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09 September 2014

Your Majesty! Corrine the White Queen Prepares to Grace Tomorrowworld with Her Royal Presence

Sixteen days from now, thousands of electronic dance music (EDM) fans will descend upon Chattahoochee Hills for the second-edition of Tomorrowworld.

Originating in 2013, Tomorrowworld is a three-day event featuring a wide variety of tunes and tempos designed to trigger the listener's emotions while making them dance at the same time.

More than music, Tomorrowworld is defined most by its people.

Tomorrowworld is often described as not just a music festival, but a life-changing experience as well.

The people of Tomorrowworld help make that experience possible. They are the heart and soul of the festival. The enthusiasm from the people of Tomorrowworld fuels the energy of DJs onstage, and the DJs return that enthusiasm by dropping their best beats until the wee hours of the morning each day.

At Tomorrowworld, a cavalcade of characters provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere to all who enter. One of those characters is known simply as Corrine the White Queen.

(Corrine the White Queen is one of the people of Tomorrowworld that is the heart and soul of the festival. Image courtesy Corrine Kirchhoff)
Corrine Kirchhoff (pictured right), as she's known back in the real world, is operations manager for an upscale restaurant in south Florida.

Corrine is a veteran of the EDM scene, having attended a variety of shows and festivals since 2000. Georgia Unfiltered caught up with the White Queen and asked her a few questions.

Georgia Unfiltered: How did you get the name "Corrine the White Queen?"

Corrine the White Queen:

I wear wigs to most every festival that I attend. Last year, at Tomorrowworld, I wore a white wig two days in a row and my friends said I look like "The White Queen" from Alice in Wonderland. I was wearing a crown. I have very light skin, and I have a slight resemblance to Anne Hathaway (so I've been told... but I don't really see it). After that, the name kind of stuck; as we would constantly refer to ourselves as characters from the movie. We even planned on being those characters at Mysteryland earlier this year, but not everyone was able to make it, so we ended up not doing it.

My name stuck with me though. . . I wore white for every, single Groove Cruise costume (there were 12), except for the last one which was all red. I've been named other things that are synonymous with my name like 'kandi queen', 'banana queen', 'trance queen', etc. I'll even be carrying my name with me through some acting pieces that I'll be doing within the next year. It has become a character all on it's own and I am proud to represent it.

GU: What was your first show and what do you remember most about it?

Corrine the White Queen:

My first rave/festival was called 'Airport', in my home town of Austin, Texas, back in the year 2000.

I had liked electronic music since the early 90s, but I was not old enough to attend events at that time. I left college in 1999 and moved back to Austin, where the rave culture was blossoming.

Back then, raves were held in the middle of NOWHERE in large empty fields, warehouses, etc. 'Airport' was held in an actual airplane hangar . . . abandoned many years before.

I remember driving with my friend for a very long time, down a straight, dark road and all of a sudden there were cars everywhere; like a makeshift parking lot. I could hear the faint sound of music in the distance; the deep bass line could be felt underneath your feet. We parked and started walking amongst the other attendees who were starting to accumulate in numbers as we all made the mile-long trek through trees and bushes to this well-hidden party.

At the time I was wearing jeans and a clubbing-type top, as I was not aware that the scene had a totally different fashion style.

Glowsticks and pony-beaded bracelets were donned by almost every person that walked by me. I was in AWE.

As we got closer and closer, the music became louder and more clear. TRANCE was booming from the singular stage where thousands of ravers were dancing to the angelic melodies that the DJ was delivering. I WAS HOOKED.

Everyone was so nice and courteous. The acronym PLUR was coined from my rave generation and it was a WAY OF LIFE back then; not flung around and casually used in conversation as it is today. From that night on, I immersed myself into the culture, music, and lifestyle that are all things electronic. It has truly molded me into what I have become.

GU: On average, how many music festivals do you attend a year?

Corrine the White Queen:

By the end of this year I will have attended 7 major EDM festivals, countless one-night events held at large venues, and numerous clubs, pool parties, yacht parties, beach parties, etc. Work is what happens in between events.

GU: You've been known to wear very elaborate bikinis made out of beads (pictured left). How long do those take to make, and how do you come up with the designs?

Corrine the White Queen:

Each kandi piece that I make is unique and personal.

My inspiration is drawn from the event I'm wearing it to; the wig color I've chosen, the theme of the event, the logo, etc.

I try to surpass my previous creation EVERY TIME.

I like to break boundaries . . . I do NOT use a 'pattern' per say. The pattern is in my head; a mere vision of something that I have the ability to recreate in tangible form. Having the knack of copying an image onto something just by looking at it is a craft that without it, I'm not sure I'd be able to do what I do.

The time that it takes varies greatly. Most of the beaded bikinis are actually multiple pieces that I have 'sewn' together to make one big piece. I learn how to connect them as I go. I always start off with an 'idea' of how to do it . . . but I really have NO idea until I start. It's an adventure in itself and my mind is always changing the design as I go. If you want me to throw out a ballpark figure, here it is... not a single bikini has EVER taken me less than 5 hours.

GU: As a veteran of the EDM scene, what advice would you give newcomers?

Corrine the White Queen:

As with ANYTHING that has been around before your time, doing research on your new 'love' is CRUCIAL.

Knowing the origin of this scene and how it has developed into what it is today, is a vital part of understanding and knowing the attraction.

Things you do like trade kandi, practice 'PLUR', etc., ALL came from the past and have deeper meanings than most people are aware of.

Even tracks are reincarnated and remixed from the late 90s and early 2000s because they are TIMELESS and deserve to be showcased for another round.

Drugs are not the focus. The radio EDM is about 2% of what's out there, and the 'scene' is certainly not a 'fad'.

In my day, it was underground and secret; where UFO's were worn and map points were your only direction; where warehouses were your stomping ground, LITERALLY; and everyone was your best friend.

The scene has sadly strayed away from what it used to be, and I would like nothing more than for history to repeat itself. My advice? EDUCATE YOURSELF. You have to know where you've BEEN before you know where you're GOING.


GU: Name your top three artists.

Corrine the White Queen:

Now THIS question is unfair. There is NO WAY I can name only three artists . . . BUT . . . I can definitely name three of my most influential artists from my first brush with the scene.

1) PAUL VAN DYK

This man is still around after 20+ years of producing electronic music. I have listened to him from the START of my musical journey. I have probably seen him perform more times than any other artist in the WORLD over the last 16 years. His album 'Global' remains as one of my top 10 favorite albums of all time. He is always ahead of his time as he continues to pump out stellar tracks and sets; and his performances are nothing short of SPECTACULAR. I have closed with him at 3 of the 7 festivals I've been to this year. Each and every time he blows me away with mind-blowing trance. He takes me to another place, another world, another reality; a higher state of consciousness. Paul Van Dyk will always be at the top of my list.

2) DJ IRENE

Although this amazing woman is not around anymore, she introduced me to house music, hard house, and then that extended into happy hardcore. Commonly known as the 'Hard House Diva', she ran with the likes of Carl Cox back in the day; blowing up Chicago clubs and raves with her in-your-face sound and interesting look. 'Phonosynthesis' is one of my most FAVORITE albums ever and its content is both hard house and house; cleverly split between the two genres; it brings them both together and makes you fall in love with dancing all over again. She disappeared from the scene several years back, but if you get the chance to listen to one (or all) of her albums, do not pass up the opportunity.

3) MOBY

Let's talk about one of the pioneers of the scene. Ranging from one end of the genre spectrum to the other; Moby is such a talented and well-rounded artist/producer. His album 'Play' came out the year I graduated high school (I'll let you do the research on that one). Definitely a very spiritual album for me... makes me ponder about things... I love when an album 'speaks' to you. This one does. He is STILL around, not that much, but makes an appearance once and awhile. He is a must-see if ever given the chance... he will not disappoint.