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#sorryasianparents EP18 – Our Take on the First Dreamstate Harbor

Last weekend, Insomniac took over the Port of Los Angeles with its newest addition to the Dreamstate series: Dreamstate Harbor. With only two stages, this rave by the bay is smaller when compared to the massive DS SoCal coming in November. But, this intimate group therapy was more than enough to barge into my heart with all the big festival feelz.

The first stage I went to was The Hydra because it was the closest to the entrance and the only set of GA bathrooms. Its layout reminded me of kineticFIELD with its monstrous LED screens and speaker towers spread across the dance floor. Like the serpent in Greek mythology, this stage showed the versatility of styles steaming from the body of trance.

On the first day, The Hydra took me on a trip filled with psychedelic riffs and energetic tempos from Alchimyst, Astrix, and Infected Mushroom. All the psytrance made Saturday a battle because everyone in their mamas was trying to get to the front. The next day went just as hard with aggressive percussion and driving basslines from the likes of David Forbes, Will Atkinson, Mark Sherry, and Bryan (Bryan, Bryan effin’) Kearney. It’s been over two years since Bryan played in the USA, but his set was utter Kearnage.

Across the harbor was The Aquaria, where the DJs still wrecked my legs but in a loving take-you-out-for-breakfast-after kinda way. A silver cage of naked Truss Segments encompassed the stage, forcing everyone to huddle together for an intimate dance floor. Even when it was packed like sardines because the cold wind was blasting everyone from a state of trance, it was still easier to move around than in The Hydra.

Christina Novelli, Craig Connelly, Estiva, and Giuseppe Ottaviani were some of the DJs who opened The Aquaria, easing us into the night. But when it got dark, so did the music because it was banger after banger from Sean Tyas, Paul van Dyk, John O’Callaghan, and Sander van Doorn (presents Purple Haze). So many fantastic DJs played at this stage, but my favorite act from this pool was Markus Schulz.

Why? Well, I suppose it’s because I feel like a man possessed every time I see the Unicorn Slayer. The way he balances the vigorous snares and kicks from techno with the euphoric melodies of trance is a work of art that makes me want to hug friends and strangers while also punching the air like it owes me money. chef’s kiss

Honestly, there’s not much for me to complain about besides wishing there were more bathrooms, but space in the venue is limited, so I understand. But the free and quick in-and-out parking was fantastic! There were moments when I encountered some not-so-PLUR people who would elbow their way through the crowd or to the front, but that’s not Insomniac’s problem. People were generally friendly, spreading the good vibes from the Book of PLUR. There weren’t all the bells and whistles you would typically see at a festival, but I don’t think DSH needed the extra production or stages because the sound management was perfect.

Rewatching my “Sun & Moon” recording during Ilan Bluestone’s set made me realize something. I realized how much I suck at singing and that I dance like I’m losing a game of DDR. But none of my horrible singing and terrible dance moves matter because, in these small moments of imperfection shared amongst my friends and strangers, I am happy. Thank you, Insomniac, for creating a culture celebrating the magic of trance.

All-in-all, the first Dreamstate Harbor was pretty cool. I have no regrets, not even when I spent 17 dollars on dry chicken tenders and fries. (No lie, I saw a basket of fries on the floor and thought how someone wasted nine dollars.) The star-packed lineup and breathtaking sights of laser-colored fog with giant ships in the background made it all worth my while. TL;DR: New location, same feelz, 100 out of 10, highly recommended.

***Links to my other social/channels***

Personal Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/airecsy/

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Electric Daisy Carnival 2022 Review | #sorryasianparents

Okay, I’m finally over the festival flu, and I’m ready to share my 14th Electric Daisy Carnival experience with y’all! With over 166k Headliners attending each night, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, this was probably my biggest EDC. I had a fantastic time, but there were a few bumps down the rabbit hole for Insomniac’s 26th Windy-C (sorry-not-sorry for the pun).

Quick SparkNotes about Electric Daisy Carnival 2022

Insomniac added a ninth stage called bionicJUNGLE for house lovers. The new addition featured Lee Foss and Felix Da Housecat.

NFTs were everywhere. Canadian star Grimes, who played a DJ set at cosmicMEADOW, and Jauz’s surprise guest Snoop Dogg were some of the few who debuted their new crypto projects this weekend. A Bored Ape even appeared during one of the midnight drone shows.

LV police diverted traffic around the speedway, so leaving the anti-PLUR parking lot wasn’t too bad. It took us about an hour to get back to our hotel each night.

The rave drip was on-point this year. Saw a lot of vibrant tanks and fishnets, furry boots, anime-themed costumes, and a whole mess of glitter! Oh, and let’s not forget about the sea of Rezz, Seven Lions, and Illenium jerseys throughout the weekend.

Frolicking Between circuitGROUNDS, quantumVALLEY, and neonGARDEN.

The talent at circuitGROUNDS this year was unreal: Tinlicker, Nora en Pure, Jason Ross, KX5, the list goes on! My favorite set, though, was no other than Eric Prydz!

For 75 minutes, Prydz created an experience so immersive that I forgot about the ginormous festival happening behind me. Illuminating visuals of stars zipping around lush planets, lightning storms, and androids whose glossy shells reflected the radiant colors of space teleported me into a Prydaverse of electrifying synths. It was a breathtaking journey across a dazzling universe as he played “Allein,” “Every Day,” and “Juletider.”

To the right of CG was quantumVALLEY. I missed Ilan Bluestone’s set, but I did catch Mat Zo, Craig Connelly, and freakin’ MaRLo. It was an emotional end for the Australian’s set as Triode and Linney (who sang live) appeared on stage for their rendition of Avicii’s “Wake Me Up.” (RIP)

Just outside of QV was neonGARDEN. NG stayed true to its underground roots with a minimalistic design compared to the other eight stages. Between the dusky neon lights sweeping the crowd and the onslaught of techno reverberating off the stacks of steel containers encasing the dance floor, I felt like I was at a rave within a festival. Joseph Capriati, Charlotte de Witte, Anfisa Letyago, Deborah De Luca, and I Hate Models were some artists I saw over the weekend. Though, Adam Beyer’s three-hour set was my choice of the best act at NG.

A Negative And A Positive.

My biggest complaint about this year’s EDC is about the bathrooms by BP and NG. There was only one opening used as an exit and an entrance, so people would get stuck trying to leave or enter. There were times when I feared a trampling situation would happen. Of course, the frustration caused a few fights, and a few people got their phones stolen while crammed in the herd of ravers. The situation got better on the second and third day of EDC.

Stepping away from the negatives, one cool thing about this year’s EDC was seeing people my age or older Under the Electric Sky. Josh, 35, a travel nurse from Texas, was one of the many who brought his parents.

“My whole life, my dad has shown me different cultures, places he loved as a child, and things he didn’t have growing up,” he said. Josh knew his father would enjoy the festival because they share an interest in art, and his stepmother loves to dance. “Now my dad has a crew for next year and already has his VIP tickets secured, lol.”

“They wanted to stop everywhere and take pictures; it felt kinda like I was parenting small children because if we got separated, I couldn’t just text them to find them,” he said. Despite having the parental roles reversed, Josh could not think of any way to better celebrate his 7th EDC than by sharing it with his parents. “I think the most fun part for me was at Tiesto since it’s one of the few artists they knew; watching them dance and really enjoying the set was priceless.”

My Take Away

Reading everyone’s posts online about how they wish they were still with other Headliners Under the Electric Sky made me realize the most significant thing EDC offers is a connection with other people. I felt more PLUR this year compared to the last five years. I believe the Electric Daisy Carnival can create these magical moments of love and joy through music and adventure.
Of course, I don’t want to discredit other people’s negative experiences because some things are out of your hands. But if you take the risk, I believe you’ll find a community willing to help elevate your experience (if it’s within their power, of course).

Not sure when I’ll stop going to EDC, but it won’t be soon. I hope to see y’all next year Under the Electric Sky.

Links to my other social/channels
Personal Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/airecsy/
Weebthusiast YouTube | https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiDfoqzX4A-Khlw7ODG_qTw

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#weebthusiast EP13 – Slice of Life Anime and Attack on Titan S4P2 Ending Reactions

Hi hi, on this episode, I had some new faces with me as we discussed some of our favorite Slice of Life animes and the ending of Attack on Titans S4P2. With my friends Patrick and Josh, we talk about what animes made us cry and why we love Haikyu, Your Lie in April, and (of course!!!) Shingeki no Kyojin. The first half is pretty lighthearted, but towards the end, we pulled a college discourse about the themes within AoT and why they are essential for us to think about as our world continues to repeat history.

If you have any inputs or want to share some of your top picks of Slice of Life or wanna tell us to bugger off with our hardons for AoT, comment below.

                                                Animes We Talked About:

My Dress-up Darling
Haiykuu
A Silent Voice
Love Hina
Run with the Wind
Attack on Titan
Jujutsu Kaisen
Made in Abyss
The Promised Neverland
Josee, the Tiger and the Fish
Clannad: After Story
Ahiru no Sora
Ride Your Wave
Beast Stars
86
Saikano

Timestamps
00:00 – Some of Our Favorite Slice of Life Animes
12:07 – Meme Responsibly and Why We Love Your Lie in April and Hayikuu
25:13 – Animes That Made Us Cry and Gojo’s Eyes
44:43 – Our Reaction to Attack on Titan’s Season 4 Part 2 Ending
53:55 – Reflecting on the Themes in Shingeki no Kyojin IRL

                                  **** WARNING: THIS IS FULL OF SPOILERS ***
         IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED SHINGEKI NO KYOJIN, MY DRESS-UP DARLING, HAYIKUU, OR ANY OF THE ANIME WE NAMED, WE'RE PROB GONNA SPOIL IT. 

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#sorryasianparents EP15 – When Are You Too Old For Your Hobbies and The Rise of Nerd Culture

Hi hi, I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted a video on this channel (life is still crazy), but I’m still here and bugging my friends to make podcasts with me. In this episode, Laura and Lance join me in a conversation about the rise of nerd culture and how things are…better? I guess. We also dive into discussions about what it means to be an American and find your identity and sexual identity during the growing pains of high school.

About an hour was cut out of this episode for the sake of time and will be released as shorter clips later. So watch out for those.

Comment below if you have any geeky stories you want to share, or tell us what it means to be an American. 

Timestamps

00:00 – Growing up with Pokemon, When are you too old to enjoy your hobbies?

07:00 – Back in high school, freaks and geeks were not popular

15:00 – Redefining what is popular in mainstream America…and talking about P***

25:00 – Talking about WWII and my UBER Pool story about the Pacific War

32:35 – Gatekeeping now with the rise of nerd culture and fandom

40:55 – High school was a weird time, finding yourself, and Lance’s story about being g@y in HS

45:49 – Last words about finding ourselves and advice for those who are still searching

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Weebthusiast YouTube | https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiDfoqzX4A-Khlw7ODG_qTw

#sorryasianparents Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/sorryasianparents/

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#Weebthusiast EP10.01 – Emilio, Mario, and I Bro-Down Over Demon Slayer…Again

**** WARNING: THIS IS FULL OF SPOILERS ***

In another segment of “Emilio Watches Anime,” we talk about his reaction to Kimetsu no Yaiba and the movie Mugen Ressha-hen. This isn’t an actual name for a segment, but it might as well be. My good friend Mario joined us for this recording of two average bros just talking about how awesome Demon Slayer is and why Tanjiro is da man! We share a few laughs and tears as we talk about why the Best Husbando title goes to Kyojuro Rengoku.

I know I already did an episode on Mugen Train, but we didn’t get to have Emilio’s smile, I mean input, on the series/movies. This is part one of two (I am pretty limited on time due to work), and the second half, where Emilio educates us on why mouse-and-keyboard is superior to controllers in FPS, will come out shortly. Get really for bickering of two inputs in the next one…gonna be a lot of Destiny 2 and CSGO talk…

If you have any comments on why Rengoku is the best or why you think Tanjiro is overrated, leave a comment below.

Also, I am still unsure how DMCA works so I did not include any pictures or videos of the anime…I don’t know if I’m ready to take on the YouTube ban police yet.

Timestamps
00:00 – Us BS’ing Around
04:11 – Intros, Wooden Swords, ALA Stories, and Broing Down with Demon Slayer
18:30 – Talking About Mugen Train
29:10 – Being Emotionally Invested in Tanjiro’s Story and Comparing it to Other Anime

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Laughinoutlao Twitch:
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Weebthusiast Instagram:
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#Weebthusiast EP09 – Emilio FINALLY Watches Shingeki no Kyojin So We’re Geeking Out

**** WARNING: THIS IS FULL OF SPOILERS ***
IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED SHINGEKI NO KYOJIN, DO NOT WATCH THIS

So…It finally happened; Emilio watched Attack on Titan. In one week, this man powered through all the current seasons (so far). We had a fantastic time going over some of the themes in the anime, what we thought was cool, and who we hated. There really isn’t much structure to this episode because we’re both just too excited to get it all out there. So fair warning, we will be jumping around…a lot.

Also, I am still unsure how DMCA works so I did not include any pictures or videos of the anime…I don’t know if I’m ready to take on the YouTube ban police yet.

My #sorryasianparents YouTube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAAPUjWCbTcS1w3fiGwXcdg

Laughinoutlao Twitch:
https://www.twitch.tv/laughinoutlao

Weebthusiast Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/weebthusiast/

sorryasianparents Instagram:

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Timestamps
00:00:00 – Diving Straight into it, No Lube, Emilio’s Initial Reactions
00:14:00 – Attack on Titan Gets Political
00:24:30 – How Media Plays a Big Role in Shingeki no Kyojin
00:34:27 – Beyond Paradis Island, World Building and Character Development in AoT
00:44:00 – The Drama is Real in Shingeki no Kyojin
00:54:37 – Good and Evil is Subjective During Times of War
01:04:09 – Saying Goodbye, Blizzard Drama, and Emilio Takes on Demon Slayer Next


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#sorryasianparents EP14 | Affected Our Careers, Goals, and Dreams

Hello hello!

It has been some time since my last upload. I’m finally back in LA after traveling for work the previous three months…and, you know, trying to get my life together. On my first video back from hiatus, my two amazing friends, Lance and Garrett, will be joining me to discuss how our careers and goals have changed in the aftermath of Rona. 

This episode will talk about The Great Resignation and some of the challenges that come with changing vocation or dreams or whatever we’re doing to pay the bills. We will discuss how our mentality has changed since our time in college and how it’s changed since facing a pandemic where we had to quarantine for 15 months. Along with the talk about change, we briefly touch upon mental health because these times have been hard for everyone. Below will be a list of resources if you need someone to talk to or a helping hand. 

Comment below if you want to share how your career, goals, and dreams have shifted since the 2020 catastrophe. And also do the thumbs up and subscribe and all that stuff. 

***Some MENTAL HEALTH services***

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline | 1-800-273-8255 | https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

LAist Mental Health Support Article | https://laist.com/news/health/need-some-mental-health-support-start-here

California HOPE | 1-833-317-HOPE (4673) | https://www.calhope.org/

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration | 1-800-662-HELP (4357) | https://www.samhsa.gov

***Links to some of the things I mentioned***

Red Snow | https://www.facebook.com/redsnowthemovie

Casey Faris | https://www.youtube.com/user/CaseyFaris777

MrAlexTech | https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTmY-LBmbLugkJ0ryZfjZTQ

Trash Taste | https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcmxOGYGF51T1XsqQLewGtQ

***Links to my other social/channels***

Weebthusiast YouTube | https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiDfoqzX4A-Khlw7ODG_qTw

#sorryasianparents Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/sorryasianparents/

Weebthusiast Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/weebthusiast/

#sorryasianparents YouTube | https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAAPUjWCbTcS1w3fiGwXcdg

Timestamps

00:00:00 – Saying to Lance and Garrett

00:02:00 – College Life/Leaving Our Parents House and Our First Crappy Apartments

00:08:55 – How Our Careers Shifted with COVID and Learning New Skills

00:23:43 – Challenging Yourself Can Be Scary but Exciting

00:35:54 – Having Your Own Business Card and Redefining Success 

00:45:21 – The Great Resignation: Knowing When to Move On and Being Happy

00:56:24 – Tackling Modern Problems While Challenging Outdated Practices 

01:15:11 – Rethinking Normal and Using Critical Thinking When Consuming Media

01:18:39 – Mental Health: Be Proactive, It’s Ok to Ask for Help

01:33:25 – Keep Your Drama Off Social Media and Our Cringy MySpace Posts

01:39:06 – What is One Movie, Book, and Album We Would Have if Stuck on an Island


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#Weebthusiast EP10.02 – Destiny 2, CS:GO, MnK v Controller

Welp, I finally got time to post the last half of the conversation with Emilio, Mario, and me. Here we talk about Destiny 2, CS:GO, and Emilio’s fav topic: Mouse and Keyboard vs. Controllers.

Tell us what games you like to play and what’s your input of choice down below.

Part 1 of this Video:
https://youtu.be/fV41xDTbfx4

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sorryasianparents Blog:

https://www.sorryasianparents.com/