photos in the above gallery by Ricardo Romero of FYER at Official After Party
The Bayou City hosted it's inaugural Day For Night Music and Arts Festival at Silver Street Studios this past weekend for an immersive and interactive experience like no other. The eclectic music line up on its own was enough to convince any festival goer to take the trip to the nation's 4th largest city. Legendary classic New Order and Grammy nominated rapper Kendrick Lamar were the headliners, with names like those on the bill, I think it's pretty safe to say that Day For Night established themselves out of the gate with a one-of-a-kind event in the Southern festival circuit.
With a different festival vibe compared to ACL and FunFunFun Fest, the organizers of Day For Night collaborated with New York agency Work Order to introduce a whole new aspect to the cookie cutter experience by adding new media art installations. The firm was lead by New Technology director Alex Czetwertynski curating the installations and galleries.
There was an amazing installation by Refik Anadole, a Black and White infinity room warping the walls and morphing your reality. Nonotak Studios set up "Volume," a massive light installation that used an entire warehouse and was probably the most intense due to the extremely loud ambient noise that emanated from it. An absolute favorite was the AV & C with Vincent Houzé, with interactive projections that flowed to your every move concocting a trippy visual feast.
above PHHHOTO GALLERY by Sebastian Gutierrez
With this new festival format and experience, timing is crucial since there are full galleries to explore throughout the grounds, it is very easy to waste most of your time waiting in line for the art than the actual fest once things pick up into full swing. Get there early- hit up all of the art first before the crowds and enjoy the rest of the day with the music.
My personal rule about festing is watching acts that I've never heard of, I indulged in new industrial sounds from Holly Herndon and composer Nicolas Jaar, which blew me away with his layered experimental noise club music that induced goosebumps and chills all over my body (which hasn't happened in a long time) affirming that it was my peak of the entire experience.
I also thrashed around to a rare performance from Death Grips where they ripped through tracks from albums "The Powers That B" and "Government Plates". Placing the cherry on top of sunday night, I vibed with post chillwave pioneer Com Truise finally sashaying my way to Dillon Francis's set where he made the warehouse explode with new moombahton and EDM bangers including a new track from Skrillex. This winter conference made me feel like I was in a real life video game by fusing interactive, modern new media and progressive audio defining what is next in the future of festing.