THE PRIZM FILES

What happens when you criss cross a cruise x EDM?  You get HOLY SHIP!!! 

The grandest ship ravaged yet by this yearly massive, the MSC Divina hosted around 4500 cruisers, four stages, multiple restaurants and pools, and completed two ragingly successful stops at private islands in the Bahamas.  Holy Ship III was a force to be reckoned with.  And that we did!

As a Holy Ship "virgin" (as was the popular term for a noob) I have reviewed the marvelous madness that was this weekend.  Enjoy!

xx, Mz Prizm

 

FAVE MOMENTS

Fave Moment #1- Gave Skrillex, wearing Purrizm PrizmEyez, a lightshow using my Prizm Orbit.  He was groovin on it!

 

Fave Moment #2 - Doing yoga on the beach next to Laidback Luke!  The class was led by led by DJ Gina Turner.  They are about to have a baby together.  I'm in the pic above wearing black, not the pregnant one :)  After the session, I thanked Gina for taking the time to lead our class, and asked Luke if he wouldn't mind wearing SPACE FACE sunglasses in a photo with me.   "Hey, actually...would you mind if I keep these?"  DUH!!!!! I was thrilled.  And all day long when I peeped him still sporting the Space Face I couldn't help but smile.  

Fave Moment #3 - Sharing Prizmz with more DJs!  This was the second time I partied with Skream (below wearing Pink Prizmz), and he was stoked to get the rainbow glasses again.  What a cutie =)

I met Diplo the next day (below), and after he loved the SPACE FACE sunglasses, I showed him Prizmz too.  "Oh, yea!! I've seen these before!  Skream gave em to me on the boat yesterday!"  ****I die****

Fave Moment #4 - Dancing in the booth with Boys Noize as Destructo baptized the Holy Ship crowd with Grey Goose.  This was my last show of the night so I gave out all the rest of my Prizmz and Space Face and Boys threw em on during his set.  DJs enjoy the Space Face sunglasses because of their medium tint...they are plenty dark for daytime, but also easy to wear at night!  

Fave Moment #5 - Meeting PrizmEyez customers who I'd never met before!!! To one girl, I said "Hey are those rainbow glasses?" She had the EDC Prizmz.  Her reply "Yo these are the BEST kind you'll ever try!"  Too sweet :) Glad she recognizes the best lens!  I gave her more pairs and she gave me kandi! <3

 

PROS (besides the obv being on a cruiiiiise!)

- No lines / stages close together

- Easy to acquire drinks 

- Stop by your room to drop things off, pick things up, change outfits, whatever! 

- Opportunities to rub shoulders with djs :)

- Not that crowded at the stages!  Plus many seats available near the music so you can lounge and rave simultaneously.  

- Food available almost 24/7... and all the food is free!  Plus limitless free ice water!

 

CONS

- takes a while to board the ship & disembark (but this is really due to customs, and Holy Ship managed it better than other years, according to veteran travellers)

- slippery floors due to humidity (again, not the fault of Holy Ship, but it was scary sliding around on tile floors wearing foam flip flops)

- constant FOMO wondering what's going on everywhere!! :D

 

MSC Divina Holy Ship 2014 Hard Presents image via http://instagram.com/p/jI7rSyziAV/

THE SHIP

Wondering how four stages fit on one boat, and what they were like?  Here's my breakdown:

The Main Stage (above) was in the middle of the main deck, the centerpiece of the cruiser.  The pool directly in front of the stage was covered to create a dance floor, but elevated jacuzzis let you party in bubbly water with an unobstructed view of the stage.  Boss.  Thanks to multi-level decks on the boat, I enjoyed a ton of different vantage points of main stage.  I rarely entered the "pit" area, but mostly took in the view and the great sound from a little ways back, feeling the breeze n beats as the boat flew through the sea.

The Galaxy Disco (above, the black strip of windows above the stage):  This is where I spent most of my time -- a raised-up lounge higher than anything else on the boat, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a medium-sized dance floor plus adjoining arcade.  Although the lights here were mild compared to the main stage, the sound was great, and you could party a bit closer to the dj thanks to the close quarters.

 

The Pantheon Theater (above) was literally a theater.  I could imagine magicians and dancers on "normal" crusies in here doing their thang.....very different from watching a crazed rasta-barbie girl twerking on the dj decks as Baauer dropped a Celine Dion heavy bass remix, the entire theater thumping, as I wondered if the balcony I was on might collapse.  (It didn't.)  image below.

Final stage was Black & White Lounge (below), a super-intimate, low-ceilinged venue with a shnazzy crystal chandelier.  Fabulous sound, plus plenty of bars since you weren't far from the casino, it was a treat to see huge name djs in such a small place.  

Lastly at the onshore Beach Stage each day, the crowds were friendly and you could easily navigate to the very front for a baller pic.  The stages were small but the sound was loud and the good vibes were HUGE!

above image via TheCameraClicks

 

THE MUSIC

The music at festivals is honestly secondary to me.  If I really want to see an artist, I'll see them headline their own performance.  I go to festivals for the people and vibes.  I did experience some new tunes on the boat, thanks to rad partygoers I met who invited me to join in on their agenda.  At Holy Ship, I learned the magic of ghetto house (Amine Edge & Dance, plus the groovy Gramatik).  I saw great Dirtybird sets obviously.  And Boys Noize...<3 <3 <3.... But yea....the point of a festival is to explore.  I saw Green Lantern, RL Grimes, Baauer, Chromeo, Dillon Francis, Duck Sauce, Griz, Destructo...just all kinds of things! And I think that's the whole point.   

IN SUMZ

All in all, I would recommend this cruise to pretty much any music festival lover who has a penchant for EDM.  I was apprehensive a bit because these days I've mostly been into tech house/deep house, rather than electro/glitch/dubstep/trap...so I wasn't sure if I'd click with this crowd.  However, I am thrilled to report that the only bros on this ship were sweethearts, there was a great sense of camaraderie, and overall everyone was NICE!  I'd compare it almost to Burning Man in that regard.  Lose your drink tickets?  Someone will help you.  Lose your friends?  You'll make new ones.  Lost your way?  You'll find help immediately.  Compared to many raves I've attended, this one felt friendlier than...honestly...any.  Big thanks to Gary Richards for creating this environment for all of us to enjoy.  Such a treat. 

 

xx, 

Mz Prizm

[ps THANK YOU to the group of people who invited me to join them in this adventure!!!!!]

 

It's the night before Christmas, you're listening to House...

Not a creature is stirring, except for your mouse --

You're downloading tracks for your friends with great care,

in hopes that the next rave soon will be there.

You're happily nestled, all snug in your bed,

while visions of sugarplums dance in your head.....

 

Acid Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy DL video (free!) 

DL Worthy's Track (free!)

 

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Festivals are awesome, hands down.  I've been to many myself, and it was thanks to Coachella in 2009 that I was inspired to start Prizm-ing in the first place!  

Not only are festivals multi-sensory fiestas of wonderful-ness, but they provide a very unique setting in which to make new friends from all around the world, or just share thoughts and ideas with whoever happens to be nearby...enjoying a show, an art installation, in line for food, water, or bathrooms....festivals are an extremely social experience.

At Electric Daisy Carnival in 2011, the first year it was in Las Vegas, I was working at The Rabbit Hole and giving away some of my old handmade PrizmEyez inside the fest.  I handed a pair to some dude wearing a SpiritHood, and he responded by showing me the piles and piles of paper glasses he had stashed in his backpack.  All of them had inspirational sayings written on them with a sharpie.

I instantly knew we'd be friends.

Since then, I have kept in touch with Tucker Gumber, watching him transform his festival journey from a regular friendly dude, to "The Festival Guy" to "FestivalReviews" to the culmination of his thousands of hours of festival experience -- the soon-to-launch app called FestEvo!

Tucker's goal is to improve people's festival experiences.  From making it easier to find friends, to plan your camp, to reviewing festivals so they can make changes for the following year, this app does it all.  Highlight your favorite artists at upcoming fests to plan schedules with friends.  Stream the music via the app to sway people to join your agenda!  Use Festevo to snag the best rideshares, exchange tickets securely, and to link up with your newest buds on all social media platforms.

The Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign has just begun, and it's your chance to get in on the fun as a Founding Member!  This means you'll help Tucker beta test the app, and you'll get your first pick of Festevo URLs/usernames.  Best of all, the rewards for supporting are super awesome, and include PrizmEyez!  (4 token reward; 25$ including shipping)

 

Watch FestEvo grow!

instagram.com/wearefestevo

twitter.com/wearefestevo

facebook.com/Festevo 

 

Thank you for your time reading this!  Let's make festivals more fun for everyone.  This app would help me meet even more of you awesome Prizm people <3

 

xx

Mz Prizm

We are thrilled to have Chloe Norgaard, rainbow-haired model and person extraordinaire, as our first interviewee on PRIZM SPACE.  Her captivating look and down-to-earth personality let this girl leave a path of twinkly rainbow stardust wherever she goes.  Which is frequently a music festival somewhere around the world!  

I met her because I liked her colorful hair, and so I showed her PrizmEyez.  We realized we have a lot in common (rainbow luv).  So I give her Prizmz when I see her now :)

Follow @chloenorgaard on Instagram for more

 

Mz Prizm: What is your favorite 90’s:  Movie / Song / Music video/ Product / Video Game 

Chloe Norgaard: The Matrix, Fifth Element, Romeo & Juliet, Furbies, Barbies, chokers, Easy Bake Ovens.. I could keep going & going ;) I'm a 90s baby :D

 

What is the worst outfit, look, or haircut you have ever rocked?

Well at the time I always loved what I was wearing, but in hindsight there were quite a few funny ones, though nothing I regret :)

 

Tell an awesome story about getting hired for a great gig or your dream job, and / or an embarrassing story about getting fired (c’mon, we all have em!)

Recently I got told I was booked for The Kenneth Cole show during fashion week then after I met everyone on the team they decided to cancel it. It was of course because my hair was crazy green & I'm sure one of them had a heart attack when they saw it. ;)

 

What kind of food would you eat even if you became allergic?

I'm really scared of my throat closing up :x

 

What do you spend most of your online time doing?  

Reading about & looking at Space. Adding to my list of places to go before I die. Instagram.. Of course :p

 

If time travel were possible, where would you go? 

Ahh the 20s or the 70s orr to when Dinosaurs were around :).. Maybe even during the time of The French Revolution.. As long as I was in Versailles & not outside of it :x loved the aesthetic back then!

 

If you had to pick one color to see the world in forever, what would it be?

RAINBOW!! :D

 

What is your favorite mythical / magical creature or person?

Right now I'm obsessed with Little Twin Stars

 

Did you dress up for halloween? As what?

I was a hot pink gorilla :)

 

 

What would you come back as in your next life?

A butterfly, just spending my days flying around beautiful flowers <3

 

 

above photos via @chloenorgaard on Instagram

 


photo by PrizmEyez