Why Attendees At This Fiji Music Festival Are Leaving The Island With ‘Feelings They Can’t Quite Expressing’ – EDM.com

Whether it’s on a distant beach or on your couch for a week on Netflix, we all take vacations. But when was the last time you went somewhere that really changed your life?

This year will see the eighth edition of the dance music festival your paradise on Fiji’s Mamanuca Islands, a volcanic archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean typically frequented by digital nomads and affluent honeymooners. One of the best destination festivals in the world, it’s more like a stage out of Closer to paradise what a rave.

Your Paradise, which returns December 10-16, is what happens when daydreams shed their chimerical layers and become reality. Some of the sights and sounds you’ll experience at the festival include yoga sessions on the beach, sun-kissed catamaran rides through azure waters and sultry electronic beats on an idyllic seaside main stage.

And that doesn’t even scratch the surface, given that the festival grounds transform into a lavish rave jungle at night. There’s a reason organizers are only selling 700 tickets this year.

EDM.com sat down with Ignacio Garcia, co-founder and director of Your Paradise, to discuss how his team has cultivated “the most unique and intimate music event in the world.”

EDM.com: Walk us through some of the core values ​​that underpin Your Paradise.

Ignacio Garcia: At its core, Your Paradise is about discovery, in all its meaning. Beyond the physical discovery of traveling to a beautiful part of the world, there is something unique about living with 700 foreigners from all over the world on an island, discovering new music and interacting so closely with the artists.

After all, what’s really special is seeing guests and performers create a lifelong connection to Fiji as a country.

EDM.com: Anyone can imagine “the most unique and intimate musical event in the world”, but few are able to deliver it. Can you talk about some of the biggest challenges you faced when you launched the festival in 2014, and how you’ve overcome them since?

Ignacio Garcia: Developing the initial concept and program for the event was difficult. The event logistics are complex – we are on a small island less than 2 miles long, with guests arriving from 3 different countries and 6 international airports across multiple time zones.

AV infrastructure was also limited at the time in Fiji to support an event like ours. In fact, we had to help the local audiovisual company by financing the purchase of the sound system.

EDM.com: The Republic of Fiji is not exactly an electronic dance music hub. Why exactly did you choose Fiji at the time? And would you say Your Paradise is responsible for taking rave culture where it’s never been?

Ignacio Garcia: Fiji is the ultimate destination, period. It is a safe and welcoming destination for tourists that has kept its traditions and culture. It is also geographically in much of the world, in the middle of the Pacific, with direct flights from the west coast of the United States and the east coast of Australia. It made sense to seek out the ultimate frontier for the ultimate destination event.

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We are responsible for introducing Fiji to a different type of tourist, one who is willing to travel the world for the music. Music fans also appreciate and respect the local culture and environment. The synergy between locals and traveler is amazing and seeing electronic music fans embrace Fiji has been super special. It’s these two completely different worlds coming together that set Your Paradise apart.

EDM.com: Destination music festivals have been heavily stigmatized in the aftermath of Fyre. What do you think is the secret sauce to organizing a success like Your Paradise?

Ignacio Garcia: The line between idealization and reality can often be blurred. It’s easy to get caught up in crazy ideas that can’t be executed. Customers are super understanding and appreciate the effort, even if things aren’t perfect.

A successful event is one where, as a guest leaves the island, they have feelings they can’t quite express and we’ve met expectations they didn’t even know they had.

EDM.com: Given the “genderless” philosophy of the festival, how do you organize the queues? Can you describe the creative process?

Ignacio Garcia: Preparing a lineup for a festival like Your Paradise is like hosting a dinner party for 800 of your closest friends around the world. We know everyone has their individual preferences these days, but you need to provide a few crowd favorites that suit everyone. We look at what is happening in specific markets and serve some of them. Then we like to sprinkle some flavor with the upcoming acts we dig. And finally, a small dessert to surprise the guests in order to exceed expectations.

This year’s lineup, for example – Ben Böhmer leads the takeover of Anjunadeep, has a European influence with many fans in Melbourne and Los Angeles. In contrast, other bassists such as Getter have strong appeal to US and Australian fans, and drum and bass legends Netsky and Sub Focus are appealing to the UK, New Zealand and Australian markets. western. In contrast, bands like Skeggs dominate the Australian and Californian “surfer” markets, and Vintage Culture is crushing them around the world.

When booking, we keep an open mind. This is how we want punters to experience the event.

EDM.com: What exactly inspired you to become an official member of the Mamanuca Environment Society of Fiji?

Ignacio Garcia: After seeing the very real impacts that climate change is having on Mamanucas and the wider Pacific Islands, it was essential that we play our part. The Mamanuca Environment Society is run by a female-led team of marine biologists and they give us best practice advice on how our team, guests and artists can participate in sustainability and environmental activities.

What actions can participants take to foster a more positive impact on the Mamanuca region on the west coast of Fiji?

Ignacio Garcia: All guests, artists and volunteers will be able to participate in the planting of mangroves, trees and corals as part of the event program. We also organize several activities where the funds collected are donated to the MES commitment.

Looking to the future, we want to ensure that all event participants maintain a permanent link with Fiij. We will therefore use sustainable blockchain solutions for all past, present and future guests and artists to measure their impact and contribution once they leave the island.

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