How My First Festival Changed My Life

How My First Festival Changed My Life


On August 6, 2016 I finally found myself; I had a rebirth, and I changed my whole outlook on life. It took almost twenty-three years but I finally found my place where I fit in. I went to my first EDM festival it was the best experience of my life. At first I was nervous and skeptical, but in the end it was everything I needed. Moonrise will forever be where I became who I wanted to be.

I want to start off by explaining the biggest part of festivals and raves. PLUR this stands for peace, love, unity, and respect. When you exchange bracelets, which are called 'kandi', you have to put your hands together in a peace sign, heart, together, and then lock them saying peace, love, unity, and respect. Once you do that with the other person you exchange the kandi. Most of the time the rave family you exchanged with tells you a story behind the bracelet give to you. I experienced this with my friend and she gave me one that was very special to her. Once I knew the back story I became emotional; and I knew then and there that I became part of the rave family. When you go to these concerts everyone is different, but being different is not bad. We accept everyone for their differences; as a matter of fact those differences are what make you beautiful.

Not only do people go to these festivals for the music, they go because of the connections with people and the amazing experiences. Many people do not understand this music, they think it is just noise or there is no actual talent behind it, but that is not true. If you truly listen to the music you will hear the DJ’s trying to send a message out. Usually the message is relevant to the fact of what is going on in any one’s life. But not only is the music beautiful, the sets that they perform are beyond amazing. The lights and the connections they make with the crowd is beautiful. I will never forget when I saw Tiesto’s set, he performed Yellow. For some reason the lights and the connection he made with the crowd made me think about my past, and everything I was ever worried about just left my being. I felt like I was reborn, I felt as though I did mean something in this world.

I want to encourage all of you to go experience a festival at least once in your life. I want you all to go because I had a stereotype in my head but once I went that stereotype was broken. I have tried to explain to many people that this is modern day Woodstock; we all just want peace and love in the world. You will never hear in the news that someone did a terrorist attack or shot up an EDM festival because we strongly encourage love. We accept everyone no matter what. I was very insecure with myself, I was in a dark spot, and I was depressed before I went to Moonrise.

After Moonrise I have been radiating confidence and happiness. My outlook on life is completely different, I do not judge as much anymore. I do not deal with all the pointless drama I used to consume myself in. I look at life as a gift and I look at my life with purpose. I want to change the world and make a difference, but in a peaceful manner. So I encourage each and every one of you to experience this amazing life and family. PLUR!

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Thomas Hames Is A New Face In The Music Scene Worth Checking Out

Meet the future grammy winner that's going to charm his way into your heart.

When all of the faces in the crowd blend together, all of the music sounds the same, and all of the parties feel the same, it's time for a change. That change starts with Thomas Hames, Tallahassee resident and up and coming musician. With his upbeat sound and endless charm, Thomas is a new face in the crowd that you should know about.

Born in Bogota, Columbia in 1994, Thomas was always known as the "foreigner" around his group of friends. When he moved with his family to the states, he moved around in Mississippi and eventually made his way to Bradenton, FL, until his second year of college where he found himself at Florida State.

It was around the time in grade school that Thomas realized he had a passion for music. His friend, a guitar player, had backstage passes for Green Day, and he was so excited to hear all about the concert.

"My friend going to see Green Day was a huge deal in middle school," said Thomas, "he made it into the yearbook with a picture of Billy Joel Armstrong's guitar and everything." It was then that he found his love for music.

Thomas's mom, a Columbian native, is a latin guitar player, so naturally, he was exposed to music at an early age. "She'd come out and play the guitar at family parties and I was fascinated by it."

He bought himself a guitar when he was young and began to watch videos of how to play guitar, as well as performing in music classes at school. Upon enrolling in college, his major was none other than Music Theory.

His first show was during his high school years at the Truman Bar & Grill in Bradenton.

When asked what it is about music that he enjoys, Thomas couldn't help but smile. "It's the creative aspect of it and being able to do things with my hands," he said, his fingers tapping away to a made-up song in his head. "Being the foreigner in my group of friends, it was nice to have something that helped me fit in."

Aside from playing guitar, upright bass, and learning to play the harmonica, Thomas is a great cook and can mimic quite a few accents with ease.

His favorite genre of music is classic rock because of its influence on other genres, and he's now getting into blues because of its story-telling. "I don't like electronic music as much because it doesn't tell a story," Thomas said.

"When I make music, I want people to be able to play it in their cars, listen to the lyrics, and relate to it."

"I want people to know that they're not alone and they can connect to my music."

Thomas gets his lyrical inspiration from various sources, such as the lyrical content from rappers like Eminem and Lil Dicky, country music for the stories, and bands like Guns n Roses for their sharp lyrics.

For his own songs about love, people often ask Thomas who the female inspiration is. "There is no girl, I've never been in a real relationship, so I write how I want it to be, and what I want to be going through my mind," Thomas said.

Between being a Kitchen Gentleman for the Phi Mu sorority house, Thomas spends countless hours in the studio, working on new songs to be released soon. His first Tallahassee show, set for March 30th, will be held at the Pub House at the Strip.

"Expect some acoustic guitar, some covers of classic songs, and even a few of my own songs," he said about his upcoming show.

If you attend the show, please make your acquaintance with Thomas! He's a humble guy with a big heart, but will often forget names! So make sure you repeat your name several times and befriend Thomas, and of course, enjoy the show!

For more on Thomas, his whereabouts, and all the happenings, check out the links below!

Instagram: @thomashames

Twitter: @BigPapiTom

Soundcloud: @ThomasHames

Snapchat: @ThomasHames13

And a special thanks to Thomas for allowing me to do this interview, and featuring my boyfriend on drums on one of his tracks!

(photos by Sarah Cagle, @sarahcaglephotography )

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13 Times Kris Jenner Perfectly Summarized/Predicted Your Friday Night Out

She's not a regular momager, she's a cool momager.

For some reason, I have always liked watching "Keeping Up With The Kardashians." Whether it be the clothes, the drama, or their family bond, I really do enjoy the show. I've watched them all grow up since the beginning. Although the family has dramatically changed, Kris Jenner has always remained the most brilliant manager mom ("momager") that the family could ever dream of having.

So, here are a few Kris Jenner moments that actually perfectly describe your night out on the weekend.

1. Making the plans

You may not be sure what you are doing yet, but either way, it will be fun.

2. Picking out the perfect outfit

It is the best feeling when you find the perfect outfit and you feel like a million bucks.

3. Struggling to get out the door in a timely manner

For me, something always goes wrong when I'm trying to get ready. Whether it be a messed up winged eyeliner or you can't find the other shoe, it can be a struggle to finally leave.

4. Pre-gaming at your friend's place

5. Taking 1,000 group pictures

You have to make sure you get everyone's good side.

6. When everyone finally gets into the Uber/Lyft

7. Finally getting your first drink at the bar

Time to really get the night started.

8. When your jam comes on

9. Taking Snapchats of your friends' sick dance moves.

Your friends know how to work it and they will want to see the snaps in the morning.

10. Losing your ID/money/phone/keys at some point during the night

We've all been there and losing something while you are out is definitely stressful.

11. When your friends try to get you to flirt with someone

Flirting isn't easy, man.

12. Getting some late night food

Carbs become your best friend.

13. Finally getting home after a long night

The feeling of finally getting into some comfy sweats and crawling into bed is like no other.

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