The show was sold out. At a local venue known for mainstream bass music, it was refreshing to see a different crowd filling up the place. Hoards of mushroom heads packed in. These aren’t your neon-wearing pacifier-suckers either. Most of these fans wear darker colors, but have more genuine smiles. Some dawned mushrooms costumes, but you could tell they were there for the music moreso than for the scene, or to be seen. The energy was different in Tampa’s Ampetheatre that night and I liked it.
The night started off with the trance stylings of Randy Seidman. As Infected Mushroom’s tour manager, Randy has the bonus of getting himself a little exposure as they travel around the globe. I must say that I’m a bit jealous, but Seidman does a good job both professionally and behind the decks. Judging by the crowd’s response, they agree with me.
Following Seidman was a pleasant surprise in the form of phenom producer / rookie DJ, Shreddy Mercury. I had come across Shreddy’s work in the past, but this was his first actual tour so I was very intrigued to see how the young, rising star would do. I was impressed. Shreddy’s mix set formed a cohesive and progressive story that traversed an expansive range, touching on trance, electro-house and even dubstep styles. It was nice to see the young DJ has picked up on more advanced styles of mixing than the many of his peers. If you Shreddy Mercury comes to your town, definitely make sure to check him out.
The raw, distinctively hardware-based sound of Infected Mushroom has always been larger than life, and now they have a stage setup to match. Two giant, projection mapped spheres housing a plethora of digital equipment along with their human counterparts. Erez Eisen on the right with the beat sequencers and synthesizers, and Amit Duvdevani opposite with a see-through controller unlike anything I’ve seen before. Infected took us on a journey that only they can guide. Through the peaks and valleys of their, the energy remained fully charged.
The most impressive part is how much of their music is actually being created live. I was blown away by Eisen’s keyboard skills. Just watching him play out nearly every melody on non-weighted keys rather than use arpeggiators to make it easier had me in awe. I have always appreciated their performance but I had never been close enough to see how intricate their setup is. It turns out Infected puts even more into their show than I originally thought, and I am honored to have had the chance to sit down with them in person. If you aren’t familiar with their work you really need to do yourself a favor and pick up an album, or better yet check them out live. Visit their official website for a list of tour dates to make sure you don’t miss out when they come to a city near you. It truly is a one-of-a-kind experience.