Manila Killa, Lizzy Jane, Audien, Mary Droppinz, and MYRNE share the essential items they would put in a space capsule for aliens to discover.
Insomniac Events is gearing up to bring plenty of heat to the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino when Countdown NYE returns on December 30-31 for another cosmic edition. This festival has become renowned for delivering an immersive experience for attendees with production that has left attendees feeling like they’ve entered another dimension as they party during the year’s final hours.
This year is shaping up to be another fantastic two-night affair with a lineup teeming with talented artists. Major names like Porter Robinson, Seven Lions, Mau P, deadmau5, SVDDEN DEATH, Adam Beyer, FISHER, The Chainsmokers, and more are all set to provide the soundtrack for the festivities and add to the out-of-this-world nature of the event. But that’s not all that’s in store.
While everyone might be focused on the party that’s to come at Countdown NYE, it’s important to remember the extraterrestrials that will be landing on Earth to dance the night away as well – so expect plenty of cosmic beings meandering through the crowd. With that in mind, we asked Manila Killa, Lizzy Jane, Audien, Mary Droppinz, and MYRNE what three items they’d put in a space capsule for the aliens to find on their trip through the cosmos to our home planet. Read on for their essentials, and grab your tickets to the festival if you haven’t purchased them yet!
USB – For obvious reasons, the aliens absolutely need to check out some of the music being made down here on Earth. I’d load it up with a couple of different genres and albums like BRONSON’s self-titled album, Valtari by Sigur Rós, and The New Abnormal by the Strokes, just to name a few. It’ll give them a little taste of how diverse the music scene is here.
Limited edition Kavinsky vinyl figurine – I recently came across this 8-inch Kavinsky vinyl figurine, and I absolutely love how we humans have found a way for physical art and music to intersect. It’ll give them a proper understanding of what we looked like and how we memorialize culture that’s important to us.
Lechon Baboy – Lechon Baboy is a Filipino dish where you spit roast an entire pig so that the skin is crispy on the outside and the meat is tender and juicy on the inside. Assuming we have the tech to preserve foods to be shot out into space, this would be a great way for them to see what steps we take further to enjoy the foods and nutrients that keep us alive and well.
Two USBs – Duh, every alien secretly wants to be a DJ. They will definitely need a backup USB once they lose one in space at their first show. I hope they have CDJS up there.
Snowboard Season Pass – For when the aliens invade Earth, it would be a disservice if they didn’t get to take to the mountain and experience shredding for the first time. It’s a beautiful experience that the aliens couldn’t miss. The lift and summit hangs, the feeling of carving through all the fresh snow, the wind blowing through their hair. Wait…. do aliens have hair?
A Box of Strawberry PopTarts – It would be a crime to take away their right to know about PopTarts in all their glory and fame. The question is, do they toast it or eat it fresh out of the package?
An almond croissant – I absolutely love almond croissants. One day, when music is over for me, I’ll eat almond croissants until I wither away.
A flash drive with every episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm – I believe it’s insightful content and a glimpse into optimal human life on Earth.
A return label – Just in case they want to make a return, maybe if they are unsatisfied with their order
My track “Sandman” – So they can jam in space to this timeless acid electro alien banger.
Sour gummy candy – I feel like they’d really enjoy some, like I do.
My meteorite ring – I wear a lot of crystal/metaphysical rings, especially when I DJ, so I’d love to send one that actually did come from space, so when they open it, I’ll drop in and headline the alien spaceship.
Daft Punk Alive 2007 CD – I remember watching a snippet of this concert on YouTube ten years ago before I really dove into electronic music or understood the reverence behind the duo. I think it’d be pretty easy for aliens to understand!
Voyager Golden Record (But All Contents Are Removed And Replaced With Hardwell – Spaceman)– The Voyage Golden Record was a pair of phonographs that contained sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth – launched off the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. It had pictures of people, the location of our planet, snippets of greetings in various languages, etc. I don’t think we should be leaking sensitive information to aliens like that. Instead, I propose we send off another phonograph that is just copies of Hardwell’s “Spaceman” for aliens to find.
One Bottle of Smirnoff Ice – Surprise!