Trendsetters to Know: The Sedona VortiFest Team

David Schmidt and Rachel Grant

Name: Founders Brandon Decker, David Schmidt, Rachel Grant, Jason Lawrence, Daphna Romanoff

Facebook: @sedonavortifest

Instagram: @vortifestexperience


Age: Timeless

Title: Founders, Sedona VortiFest

Married/Single: Married to living passionately

Kids: Most of us have children. VortiFest is presently our baby.

City you live in: Sedona, AZ

A typical day in my life includes… Laughter, nature and taking care of business.

I was born… We come from all over the U.S.

My favorite thing about Arizona… Sedona! And summer monsoons.

I’m listening to… Arrested Development and G Love & Special Sauce – Our headliners!

My family… Is comprised of all the people we share life and hold space with; near and far.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be… Bob Dylan and Bob Marley.

One thing I cannot live without… Clean water!

When I was younger, I wanted to be… Happy.

I’m inspired by… People who dare to share their courageous truths. 

The one person who motivates me is… I think we’d all agree, our kids.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be… Less judging, more loving.

The perfect day would be… The perfect day is a choice we can make every day. However, relaxing on an island beach is well documented to enhance any day. 

My first job was… Lemonade stand.

My favorite escape… Is on the magical red rock land of Sedona. 

Brandon Decker

I’m currently working on… We’re working hard on our festival at present to bring the best experience to Arizona that we can dream up!

Always… Remember to take care of yourself so that you can take care of your loved ones around you. 

Never… Give up on yourself or your dreams.

Favorite Quote…  “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive. Never surrender.” Tupac. Probably not our favorite quote. That’s like asking whats your favorite movie. But this is a good one! 

Biggest Dream… Retire young to island life.

My Pet Peeve(s)… Bluetooth speakers in nature.

Bio-on yourself/company: VortiFest is Sedona’s premier music festival and experience. Debuting in September 2021, the vision of this festival was to bring music, art, community and joy back to the Sedona Community. The event features artists, brands and  businesses from the local Sedona area and across the Southwest and has been met with great excitement from the community and beyond with attendees coming in from all over the country.

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