park sits directly on the water and boasts pirate ships and fountains ... Read more