Holy Ship! & Holy Ship!!

In January 2012 we ventured out on a ground breaking new party on the high seas called Holy Ship! The only way to describe it is by using an over used word; it was truly Epic. Three Days of cruising, and two stops on islands in the Bahamas, including a port town and a private Island. Showcased aboard the glamorous if not a bit gauche, MSC Poesia were some of the world’s leading producers in the “who’s who” of dance music. Definitely not the most underground names, but for certain, some top notch talent. Grammy winning in fact, if that is important to you. Articles released after the sailing on the Huffington Post, Mixmag, Rolling Stones, and many more well regarded publications, had something to say about it. Interestingly, this Maiden Voyage had rooms still available the day it sailed; I think people didn’t know what to make of it. After all, with a range of music from minimal techno and old school disco artists to bassline to electro to dubstep, what sort of crowd will this draw? One couldn’t help but wonder who we were all signing up to spend the next 3 days ocean bound together with. It was an absolute adventure like none other, complete with the perils of a minor ship wreck when a tug boat accidently lugged the large Italian vessel onto a sand bar. People kept a good attitude the entire time and spent the day adventuring on the islands, laying out in the sun, and other such tropical pursuits. A bit of sand was displaced but the boat was fine and the adventures continued. The second day included dancing in the Ocean and on the beach on a private island to the likes of Fat Boy Slim and others. As a dance music supporter and appreciator for decades, it was a vacation to remember. Being able to wander a huge ship from club to club with the only aim to enjoy music and friends (and of course a cocktail or two) is a nice little dip away from the demands of real life for just a moment. Warm island breezes on your skin with the moon shining up above in the center of the sky filling your eyes with light and quality music in your ears, and a nicely mixed cocktail in your hand, is a deserved break for any dancing enthusiast.


Everyone had such a blast, that when it was time to book for January’s 2013 cruise, it over 50% sold out to return cruisers and completely sold out in two days before even announcing the lineup. Talk about the power of word of mouth. So 2013 rolls around, time to set sail for Holy Ship!! not only are we riding the most bumping boat to ever sail the seas it’s also extremely hyped this time around. Definitely the second time through was a different experience from the first. It was quite enjoyable as well, but it was certainly different. Innocence lost for the ol’ Poesia, I saw some less savory behavior (if you are an offender you know who you are), but overall another a pleasurable danceathon with a few nice island moments and a whirlwind of celebrity DJ’s. Dancing under the stars in the middle of an inky black ocean in a wild pirate party seems fitting given the history of the area as the Bahamas as a popular hideout and destination for pirates of centuries prior. Many good musical moments of course, including the Fool’s Gold Rap party which featured a then relatively unknown Baauer as a surprise guest right before the Harlem Shake video craze ripped across youtube. The usual suspects who we love, such as A-Trak and Diplo also highlights of the voyage. As well as Gesaffelstein, Boys Noize and Kill the Noise ripping it up. I was a bit sad, Busy P didn’t show up as I as looking forward to his selection of choice french, electro and house cuts. We also enjoyed a late night set from Digitalism that tore up the floor a bit. Justice DJ’ed but I prefer them live. But hey, I was still on a cruise ship with Justice, why not?

What will 2014 hold? Well if you didn’t get a ticket already you will need to find someone who’s buddies bail on them and they have room in their cabin, because it sold out already in the prebook. Mostly to return shippers. This is an exciting phenomenon of a ride for the electronic music revelers I recommend experiencing it at least once if you enjoy dance music. I brought a small camera around and have a vacation like video from this time around for you to check out – mostly I’m recovering from working long hours and so dipping into a all night dance party like this was a bit of challenge and I was grateful for the inclusive coffee and snacks in the cafeteria that were perfectly adequate to fuel my dancing shoes (also a vodka redbull or three assists as well).

Enjoy the video below as I narrate through our little voyage.

You can also play find Julia as I’m in both of the official videos for a few frames.

Holy Ship! Official Video

Holy Ship!! Official Video

^hint this one is really hard, I’m in orange sunglasses and waving from a ferry

Reworking the System

**this entry is written with the hope that submissions and/or corrections will be posted by the readers – I’m looking to get facts from every angle on this matter.**

Lately there has been something of interest happening in the United States. We have underway, dare I say, a revolution of sorts. However, as far as I can tell, the only violence has been from the police force against peaceful protesters. This is a beautiful thing, because, the only way this revolution will experience a positive outcome, is through non-violence. But as an active citizen, I’d like to take some time to identify some key issues that I think should be dealt with. While I lack the time to research the means in which to achieve these goals, I hope to shine some light on the outlines of some ways I think we can rework the network that is already in place, while creating a better future. Now I have to say that I’ve spent several months on this article, and this has now become a worldwide movement. And there has been one instance of violence that I heard about, and that was in Rome. Apparently the non-violent movement, was used as a platform to create violence. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your perspective, violence is not going to solve this battle of unification of systems on a world level to, A: Save our world, and B: Create a better future. Why? Because history has shown, that war and violence has only led to death and destruction.

Short-term Goals:
Trim the fat. Why is it that there is little to no regulations in place that control the way our money is used when we entrust it to banks? Why is it that CEO’s of banks that took billions of dollars of our money in bailouts make upwards of 400 million dollars a year? What are these people even doing to make this world a better place to live? Nothing. In fact, they are responsible for destroying the global economy yet they go unpunished!? In fact they get appointed to government positions! The EU has implemented regulations that restrict the amount of bonuses that are given to banking establishment employees that give out high risk loans and other such impractical and criminal behavior, yet the US can’t seem to get it together? What is going on? Have we really turned our backs on one another so much because of greed and money that we can’t seem to sort anything out? The short-sightedness of a select few is going to end up costing us our solidarity as a country (and already has), our stability as a world economy, and since it’s all one world for the most part these days, our future Global Economies, and eventually our planet. Things need to change. Big Time. That’s what the Occupy Movement is about. Demanding change. It obviously isn’t going to come easily. This is something that every individual needs to do their best to start gathering the facts about, and doing their part to help instigate this change. We can only be responsible for ourselves, therefore, now is the time, for us, to start acting as responsible global citizens. Empower yourself!

As individuals, we all have things that we enjoy, that we are good at, and that we can contribute to one another in a way that will continue our infrastructures in positive ways. These infrastructures will organically be redefined in a peaceful way, to positively benefit everyone if every individual is doing a job in which they don’t hate, and in fact derive some sort of pleasure from. There is enough people on the planet, to assure that every job is achieved. The most hated jobs that nobody wants to do should be replaced with mechanisms. Work smarter not harder. We have technology in place to create mechanisms that can do the most menial tasks. However with innovation, comes the inherent risks of “change”. The loss of unskilled, entry level work, is always a risk. Also, let’s face it, not all people wish to acquire skills and occupy themselves this way; not everyone wants to work. The only possible solution would be if as a collective species, we say, “I’m ready to take charge, be unafraid of progress, and tune in.” Dropping out got us no where fast, it’s time to take up the arms and time for reform! Everyday you have to work, so that you can work to improve things for yourself and your world, every day. Everybody wants something for nothing. What if all of us, always gave our Everything? A New Future like nothing mankind has ever seen.

A arguing viewpoint could be, as humans I think we have a constant fear of being overturned by our own inventions. I know, as a blogger, and someone who works in the creative field on computers, I’m constantly on a computer. This for me can be sad, as it is also very isolating from other humans. However I am also connected to people all over the world because of technology. What if, there were robots to gather the trash, and clean up the muck? I wouldn’t mind that. I also wouldn’t want some evil corporation building this for me. I’d want a responsible corporation, who is an active global citizen. Corporations aren’t people themselves, but they are filled with people. I’m not exactly anti-corporation, however I’m anti-greed. I think the term “corporation” needs to be redefined in a productive way. This word is outdated for “companies/collaborations/collections” of the future. I’d want these “corporations” to build me “nice robots”, so to speak. I think key companies that, overall, have shown to be responsible in this way, should be identified, and supported, while also being subject to the same, new regulatory standards that will be in place.

So far, as a movement, our first target, has been banks. This is clearly referenced above as to why this needs to happen. If anything, the way these jobs are regulated, needs reform. Come On guys. Let’s get this budget sorted fairly and properly. Stop playing games with power. Let’s identify key services that need to happen to ensure a better future. First of all, let’s reflect on the mistakes of about 150 years ago. What if, early inventors, were empowered to explore the electric engine? We, as humans, easily get drawn to quick solutions such as fossil fuel. Liquid Death. Let’s not dig up the past, though. Let’s move forward and concentrate our extra expenditures onto alternative solutions. Let’s see cleaner air and water in our lifetimes!. Let’s see the Rain Forest start to grow back!! Why not? If there was a collective shift to push these efforts, as a whole, we could accomplish this easily. And achieve the bottom line at the same time!

As humans, we come from the Earth, also from Space, as all elements do. We are all connected in this really intricate and fascinating way. Let’s focus on this and let Science, Love, and Health prevail. And yet a good time will be had by all.
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Draft draft

This paper that was drawn up is symbol to a notion of TRUE FREEDOM. By getting what the old timers have on paper, changed to fit current times, we have true change – for now. Eventually we can create our own new systems but first the people have to Talk and up-rise, in a peaceful way that doesn’t repeat FAILed systems of the past. Take over from the inside and create real change? Or what, tear down all the architecture again and start over? Kill one another? No.

dj julia radio appearance + afterhours !

Just a quick post to share dj julia’s latest mix from the radio!

Originally aired: 02/18/11

C-89.5FM Electrobox mix 02/18/11 by djjulia

Playlist:

1. Mark Ronson and the INTL Business feat. Boy George “Somebody to Love me” (Holy Ghost! remix)
2. Barresto “Midnight Walk”
3. Pocket 808 “Ghostship” (Hook ‘n Sling remix)
4. Wolfgang Gartner “Latin Fever” (Zedd remix)
5. Starjackers “(Givin) All my Love”
6. Living Joy feat. Janice Robinson “Dreamer 2009″ (Dabruck and Klein remix)
7. Calvertron vs Qalvr “Raw 2 Da Floor” (Lazy Rich remix)
8. Aston Shuffle “For Everybody”
9. Detboi “Voices in Heaven”
10. Kanye West “Blame Game” (Calvertron Booty remix)

Later that night we hit up Friday Afterhours at Club Contour for some dance party action – get a glimpse of dj julia in the mix!

Planet Disco Launch/Exhibit !

Planet Disco will be officially debuting as part of the Cornish College of the Arts Senior Thesis Design BFA show. This is open to the public and is May 14th 2010 from 5pm – 9pm. Planet Disco will be featured along with 76 of the most dedicated artists and designers in Seattle. Other exhibits include graphic design and printmaking, painting, video, other animations and photography. Join us at:

Cornish Main Campus
1000 Lenora Street, 1st Floor
Seattle, Washington, USA, Earth

The Design exhibit will be up from May 15th – May 22nd 2010 and can be visited between the hours of noon and 5pm Monday – Saturday. For more information please visit: www.cornish.edu/bfa2010

Planet Disco is the brain child of Seattle Designer, Julia Camp. More content will be posted to the site closer to the show.