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March 8, 2014

University of Idaho – Part 2

Lasers cut through the fog. Pounding bass resonated throughout every adjacent room and floor of the campus commons building. The middle of the University of Idaho had turned into a full-blown rave. Guest DJs Errant and CnDyCain opened up the show with face-melting sets that pumped the crowd up into a rippling sea of excitement. The floor of the massive ballroom shook as hundreds of people partied upon it’s surface. This is what campus entertainment is all about.

DJ Anski’s set opened with a Big Gigantic’s heavy remix of Macklemore’s “Can’t Hold Us”. As the beat dropped, the three-dimensional projection stage came alive with colorful graphics, dancing to the tempo of the song. The energetic crowd yelled the lyrics at the top of their lungs and pushed forward against the barricade. Dropping into Dillon Francis’s “Masta Blasta” Rebirth, strobe lights suddenly filled the room with blinding white light, and the seething mass of student energy screamed with excitement. Anski took the crowd along a multi-genre journey, infusing classic songs with modern dance tracks, and dropped in familiar vocals that the students bellowed at the top of their lungs before throwing their hands in the air and losing themselves to the music.

After a pounding 90-minutes of electro, progressive house and some epic trap remixes – both the crowd and DJ Anski, joined voices to sing along to a high-energy remix of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin” before finally ending the night. As the final notes of the song echoed throughout the ballroom, the room erupts into cheering, and Anski leaped off the stage to give sweaty hugs to the front row.

This was truly a memorable experience for us, and we thank everybody involved for being such a big part of it. The scene could not survive without the love, compassion and energy that it’s members express to each other and to everybody around them. We love you, University of Idaho – and we’ll see you again soon. <3

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March 8, 2014

University of Idaho – Part 1

University of Idaho’s ASUI Vandal Entertainment board hosted us for a groundbreaking campus event titled, “COME JOIN THE CIRCUS: A Massive Electronic Dance Party”. Hoping to introduce festival-style EDM events to campus, the board wanted to give the student body a totally new experience, unlike anything they had seen before. Naturally, we were absolutely thrilled to be able to expand the rave scene to another level in an area where dedicated EDM fans were few and far between.

We really wanted to bring the circus theme to life, so we ended up purchasing hundreds of feet of circus flags, a zoo’s worth of inflatable animals, balloons, glow sticks, as well as integrating various performance visuals into the new 3D configuration of our stage using projection mapping.

Since Moscow is so close, the crew decided we’d road trip it up there from our home base in Portland, and take a much-needed break from flying. After a few days of thoroughly testing the new lighting control system and projection stage at the NXT Lab, we pounded some Guayaki, crammed everything into a van, and hit the road.

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A few hundred miles, three bathroom breaks, and a bunch of roadside thai food later, we were rolling through the golden fields of the Palouse.

We were fortunate to have some awesome volunteers show up and help us with the setup process, and the talented AV team at the University of Idaho made the sound and staging an absolute breeze. Whether people are blowing up inflatable animals, or navigating a tangled mess of DMX routing cables, we wholeheartedly appreciate the time and talent donated by people who just want to help.

After rigging up the stage, installing the sound equipment, filling the entire room with fog and testing the lighting, we were finally ready to fling open the doors, and let the growing mass of students come join the circus.

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(Event video, photos and more in Part 2!)