THE PRIZM FILES

Sunset Sound System Goes Wild In The Forest.  And You Should Too!

Top Five Reasons You're Coming To Sunset Campout 2016:

The weekend of July 17, a massive flock of partiers busted out their bikinis, feathers, sequins, and smiles to shake it all weekend to some groovy beats.  This was my first Sunset Campout and Mz Prizm wants YOU to come next year.

#1.  Good Peeps & Family Attitude

When the same gang of superstars have been partying together for over two decades, the good vibes grow exponentially -- and this festival proves it.  Sunset parties were born around '94 when Galen, Solar, and crew decided to spin their tracks beneath the setting sun.  The rest is history.  

Thanks to a mutual love of house, deep house, and techno, the Sunset posse expanded rapidly, generating a plethora of events in the SF/Bay including daytime ragers at Stafford Lake and Treasure Island, the legendary Halloween Boat Party, and many more.  But of all these, the crown jewel is surely the infamous Sunset Campout.

The crowd here embodied a friendly, wild, helpful, and generous spirit.  Five star ravers fo' sho.

#2. Sexy Music, Sexy Stages

Do other deep house camping festivals even exist?  If so, tell me please!

Most house shows keep the lights dim and the visuals minimal, but not so at the Campout!

#3.  Scenery: Beldentown And The River

A stage beside the lush Feather River lets you bounce, boogie, and bump all day on a sea of floaties bedecked with beautiful people -- the best way to beat the heat 'til the sun sets.  

Plus, Beldentown's unusual history is just right for a bunch of freaks like the Sunset campers.  First founded as gold-mining town, a current resident's grandfather won the Beldentown Resort in a card game 50 years ago.  Now with a permanent population of only 22, the resort fills up on the weekends with a couple thousand partygoers grateful to enjoy the restaurant, grocery store, funky bar, and the gorgeous Plumas National Forest.  

And don't forget that Beldentown is right on the Pacific Crest Trail.  Nearly a dozen surprised backpackers stumbled across the festival.  "I think we'll stay tonight, but we'll probably leave tomorrow," they said, none of them knowing a single soul there.  Come Sunday evening, they're still high-fiving each other on the dance floor.

photo by Rummler Matthew

#4.  Mindblowing Art

Sunset pulled no stops with the artistic ambiance.  Major interactive art installations including a funky greenscreen photo booth by Justin Young graced the lawn, and many smaller installations, altars, and groovy chill zones adorned the nooks around the stages.  

The Sunset guys challenged me to take the Prizm Space art installation to the next level, which resulted in an icy silver cave-like tunnel full of twinkling lights complete with a mirrored floor.  Photos here!  Although the installation was delicately constructed, campers treated it with care, even kindly leaving the PrizmEyez for the next guests to enjoy.  Respect!

#5.  Shenanigans Galore

What happens when you isolate 2,000 Sunset Sound System fans in the woods for three days?  Burlesque circus girls throwing knives.  Magic lessons at the Faerie Circle.  Motorboating Booth.  Naked chick wearing only a giant white rabbit head anonymously hopping through camp. Bubbles.  The Bubbles.  Spontaneous foam party.  Waking up at dawn to find Thugfucker wearing PrizmEyez in the DJ booth.  Lasers and fog machines all up in those woods.  Getting glittered over and over.  Rock jumping.  Raft pirating.  And dancing ALL NIGHT LONG!!!!!!

See you next year!

xx

Mz Prizm

 

photo by Micah Weiss

Tips:

  • Bring SHOES for nighttime and sandals for daytime.  You're in the woods, it's dark, there are rocks and stumps!
  • Bring bug repellent, and avoid sleeping outside.
  • Don't stress about food.  With the restaurant and shop, plus food vendors, you only need snacks for camp.
  • There is minimal phone service if you have Verizon.
  • Don't get low on gas, you're about 25 mi into the forest with no gas stations, so that's another 25 mi you need to get back out...
  • Bring costumery!  Yes, that's it baby if you got it, flaunt it! 

photo of Beldentown Bridge by Daniel Schmuck

(onesie by designer RHLS)

Gabby Gamecrusher, the force behind cassette jewelry company Ejects, discovered the Prizm Space art installation at a recent party featuring Dirtybird DJ Worthy and Carla Tutu.  [Enjoy the pics from the party here.]  

When Miss Gamecrusher, who has watermelon-colored hair and a sparkle game that rivals my own, approached me with a unique chance to bring Prizm art to her first-ever "Hella Goods" curated pop-up shop x rave party, I had to say "yes!"

She's hand-selected a lucky few of the edgiest designers from across the country to sell their handmade, artistic fashion wares at Elbo Room, alongside a bangin' bass lineup.

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Tix on Resident Advisor (limited presale only $10!)  

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DESIGNERS

FONY - Fashion Origins New York - NYC
RHLS - Ruffeo Hearts Lil Snotty - NYC
Marina Fini - LA
Glitter Disaster - SF
Ejects Collection - SF

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DJS

VNDMG (Empresario, Daly City Records)
Tiger Fresh (We Got This)
SkullTrane (MalLabel)
Meow (Waffle Hou$e Family, Soft Serve)
BJAMN (Waffle Hou$e Family, Red Sky)

 

xx

Mz Prizm

 

(Mz Prizm here!)  

I met the Steaz during his performances at Envision Festival in Costa Rica, and from his rainbow neon zebra onesie, to the silver glitter around his eyes, I was immediately hooked.  His live shows combine sardonic comedy, burlesque, general absurdity, and his fantastic looped vocals plus some keyboarding.  

Enjoy this podcast I created, that tells of meeting this manicorn, including me climbing onto the stage to let him know he's my spirit animal. (Obvi!)  Of course, I gave him Space Face sunglasses and some Prizm!

Here's his latest video, that I've probably watched ten times at least already.  Be warned, major weirdness!  LOVE IT!

 Til next time, my sparkly rainbow friend! xx Mz Prizm

Here's a chill playlist from me to you, including tracks by Tale of Us, Odesza, Glass Animals, Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, and more.  Put on your Prizmz, n enjoy!

Cosmic rock! ! !  Meet the Rutilated Quartz.
Photos by http://imgur.com/a/b9BbS

 

 

"Crystal and Spiritual Photography is the specialty of Marc Geuzinge Photography: capturing the essence of the spirit within." 

 

 

 

Well that could be anything.

The first time a toddler’s Third Eye is opened and the cat rug from Beyond spawns under it.  The child sees and feels the cosmos, toys become skulls, snakes become loved ones and four arms is the norm. “PRIZM SPACE” is where the weird, trippy and adventurous souls are born anew. We don’t bite; we’re here to have fun with the body, expand the mind and float into infinity <3

I can’t describe how my stomach feels today, somewhere between a 5 headed Lizard on Mars or a Pickle from 1962. For lack of better words, IT’S WEIRD! Fortunately there are pictures to describe things...like this one below. I believe it gives a great insight on my insides . . .(not sure if this is good, bad, or just strangely awesome)

- Rave Chocolate -

 

The days have been getting long and my “normal” activities were lacking flair, which is why I felt like it was time to take a day trip, to Time & Space.

It’s been a while since I’ve glided past the clouds and became one with the atmosphere. Everything was moving at the speed of my emotions, I was in control and control was my best friend. I felt like I could taste the sweet age of time and feel the knowledge of space, it’s hard to describe but it’s almost like having pizza for the first time ; extraordinary.

- Rave Chocolate -

Photo by Fotofonica


Here's a ​belated blog post about Thanksgiving Eve, when deep house DJ Francesca Lombardo, Queen of Crosstown Rebels, graced San Francisco with her beautiful beats.  

Throw on this mix while you read.

I first learned of Francesca at a house party called Hot Mess on Star Island at WMC.  She was tag teaming the decks with Kenny of Art Dept., from sunrise 'til like 11 am.  I was blown away by her intense, high-energy set, and gave her a pair of PrizmEyez, while being like "WHO ARE YOU!? WHAT IS YOUR NAAAAME!?"  I took a pic of her wearing the pink frames and showed it to her.  "Don't post that anywhere!" she said.  Fair enough, we'd been partying for god knows how long.  If you come visit to me you can peek the pic in my personal collection ;)

Then, I ran into her again at Burning Man, and she was delighted when I gave her Space Face sunglasses, as the sun had risen high in the sky.  "I have your rainbow glasses at home!" She said.  I freaked out with happiness.  My ultimate end game is to "Prizmify" all my favorite DJs....

Jonny White and Francesca, photo by Christian Lamb

Back to the San Francisco set.....Francesca started slow, with a gradual, ethereal buildup, keeping the crowd eager for more.  Public Works, one of my favorite venues, was totally not crowded (what a treat!), and since it was a weeknight, it would have been easy to peace out early if the energy had been low. However, Francesca hyped it up fast enough to keep the peepz on their feetz, and it was hard to leave even around 3 am.

Lombardo's style was a mix of deep, sexy basslines sprinkled with technical flair and funky instrumental party noises that got the crowd screaming.  Like wolves.  Literally.

It was a pleasure to experience this epic party by San Francisco's own Dax Presents.  Dax Lee, a chill, always-smiling, renowned party thrower (he brings Seth Troxler at least once a year), put this night together for us, and opened with his own set.  Dax also delivered a sick VJ, who projected psychedelic videos that looked like you were watching the Electric Sheep visualizer through a pair of kaleidoscope glasses, with photos of epic landscapes, evil pugs, and happy kitties mixed in.

We threw our stuff in a pile on the floor, shared PrizmEyez with the dudes around us, and grooved.  "I'm tripping for the first time ever!" a stragner said to me, out of nowhere.  I let him try a pair of PrizmEyez.  He freaked out.  People were getting their pre-Thanksgiving rave on, that's for sure.

Another epic party from Dax presents. Don't miss the next one ;)


over n out!
Mz Prizm