In December of 2012 The Coachella Valley Art Scene craft convoy set sail with Goldenvoice and music fans from around the world for a very special experience called SS Coachella.

Without getting too emotional, SS Coachella was an all-around outstanding trip.  I went into the cruise thinking I was going to have a “good time,” walked off the boat with shattered expectations and feeling like a new person.  For a week long I was living a craft, music, food and nightlife fantasy.

Within close headquarters lived the musicians, the staff, and the fans.  At any given moment you could be in the elevator with members from Hot Chip, War Paint and/or Z Trip (all of which happened to me), or eating dinner with from Paul Tolette, Jason Bentley and/or an MTV journalist.

Looking around was nothing but the most beautiful people, scenery, decor, and food.   Only 3,000 on board and everyone was over 21 years old.  There were never any lines, nobody was ever a sloppy mess, as classy as the boat was were the guests.

When nighttime rolled around music could be experienced either on the pool deck, in small intimate venues, or in larger theater settings.  Every single performance I saw on board was outstanding.  I left each performance a hot sweaty mess and a new found fan.  The thrill and honor of just being on such a magical boat seemed to exude from the musicians and into the crowd every single time.  There was even a late night club on the boat called Quasar, where everyone got a little “quasy” 2am – ???, that’s where the raging DJ night life really went down.

But if raging wasn’t what you wanted to get into, the wine bars, jacuzzies, poker, on-board activities and interesting conversation with strangers awaited your elsewhere on the boat.

Looking back on it, probably one of the better weeks I’ve ever had…and that may, or may not, have something to do with not having to cook and drinking free soy lattes every morning.  But, all joking aside, SS Coachella went above and beyond any expectations I had (and I set my standards pretty high when it comes to GV).

I typically do not like to add too much of my personal opinion to the blog, but…seriously, if something like SS Coachella happens again I HIGHLY recommend that you make sure to go.  Because, if you read The CVAS and am down for everything my blog stands for, then you can trust my taste and what I recommend at least a little bit.  Honestly just forget whatever angst  you have against it for not coming the first time, just make it up the second time around.

The CVAS’s SS Coachella Video Recap via #CRAFTchella

Shot & Edited: Steven Preston
GFX: Erik Heckert
Music: Alf Alpha & The Fat’s Sabobah

Steven B. Preston traveled with The Coachella Valley Art Scene as the beloved and talented cinematographer to document the epic time all us desert kids spent on the that boat.  And by desert kids, I’m talking we had a crew of 9 of us representing the Coachella Valley out there.  Without Steven there this whole blog post would be all talk, and no show.  His creative talent of capturing life in the moment and then to piece it all together to then put it into perspective to share with those who couldn’t be there is magic.  This videos that Steven was able to produce not only serve as a way for all you readers out there to watch and observe, but also will always have sentimental value to all those who did go.

In terms of photographically documenting the trip, I don’t think anyone got as much as they wanted just due to in part to being so caught up in the moment.  However, a couple photso were taken, and I have shared them with you below.  Some by Steven Preston, some by myself (iPhone pixxx).  Please enjoy!

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* I took this photo, I found this mural in Jamaica and fell in love with it instantly.

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Basically woke up to this every morning.

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This is how we spent our afternoons.

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Sunsets in the desert are epic, yes.  But sunsets overseas is just as breathtaking I have to say.

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Nights were spent watching amazing live performers.  This photo was taken in the large theater setting.

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The on-board activity that The Coachella Valley Art Scene curated was sooooooo much fun.  It was called, Boats ‘n Crafts, and we were open from 10am – 2pm almost every day.  Here is where people could come craft, hang, enjoy creative conversation and get #ssCRAFTchella crazy.

Check out the photos below of some of the cool crafts and people that were made and met while we were away at sea!

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LED Lights were a big hit this year.

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Fashion crafts, always fun.

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Get felt up. Felt as in the craft art material, duuuuh.

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Check out this fan art piece that one of the crafters made for her favorite musician at the moment, Grimes.  She gave it to her after one of her performances.

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Cool, huh?!?!?

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Also on boat was our super star DJ, ALF ALPHA!!!!!!!!!!

He roooocked it, as always.

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Going quay in Quasar!!!

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Rich Cutzz, from La Quinta, was in the CVAS squad on ship.

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The one time I was able to get off the boat I toured Jamaica.

I LOVE JAMAICA!

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My kinda lifestyle….chillin.

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Dry cleaning the way it should be done.

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Street life in Jamaica.

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Toured Bob Marley’s house, these gentlemen performed a song or two for us.

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Stopped along the countryside for a quick bite and drink at the bar.

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Bar buddies.

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Love that painting.

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Life is but a dream when on SS Coachella….

…’til next time!

For more info:

ss.coachella.com

coachellaartstudios.com

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