For the past three years, Future Rising has touched down in 10 cities across the globe, creating unique experiences and creations that celebrate the very best new talent in music and design. Future Rising Vol. 3 returned in 2019 to cities across Europe with the urgent theme, RIGHT HERE! RIGHT NOW!
Events in Paris, Barcelona, London, and Amsterdam saw audiovisual collaborative performances by pairings of musicians and visual artists who matched each other’s energy in creating striking multimedia works. Each duo of creators was asked to respond to the cities’ spirit, tensions, and imagination.
Paris played host to the opening of RIGHT HERE! RIGHT NOW! with R&B duo Children of Zeus and music-obsessed graphic designer Francois Boulo. Boulo crafted visual artworks inspired by Children of Zeus’ music and juxtaposed by expressions of the moods and colors of Paris. To do so, Boulo animated a series of objects falling in a cascade as Children of Zeus played. The imagery evolved with each song for the duration of the hour-long show at W Paris-Opéra. Press play on the doc to see Children of Zeus and Francois Boulo in action, plus check out our Mixcloud podcast for behind-the-scenes interviews with the creators.
Next up in Barcelona, DJ and producer William Djoko, renowned for his heady blend of house, footwork, and rugged motor-city techno, collaborated with Onionlab design studio. Onionlab specializes in interactive AV and VR experiences, and at Future Rising Barcelona, the team curated a visceral soundscape set within an immersive light installation. Djoko was behind the DJ decks and surrounded by an LED cube. Onionlab also built a tunnel made of 72 LED bars that reacted to an ambient-electronic score created by Djoko at W Barcelona. Speakers surrounded the audience space for an immersive experience. “The tunnel accurately represents the electrifying spirit of our city,” said a rep from Onionlab. “Constantly changing and moving forward—a city full of colors, endless hours, the ephemeral energy. Barcelona dances and moves to her own music.” See Willam Djoko and Onionlab’s luminous collab in our mini doc, then listen to the Mixcloud podcast for BTS interviews.
In London, Future Rising welcomed ELIZA and Patience Harding. ELIZA is North London’s empress of soulful bedroom jams and one of the UK’s most exciting rising stars. She was a perfect match with Patience Harding, a set and lighting designer who cut her teeth in the music video world. Together, they created a multi-sensory environment across different spaces of W London-Leicester Square for a one-night-only festival experience that captures London’s cutting-edge cultural energy. Patience and Eliza combined their creative forces to create a “Glam Meets Cuba in Soho” vibe, taking Patience’s inspiration of a 70s glam rock London with Eliza’s obsession with 50s Cuba. You can see it all come to life here and hear from ELIZA and Patience Harding in their own words on the Mixcloud podcast.
For the fourth and final edition of Future Rising Europe, pop polymath Lafawndah worked with Amsterdam’s Random Studio to take the audience on a multi-sensory journey that pushed the boundaries of how physical and digital worlds can collide. The night’s intimate listening session saw W Amsterdam transformed by an evolving audio-visual scenography guided by sunlight, artificial light, scents, and sound. As night fell, cameras sampled the colors of the city, sky, and sunset—all in real-time and beautifully synchronized with Lafawndah’s music to create a truly off-one experience. You’ve got to see it to believe it so hit play, then listen to Lafawndah and Random Studio in their own words on the Mixcloud podcast.