2017 ended in style as SnowGlobe Music Festival came to a close. Neon blue and red lights lit up the Igloo as the Los Angeles based band, Justin Jay, played trance-like, dreamy music. The crowed swayed back and fourth as guitar player, Ben Glasser, jumped up on an amp in front of the stage. Jai Wolf turned a crowd of people into a magical sea of music lovers all on the same wavelength. As the 2018 countdown began, Alison Wonderland slayed the main stage to end the year.
Day two drew in more festival goers as performers like Dillon Francis and Madeon lit up the main stage. People huddled in transparent igloos in between performances as smoke and fireworks filled the night sky as the crowed danced the night away.
On a quiet, peaceful afternoon Troy Henry, known as TroyBoi, was sitting in his house in Miami, Florida. Looking at the view from his lounge as the sun began to set and created what he describes as the perfect conditions to make his favorite track “Wavy” off of his new album Left is Right. Henry wanted to paint a mental picture through music that would capture that exact moment and take him back to that place each time he listens to it.
Making Left is Right not only was a way for Henry to show what he could create as a producer but was also a way for him to tell a musical story. Each track on the album flows into the next one in a certain way. Henry wanted to cultivate a variety of vibes and feelings with every new song that each has been inspired by a variety of influences including house, hip hop, trap, R&B, and reggae.
Henry said he’s been working on the album for about a year and has recorded songs everywhere from his house to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He develops ideas from everyday sounds like footsteps banging on a staircase, people coughing, and raindrops then records it on his phone and uses these sounds for inspiration later when producing.
“I tend to let the music write itself, and that’s a trait I’ve learned from Michael Jackson. He’s one of my greatest inspirations,” said Henry, “It’s just whatever comes at the time is what I make.”
Music has always had an influence in Henry’s life, and with the support of his friend, IceKream, he finally decided to end his eight year career in real estate to pursue music full-time. Henry said no matter what he did his parents were always supportive and the best thing he could do for them is to go out [to the music scene] and give it his all.
It is definitely clear that Henry remains in touch with his humble roots of making beats in his bedroom. “I am very grateful for the fans I have out here,” said Henry, “I’ve got some new music i’ve been working on still from the new album, and I just want to have a good time with everybody and end the new year with a bang.”
Looking forward to the future, Henry said the only thing he wants to do is become bigger and better whether it’s getting hyped to perform at festivals or writing new music.
The annual SnowGlobe Music Festival is a time for trancing music, fun experiences, and exquisite art. This year the festival featured the ZOA sculpture, a playful expression of art made by the Chromaforms Art Collective.
The Chromaforms Art Collective specializes in making playful and interactive art creations with the help of engineers and sculptors. “A lot of our projects are community based, or we try to get a lot of people to help and to make something,” said Martin Taylor, an engineer who helped start Chromaforms. Taylor originally worked as an engineer in a prototype technology lab. After he was done working for the day, he would use the big 3D printers to create little sculptures at night. This is what drove his inspiration to start Chromaforms and to eventually quit his day job and pursue art and creation full time.
Taylor said the goal of the ZOA sculpture is, “To bring out a very playful aspect in people that often gets lost in larger society.” The piece was originally supposed to be a jellyfish that was going to debut at Burning Man. However, Taylor discovered that another artist had that same idea, so he had to change paths. By having the same jellyfish idea in mind, he used rainbow colors and soft and wrinkled materials that can change and be less predictable. There is also a mini faux fur star inside of the creation that adds a hidden magical element to the ZOA.
He wanted the piece to stand out and for participants to “be invited to investigate.” The ZOA piece is one of the first things you see when you walk in and adds an essence to the overall feeling you get from being at the festival. As the night got darker, more people seemed drawn in to the ZOA.
Fans would touch, spin, and often sit under it. “It brings people to a childlike state,” said Taylor, “It’s like a game.” Taylor described the piece as almost like a hologram at night. No matter which stage you are at, the ZOA seems to be the central location of the festival grounds. “There is also the element from seeing it from far away and investigating it.” said Taylor.
The ZOA sculpture made its first major appearance at Burning Man this year and later to EDC Orlando. The Sculpture folds down easily and deflates, so it can depart from one event to the next. “It’s going to be there for a little while, and then it’s going to travel somewhere else.” said Taylor. The overall essence of the ZOA adds a deeper meaning to the culture of what is SnowGlobe Music Festival. The next project Taylor plans to work on will try to star plastic bottles and ideas to bring new energy to things people see as everyday wasteful items. Taylor’s advice to potential artists is to try to have a day job and pursue art at the same time. “Doing art is just equal as much work,” said Taylor.