What is the main message about Luna Stage you want to communicate?
Josh: Our beloved Luna Stage. Wow. This one. We really try and push the boundaries of electronic music and surprise people with sound and stage production here. We take you on a journey. There are some very recognizable names we have deep roots with, as well as up and coming artists that will really surprise you. Luna Stage is where we get the most experimental. It’s where we pull out some tricks up our sleeves. We have so much fun with this stage, and we want our fans to have the same experience. Have fun. Let loose. Get playful. Interact. Push yourself. Meet your new best friend. Lose yourself
Speaking of ‘Vibe’, what is the overall Vibe of Luna Stage?
Josh: Luna Stage brings the 360 degree immersive art environment straight to the fans. We curate a lineup that every night tells a new story. Any music lover will appreciate what’s happening and never get bored here; This is where our famous sunrise sets go down. We want people to end their nights here. It’s where we get most excited at the potential for people to truly open their minds with the help of this stage. Some of the producers here aren’t as well known around the world, and we love introducing new forms of electronic music to the greater world through Luna. It’s where we break boundaries. Step outside the lines.
What is it about Luna Stage that you love so much?
Josh: Luna Stage is the perfect example of what’s possible now with new production capabilities in stage design. We have some of the most badass teams working to bring this stage to life each year. Zebbler and Reliquarium absolutely crush it. They are some of the most talented teams in the festival world and overall stage/set production world. They blow our minds every year.
Also the SOUND!! The Funktion One speaker system, from is a game changer, and another big differentiating factor for our festival. Some speakers blast you away. F1 hugs you like a warm blanket. It’s crisp and holographic. Easy on the ears. Tickling of the heart. Engineered by the legendary Tony Andrews, and brought to you by Decente Showtec, a german sound/light engineer, operating out of Costa Rica. That homegrown feeling is felt in all they do, and with their help, we were the first event to use the new Evolution Series at Envision 2017. This stage brings together so many incredible talents from around the world, from artists to engineers. It’s straight magic.
How does Luna differ from the other stages?
Josh: Luna Stage is mind expanding, like I mentioned. It’s has that heart opening beauty we strive for. So many different aspects of this stage play off each other to create the contrast necessary to highlight the light and the shadow in every scene, in every genre.
In 2018, we’re putting the most time and effort into curating a schedule and lineup that opens your mind and encourages interactive dance. Through this curation, we aim to stoke a new language of energetic connection for all of our fans. Luna Stage is our perfect example and embodiment of this effort. It brings together the spiritual bass, the grungy bass, the funk, and those jungle beats. From CloZee, IHF, and Random Rab, to K.L.O, Dimond Saints, and Desert Dwellers. They all bring the passion of music straight to the dance floor. That mind, body, soul altering euphoria. And it all culminates in a tear-jerking sunrise session that will change your life and leave an imprint on your memory for the rest of your days.
What would you tell someone who’s never been to Envision Festival?
Josh: Envision is curated by music lovers for music lovers to experience something new they have never experienced before. Nothing ordinary. Nothing average. We’re always looking for something that brings an audience together, opens hearts and minds, and deeply inspires individual expression in the community through the unique viewpoints demonstrated on our stages. No matter who you are, you WILL find a new favorite artist and be blown away by a stage design you’ve never experienced before.
We also happen to have one of the most idyllic and paradisal venues in the world. And although we’re known for our surfable beach-front-meets-jungle venue, we’re more than our surroundings. We’re a yoga and wellness festival that happens to provide a full scale music festival. We’re a music festival that also boasts a full scale yoga and wellness festival. We have a taste for everyone, and because we’re in Central America, our Latin American influence really sets us apart. We’re marrying the North and South Americas in a variety of aspects. Just as Central America is the Isthmus of the Americas, Envision Festival is the Isthmus of musical genres. Fans will be engulfed in a Latin tropical fusion that is felt in every corner of the festival.
One last question. Why Envision? What made you bring this to life?
Josh: I had been living in Costa Rica for five or six years by the time I decided to pursue this, and it was something that did not exist here and I wanted to pioneer that dream. To experience it in such a unique and beautiful place. AND in a place that speaks the same message that the festival speaks. I wanted to deliver the same message through a festival that being barefoot in the jungle alone will speak.
This Festival is a representation of the life I’ve chosen to live, that my Envision family has chosen to live in Costa Rica. A new paradigm that we’ve all chosen to pursue. Creativity, inspiration, health, community, and a real representation of a life we can all live. I want people to walk away inspired by every aspect of the festival from yoga to ecobuilding to music to landscape and we want it all to represent a lifestyle we believe in and that the world can benefit from.
I got really excited by the idea of curating my own event. My own feeling. I’ve been to festivals my entire life and constantly inspired by it all. But I wanted to do it my way. To me, it was imperative to curate my own experience 100%. From the venue, to the music, to the stage, lighting, and sound design. They all speak the same message that every other part of the festival speaks. Because this was produced by me and my team with the help of so many other members of our family. But they all understand the intention; That even if someone only attends for music and only ever goes to see the sets, they will still get the message of Envision overall. That if people only come for the yoga, or the workshops, or the beaches. You find it in everything. It’s not just about the party! It’s so much more than that. And it is all intertwined with the same message and principles as the rest of the festival. Our 8 pillars are truly felt in everything we do.
We take sound sound seriously. The dance floor is our temple. With each stage a sculptural masterpiece and Funktion-One sound system tickling your insides, we spend the entire year masterfully crafting an all night beach jungle celebration you'll never forget. Some sounds blast you away. Ours will hug you closely. It’s crisp and holographic. Come prepared for a deep inward journey designed to break you open.
Breathe, flow, and find unlimited freedom in physical expression. Our bodies are the vessel in this world that serve as the foundation for which we can discover our highest potential. Explore stages and spaces for you to completely let go at Envision.
Living is an art form. At Envision we cultivate a 360 degree immersive art environment that blends the edges of the canvas with the world around it.
We let the environment lead. Every structure is artistically designed with locally sourced natural materials to create a village that mimics the beauty of our natural environment, and demonstrates a way of life defined by minimizing our impact on our planet. Envision is not an EZ-Up festival.
To care for others we must first take care of ourselves. Experience and explore mindful practices for food, activity, medicine, and more that will nourish a lifetime of joyous behaviors and self-care rituals.
You are not alone. Discover the community you always knew existed but were never able to experience. Brought together by all of our similarities , and illuminated by all of our differences.
We think long term. The 12 principles of permaculture are echoed throughout every undertaking at Envision. necessity of restorative stewarding demonstrated on the land we gather and in the lives we lead.
Strengthen your source connection. Envision supports you with an open heart space where you can explore a deeper understanding of our common oneness with nature and each other.