Noise Revolt: The OC-born Rabble Rousers Behind the RevoLounge
“My favorite thing to do at festivals,” starts Noise Revolt co-founder Dylan “DaVoid” Glick, “has always been wandering around and trying to find those pockets of spaces and environments that have different energies. That are specifically curated to have this specific kind of vibe. Boogaloo is all about putting those pockets together in a melting pot and seeing what happens, and I think that is such a beautiful model for a festival”.
DaVoid attended his maiden Boogaloo last year, and this time around will be bringing the rest of his OC native crew—Boog virgins Jordan “Chief Jesta” Trujillo and Jeremy “Raskal” Raskin—to the sacred rinse grounds with their much-loved RevoLounge stage/pop-up/thing. The trio operates under the banner of Noise Revolt: an art collective, event production company and record label based in LA that’s been making a mark on the dusty West Coast festival scene.
At Boogaloo, the RevoLounge is set to be stacked with workshops, activities, and obviously some top notch Noise to soundtrack your weekend, all with the intention of “aiding in the development of a conscious generation.”
This ragtag trio of OC heads bonded through a shared love for dance music and the community that’s been built around it. After getting weird at their fair share of festivals and gatherings in the desert, they felt like some of the parties never quite reached their full potential, and like many upstart crews before them were eager to create something of their own.
The renegade art collective had humble beginnings as a club night, fighting hard to build a following in Orange County, where nightlife teeters precariously on the brink of extinction.
“Jesta got offered a deal where if he could bring 50 people out to [Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa], we could get a monthly at the bar,” Raskal explains. “It is so hard to get people to go out in Orange County. Luckily, somehow, 50 of our friends—like, exactly 50—showed up and we were granted a monthly residency, and it kind of took off from there.”
“We saw this as a chance to give back but with our own perspective on it, which is like, ‘Why is this community so small and why is it just exclusive to Burners?’” said DaVoid. “Once we started to have an impact on people and we started to develop a community around it, it helped us grow as people as well from doing this kind of work.”
While there are deeper concepts plowing the depths of collective consciousness, the heart of the movement is a fat beating kick drum. The “Noise Revolt sound” ranges from heady drum ‘n’ bass to smoldering deep house, and dark, searing techno. This combination of diverse bookings and their mantra of all-embracing collaboration fuse together to create a strong formula for a good time and a loyal following.
Though a random OC club night and some disappointment on the dusty dance floors might have kickstarted their collective, admiration and inspiration at the hands of one of California’s most influential “transformational” festivals was at the core of their passion.
“As well as the awesome desert parties and the community, we were doing it because we were inspired by Lightning in a Bottle,” Raskal explains. “It was an honor to debut the current RevoLounge at LiB last year, and that went off really well. We formed this great relationship with the Do LaB, and they’re bringing us back out. I don’t wanna give away exactly where we’re gonna be at LIB but…it’s gonna be good!”
“It’s great to see it all come together though,” he continues. “The first RevoLounge was more like a RevoShack! But it still really empowered us to be a part of the overall community. One of the intentions of the RevoLounge is to be a safe space on some level, like a place where you can kind of step back from the hustle and bustle and chaos of a festival and go enjoy it without this “fear of missing out” thing that’s become detrimental to people’s health at festivals.”
On top of the music, Noise Revolt opens its arms to any and all artists and creatives to join the revolution: DJ’s, engineers, architects, dancers, painters, and virtually anyone with great ideas to expand the platform of what Noise Revolt is within their aesthetic.
This year will be their first time bringing the RevoLounge to Boogaloo, but the Noise Revolt team kept up with the Dirty Beetles crew and their parties for years before finally attending last year’s edition. “I think it’s more like Burning Man than most of the festivals in our scene, because it’s truly about the collaboration and bringing in the overall community and having everyone participate. Not necessarily every festival is like that,“ said Raskal. “They may have the ‘Burner vibe,’ or the music or the art, but this really embodies the true core of what Burning Man is about, so I really appreciate it.”
“Exactly,” DaVoid responds. “Why not include everyone who has something to offer and why not have it all happen? How about just have a fuckin’ clusterfuck of them and people can go and figure out what they wanna do? That’s so cool, and that’s what Burning Man is about and why I love it so much.”