Written by Sofia Raisanen for Keyframe-Entertainment / Evolver EDM
The 11th annual gathering of Art Outside reveals a stellar, diverse, and creative vision, with hundreds of musicians/producers, visual artists, workshops, an art gallery, art installations, kids korner, and creative vendors. Centered around the theme of discovery and conscious community, it offers a plethora of activities and learning environments with an innovative, picturesque, and friendly approach, all while being surrounded by a kaleidoscopic palette of exotic and exhilarating sonic frequencies.
Located in Downtown, Texas, about 1 hour away from Austin, it takes place from October 22nd – October 25th. Set in a lush 100-acre pecan grove with inclusive free camping, and car camping upgrades available, we are awaiting a moment of discovery. This year’s Art Outside has extended into 4 days, an expansive weekend full of funk, soul, jazz, world beat, electronica, psybass, glitch-hop, experimental, bluegrass, folk, and psychedelic rock, all happening both live and electronically. It’s an experience awaiting possibilities and inspirational triggers, a moment to cherish and to discover. Get your tickets here and check out the live schedule here.
Art Outside offers diverse and wide-ranging genres of musical acts, with every style of sonic fusion. It’s a truly unique escape into the present moment. I enjoy going to a festival/gathering where you can tap into many different genres of emotive dance moves – an avant garde feel – and that’s what they’re giving us. This year’s headliners consist of 4 stellar headliners: Bonobo (DJ Set) will be gracing us with some electronic chillwave, trip hop, acid jazz grooves, Greensky Bluegrass will be illuminating through progressive bluegrass jams, Lettuce is bringing the FUNK and rhythmic soul vibes, and Papadosio will be fusing mesmerizing, orchestral, organic, and psychedelic jamtronica feels. Over 70 more musicians will be present, such as BoomBox, Chali 2na & the House of Vibe, Dopapod, Easy Star All Stars (performing Dub Side of the Moon), Elephant Revival, Michal Menert, The New Mastersounds, Nightmares on Wax (DJ Set), Rising Appalachia, The Werks, Bluetech, Gaudi, Exmag, Haywyre, Kalya Scintilla & Eve Olution, The Nth Power, Shigeto, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Twiddle, Wood & Wire, D.V.S*, Birds of Paradise, Nominus, DRRTYWULVZ, KiloWatts, Psymbionic, Erothyme, Flow Tribe, Frameworks, Freddy Todd, Invisible Allies, Jon Wayne and the Pain, Liberation Movement, The London Souls, Mike Dillon Band feat. Earl Harvin, Sixis, Somatoast, and Blunt Force. More unique and local acts such as Golden Dawn Arkestra, Happy Happy James, Dimitri’s Ascent, Transcontinental Trip, Henry + Invisibles, Holding Space, Bonus Junk, Brede, Collidoscope, plus more will also be present next weekend!
Art Outside 2014 Video Coverage by Chris Bohlin
This year’s Visual Artists consists of dozens of creative illuminations, including Morgan Mandala, Randall Roberts, The Welch Brothers, Tourmaline Todd, Andy Reed, Bild, Chance Roberts, Molly Gardner, plus more. An array of galactic palettes will be splashing away by the finest art visionaries in North America, from all coasts, all coming together to experience something truly unique.
The magic is not just during the evening with music – it also goes into day, every day, for four days and nights. Over 60 workshops are to be shared, learned, and experienced this year, like Movement via Yoga, Meditation, Portrait Painting, and Hula Hooping, bringing luscious morning and afternoon vibes. Flowing of the arts and conscious triggers will happen throughout the entire gathering, with workshops like “Thai Yoga Massage,” “Tie Dye,” “Permaculture 101,” “Tantric Meditation,” and “Tribal Fusion Bellydance,” and “The Art of Slacklining, and “Didgeridoo Bliss.” On-Stage performances will be graced by Vestalina Lotus, Sweetness, GypsyEyes, Kendall Luna, and more!
As I reflect two years ago on Art Outside, I remember feeling magic. Having over 90 publications out now, Art Outside experience was my first article in the music industry. This gathering has inspired me endlessly; no words can describe the experience. Imagine hundreds of artists, large installations and fully immersive art environments brightening the setting, learning during interactive workshops, creating in a live setting, discovering, collaborating, meeting, and exploring. Imagine for a second, visualize for one moment, the feeling and clearing which will be felt through music, laughter, unity, and universal alignments. We remember our purpose through creative expressions and intuitive guidance, through music and art, through pure and conscious human interaction, through stretching and movement. Art Outside is paving a movement of the possibilities which exists inside all of us, profound truth. Dreams have become more apparent during this gathering – it’s an intentional rise.
Exclusive BoomBox Interview
Members: Russ “the Captain” Randolph & Zion Rock Godchaux
Share with us the story of the creation of BoomBox. How and when did you guys meet and decide to move forward with this vision? What’s the message behind BoomBox?
We met in 2004 on an ice fishing expedition in Antarctica. It was bitterly cold and the team was running low on supplies. One frozen afternoon, while staring into a freshly cut hole in the ice, Russ and I struck up a conversation about the restoration process of grandfather clocks. We decided then and there that should we be fortunate enough to ever see our home country again, we would become partners and devote our lives to the craft. Our message was simple: never follow a hippie to a second location.
Your overall sound gives an in-depth blend and vision into Psychedelic Rock and Electronica feels. You guys incorporate elements of Disco-House, Funk, and Soul movement, a very groovy feel. Musically speaking, tell us about who and what gave rise to your influence and early inspirations.
I grew up in California, surfing and skating. My inspiration were my friends who would take off on the biggest waves. The ones who would come out of the cleanest barrels. The ones who would 360 flip over the biggest gaps.
Zion, your alignment extends into the Grateful Dead family. Your dad is Keith Godchaux, a stellar songwriter, vocalist, and pianist, and your mother, Donna Jean, is a Fame Studios session vocalist. Tell us about how their musical upbringing influenced you early on in life. Share with us your relationship with your creative parents.
My dad passed away when I was 6 from a car accident. Life in those days was not about getting to school on time. It was about not getting lost in the stadiums backstage. It was about watching people shit their pants as we’d roll into town with about 50 Hells Angels on Harley’s. It was about getting your stomach pumped after coming across your babysitter’s open bottle of quaaludes. It was about the sounds of the Grateful Dead ripping through you like a solar wind. Cotton balls for earplugs. And back then glow sticks came in one color: green. Me and my mom are as close as it gets. We’ve always shared a unique understanding of some things that I don’t really know how to talk about. If I even had a sliver of the musical soul that she has I’d say I did pretty good.
Russ, knowing your focus in this project is production, share with us the overall strategy given through sequencers, groove boxes, and turntables.
I’d say the key is to use your ears. No amount of money or technology in the world can create good music on its own. Every time you hear really good music, it’s because someone out there decided to choose that beat, those notes and that melody over an infinite array of other possibilities using their ears.
Besides music, what are some of your other hobbies, what keeps you aligned and inspired?
We’re into restoring grandfather clocks, driving fast, painting with oils. Doing our best to teach our kids what’s up. We often find ourselves daydreaming about playing in Europe.
Since your inception in 2004, you guys have never used set lists. You guys just groove to the feel of the crowd, making it present and unique with every performance. Tell us about this direction.
We don’t consider ourselves fortune tellers. How could we possibly know what we should play and when we should play it before the doors even open? To me, a set list is like driving down the road at 110 in a straight jacket.
Summer is coming to an end, and the beginning of Fall is approaching. Since your last album, Filling in the Color, which was spectacular, you guys have been working on some new tunes. Tell us about your approaching album this Fall!
We’re calling the EP “Bits and Pieces.” It has 6 tracks on it. These tracks make us feel so good that we thought we’d like to share them with the rest of the world.
We have entered the Second Psychedelic Revolution. We have entered a time where a revolutionary conscious shift is now happening. Share with us your thoughts and visions into the psychedelic culture. Do you have any words of wisdom or advice to share in regards to staying true to yourselves and the key importance of not following trends, pursuing personal creativity, and counter-culture draw?
Well that’s news to me; I wasn’t aware that the psychedelic revolution ever died to begin with. I guess it depends on who you ask.
But really, Psychs or no Psychs, you gotta use them ears. In my opinion, that’s where it starts and that’s where it ends.
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