Franky Baca [FB] is a breakthrough designer for 2020. With 70’s inspired unisex athleisure, he has fabricated key components for all. A stand alone piece of his recent collection consolidates a sophisticated pallet for sneaker heads and shoe aficionados alike. Possessing snap-on lace guards as well as a removable sock extension, his designer tennis shoes are ideal for any major music festival attendee. As most fashionable avid travelers, not having to carry additional pieces for a comfortable casual outfit is always ideal. The functionality of this affordable accessory with suede accents and robust patent leather tongue makes them unparalleled.
For a cool golf look, bump off the guard and rock a polo shirt. Or, sport a guard and sock on alternating foot for an avant garde exhibition. Whatever the case, FB has struck gold by making a dynamic tier for fashion/istas and mavens during a period of personal style. With durability, customization on a whim coupled with a generous price point, this layer is soon to be SOLD OUT by Gen X, Y and Z.
Established in 2013, self-taught designer Franky Baca set out to construct his first garments. The brand drew inspiration from nature, architecture, classic paintings, motion pictures and his Bay Area neighborhood, ultimately creating a sense of individuality for both men and women.
In 2014, their products were available to the public using futuristic yet historic silhouettes, its singularity is what differentiated the collection from what’s already been offered in the marketplace.
Franky says “My goal in creation is for the customer to question why something so different from there style is still beautiful to them. I want to challenge them to what they thought they knew about beauty. I always wanted to design clothing and loved fashion but I was hesitant because I didn’t want to design for others. I thought it took away from my individuality. I realized I could never be them and they could never be me, and I knew I must move forward. We need to inspire people and it’s the inspired people that create heroes of tomorrow.”
Following blockbuster careers led by global smash singles, billions of streams worldwide and platinum albums the UK’s leading producer/songwriter Jonas Blue and UK superstar Paloma Faith, have unveiled their electrifying collaborative new single “Mistakes.” Listen to the track and watch the lyric video HERE via Astralwerks.
Coming together naturally, Jonas and Paloma are the perfect pairing. After long admiring each other’s output, and both having a desire to someday work together, “Mistakes” now arrives as their collaborative hit-in-waiting. Speaking of the track, Jonas comments; “Mistakes is such a special one for me, I’ve wanted to work with Paloma for a long time, and this just connected the dots for us to be able to collaborate in a perfect way. I’m happy I managed to get some influences in there from my UK House and Garage upbringing too.” Paloma adds; “I feel so excited about ‘Mistakes.’ I am a huge fan of MNEK who co-wrote the song and of the dance power of Jonas. I can’t help but move to this tune. It’s a banger!”
Jonas Blue will arrive stateside once again for a performance at the famed Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas on Saturday, May 16—the performance marks a mighty return as Jonas made his U.S. festival debut at EDC Las Vegas just three years ago. Jonas will also perform in Los Angeles, New York and New Jersey. See below for full tour dates.
In an era of slow-building careers, Jonas Blue is an anomaly. Amassing an armory of platinum hit singles with almost 10 billion global streams and over 50 million singles sales – he has become a mainstage DJ and pop powerhouse. His debut album Blue, released in November 2018, has now smashed its way to silver status and its effect is felt the world over with Jonas having been certified platinum over 120 times around the globe. With three double platinum studio albums to her name, Paloma Faith joins Adele as the only British female to achieve that feat, and is on course to become the first British female to achieve 4 double platinum records. She also currently stars as lead character Bet Sykes in American crime drama Pennyworth. With an official video coming soon, “Mistakes” is a perfect example of two artists truly at the top of their game and is set up to be one of this year’s true stand out hit singles.
Jonas Blue US Tour Dates: 5/01 Los Angeles, CA – Academy 5/15 Las Vegas, NV – Electric Daisy Carnival 5/22 New York, NY – Marquee 5/23 Atlantic City, NJ – HQ
For more information on Jonas Blue, please click here. For more information on Paloma Faith, please click here
At the peak of the year, music, beats and dancing brought together a crowd of 10,000 attendees to Costa Rica for 2020’s Ocaso Underground Music Festival – the world’s largest rave in the jungle. Even the leatherback turtles, howling monkeys and crocodiles were head bobbing.
The Ocaso Underground Music Festival, which engaged on January 9th – 13th, united travelers, ticos and seasoned ravers alike to Tamarindo, Costa Rica, off the coast of the Pacific Ocean for five days of electronic music bliss. The jubilee was established by founder Devin Ellis in 2018; and it just culminated its fourth semester, with plans to return in January 2021, proving a successful run for one of the most emerging EDM festivals on the planet.
What makes this carnival so sui generis, aside from a stellar bill of DJs including Maceo Plex, Äme, Doc Martin, Justin Martin, Magdalena, Shiba San, Seth Troxler and Artba, might just be the visually striking and lushful setting of CR. The grounds, known as the Lesenda Retreat, centers around a trilithic stage composed of metal trusses for performers, complete with a towering geometric visual screen synchronized to the music, pulsating lasers, fog machines, pyrotechnics and go-go dancers. Apart from hypnotizing technical components conjured up by architectural wizards, the surrounding landscape and warm weather provided a tranquil atmosphere to enjoy the fiesta in, enhanced by art installations sprinkled throughout, providing a truly remarkable habitat.
Let’s talk about the sound! Imagine being at the On The Run II tour with Beyoncé and Jay-Z, state-of-the-art subwoofers and tweeters pinging throughout the venue, delivering clean and crisp vibrant instrumentation. Of course, this added fan excitement to every set.
Viewers were able to use tokens for transportation, food and drinks, providing added security from petty theft and loose cash. Overall safety was key with tons of guards at every entrance alongside of roaming escorts. We all wore sparkly color-coded wristbands to identify our level of participation – GA vs VIP. Staff members wore official reflective tanks and shirts to be easily accessible.
A short 15 minute-bus drive on a vintage yellow school bus brought participants to the festivities. Guests were offered an assortment of carte du jour options to replenish their prance-exhausted bodies with a number of locally and globally known chefs preparing flatbread pizzas, gyros, keto bowls, tacos as well as protein shakes.
Saturday was the most distinctive night of the event, with people from all over the globe, dressed in their most eye-catching ensembles, echoing the avant-garde fashion of other fairs such as EDC, Ultra, Tomorrowland, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Coachella. Ocaso brought a parade of colors infused with futuristic and organic elements blended seamlessly into garbs straight out of an alien planet, welcoming and embracing all.
The festival wrapped with a pool party at base camp, the Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas. After a five-day outer body experience of infectious dance music, a sort of culinary delights, cozy lodging options, and the beautiful backdrop of the rugged rainforested, Central America, this is one masquerade which many should add to their list.
Missed out on the fun this year? Don’t fret, as the festival plans to return the weekend of January 7-11, 2021. Ticketing packages from this past year ranged from $19.00 to $59.00 for single day passes, a two-day Friday and Saturday pass for $89.00 and a 5-day-full-weekend pass for $119.00, a great deal for those who can’t get enough from just one night. So ravers, start planning your next vacation, because this is an experience any party animal should dive into.
Besides the #RaveInTheJungle, The city of Tamarindo itself possesses a plethora of thrilling activities: ziplining, horseback rides on volcanic trails; ATV tours; surfing and dolphin-watching sailing tours.
If you are seeking additional dining/nightlife options outside of the fête, be sure to check out the following:
Pacifico Club (http://www.pacifico-costarica.com/beach-club/), Sharky’s Bar (http://sharkysbars.com/), Long Board BBQ, Chinese Food (directly across from Vista Villas) and Bamboo Sushi Club.
Just down the road was the luxurious Tamarindo Diria hotel, which features a lobby side pool/hot tub, an array of cabanas with an outside bar/dining deck as well as private beach access to make any jovial attendants experience an unforgettable rave-cation.
This track is the first of four singles included in his very first EP. It sets off his singles release chain and leads the way for the rest of his EP like a trailblazing fire. “Very Special” is an island-electro-hybrid that brings together the reminiscent vocals of Sean Kingston and the “summery vibe” mix, signature to PLS&TY.
“Very Special” circulates on the audience’s feeling of either remembering or creating very special memories. Sean Kingston’s vocals play a major role in this tropical vibe summer track that will definitely be a favorite of the year. The track is a perfect mashup of Future Bass and the island melodies that Sean Kingston never disappoints with.
PLS&TY: “I’ve simply been a fan of Sean Kingston ever since I heard “Beautiful Girls” on the radio years ago. His single “Take You There” is also one of my personal favorite records of all time. It came about via connecting over email and him enjoying the instrumental that we sent over. I see this song and EP as a true embodiment and showcasing of the PLS&TY brand as a whole — spreading ‘good vibes’ and a positive message, with a mantra rooted in ‘minding your manners’”.
Sean Kingston: “PLS&TY is a great artist and I really enjoy his feel-good music. I always do lively, happy music, and love it more than anything! It was fun to collaborate with an artist from a different genre with the same vibe and vision. This is for the fans!”
“Very Special ft Sean Kington” follows PLS&TY’s 2019 creation of an 8-minute long short film for his Run Wild / Feeling Forever double-single (collectively 20 million+ streams) that has been nominated at multiple international film festivals.
He also has had a busy festival season in 2019 of some 10 plus festivals including Shaky Beats, Breakaway, Electric Forest, EDC Vegas, and more. In this year, 2020 will see PLS&TY stepping into his own with the “Very Special EP,” amongst confirmed performances at the renowned Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and more.
Over the last year, Sean released “summer anthem” hit tracks such as “Peace of Mind” with Tory Lanez and Davido, and “How Many Times” with Afro Bros. Currently, he is busy preparing new music to be released including his EP “Made in Jamaica” in 2020. As an in-demand songwriter, Sean has also been working with stars including T.I., Wiz Khalifa, and Chris Brown.