Philosopher, journalist and adult human in training.
Under a sky clean of clouds, dominated by a silently screaming sun, my friends and I traversed a long and exposed wooden deck, searching for Eden. It was an Autumn day that should've been cool and breezy but wasn't. Imagining it had been hijacked by solar flare, or some other intense cosmological event, kept our minds entertained but did nothing for our slow-cooking skin.
The Eden we were in search of was both literal and metaphorical. We were desperate for a reprieve from the heat. But were also looking for the right boat, in the vast maze that is Marina Mirage, to take us on TIDES: a musical cruise hosted by Eden.
Eden is a popular feature of Gold Coast nightclub, Platinum. Their mission is to bring trance, house and techno to the masses and inject some class back into clubbing. With Platinum closed for renovations throughout March, the Eden crew decided to think creatively and take advantage of the Gold Coast's best feature: its proximity to the ocean.
The sun raged on without rest for the whole afternoon. But cruising across the water brought us a glorious breeze that perfectly balanced the heat. The two-story boat featured a massive bar, comfy seats, heaps of space for dancing and top and bottom decks. We spent five delirious hours on board, swaying on a dance floor that literally rolled with the beats.
People on jet skis smiling and fist-pumping as you go past;
Blaming any trips or wobbles on sea-legs;
The only drawback:
You're stuck with the tunes, the people, everything. Whether you like it or not.
Thankfully the crowd was a delight with not a single mood-killer in sight. As for the music, to be honest, I am not that into house or trance. But something about not having a choice made me embrace it all.
The tunes were provided by Vintage & Morelli (aka Marko Cubric), who is apparently Serbia's leading house and trance producer. I'm not well-versed enough in the Serbian electro scene to tell you if this means much (for all I know he's the only Serbian producer of house and trance) but my friends who are into his style were impressed. We also heard from local Gold Coast artists including Xaclythis, Dan Burke, Eddie Thomas and Taglo.
I'm not saying what they played was cheesy but, to a non-fan of the genre, their tunes do seem like they would fit in well on a quarter-pounder. It was the funnest kind of cheese though. With cute, little lasers twirling overhead, we busted out or most intense and theatrical dance moves.
When the sun finally lost interest in melting us, we got to enjoy a rare treat for east coast dwellers: watching it set over the water. With 360 degree views from the boat, it was a spectacular scene.