I think the first milestone of my EDM career was seeing Skrillex at Fort York in summer 2012 for his Full Flex Tour. I’d like to reminisce a little about it in anticipation of his an Mothership Tour the end of May.
I arrived late, unfortunately, just before Diplo was set to take the stage. I used to deal in absolutes when it came to music. Either I liked the genre and listened to absolutely everything, or I didn’t listen to a single thing from it. “Diplo?” I said. “That guy who does the Pon De Floor song? I’ve never liked hip-hop, so he doesn’t really appeal to me, let’s go grab a beer.”
Little did I know that this would be my introduction to what is now a wild passion for the trap and moombahton genres. While standing in line for a drink, I found myself doing a subtle two step routine just grooving along to the music. After a few minutes I ditched the beer idea and wandered out into the crowd to get a better look at the man who would soon become one of my favourite producers. In no time I was in the middle of the crowd trying my best to blend into a scene I never thought I would be a part of.
After Diplo, Pretty Lights took everyone on a journey of sights and sounds. A very tranquil set full of emotion. A much slower pace than I was expecting. One that you sway and bob to, rather than thrash and rage. I was not aware of who he was or any of his songs before that night, but I can say in full confidence that I am a fan. So much so that I refused to miss his set at Veld last year.
Finally, the moment of anticipation had arrived. The Mothership had landed. The countdown began and everybody yelled along with it as it ticked down. And there he was, in all his glory. The guy I used to idolize when he was in From First to Last. Now standing before me, pumping out jam after jam with an energy I have never experienced at a live show before. I have to hand it to the guy, he certainly knows how to work a crowd. He caters to the vibe, interacts with the people and most importantly, seems to enjoy every moment of his time in the spotlight doing something he loves. He played everything from Rock n Roll, The Devil’s Den to his Avicii Levels remix, and the ever elusive Bug Hunt. His new track, at the time, Goin’ In, with Birdy Nam Nam was a huge selling point for me and my favourite moment of the night. The crowd was just devouring everything he threw at us. It was almost magical.
Dillon Francis is a pioneer when it comes to moombahton and moombahcore. Growing up in Los Angeles definitely influenced his style, with very eclectic beats. It was Diplo that discovered this budding artist in 2010 and since then he’s been on fire. It was in 2012 that he became number one on Beatport release charts, the first of any moombahton artist to do so, being supported by the likes of Nero and Flux Pavillon. He is currently releasing an album in July of this year on Mad Decent. Look out for Dillon not only to spin new tracks but as well as his collaborations and remixes. This is surely one artist you do not want to miss.
What So Not hails from Sydney, Australia. When their EP “7 Dollar Bill” came out in 2011, it created a stir in the music industry. Their remixes of Major Lazer’s Get Free garnered notoriety in the music industry. The duo is signed to OWSLA and Sweat It Out Records. Being constantly played on BBC Radio 1 , their demand has only given these guys a taste of what is yet to come. They are currently working on their second EP, and you definitely want to hear what these guys are up to since they are the future of sweaty beats.
For everyone who had tickets in hand for the cancelled Full Flex 2013 tour, the Mothership 2014 tour is sure to fill that hole in our hearts and more than make up for Skrillex being MIA in Toronto for so many years. It was very difficult to choose between Friday or Saturday, so why not a two day ticket? I look forward to see how the sets compare between the two days and if the style of the co-headliners have anything to do with how Skrillex’s might change. Get your dancing shoes on and your festival gear ready because if you’re not going to be here with me, then you need to reassess your priorities.
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