I have always viewed new projects as an opportunity to work with people I admire and wish to know better. It’s nice to meet someone and say hello but for me something is absent or missing from that interaction. There needs to be more than an exchange of common courtesies. The ability to be influenced, inspired, to be sent down a certain creative path, those are the experiences I wish to have and share with other influential people around me.
That has been the lasting achievement of the Graffiti Fine Art Documentary. It has put me in touch with artists from all over the world and has also created an ongoing creative relationship with Pretty Lights Music.
After Pretty Lights’ record label gave music for the GFA film score, I have been waiting for an opportunity to turn the camera on him. That moment presented itself during the Camp Bisco X music festival. Camp Bisco is the musical lovechild of the band The Disco Biscuits. In its tenth year, this festival fusion of electronic, dub step, drum and bass, rock, techno and trance brought record crowds to Mariaville in upstate New York.
My first time at Camp Bisco was 3 years prior during the summer of 2008. At that time, around 6,000 were in attendance for the 3 day fest. This year the camp grounds literally sold out at 26,000! It was an unbelievable amount of people with an energy difficult to put into words. In the past few years dub step has exploded into mainstream cultural absorption and Camp Bisco X was proof.
To close out the entire festival, Pretty Lights was given the last time slot in the late-night dance tent. As if Pretty Lights needed any more reason to bring the house down, he now had the extra incentive of blowing everyone away before coming back to the realities of life and the real world. With the attention of the entire crowd on him, he delivered a truly memorable set.
Here are photos from on-stage, front of house and back by the soundboard.