We found ourselves in a state of euphoria just outside of Austin. Earlier this Spring, the Fayettechill team was given full access media passes so that we could dive deeper into the cultural kaleidoscopes that are camping music festivals. There is no better candidate to understand the core of music festival culture than Euphoria Music Fest. One part professional, two parts earthy and grassroots. Far from the overdeveloped, corporately directed festivals that misrepresent what it is to truly "festival," Euphoria dripped in good vibes and exuded an authentic approach from start to finish.
We found where the lost boys and girls live, gathering together in pop up communities, exchanging value not through money, but through ideas and treasure that most would mistake as trash. In the end, we had the chance to talk with one of their emerging leaders, Jackson Stell, the creative force behind the Big Wild music project. We sat down with him to understand what inspires him to create, about his connection with nature, and to learn how he has gone about blending instrumental and electronic, a progressive creation that promises to bridge the gap between music fans of all ages and backgrounds.
We're looking at a calendar chalked full of show dates and locations. Is this a new thing for you or have you done this quite a bit.
We could tell with the high jump! In terms of connecting with audience, is there a difference in an audience's energy at a camping festival versus a show in a city club?
Except that one guy that's just getting at it at that 1 p.m. show...?
Jackson is presently one month into crushing his first tour as a headliner. Check out the full schedule below and explore his soundcloud profile to get a taste of this one-of-a-kind, instrument blending, mountain climbing, whistling creative entity