• Awesome People We Met on Day 1 of Nocturnal Wonderland

    Day one of Nocturnal Wonderland brought out the most awesome from these awesome Headliners.

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    Name: Phoenix
    Age: 31
    Hometown: The Valley (Los Angeles, CA)
    Number of times you’ve been to Nocturnal: Four
    Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Here at Nocturnal.
    Who is one person that you wish could be here with you today? My boyfriend, so he can experience something beautiful and new.

     

    Name: Mark
    Age: 25
    Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
    Number of times you’ve been to Nocturnal: Two
    Where do you see yourself in 20 years? I’m going to be dancing. It’s a really big part of my life. In our society, we take things very seriously. But there’s something about the energy of just dancing—nobody can deny it.
    Who is one person that you wish could be here with you today? The president—or any political leader. They would see what it’s about. It would give them some counterbalance.

     

    Name: Michael
    Age: 29
    Hometown: Mentone, CA
    Number of times you’ve been to Nocturnal: My first one.
    Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Still living, just enjoying every moment I’ve got.
    Who is one person that you wish could be here with you today? Everyone—the energy here is amazing.

     

    Name: Joseph Martin
    Age: 34
    Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
    Number of times you’ve been to Nocturnal: Five or six
    Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Hopefully here. I’ve been going [to raves] for over 14 years now.
    Who is one person you wish could be here with you today? I’d bring everybody. I would definitely bring my mom; she would be down.

     

    Name: Marshall Stanley
    Age: 21
    Hometown: Los Angeles
    Number of times you’ve been to Nocturnal: Three
    Where do you see yourself in 20 years? In 20 years, hopefully becoming a successful mixing engineer. I’m a mixing engineer and a music producer. So I’m hoping to become big in that and DJing. Coming to stuff like this is inspiring, especially when you go home and think that’s where you could be at one point. You could be on the big stage, with thousands of people watching you. That’s where I hope to be.
    Who is one person that you wish could be here with you today? I would say my dad, but I brought him to EDC Vegas. So I guess I’ll say my mom, just to show her how it is. You don’t really understand until you come here [and experience] how the vibe is and how people interact with each other. When they come, it’s an eye-opener.

     

    Name: Christina Rossa
    Age: 20
    Hometown: San Francisco, CA
    Number of times you’ve been to Nocturnal: First time.
    Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Hopefully, I’ll be a hairstylist. That’s what I’m trying to do; that’s what I’m in school for right now.
    Who is one person that you wish could be here with you today? I actually did bring him. It was my brother; he’s my best friend.

     

    Name: Sean Andrews
    Age: 22
    Hometown: Imperial Valley, CA
    Number of times you’ve been to Nocturnal: Three
    Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Probably back at Nocturnal, but successfully well off by that point as either the head of a mental institution or maybe social work. Or I could end up being a teacher. I’m a sociology major.
    Who is one person that you wish could be here with you today? It’s a toss-up between either Lady Gaga or Donald Trump; I can’t really decide. I’d probably get noticed because that bitch looks crazier than I do, but [I’d bring] Donald Trump just to open his mind and show him a good time; he looks too uptight.

     

    Name: Sebastian
    Age: 25
    Hometown: San Francisco, CA
    Number of times you’ve been to Nocturnal: Two
    Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Raving with Insomniac, of course.
    Who is one person that you wish could be here with you today? My mom. She pays for my EDC ticket every year. Yes, I know it isn’t EDC. She supports my raving and supports me 100 percent, so I would take her.

     

    Name: Jessica and Raymond
    Age: 21, 25
    Hometown: Union City, CA
    Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
    Jessica: With a family—I’ll still be raving.
    Raymond: With a family; maybe my kids will be raving.
    Who is one person that you wish could be here with you today?
    Jessica: My best friend.
    Raymond: All my friends back in the Bay Area, because I want to share this experience with them.

     

    Name: Diego and Paul
    Age: 22, 23
    Hometown: Long Beach and Hawthorne, CA
    Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
    Diego: I want to be working at Walt Disney Studios Animation.
    Paul: I see myself as a registered nurse.
    Who is one person that you wish could be here with you today?
    Diego: Some of my other friends, it doesn’t matter who.
    Paul: I wish I could bring more friends so I could share this with them. You have to experience Nocturnal to know it and create wonderful memories.

     

    Name: Christann
    Age: 21
    Hometown: Riverside, CA
    Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
    I don’t know if I’ll be raving, but my kids will. I’ll just tell them, “Be safe, kids!”
    Who is one person that you wish could be here with you today?
    I have rave friends and friends who don’t rave. They don’t understand what the culture is about or why we spend money on shows. I got one friend to come and he loved it, and I want to bring more of my friends who aren’t ravers here.

     

    Name: Devin, Samantha
    Age: 22, 21
    Hometown: Claremont, CA
    Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
    Devin: In 20 years, I see myself raving. It’s a community where you can come and love endlessly. You come into the festival and drop all the walls you build around yourself, and everyone is your friend. It doesn’t matter what you say, what you do or how you act here; here, everyone’s at home, comfortable with each other, and loves each other.
    Samantha: Doing the same thing with this guy—this is home.
    Who is one person that you wish could be here with you today?
    Devin: I have met friends at past raves who I consider family members, and there are a couple of them who weren’t able to make it this weekend.
    Samantha: I wish my best friend Mackenzie was here. We spent the summer together and went to the Voyage, and it was amazing. She had to go back home after the summer, and I wish she was here. I love you, Mac!

     

    Name: Charlotte and Brandon
    Age: 22, 19
    Hometown: Danville and Livermore, CA
    Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
    Charlotte: That’s hard! Hopefully I’ve learned Japanese by then.
    Brandon: Hopefully working and out of college and with her.
    Who is one person that you wish could be here with you today?
    Charlotte: Our friend Danny was supposed to be here with us; he’s hard to miss. I’ve gone to EDC and a lot of different events with him; he’s my rave buddy.
    Brandon: He’s definitely the life of the party.

     

    Name: Jordan
    Age: 24
    Hometown: South Florida, but currently in San Diego, CA
    Number of times you’ve been to Nocturnal? This is my first Nocturnal, but I’ve been to about eight Insomniac events total.
    Where do you see yourself in 20 years: That’s a good question. I see myself traveling the world, engaging in a variety of hedonistic activities, and enjoying parties around the world in general.
    Who is one person that you wish could be here with you today? Leeza, this girl I left back home under bad circumstances. I would definitely want to show her a better time, and this is a great place.

     

    Name: Randy
    Age: 20, turning 21 on Sunday
    Hometown: Tempe, AZ
    Number of times you’ve been to Nocturnal: One
    Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Hopefully onstage. I play Melbourne bounce and hardstyle. We have desert raves every weekend in Arizona, and I play there.
    Who is one person that you wish could be here with you today? My friend Brett Hickey, because he’s my rave father. He’s the person that took me to my first-ever rave. He took me to see Skrillex, and he got me into it and helped me fall in love with it—and myself.

     

    Name: Anthony
    Age: 20
    Hometown: La Habra, CA
    Number of times you’ve been to Nocturnal: One
    Where do you see yourself in 20 years? I’m working on becoming a DJ and doing music production. In 20 years, I see myself playing one of these festivals and at the end of the show, going out in that crowd and still being a fan.
    Who is one person that you wish could be here with you today? My sister. She’s a mother of two now, and she doesn’t have the time to do this, but she sees me and she encourages me. She tells me, “If I had the time to come, I’d come with you.”

     

    Name: Autumn
    Age: I’d rather not say
    Hometown: San Diego, CA
    Number of times you’ve been to Nocturnal: Five
    Where do you see yourself in 20 years? This. I see no difference in my life in 20 years. Still working out, still working, still coming here.
    Who is one person that you wish could be here with you today? My boyfriend. He couldn’t make it tonight because he has a pig and he couldn’t get it to the sitter until tomorrow. Pig-sitters are hard to find. You have no idea.

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