The energy high from last night’s Life in Color Orlando show is still pumping through me as I eat a late lunch and reflect on the show. The online images from past L.I.C. events have always enticed me to attend and I picked a memorable lineup for my first paint party experience. Zeds Dead, Space Jesus, GG Magree and Phino turned out to be the ultimate super-charged combo for a colorfully good time.
Opened by Orlando dance duo Phino, L.I.C. already had a wet start prior to the paint blasts as a gloomy storm moved into the Central Florida Fairgrounds. Luckily, the rain showers didn’t wash away any of the excitement Phino brought to the stage. They kept the mood elevated all the way through to the end, leaving the crowd chanting “one more song” as GG Magree readied for her set. Thankfully the rain passed quickly.
I had the delight of advance interviewing Australian creative GG Magree and I had no doubt she would be a favorite of the night. [Read interview here] GG’s radiates good vibes and she put all her firey heart into that show. My eyes almost couldn’t keep up with her as she hopped from behind the decks onto the DJ tables and busted funky moves across the stage. That girl knows just what to play and just what to say at just the right time. Her hard dubstep selection including mixes and edits of trap, hip hop, classic pop, and even the Red Hot Chili peppers all transitioning together for one wild rager. Her live showcase of “One by One” was even better than the recorded version which says a lot about her stamina – GG saved the singing part of the show for last.
I spotted Brooklyn electronic musician Space Jesus chilling side stage waiting for his showtime. I waited for the perfect opportunity to snag a shot of him and GG as they introduced themselves for the first time.
The futuristic austronaut of bass-line synth took flight with his signature bass-heavy style. I’ve seen Space Jesus a couple of times in local club settings but hearing his show with outdoor acoustics allowed for a more complete understanding of his sound. He puts on a LOUD performance. I think it might actually compare to a space shuttle lifting off. He doesn’t try to fit in with anyone else’s idea of electronic music. He definitely has his own lane which comes across in his mixes, edits and original tracks. He dropped a preview of “Dragonhawk” with Liquid Stranger which according to his Facebook post should be out soon.
After Space Jesus, I made my way to front of house to catch my breath and prepare for Zeds Dead. Not going to lie, I was hiding my new camera from the paint blasts all night. I finally ventured from backstage and braved the paint-soaked crowd to catch the best view of the headliner. I was not disappointed. The fog blasts, colored smoke, lighting and backboard visuals were well worth a few rainbow splatters on my shoes. Next year I’m coming sans camera.
Big thanks to the friendly event staff! I felt right at home at L.I.C. Check out a few photos and fan moments below and head to our IG pages for more video clips: @floridamusicblog & @jenmckinnonblogs. FULL PHOTO GALLERY HERE