Last DANCEiSM of college :(

28 04 2010

Wait… what? Seriously, I feel like I only JUST found out about this function and now I have to go and graduate? All that really means is that I won’t be able to take the free bus to the venue anymore, but still. Will it be inappropriate for a college graduate to dress up in American Apparel clothing and smear their face with neon paint? Let’s hope not, because there are more DANCEiSMs to come. Dig it.

Once again, there was bus drama. I guess it wouldn’t be a DANCEiSM if there weren’t drunk freshmen mobbing the bus. It was such a shitshow, we were literally disgusted with the behavior of some of the people there. The whole point of the event is to have fun together, not to fight tooth and nail to get onto a yellow school bus. After a while we had had it. Lisa (my roommate, who has until now remained somewhat anonymous) decided to take one for the team and drive to the Echoplex. What  a trooper, all in the name of DANCEiSM. I guess we kind of owe her one.

After we beat the bus to the venue (hollerrrr) we didn’t run into anymore snags. After that it was music, drinks, body paint and enough dancing to leave my legs sore the next morning. The music didn’t strike me as being entirely memorable, but I also have no complaints — except the strobe might have been a little out of control. Robot Love was playing when we rolled up but they had pretty much wrapped up by the time we had hit up the photo booth, paint table and bar (the results are shown in the above picture).

There will be another DANCEiSM next month, but by then we’ll have graduated. I think it is assumed our “partying days” are over once we cross the stage at graduation, at which time we will take on responsibilities and venture out into the real world. So… does that mean we can’t have anymore fun? Really? I hate hearing that these years are the best of our lives; life can’t really be all downhill after this. Sure, it’s been fun and all, but I don’t want to believe we’ve peaked this early. I intend on continuing to dress in absurd costumes, I will keep drinking overpriced cocktails and I will always wear face-paint if the opportunity presents itself.

The best years of our lives are the best to come.


Guess where I’ll be Saturday…

21 04 2010

That’s right, it’s time for this months DANCEiSM!

Check out the details and lineup here, RSVP for a discount. As far as I know there was no problem with the busses this past month, but I think it functions better at the Echoplex. I suggest pre-partying a bit, the fun may be cheap but the drinks aren’t. Whatever,  I’m not missing this one. See you there!

Broke raver.

7 04 2010

It’s been a while… my bad. School assignments, the pressure of looking for a “real job” post graduation and a well-deserved Spring Break have kept me from blogging. Sadder still, they have kept me from raving. Sigh.

My roommate managed to make it to the last Danceism and had a great time; she said they played a lot of dubstep which she has been bumping nonstop for the past few weeks. It is a sort of hybrid between techno and hip hop beats which make for amazing bass. We were first introduced to this type of house at our first Danceism in January, and now the roomie is constantly bumping tracks like Doctor P’s Sweet Shop.

Homegirl is also heading to the Roxy tonight for a free show which should feature a lot of this type of music. Perfect opportunity for a broke raver (minus the parking fee and whatever drinks one may consume) but it’s a date so I don’t want to cramp her style. Maybe I’ll send him my Rave Lesson For Boys beforehand…

We’re days closer to Coachella which two of my roommates will be attending. They and thousands of other lucky kids will experience three days full of artists like deadmau5, Benny Benassi, MGMT, 2ManyDJ’s, Major Lazer. I hate hearing about all the excitement here at LMU where most kids are using their parent’s platinum cards to drop the $300 on the event. I’m going to be a sad little raver come April 16th.

So besides being bitter about my severe shortage of funds (which has kept me from certain social events so that I can afford to eat) things are pretty decent. Except for that whole graduation thing that’s coming up.



10 03 2010

Details for DACNEiSM Dance Party are up!

The lineup:

  • Ben Oprstu
  • Pance Party
  • Avi D
  • Illimental
  • The Kid

Friday, March 19th at the Echoplex — 1154 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles

18+, DON’T FORGET TO BRING ID. Last time I saw a girl trying desperately to get in using her OneCard. Don’t be a sad little raver.

The RSVP can save you $10 bucks, otherwise it’s $20 at the door.

See you there!

Mark your calendars!

3 03 2010

Next DANCEiSM is scheduled for Friday, March 19th at the Echoplex. Details/lineup to come, check out the facebook event for more info!

DANCEiSM 2.27.10

2 03 2010

This wasn’t just any DANCEiSM, this was the party celebrating 2 years of DANCEiSM absurdity.

Let’s start from the beginning, shall we? The bus ride to the venue (under one of LA’s iconic and sketchier bridges) was less than entertaining, mostly due to overzealous freshmen who had had too much to drink resulting in a vomit incident; at least it occurred at the end of the ride. In the end it boiled down to everyone being stoked for a good night.

I have to say, one of my favorite parts of DANCEiSM is the body paint. Give me a palette of semi-questionable paint and a canvas of flesh and it is automatically going to be a good night, even if it will most likely be wiped away by the first sweaty torso to rub against you. Some people go for designs and symbols while others opt for brazen statements, such as our friend here:

The tunes: In all honesty I was in no condition to remember DJs from that night; my roommate and I had pre-partied pretty extensively. The lineup was as follows:

9.00—Sean Kim

10:00—Doc P

11.15—Mr. White

12.15—Ben Oprstu

1.15—Robot Love


3.00—ASAA & SP

I remember not being a huge fan of Ben Oprstu, even if he is the founder of DANCEiSM. The energy was nowhere near as high as it should have been at that point, and the transitions were awkwardly abrupt. When I’m feeling the bass in my chest I don’t want to have to stop for anything. The other DJs delivered and the dancing didn’t stop except for the occasional smoke break.

While the venue itself was ideal, boasting two warehouses and a patio wafting cool air onto a sweaty dance floor, the location and lack of communication with the busses caused a lot of kids to stand around waiting in the cold for far too long. At one point, one of the busses arrived and a group of LMU students literally mobbed the doors–my feet were actually off the ground. Needless to say we didn’t make it on the first bus.

Besides the bus drama I had a blast at DANCEiSM, this being only my second. It’s a pretty good deal when you’re guaranteed a ride to and from school, good music and (of course) body paint.

Next DANCEiSM in April, RSVP!