Ok here we go.. I'm typing on my phone, so excuse my grammar and whatever.
I'm soooo sore. Like I haven't been this sore from a show ever. Everything hurts and one if my knees is royally fucked up. It was all very worth it though. The first two dj's were local, and were pretty good. I spent most of their sets drinking so I could forget how bad of a dancer I am. Mt. Eden was awesome, after I finished drinking I worked my way up to the front where I found my saviour for the night. They had this huge industrial fan on the stage and I'm fairly positive that's why I survived. Feed Me was fucking insane.. I've never heard anything like it before. He even did a Robin remix that was the highlight of my night. I've never heard anything so crazy loud in my life. Everything was vibrating and at some points it actually hurt it was so loud. Excision has the dirtiest drops and it was a total party in there. Everyone was dancing like an idiot and it was just nuts. I'm so addicted to this music now. You've all created a monster. You guys are going to have a blast tonight. Feed Me is awesome. Totally serious dude though.. He takes his WOMP seriously.
Oh! I also wanted to say that the light show suuuuuccckkkeeedddddd. All they had was the house lights plus 6 wimpy little strobes. Boring. Good thing I dance with my eyes closed most of the time. I have no idea why.
Hopefully you guys get a better light show than I did!
Well given that you have a girlfriend I can guess the reason why... :-) Although for the most part, a gay bar is a gay bar. Some bars are filled with skinny young gays and other bars with older gruff gays with facial hair wearing leather, but they're all more or less the same. Funny thing that.
Maybe it's the wine, but tonight I'm reflecting on the importance of live performance for EDM acts. I listen to EDM at home / in the car a lot more often than I go to EDM shows, so I tend to de-emphasize live shows. If I'm at a club and the DJ is doing a good job I have fun no matter whether (s)he's a big name or not.
The EDM acts I've made a point of seeing live, though, split pretty quickly into two categories: 1) Transcendent 2) Meh
And it seems to have a very low correlation to their studio work (example: Excision).
What are everyone elses thoughts? How much does the live performance of an EDM act influence your opinion of their music?
Thanks Know. I figured I'd start sharing my EDM experiences and see if people cared or not. I figured this board would be a good place to have this conversation. Meeting all of you at Sasquatch was fantastic, and I'm very interested in your input on EDM. Plus, I figure folks like Souly and HG might find this discussion useful as they seem to be new to the EDM scene.
As an aside, I checked the Coachella boards, and.... yeah... won't be back anytime soon. As much as we can all be assholes on here, they've got us beat x10. There was about 14 pages of 'I HATE SKILLEX HE'S TEH SUXOR' which is all good except nobody bothered to post a rational reason for *why* they hate Skrillex.
Love or hate this board, people at least have a reason for what they feel and attempt to express the reasons instead of just the love / hate.
J-Dawg I get exactly what you are saying about the show being a lot different from the recorded music. I'm pretty new at the EDM stuff and I have no idea what makes anyone a good or bad DJ. I also can't really listen to the recorded music for long periods of time. If it's really loud or in my headphones that's a different story, but I usually don't have it playing in the background. That being said, I had the time of my life at that show, it didn't even compare to rock or indie shows I've been to. It's just different, and I loved it.
I'd also like to thank you for your insight into the EDM scene. I'd really like to know more about it and you seem to know what you're talking about.
You still need to answer my question about the weird gas masks though. That's going to drive me crazy.
Others on here are definitely far more experienced than I. I'm just a loud mouth who doesn't know when to shut up.
The gas masks thing... I honestly don't understand it myself. In university I saw it more often (usually anarchists). I've also noted it as a fetish in certain circles, but can't tie it back to the rave / EDM scene in a meaningulf way.
My take is that it's a sort of costume like any other*, and that's how I choose to view it. I could honestly give you a much better response re: soothers and the like than gas masks.
If anyone else on here can school us I'd love to learn.
*drastically oversimplifying what I know of anarchists in this assessment.
Someone I drunkenly asked said something about them putting vicks vapor rub on the inside of them. I assumed that wasn't true though. Kind of like when this guy told 14 year old me that the 'doing' of all drugs involved putting them in a condom.