“Anyone hating any genre of music simply doesn’t know the context in which it’s meant to be enjoyed” – Madeon.
Last night’s show was a mix of brostep, drum and bass, moombahton, house, trap, and hard electro. It was wild, crazy, and totally unexpected. Giant moshpits, an incredible venue, and of course the token annoying MC all contributed. The biggest takeaway: There’s a place for every genre in EDM.
Schoolboy: You never know what to expect in Orange County. The crowd at some shows is completely mellow, at others, it looks like no one listens to EDM and just wants an excuse to fight. While last night’s crowd wasn’t that bad, there was a huge amount of the stereotypical guys with long hair and death metal shirts looking to mosh. And Schoolboy was the perfect fit. Starting with some house, working his way through classics (Trolley Snatcha’s Make My Whole World) and ending up with 40 minutes of American brostep, he got the crowd moving fast. While brostep isn’t really my thing, this was the place for it, and I can’t complain at all. It was fun to just watch everyone enjoy the music, even though I didn’t understand it. Schoolboy was just what the crowd needed, and on a Thursday night, you really can’t ask for more.
Loadstar: By the time 11 o’clock rolled around, I was ready for some good old Drum and Bass. But Loadstar’s set really didn’t fit that expectation, thanks to MC Deano. Instead of letting the producer (only half of the production duo was present) spin, the MC and his counterpart (unnamed black man) used the tracks as a backround to rap and/or yell over. If I had a dollar for every time I heard a “say yeah” or “where my _ crew at?” the show would’ve paid for itself. And shouting “drum and bass will never die” while Skrillex’s “Make it Bun Dem” drops is probably as hypocritical as you can get. MC’s and interesting track choices notwithstanding, Loadstar followed Schoolboy, his set fitting the situation. It was probably 50/50 between drum and bass and brostep.
Delta Heavy: The British producer took the stage at 12:30, and his perfectly spaced set completely changed the crowd. He started with 15 minutes of moombahton, then the Andy C remix of ‘Get Free’ ushered in a solid drum and bass section, followed by some hard electro (the highlight of which was the Delta Heavy remix of Must Be The Feeling). At around 12:50, he switched to brostep, with his own track ‘Get By,’ some Skrillex, and a smattering of other bangers. Then, after 20 minutes, he switched to some solid hip-hop, followed, of course, with trap. His mixing during the trap section was a bit off, although his live mashup of Niggas in Paris and the Luminox remix of Rattle was right on. After some well-known bangers, (Original Don and Higher Ground), he finished off the set with some incredible progressive house, drum and bass, and hard electro. However, he couldn’t get through it all without another appearance by MC Deano, this time to remind everyone that ‘next week FuntCase will be here.’ I have never seen a DJ as incredulously pissed off as Delta Heavy was at that moment. The MC was ridiculous, and showed a total lack of respect for the artist. Delta Heavy played a last hard electro track and quickly went to the back without a word.
This show definitely changed my perspective. Normally I’m the kind of guy who loves bashing Skrillex, but, like Madeon said, there is a place for every type of music. And after seeing Delta Heavy mix so many different genres together into a cohesive set, I think I get it. That was one hell of a show.
Daft Punk’s Alive 2007 introduced me to the world of electronic music, and ever since, it’s been a huge part of my life. I’m currently a philosophy student at UCSB, but music and shows are my passion. Thanks to EJ, I hope to share the magic of music with anyone interested.