An Interview with Wormhole Entertainment

Wormhole Entertainment is owned and operated by Benji Hannus and Gleb Tchertkov. Party Guru Press recently had the opportunity to do an email interview with them to learn more about how Wormhole Entertainment came about, the talent they bring, their past events, and their most recent collaboration with Temple San Francisco and Temple Denver. Read the full interview below!

Interview

Party Guru Press: How did Wormhole Entertainment come about? How long have you guys been around?

Wormhole Entertainment began almost 9 years ago on the patio of an Oakland bar named Portal with the first ever Wormhole Wednesday and a small group of friends with a shared vision of bringing more bass music centered activity to the East Bay. In these early days, Wormhole Wednesday was a little 5-10PM happy hour style affair. After a couple years of ons and offs and bouncing from ill-fitting venue to ill-fitting venue, Wormhole suddenly found itself thriving each and every week with proper night time hours at Era Art Bar, before moving to a more permanent home at The New Parish. Throughout the years, we began to additionally through more and more elaborate productions outside of our weekly shindig between one-off events around the Bay Area to hosting our Untz Festival stage year after year. By 2018, we were throwing upwards of 75 events a year on top of our own active careers, so we decided to put a pause on the weekly to focus on our larger one-off events. Until now…

Party Guru Press: What is your goal with Wormhole entertainment? 

The goal of Wormhole has always been to gather a true community of music and art aficionados around a fully immersive audio and visual experience. The musical taste has always been bass heavy with the visual aesthetics widely considered psychedelic, and we have always placed a huge emphasis on creating an environment that stimulates all senses with DJs, VJs, painters, vendors, and more all with a huge value placed on community building and harm reduction. 

Party Guru Press: What talent do you bring?

Some of the many musical acts we’ve worked with over the years include CharlestheFirst, CloZee, Of the Trees, Yheti, G Jones, Noisa, EPROM, Stylust, Koan Sound, Chee, The Librarian, Supertask, Shlump, Secret Recipe, Duffrey, Bricksquash, Gladkill, Potions, The Widdler, Dela Moon, Amp Live, V E I L, Ternion Sound, Frequent, Conrank, Ivy Lab, and so many more. 

Party Guru Press: What is your Wormhole Wednesday event series like? 

Wormhole Wednesday features an eclectic mix of scintillating bass music that balances a fine line between melodic and heavy with a heavy emphasis on experimentation all set to next level visuals and accompanied by a warm and welcoming crowd of friendly faces. 

Party Guru Press: Wormhole entertainment recently collaborated with Temple San Francisco and Denver, could you tell me a bit more about that? 

We are honored and ecstatic to be teaming up with Temple Nightclubs to reintroduce Wormhole Wednesday to a world in two different cities. For now, we will be hosting one Wednesday a month in each city while we work tirelessly with the wonderful staff at these venues to provide some of our most engaging and all encompassing events to date. 

Party Guru Press: What talent do you plan on bringing for your debut at Temple Denver and Temple San Francisco? 

We just kicked off Wormhole Wednesday SF with Yheti, Potions, Honeybee, and Rook and this week we kick off Denver with Gladkill, LabRat, Rook, Womprat, and Reishio b2b Blissai. For everything still to be announced, you’ll just have to wait and see…

Party Guru Press: Besides, the upcoming new monthly event series with Temple Night Clubs, you guys have put on more monthly series, like Wormhole Thursday, could you share more about that? Where are those? Also, what do you bring to those events? 

Wormhole Thursday is a monthly event we just launched at The Big Dirty in Eugene, OR that will feature a nearly identical structure and ethos to our concurrent Wormhole Wednesday events. 

Party Guru Press: Does Wormhole entertainment have resident DJs? Do you plan on bringing that talent to the Wormhole Wednesdays? 

We have several resident DJs including Secret Recipe, Krakinov, Shadow Spirity, Dastardly, Duffrey, Magellan, Sam Lewis, Rook, Phers, and Iggy, and you can expect to see all of them at our events from time to time. 

Party Guru Press: Looking forward, what is next? Can you tease us and the concert goers with anything? 

All we can tell you is that we’ve just started.

Party Guru Press: What might 2022 look like? 

A diamond-crusted unicorn riding a hoverboard through a rain forest in the clouds.

Party Guru Press: Would you all consider yourselves Party Guru’s?

If we’re not considered Party Guru’s, I don’t know who is.

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Conclusion

Thank you to Wormhole Entertainment for doing this interview with us! Their events are sure to be a great night with the best in bass heavy music, intelligent lighting, and psychedelic visuals. Temple Denver Wormhole Wednesday is kicking off this Wednesday, September 8th with Gladkill, LabRat, Rook, Womp Rat, and REISHIO b2b Blissai. You can grab your ticket here.

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The Aquatic Fairytale Adventure Awaits

Coming up in less than two weeks, Imagine Music Festival is returning September 17, 18th, and 19th. Previous years, Imagine was taking place at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This year, Imagine will take place at Chattahoochee Hills Bouckaert Farm, only 14 miles Southwest from Atlanta Airport.

Despite being canceled last year, 2021’s Imagine Music Festival lineup is definitely not one to miss. With six stages, a huge variety of artists, silent discos, pool parties, workshops, amusement rides and more, this year is sure to be a hit. 2021 is bringing major artists such as Excision, Griz, Illenium, Kaskade (also doing a pool party) as some of the headliners. Disco Inferno stage is sure to be the stage to get your shuffle on, with artists Fisher, Malaa, Shiba San, and Walker & Royce, to name a few. Don’t forget the Wakaan Takeover with Liquid Stranger, Shlump, G -rex, and Champagne Drip B2b Luzid and even more! 

Tickets, Camping And COVID – 19 Guidelines

Although, GA, VIP and 2 pack bundles are sold out, there are single day passes still available. Camping is still available also. Included new for 2021 is tent only camping passes and a companion camping pass, which allows you to join your friends and/or share a camp side.  Don’t forget Glamping, RV Camping, VIP options and early arrival passes can be purchased.  Shuttles are available here if you plan on getting a hotel room. In order to attend Imagine 2021, you need to provide either a negative COVID test result within 72 hours or show full COVID – 19 vaccination.

Did Someone Say Pre – Party?

Imagine is kicking off an official pre – party September 16th, to get attendees excited and ready for the 3 day festival ahead. This year, the pre – party consists of Ganja White Night, Atlines, Freaky and Plsma. Over at the Campground stage a silent disco consists of a few different artists. Denver local Krushnedo, Dose, Tape B, Black Amigo and more can be found! In order to attend, you need to purchase a separate pre- party ticket. If you plan on camping, and want to arrive early, you can buy an early arrival pass that not only gives you early access to campgrounds, but to the Late Night Silent Disco and Shakedown street with crafts and food vendors, get your early arrival ticket here.

Experience And Explore The Festival 

Need to cool down at the festival? Check out the new Aqua Day Club & Pool with a pool party ticket. Where interactive art displays, complimentary floaties, and VIP cabanas will be. On Saturday, Kaskade will be bringing his special Redux set, and on Sunday, Medvza. 

Check out the Ocean View Experience and VIP tickets. With private elevated viewing, table service, and private seating, it is sure to give you the best view of Main Stage and make your Imagine festival experience even better! With a VIP ticket, you can not only beat lines inside with expressed entry into the festival, but you can also get pit access, giving you the chance to get even closer. Get your Ocean view experience and vip tickets here. 

New this year, is the addition of The Producers Corner, hosted by Protohype. This gives those who are interested in learning bass music production to learn from artists through workshops about mixing, mastering, branding, sound design, and more. You can get a 2 day pass for Saturday and Sunday. 

You will also have the chance to attend free transformational workshops. They are focused around dance, mindfulness, yoga, flow arts, mediations, and much more. Spaces are limited so make sure to check out the 2021 schedule here. Don’t forget to also check out the amusement rides and cirque acts, and art installations. 

Limited tickets remain, so, be sure to grab your tickets soon! This year is definitely not one to miss. With an awesome pre – party, pool parties, and so many different classes and workshops to explore, you are sure to have a great time. Don’t forget the six stages, where you can get your shuffle on and your head banging.

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