You know it’s a good show when the tour manager has to make sure that the artists don’t kill themselves crowd-surfing. Dirtyphonics treated Orange County to one of the craziest parties it’s seen last Thursday night at the Observatory. Over the course of the night, the duo (it was only a DJ set so the entire quartet wasn’t there) threw down a DIRTY set of aggressive drum and bass, electro, trap, and dubstep. Here’s a recap of what went down.
Unlike other shows at the Observatory, there was only music in the Satellite room, which is usually used as a secondary stage. However, the room fit the acts perfectly, functioning as a boiler room for dnb. I arrived at the venue at about 11 and was treated to a significant portion of opener Dip Vertigo‘s set. Hailing from LA, the drum and bass DJ was joined onstage by an MC who actually knew his stuff. Mixing on several decks simultaneously, Vertigo treated the crowd to a very solid opening set, with hard-hitting old-school DnB seasoned with the occasional dubstep and trap tune. By the time midnight rolled around, the crowd was almost ready for Dirtyphonics.
I say almost ready because no opener could fully prepare us for the roiling wall of sound that was about to slam into us and carry us through the madness of two hours. Opening with a trap remix of ‘Walk in the Fire’ before heading into what can only be described as dirty dnb, the two Frenchman proved yet again that no one else knows how to party. The crowd immediately responded by opening up a moshpit that lasted for nearly the entirety of the show, only stopping when Dirtyphonics played some trap to allow everyone to breathe. Each DJ was equipped with 2 CDJ’s and a mixer, and boy did they use them. It was a truly a next-level set, with seamless bpm transitions and solid hip-hop vocals samples common. A remix of Nero’s ‘Are You Ready’ pushed things into full gear, and the party continued through such classics as the ‘Warp 1.9’ remix and ‘Polygon.’ ‘Walk in the Fire’ was one of the craziest things I’ve ever witnessed, and luckily the crowd persistently called for more, convincing Dirtyphonics to play ‘Vandals,’ in my opinion their best, which for some reason isn’t played anymore. They finished it off with J.Rabbit’s ‘Tequila,’ a fitting end to the night. By that time, I could not feel my body from the constant chaos. Orange County got Dirty.