By Guest Reviewer Nick Bello
Feed Me. Friday night. In Atlanta. The news was almost too good to be true, but to find out just how good it could be be, I had to go.
The show took place at Opera nightclub, a well put-together venue with a million dollar arrangement of CO2 cannons, state-of-the-art Nexo speakers, and a dazzling LED display. This is the sort of place that enforces a dress code most evenings, but this policy is relaxed for the Illuminate events held every Friday night.
There’s been a recent trend for artists visiting Atlanta to over saturate their sets with trap music, and I was interested to see how, if at all, this would play out tonight. The opening act was a man named Chris Rimby, and he skillfully performed both his own set and his job of hyping everyone up for Feed Me. He stayed mostly within the genres of moombahton and electro house, though we all went nuts when he dropped Kill the Noise’s “Jokes on You.” He played for quite some time, and at around 1:20 there was a chant for Feed Me.
The headliner graced the stage shortly thereafter. I found myself talking to some people in the crowd who drove all the way from Knoxville, Tennessee to see this show. One of them said to me, “Feed Me for twenty bucks? You bet your ass I’m going to see that.” Their road trip proved to be an excellent decision as the night unfolded. Feed Me’s set used the same intro as his BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, and I could tell that he had decided to make that set his go-to act, replacing certain tracks as better songs came out. One part that stood out was an excellently woven sequence of songs starting with his own “Blood Red,” to KTN’s “Jump Ya Body” which he double-dropped with Knife Party’s “Centipede,” finally mixing into “One Click Headshot.” The collective shit was lost. He briefly dipped into trap with “Masta Blasta (The Rebirth)” and a few other songs. The rest of his set consisted mostly of electro/dirty house. At the end of his show the audience, which was excellent by the way, demanded an encore. With the venues lights already on, he gave us what we wanted and played one last song, “Trapdoor.”
Overall, it was an incredible show. The speakers were wonderful, and the CO2 cannons were a welcome addition to the venue in that they cooled the place down whenever they were fired. Though he did not play this show “With Teeth,” the LED display definitely provided the illusion of them. It was an excellent show by an excellent artist.