“Spring Break in the Summer” – A Review Of Splash House August Edition

*written by Corey Schrade for Electronica Life

*photo by J. Rosenberg

*photo by J. Rosenberg

Sitting in the middle of the desert lies the beautiful Oasis of Palm Springs, a city where the sun shines just as bright as its persona does. For some, it’s just a short trip away from Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. For others, they’re able to get a taste of the city’s exotic nature and rich history. A perfect place for a weekend get a-way with its wide variety of resorts makes for a perfect setting to host an intimate event. Full of rich history and simplicity Palm Springs has been home to L.E.D events, “Splash House” for several years. Imagine a day-club and then triple it, a festival of pool party’s a.k.a Splash House.  Many acts have blessed the festival such as Splash House Alumni, Kygo, Thomas Jack, Gina Turner, Cashmere Cat, Tokimonsta, and Toro Y Moi to name a few. Now if one weekend wasn’t enough to kick off summer for you L.E.D comes back and doubles it up for a 2nd time towards the end of summer. So you can take your pick on which one or do like most do and attend both.

We can all agree that summer is a season full of activity, whether it’s lounging by the pool, barbecues, travel or even an increased desire to party. Splash House in Palm Springs captures the essence of that vibe and blends it with an energy compared to that of Spring Break. It’s hot, it’s wet and it’s groovy. Spirits are lifted, faces are smiling and in those moments you immerse yourself in the water and indulge in the music it’s as if everything in the outer world is standing still. It truly is a rewarding and relaxing time while still keeping an upbeat energy about it about all. Pools filled with floaters, squirt guns firing off everywhere and an atmosphere full of color and life makes it feel as if you were a kid again hanging with your friends at a pool party. You can come with your closest friends, your partner or be daring and make the trip by yourself. Either way I guarantee that by the end of the weekend you will have met some amazing people and made some amazing memories along the way. Everyone is welcoming and looking out for those next to them whether they know them or not. So leave your insecurities and ego at home because Splash House straight out accepts you without judgment, it’s foundation lies on having a good time and expressing yourself. Happiness is the key to this weekend and it’s attained quite easy no matter what your motives are. If you want to relax and lounge you can do so, if you want to jump, scream and splash you can do that also. Splash House is a place of freedom, like a rainbow with a pot of gold at the end.

No matter where you come from or traveled from we all are united within events like these. There were artists and attendees from Europe, Australia, France and here in America and they shared their sounds and passions with those around them. A melting pot of cultures from vast and far together unified for the love of summer and music.  Although it’s far from what most would consider mainstream and appealing to the masses, Splash House has a sound and they represent it beautifully. They are in their own lane and remain in the driver seat comfortably. It’s what I would consider the deeper, groovier side of dance music whether that is House, Electronica, Hip-Hop or Trap. If you’re a person who enjoys the radio, High energy or festival style anthems over the underground sounds then music wise this might not be for you. However, if you are someone who enjoys eclectic instruments and appreciates the technical production skill that goes into deep bass lines, chopped vocals and pure mixing skill then this is a safe haven for you. In the August edition of Splash House, L.E.D brought in some new faces while the majority just wrapped up shows at Hard Summer. Some people would call this the Hard Summer Recovery party.  It’s a relaxing atmosphere that helps you decompress and recharge.

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*photo by J. Rosenberg

All in all, Splash House was a beautiful success; capturing the summer break vibe and bringing us together for the groovy side of dance music. So as we close the books on this years edition of Splash House we can’t help but give thanks to L.E.D events all who made it possible as we wait in anticipation until the next chance to capture those heat rays and cool waves. We add this event into our memory banks along with all the others for another eventful summer. So whether you’re an artist, a fan or someone working the event, it doesn’t matter. You can come here and enjoy yourself and the company of others with or without your friends. I’m pretty sure if you asked anyone how Splash House was they would say it was nothing but good vibes and good company under the sun. See you next year Splash House-Palm Springs!

If you’re a person who loves to express him or herself then there is no better place to do that than in Palm Springs, and with the added combination of Splash House you are given complete freedom to indulge in your funky and off the wall style. “Bitchin Balconies” allows just that; a competition within Splash House where renters with a pool view are able to decorate their balconies in order to win an award for showing off how creative their group can be. People came up with all sorts of wild and expressive ideas from Star Wars themed banners to DJ themed manikins there was not a single drop of holding back on the creativity. Most of focus for this sport was at The Saguaro with its bright atmosphere and center facing rooms.

The venues for the August edition of Splash House consisted of the veterans “The Saguaro” and “The Hilton” and newly added to the list, the “Hard Rock Hotel” which replaced the Hacienda Beach Club. Whether your seeking a larger more groovy area (The Saguaro) or wanted to catch some of the bigger names in a more intimate setting (The Hilton) or even get wet n’ wild (The Hard Rock) each venue brought a unique difference to the table while still keeping that laidback groovy vibe about it.

For some, they liked remaining in one place and soaking up the sound waves and Vitamin D. For others, they were a bit more active and the shuttles of Splash House allowed for easy, comfortable and quick access to the next venue. So you could easily watch one of your favorite artists close at one spot, hop on a shuttle an cool off for a bit, then see the beginning of another at a different venue.

On paper, phase two of Splash House might appear a bit lack luster compared to the June edition but, when you actually taking the time to discover these newer artists you realize they are easily playing in the same ballpark as the heavy hitters. Whether this is your first time, you’re attending phase 2 or even if your working the event there is plenty to keep you satisfied and keep you cool. The temperature tends to scorch past the 100-degree mark easily around 11am but that’s never a problem when you’re around water and Good Company. Everything is conveniently located within a reasonable distance for whatever you may need. You can leave the venue and grab lunch across the street then jump on the shuttle to another or walk to your room. Parking is free and valet as well if you are a guest at either of the Splash House venues. Staff is exceptional and adheres to any need or concerns you may have whether it is the need of water or that you simply need information regarding a topic. L.E.D does a fine job in making sure they have the right people placed in the right positions and you can’t help but feel that sense of security throughout your day.

Throughout the weekend I had the pleasure of meeting up with some artists such as; Wax Motif, Nora En Pure, Bees Knees, Tokimonsta, STWO & even Hermitude for an interview. All in all each one of these artists were unique but represented humility and just like us, were there to have a good time and relax the best way possible. When the sun set and Splash House was over that’s when it seemed everybody’s energy was renewed. You could feel the change in the air as people came alive, the cooling breeze and stars lighting up the desert sky. There was a vast majority of activities you could participate in. You could go grab a bite at one of the hot spots, catch a movie, walk the Palm Springs strip, hang at your hotel or ride the wave of Splash House into the night attending the After Party located at the Air Museum. Artists such as Hotel Garuda, Wax Motif and Jai Wolf were some of the few who took the decks to keep the party going into the late hours. Perfect for a summer night; deep groovy bass, the breeze refreshing you as you dance. Artists and fans alike mingled in the crowds not ready to tire out, waiting for the sun to rise again on day 2.

All in all, Splash House was a beautiful success; capturing the summer break vibe and bringing us together for the groovy side of dance music. So as we close the books on this years edition of Splash House we can’t help but give thanks to L.E.D events all who made it possible as we wait in anticipation until the next chance to capture those heat rays and cool waves. We add this event into our memory banks along with all the others for another eventful summer. So whether you’re an artist, a fan or someone working the event, it doesn’t matter. You can come here and enjoy yourself and the company of others with or without your friends. I’m pretty sure if you asked anyone how Splash House was they would say it was nothing but good vibes and good company under the sun. See you next year Splash House-Palm Springs!

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*photo by J. Rosenberg