SnowGlobe 2014 is one of the biggest festivals to come to South Lake Tahoe, CA and day one was a testament to the greatness that is this music festival. From the hype of Woolly Mammoth to the crazy, alien set of Skrillex, SnowGlobe left many surprises that only one can find within the gates.
SnowGlobe is always an interesting festival to attend. It is located at South Lake Tahoe Community College where there is no parking available. Festival goers have the option of taking a shuttle from MonteBlu resort where there is parking available, which, is a god send. Entering the gates you are immediately thrown onto a football field where the main stage is located. There is an array of vendors from typical beanies with scarfs to hammocks. Prices are your typical festival prices so no surprises there.
As for the music, there are three places for music. Mainstage, which is located on the football field. The Sierra Tent, which located in a parking lot and is half open to the unforgiving weather.The last tent was the Igloo which was fully closed off as one would expect given the name. Even though this was the most ideal tent being totally closed off from cold, I could not get into the vibe of the ravers or the performers. (I could have probably got down with Le Youth had he not been playing during Skrillex's set.)
Day One: Skrillex, Woolymammoth, Bro Safari
Day One was awesome in terms of performances for numerous reasons. The first performer I need to talk about is Skrillex because I have never seen a Skrillex performance until then. I must say I did have a lot of fun with it but the molly tripping kids around me begged to differ. Skrillex did a mix of bass music, hip-hop, moombahton, and a little bit of crazy island bass music that I have no clue what to call. I don't know what the other kids were expecting but I thought it was great! Skrillex's dynamic has changed a lot since he has been on the scene and it's thug dynamic that keeps him fresh as hell.
Another performer I want to give big props to is Bro Safari who I discovered at SnowGlobe. Never before have I seen as DJ/Hype Man duo work so well but by good it did. My photographer and I were working on taking photos during the performance and I couldn't help myself getting hyped as they had us put our guns in the air. The two brought the dynamic of MCing and DJing that was lost to hip-hop and dragged into electronic mysic. The show was phenomenal and everyone in the sierra tent was digging it. I have a playlist of their tracks linked below. Take alisten and you won't regret it!
As for the other performers for Day One it was a mix of pleasant and weird surprises. Disclosure's DJ set was what I expected a Disclosure set to sound like and it is great. However, only one of the Disclosure brothers was there so I wonder if the two just go around and DJ different shows while marketing them as Disclosure sets, which becomes a bit disappointing when you don't get both of the brothers. Woolymammoth killed his set and I am glad to see him after the show because I admire choice of controller for DJing. Everyone always goes after the typical two CDJ setup but I am glad to see him use a Serato controller and not conform to the "industry standard." Day One was a great start to SnowGlobe and we were just getting started.
Day Two: Porter Robinson, Phantogram, Flux Pavilion, Odesza
When I saw the line-up for Day Two I was instantly filled with joy. You know why? I was ecstatic because it was the day I finally could see Porter Robinson's World's show! I am literally shaking as I type this so this is where we will lead with Day Two.
As you may have already known, Porter Robinson did not DJ on his recent live tour. Instead he created a show based on live instruments set to live visuals. Every show was a tad bit different and it had the aurora of a live show like you would being seeing a band. The show fully encompassed the Worlds album and had so much emotion to it. I stood in the cold hugging the gate waiting to see him perform and even though I almost froze to death, it was worth it. Porter let the SnowGlobe crowd into his world and I am so glad he did. His show is what I wish to see from more artists and I can't wait to see what he does next. If you ever have the chance to see his Worlds show, do it. No exceptions, you must buy your ticket.
Aside from me fan girling over Porter, there were man other great acts. One of them being Odesza which my photographer saw during Porter. (I was bummed they were performing at the same time.) However, Odesza killed their set in the Sierra Tent. The two performed using two APC 40 controllers from Ableton Live and played a set full of never before released remixes to classic tracks such as "Say My Name." Taylor, my photographer, was not disappointed and she actually met Clayton afterwards. She said he was one of the chillest dudes and it showed. They had a crazy crowd and there were many vibes with much love throughout the room. Hopefully I can see the two live very soon to experience Odesza myself.
Other performers worth mentioning would be Phantogram who KILLED the main stage. I have listened to Phantogram a few times before but I never really understood how much I dug their music and the presence the band carries on stage. Even though everyone was freezing, we had a great time chilling out to their music and making memories from their songs. Definitely check out Phantogram on Spotify if you haven't listened to them before and see them live if the chance comes up. I always love discovering admiration for artists after seeing them live. You never forget their first show.
Flux Pavilion also sliced the main stage but I got to say it wasn't as special as I thought it was going to be. Flux has a great sense of taste and the tracks he played were on point. However, I felt as if the whole time he was just doing a gig and I wasn't getting a connection with him from the audience. That isn't to say his shows aren't fun but I just wish he was more intimate with the audience. His after party set though was a lot better but that may have just been because we weren't freezing to death in the club.
Day Three: Cherub, Zedd, Atmosphere, and NYE w/ Flume
NYE was poppin' to say the least. From Cherub to Flume, the talent did not fall short at all over the last day. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we didn't get to the festival until 5PM so the first set I started with was Cherub, who killed it. Their disco vibes were so fresh as they played and it provided such a juxtaposition from their personalities to their music but it worked nonetheless. I felt I was back in the seventies as they played and I had the urge to do some cocaine in a bathroom stall. (Kidding. They literally said, "Who wants to do cocaine in the bathroom stall?!" All in good humor. Don't do drugs. Stay in school, kids.)
Next on the list was Zedd who I admire for being one of the biggest names in electronic dance music who doesn't use CDJs at his shows. Zedd was rocking the Kontrol S8 and he did it well. Zedd mixed a lot of popular tracks and a few never before heard remixes into his set. My photographer and I got separated for this performance but Zedd's attitude and atmosphere made it easy to party with the person next to you even though they were a total stranger. I also have to give Zedd major props because he played SnowGlobe and flew directly to Vegas to play is own NYE show. That man is busy, busy, busy!
Atmosphere was an interesting act to see mostly because he was juxtaposed from the rest of the festival being the style of hip-hop he did. He is very lyrical when he performs and his music is something you vibe to more than you drop molly to. (Again, kidding. Don't do drugs.) His performance was great though, considering I only heard one song from him before. His DJs spun actually vinyl records and everything had a cool old school tint to it.
Finally, it was half an hour before the New Years and Flume took the stage. His set filled with hip-hop, electronic, and RnB vibes was a perfect way to ring in the new year. I had the honor of partying in the pit during his performance and it was crazy good to be a part of that crowd. Flume killed it as he used controllers and samples within Ableton to build a custom NYE set. Also, the man is very generous because he came out to do a second mini-set even though we were all freezing to death at that point. Flume is a rare gem in the music world so don't miss the chance to see him live. I am glad I spent my NYE with him and I would not want to spend it anywhere else.
All in all, SnowGlobe 2014 was nothing short of amazing. I am glad I got the privilege to cover this amazing event and I hope anyone reading this considers attending the festival one day. It is a magical, intimate festival that brings you into another world for three days and you can find so much within the gates. Just remember, if you go, dress warm and be safe. This is the exact opposite of Burning Man so be prepared for the extreme cold! If you have any questions about the festival be sure to leave them below and I bid adieu to South Lake Tahoe until next year for SnowGlobe 2015!
Any photos taken are property of Taylor Valencia and everything written is not an official word of SnowGlobe or LiveLoud productions. Everything is opinions of Dean William and Eat. Drink. Music. This is not an official blog of SnowGlobe.