With Coachella Fest Weekend One just around the corner, the buzz about the actual event rivals that of news about the many off-site parties and VIP soirees planned throughout the festival.
Destination Luxury, the brand known as the “ultimate destination for all things luxury,” has arranged an inspired poolside fashion show and cocktail affair on April 11 at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage.
Destination Luxury Day Club will be the place to be seen welcoming celebs and hipsters alike to this chic celebration of cool. Models, fashionistas, designers, artists, and social media influencers will gather to lounge and groove to fabulous sounds featured by Apek, Courtland, and headliner DJ Zen Freeman.
Zen Freeman on his music for the April 11 event: "I’ll plug in and go with the flow."
Based out of his LA studio, Freeman has been rocking the music, film, club, and jet-set social scene with his upbeat house music. His ability to grab the pulse of the crowd and “channel their vibes through his music selections” has made him the darling of the musical arts industry.
• Freeman has been invited to perform at Cannes, Sundance, and Toronto Film Festivals.
• His DJ talent is sought after by fashion giants Vogue, Vanity Fair, Prada, Burberry, Chanel, and Tommy Hilfiger.
• He is a resident at sBE’s new LiFE nightclub in Las Vegas.
• Entertainment Tonight’s EMMY awards after-party, Victoria’s Secret “What Is Sexy?” party, and Elton John’s post-Oscar party, have featured his live mixes.
Palm Springs Life chatted with Freeman in anticipation of his upcoming gig here in the desert.
Have you ever been to Coachella?
“I’m a Coachella local. (laughing) I love it. I have so many friends that fly in from Melbourne, London, and New York. It’s one of my favorite festivals. Coachella is just the happiest place on earth. The sound is great.”
What vibe will you be bringing to the Destination Luxury event?
“I like to come with an open mind. I’ll bring a very large, well-organized hard drive of music. I’ll plug in and go with the flow….and see where the journey takes us. I look at the crowd, what they are doing, what they are wearing…the time of day. People go to Coachella for the experience and the opportunity to play a bit. I’ll play lots of high-end tropical house music. I like to do edits of pop songs, and I’ll play some new disco and give it my Zen Freeman touch. It’s a festival pre-party so I’ll drop an AC/DC track…do something relevant….but do it in my way.”
Who or what are your musical inspirations?
“I think it’s very important to stay relevant and look at pop culture and what’s going on around us. But on the other hand I think it’s important to dig deep and get inspiration from the past.”
“I am inspired by, multi-talented, Calvin Harris and his business model. I also like to discover artists in obscure records and stores around the world. It’s important to have a broad scope.”
“I love to get inspired by modern technology. I look at music blogs on-line and figure out what’s trending in Paris, in Berlin, in Istanbul…use online applications, such as Shazam, to find out what kids are downloading.”
“I like to get inspired by the music and I like to watch peoples’ reactions. I like to watch the sea of people when the headliner goes on. “
“My main inspiration is music.”
Destination Luxury Day Club, Musical Festival Weekend 1 featuring Zen Freeman, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 11, Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, 32-250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage. Visit www.destinationluxury.com, http://dlxdayclub.splashthat.com or www.zenfreeman.com to purchase tickets and find out more information about Destination Luxury Day Club.