As I stepped into Aura, the ambiance was dark, yet somehow inviting. My friends and I were only expecting it the event to be in one room, but to our surprise, the other stage was set up at the other room for our house music. I loved that they had two stages; it was nice to have a cohesive break in between sets, or when some of us just wanted to shuffle the night away. Although this event was at a ‘club,’ Synergy evoked the same close-knit feelings that local events have.
There were local vendor booths set up. From beautiful wire-wrapped crystal rings and pendants by Moonstar and justinception, to OCTIV merch, there were a variety of things to choose from. I also loved that idgaFNK brought out hula hoops so the audience could join in and flow with them.
Bass Couture wasn’t selling glitter this time around; instead, they brought out an interactive activity to showcase what their brand meant to them. They’d set up a board with ‘Community’ spelt out on it. The idea behind the board was to have people write down what community meant to them. I loved this idea! Some of the quotes that stood out to me on the board were:
“We are all sharing this moment together and no one can change that.”
“Always the right time to do what is right”
“Coming together as one to problem-solve.”
Here’s what the beautiful Bass Couture girls had to say about the event.
“Synergy was a really meaningful event for the local scene. There are so many people that show out for bigger festivals but these more intimate, underground events truly showcase what our community is all about. A lot of local shows we’ve been to usually have a smaller crows so witnessing the amount of people that attended Synergy was heartwarming and inspiring. We’re glad we got to be involved in an event that was able to shed light on our amazing local and underground scene.”
I was really impressed how each dj had their own visuals. A lot of the visuals were dark, moody and stuck to the theme of the night—wonky bass. It was a diverse crowd that night, but there were definitely more pashminas and harem pants at Synergy than most other local bass events in AZ. The theme of the night was a heavy focus on all genres, and even subgenres, of bass. From slow-temp dub to wonky dubstep, to even trap-dub (courtesy of Dark Mark), the dance floor was packed all night with bassheads. There was surely no better time to ‘break your neck’ than at this show!
Arizona tends to have a lot of local shows, but this show was one of the first of its kind, with a collaborative collective effort between local brands (NastyHumanz, idgaFNK, Bass Couture, OCTIV (RIP), PAX MACHINA, and the Full Moon Festival). I loved how so many turned out that night in support of the talented locals and hope this spirit continues in our community. This event, I hope, signifies one of many to come in future. When communities and brands come together in an effort to promote creativity, nothing is impossible.
Recap video by Pax Machina.
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