Life in Color

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Life in Color
Private company
Industry Concert tours, event production
Predecessor Dayglow, Committee Entertainment
Founded 2006 as Dayglow
2012 as Life in Color
Headquarters Florida, United States
Key people
Sebastian Solano, Paul Campbell, Lukasz Tracz, Patryk Tracz, Roberto Williams
Owner SFX Entertainment (partial stake)
Divisions Committee Entertainment
Website lifeincolor.com
Life in Color Festival
Genre Dance, EDM, house, dubstep
Location(s) Miami, Florida
Years active 2006-present

Life in Color is a United States-based EDM event company, best known for their ongoing "paint party" Life in Color concert tours. The company was founded by Sebastian Solano, Paul Campbell, Lukasz Tracz and Patryk Tracz as Committee Entertainment and the concert tour Dayglow in 2006. Billed by its organizers as the "world's largest paint party", the tour features performances by electronic musicians, joined by artistic performers and the tour's signature spraying of the audience with paint throughout the show. The company changed to its current name shortly after it was acquired by Robert F. X. Sillerman's SFX Entertainment in late 2012, with the original founders remaining as partners.

Beginning in 2013, the promotion began to produce Life in Color Festival, a music festival with multiple stages and a larger lineup of performers. Life in Color's annual festival event in Miami is considered to be its flagship.

Event elements[edit]

CEO Sebastian Solano has described the increasingly choreographed Life in Color events as being "almost like a Broadway show, but with such an energized crowd you would need to see it to believe it"; the shows feature live sets by DJs accompanied by various artistic, circus-styled performers. Throughout the show, the audience is sprayed with non-toxic paint through various means (including hoses on-stage and personal paint bottles); attendees are encouraged to dress in white clothing to serve as a "canvas" for the paint.[1][2] A countdown is also held to a special "paint blast" during the show, which features a mixture of paint and confetti.[1]

Key people[edit]

Company history[edit]

2006: The Committee[edit]

Life in Color was founded as Dayglow by four students living in Florida in 2006. Sebastian Solano, Paul Campbell, Lukasz Tracz and Patryk Tracz all were housemates at an apartment on the Florida State University (FSU)[10] campus.[7] That year all four[8] began throwing themed[8] "super extravagant house parties" on a monthly basis, bringing in DJ Climax for the music.[11] Reinvesting the monthly profits, often at a loss, eventually they began renting "half a nightclub" at a time with bottle and limousine service, then bringing the party back to their house afterwards.[8] As the parties grew in size and popularity, the four founders named themselves Committee Entertainment, planning events as partners.[8] All founders were avid fans of house music, and took different roles.[12] Clubs soon began paying the small company to bring their parties, and according to Solano, they were some of the few local promoters at the time to focus on EDM.[8]

"[The first DayGlow party I attended] was at a house. There were 300 kids throwing paint all over each other, and house music was rockin' the whole place..."
— CEO Sebastian Solano in 2013[8]

Soon a friend introduced Solano to an informal party series called Dayglow, "a fraternity and sorority tradition at FSU" that involved hundreds of college students in white shirts throwing non-toxic paint on one-another.[8] Solano had recently discovered ID&T's travelling event series Sensation, explaining to Billboard that "I just couldn't believe that a party could be taken to a level where 50,000 people would show up in a stadium. Just to party, right? Not for Madonna. But just for an actual party. Immediately, I started to go deep into research on Sensation, ID&T and founder Duncan Stutterheim. It just really interested me." After experiencing a Dayglow event, Solano felt that it could become the "Sensation of America", and began to pursue the idea of a traveling Dayglow tour.[8][13]

He and Committee Entertainment registered trademarks for Dayglow,[8] and in 2007 their first Dayglow event was held in a Miami nightclub called Allure, with close to 600 attendees.[8] The company then contacted other Florida cities such as Orlando, Tampa, and Gainesville, and began pitching the Dayglow parties.[8] Eventually they decided to rent out the UCF Arena, though Solano stated that at the time, they "had no idea how to do a real concert."[8] All four founders dropped out of college to pursue the venture.[2]

2007-11: Dayglow events[edit]

Lukasz Tracz and his twin brother Patryk Tracz directing their new Life In Color Unleash Tour commercial in Miami Florida, January 2014

As the tour increased in popularity, the shows grew more extravagant in nature: booking larger acts and increasing the magnitude of its artistic elements.[2] When the Dayglow tour started traveling to cities outside of Florida, the founders custom-built paint cannons and guns, also hiring someone from Cirque du Soleil to run their performance department.[8] Solano stated in an interview with Pollstar that "We were the first dance music brand, including DJs, to ever do a college tour. Once we did our first college tour, 25 colleges, and sold out every show in about five minutes."[8] By 2009 the tour had become more established, and in 2009 and 2010, a Dayglow stage was held at Ultra Music Festival.[14]

The 2011 Dayglow tour was entitled BLU, standing for "Beats, Love, and Unity"; symbolically, the events featured a special paint blast with blue paint.[14] Also in 2011 shows were held at locations such as the Philadelphia Navy Yard, with headliners such as Roger Sanchez and Diplo.[2] A 2011 stop at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania was met with such high demand that, after an initial sell-out, it was moved to Lehigh University's larger Rauch Fieldhouse: the additional tickets quickly sold out as well.[14] However, following the event, 6 attendees were arrested for intoxication and disorderly conduct, while 35 attendees were sent to local hospitals with symptoms of dehydration and possible drug or alcohol use—Robert Mateff, the Northampton County's Director of Emergency Management, considered the scenario to be "atypical" for a planned event in the area. Organizers stated that all attendees were checked for alcohol and other illegal substances before entering.[15]

2012: Acquisition by SFX[edit]

According to Solano, dance music promoter Disco Donnie served as an early mentor to DayGlow,[8] and on Donnie's recommendation they held back from selling for several years. In 2012 Donnie then connected Solano with investor Bob Sillerman, who at the time was putting together the media conglomerate SFX Entertainment. After negotiations, DayGlow agreed to sell the franchise to SFX, becoming SFX's second acquisition after Disco Donnie. Stated Solano, "It wasn’t just about the money but it was about the people we were going to be working with... people like Shelly Finkel, Bob Sillerman and Mitch Slater." Also, "[We liked] the idea of SFX being global."[8] After the acquisition by SFX, all four founders remained executives in the company.[3][4]

Shortly after its acquisition, the company announced in September 2012 that it would re-brand itself as Life in Color.[16][17] The company's late-2012 tour was entitled The E.N.D.: Electronic Never Dies.[18][19] On December 31, 2012, a special Life in Color NYE Bash was held and webcast from Atlantic City, headlined by Steve Aoki, Tommy Trash, and Adventure Club.[18][19]

2013-present: Festivals, international expansion[edit]

The first Life in Color Festival was held in the parking lot of the Sun Life Stadium (pictured) in Miami, Florida

The 2013 tour was entitled Life in Color Rebirth.[20] It toured in over 25 countries, with a plan to expand the following year.[21] At that point, headlining DJs had included Afrojack, Axwell, Alesso, Benny Benassi, Chuckie, R3hab, etc. Regular features in shows beyond "paint blasts" included "aerial acts, stilt walkers, contortionists, and fire shows."[22] In 2013, Life in Color began to hold larger music festival events, featuring multiple stages and a larger lineup. The first of these two one-day festivals occurred in Washington, D.C. on September 21, 2013.[23]

On August 7, 2013, organizers announced that a Life in Color Festival would be held outside Sun Life Stadium in Miami on December 27, 2013. The announcement coincided with the final of the 2013 International Champions Cup soccer tournament, which was also held at Sun Life Stadium; R3hab and David Solano performed during pre-game and halftime festivities respectively as part of the announcement,[24] making them the "first EDM brand to produce a nationally televised halftime show in North America."[25] According to Solano, the Miami festival was the new "flagship" event of the company as of 2013, with goals to plot festivals on every continent in 2014.[8] The event featured multiple stages, and featured appearances by 2 Chainz, Calvin Harris, Diplo, Excision, and Major Lazer among others.[23][24] The 2013 festival had 25,000 attendees over one night.[26]

The 2014 arena tour was entitled Unleash,[20] and Solano stated in an interview stated that as of June 25, 2014 they had shows in 55 countries.[11] An April 2014 Life in Color event in Malaysia, headlined by Fedde le Grand, was planned in partnership with local promoter Future Sound Asia, but cancelled in March 2014 out of respect for drug-related deaths at Future Music Festival Asia (which caused the final day of the festival to be cancelled) and an unrelated, but similar incident at an A State of Trance 650 event in North Jakarta the same weekend.[27][28]

Life in Color returned to the 2014 International Champions Cup final to announce its 2014 festival with a halftime performance by Martin Garrix. The 2014 festival was expanded to two days, December 26 and 27, 2014: Solano expected a total attendance of at least 60,000. The event was headlined by Adventure Club, Borgore, The Chainsmokers, Diplo, Kaskade, Nervo, and Madeon among others, and also featured an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the "most people covered in paint at one time".[29][30][31]

On January 5, 2015, Forbes included Solano on their annual list of "30 Under 30 In Music" for 2015.[32] He was the only event owner on the list, which largely included musicians and producers such as Martin Garrix and Afrojack.[33]

In November 2015, SFX Entertainment promoted Solano to CEO of ID&T North America and Made Event; in addition to his role as head of Life in Color, he will also oversee Electric Zoo and the North American editions of ID&T's festival brands, including Mysteryland and TomorrowWorld.[13]

Life in Color Tours[edit]

Life in Color tours
Year Tour Name Locales Notes
2011 Life In Color: Beats, Love & Unity Various Featured a special blue paint blast.[14]
2012 Life In Color: The E.N.D Various Traveling tour.[18][19]
2012 Life In Color: NYE Bash Atlantic City On December 31, 2012, a special event was held and webcast from Atlantic City, headlined by Steve Aoki, Tommy Trash, and Adventure Club.[18][19]
2013 Life In Color: Rebirth Various Traveling tour.[20]
2014 Life In Color: Unleash Various Traveling tour.[20]
2015 Life In Color: Big Bang Various Traveling tour.
2016 Life In Color: Kingdom Various Traveling tour.
2017 Life In Color: 10 Years of Color Various Traveling tour.

Life in Color Festival[edit]

Life in Color Festival
Year Date Location Selected headliners Details
2013 Dec 28 Miami, Florida 2 Chainz, Calvin Harris, Diplo,
Excision, Major Lazer[23]
Multiple stages at Sun Life Stadium.[23]
2014 Dec 26–27 Miami, Florida Adventure Club, Borgore, The Chainsmokers,
Diplo, Kaskade, Nervo, Madeon[29]
Expanded to two days.
2016 Jan 16 Miami, Florida Jack Ü, Steve Aoki, Flosstradamus,
Zeds Dead, Big Sean[23]
Reduced to one day.

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

Articles and interviews

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dayglow plasters paint on patrons in Columbus". The Lantern. Archived from the original on April 12, 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "DayGlow show a paint rush". Philly.com. Retrieved 19 April 2013.  (Philly.com)
  3. ^ a b Sebastian Solano on LinkedIn
  4. ^ a b Rys, Dan. "Robert F.X. Sillerman Expands EDM Assets, Acquires DayGlow". Billboard Magazine. 
  5. ^ Pajot, S. "2 Chainz Announced as "Final Headliner" for Life in Color Festival in Miami". 
  6. ^ Launerts, Brandon (Aug 5, 2014). "Life in Color Music Festival Expanding to Two Days". NBC Miami. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Cainto, Stefanie. "Life In Color". Boca Magazine. p. 107. Retrieved December 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Smith, Jay (September 9, 2014). "Life In Color’s Many Hues". Pollstar. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Patryk Tracz". LinkedIn. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  10. ^ Bein, Kat (December 18, 2013). "Life in Color Festival on "Growing From the Bottom Up"". Miami New Times. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Udell, Jake (Jun 25, 2014). "#20SomethingLIVE Hosted By Jake Udell [Episode Eleven]: Interview with Sebastian Solano". TH3RD BRAIN. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  12. ^ Rossiello, Vinnie (October 2013). "David Solano Talks New Music And Life In Color". EDM Tunes. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "SFX Taps Life in Color's Sebastian Solano for CEO of ID&T North America/Made Event: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  14. ^ a b c d "Colorful DayGlow splashes into Bethlehem". The Morning Call.  (Nov 30, 2011)
  15. ^ "Six arrested, 35 taken to hospitals after DayGlow event at Lehigh University - UPDATE". Lehigh Valley Live. Archived from the original on January 3, 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  16. ^ "Exclusive: SFX Acquires ID&T, Voodoo Experience". Billboard. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  17. ^ "After Seven Years Dayglow Switches to ‘Life In Color’". WhiteRaverRafting. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  18. ^ a b c d "Life in Color New Year's Eve Celebration at Bader Field". Atlantic City Weekly. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  19. ^ a b c d "Thousands expect to start New Year at Life in Color Bash in Atlantic City". Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  20. ^ a b c d "Get Painted! Techno artists to perform at dance, paint party". The Coastal Current. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  21. ^ "Life in Color: Interview with Sebastian Solano". South Florida Insider. December 21, 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  22. ^ "About Us". Life in Color. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  23. ^ a b c d e "Life in Color Festival: A Brilliant Blast Off in Miami". Miami New Times. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  24. ^ a b Bein, Kat. "Life in Color Announces Music Festival at Guinness International Championship Cup". 
  25. ^ Walkusky, Mike (July 2014). "Martin Garrix To Perform On U.S. National Television During Soccer Halftime Show". EDM.com. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  26. ^ "Life in Color Miami's Vibrant Paint Rave Returns - Hedonist / ShedonistHedonist / Shedonist". hedonistshedonist.com. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  27. ^ "Blanked out: Life In Color cancelled due to drug deaths". Malaysia Star. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  28. ^ "Police Probe ‘A State of Trance’ Festival Drug Deaths". Jakarta Globe. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  29. ^ a b "Life in Color Announces Two-Day Festival, Brought Martin Garrix to Sun Life Stadium". Miami New Times. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  30. ^ "Life in Color 2014's Full Miami Lineup: Kaskade, Diplo, Juicy J, 19 Others". Miami New Times. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  31. ^ "Life in Color Music Festival Announces Kaskade as First Headliner". NBCMiami.com. NBCUniversal Media. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  32. ^ "30 Under 30 In Music: The Class Of 2015". Forbes. January 5, 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  33. ^ "Dance Music’s Young Guns Shine In Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List". EDM Tunes. January 6, 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 

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