Katy Perry, David Guetta, Steve Aoki Preview Virtual Tomorrowland


Tomorrowland Across the World performers Katy Perry, David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Nervo and Dimitri Vegas joined Tomorrowland co-founder Michiel Beers and moderator Sean Dhondt in a web-based press convention in the present day to preview what followers can count on from the digital pageant.

Scheduled for July 25 and 26 on the Tomorrowland web site, Tomorrowland Across the World has mixed 3D visuals with modern recreation design to current an interactive digital pageant meant to imitate the in-person expertise. Attendees of the convention got a preview of the performances, which make the most of inexperienced display screen know-how to provide the occasion a real-life contact.

Every act recorded its respective set at inexperienced display screen studios the world over, permitting the artist to be positioned within the digital playground of Tomorrowland with comparable lighting and determination. And since DJs naturally feed off of a crowd’s power, Tomorrowland Across the World programmed a reactive crowd for every artist that sings alongside, hums melodies and cheers. For Aoki, this improvement was a game-changer.

“Earlier than I began recording my set, they confirmed me among the renderings of what the group appears to be like like, and there’s digicam pan pictures of this digital crowd stuffed with power and I’m like, ‘S–t, so I can do my name and response with the group?’” mentioned Aoki, who famously lobs cake at his audiences. “There’s a crowd that Tomorrowland goes to provide to you, which has by no means been carried out earlier than… All of us want somebody to speak to, somebody to have a look at, somebody to really feel the power off of. So should you can create that atmosphere, it modifications the sport for artists.”

Perry even determined to carry her band alongside to document her set — which guarantees to place an EDM spin on her hottest tracks — however had them costume up in comical prime hat costumes that fully cover their faces. In addition to matching the circus theme of her forthcoming sixth album, “Smile” (out Aug. 14), the outfits additionally had well being advantages.

“My band members, you may’t see them as a result of they’ve these enormous clown prime hats on — which additionally doubled as masks,” Perry mentioned. “We did [the set] a bunch of instances. We did mainly the entire hits as a result of as any DJ is aware of, that’s what the youngsters come for. And, we made dance variations of all of them.”

Tomorrowland co-founder Beers mentioned that he wished to ensure the digital pageant was held to the identical customary because the bodily one. Together with a group of 200 folks and tens of millions of {dollars} invested within the venture, Beers is assured that Tomorrowland Across the World would be the final Tomorrowland expertise.

“We make our levels in 3D, we make our gentle exhibits in 3D, so we had every thing digitally already,” Beers mentioned. “We thought we may carry our favourite artists along with all of the 3D designs we’ve in a single huge world, which on one hand feels surrealistic, however alternatively feels very actual… The enjoyable a part of this entire digital journey is that we are able to design issues that we’ve dreamed of that aren’t potential but in actual life.”

Guetta, who was on a ship along with his household in France through the name — his first trip since he was 17 — believes a digital Tomorrowland pageant will not be an excessive amount of of a stretch from the actual factor.

“I believe what is actually unbelievable with Tomorrowland is that since day one they took us in a fantasy world,” mentioned Guetta. “So it’s truly not so loopy to do a digital Tomorrowland as a result of it was at all times form of digital. We at all times created our personal world the way in which we had been dreaming it, so this makes whole sense to me.”

Perry admires the pageant’s creativity most of all, and assured viewers that the pageant might be nothing like different digital occasions they’ve attended throughout quarantine.

“I simply thought it was so modern and so resilient of a pageant to only say, you realize what, f– it, we’re simply going to pivot and we’re going to carry one thing actually technically superior and tough, however we’re going to create one thing lovely out of this mess,” Perry mentioned. “All I’ll say is that the performances aren’t on Zoom and never on our couches. They’re a excessive stage, they usually’re going to be totally different than something you’ve tuned into throughout quarantine.”

Tomorrowland Across the World’s line-up additionally contains Afrojack, Martin Garrix, San Holo, Tiësto, Gryffin and extra. Watch the trailer for the occasion beneath.


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