We Survived. That’s a miracle considering the barrages of bass and scintillating synths that were aimed at us from Skully’s main stage, and the COLLECTIVE ENERGY that we created by dancing in one to the beat. At multiple points during the evening, I could feel the foundation of Skully’s rocked to its core. The firmaments begging for a reprieve from a packed house losing itself in the hypnotic rhythms of our community. Yet, we, as a mass, were unrelenting. The people stood united in a reciprocal relationship of communication. The Dj’s played. We danced. In that relationship, we communicated at a fundamental level of understanding that showed our common goal of acting in unison for just one night. This communication was heightened by moments of clarity for me in each Dj’s set where they expressed the core aesthetic that they think defines them. I hope to offer a few thoughts on how the images and music played for our enjoyment offered me novel thoughts about each artist and our Columbus electronic music scene more generally.
The guy did not disappoint. He held down the opening time slot and worked throughout the night to provide live art inspired by the music. He shows a tremendous talent and energy that really enriched my experience of the show. I spent a lot of time just watching him weave intricate designs together as the music played. While watching, a wonderful synthesis occurred in my brain. I came to understand the interconnected nature of image and sound. This really resonated with me and really led me to view the entire show as an interplay of image and sound from that point forward.
Does this image jog your memory? Oh man, it certainly brings the show back for me. Bryan Barnes, official photographer for LeBOOM!, from Lite Brite Images came direct with this Image above and the ones below. It captures the insane energy Kingpin created during his set. Yet, Kingpin didn’t just end his genorosity there. He offered up the recording of his show for download at his soundcloud (Stream/download it below). What a gentleman! Now thats the type of guy you would want to date your daughter. It shows manners and social grace (Ha ok I am getting carried away).
Kingpin’s set was a huge highlight of the night for me. Especially, his section from 29:41 to 34:53. In this section, he first dropped his huge edit moombahton of Zedd’s “Shave It”. I was emphatitcally trying to recover from this when he then transitioned into my boy Dunjinz’s HUGE track “Albion”,(Check out the rest of Dunjinz’s work on his Soundcloud). Now, I didn’t think he could have taken me to another level. Again, I was wrong. He dropped Knife Party’s “Internet Friends” and effectively drove me nuts. I believe this section shows the skill of Kingpin in interweaving genres and playing huge tracks in succession that continue to build an emphatic, unrelenting pace. Both are skills a DJ needs to have, and I think Kingpin knows how to do both well. I know I am officially on the moombahton train after his show.
LeBOOM!11 Kingpin Mix
As a vocal sample in one of Dirty Current’s dark tracks echos “Can’t Turn Back”, I am transferred away from the world of Moombah to a desolate, industrial landscape that I cannot escape. Its a world where we all become cogs in a rickety old machine that looks eerily similar to the one you and I inhabit in Columbus. This world looks so familiar to us, because these tracks are the very soundtrack that gives sonic meaning to a post-industrial city like Columbus. Though we have long left behind large scale mechanized industries in Columbus, the city still has numerous remnant of this past. These ruins haunt our very traversing of our city, and Dirty Current really gives meaning to that reality when they spin their dark, industrial sound at shows. Its one of the key reasons I really connect with them and their track selection, because I too share this sonic vision of our city. One of my favorite segments of their show was when they dropped a track off of Gessaffelstein’s Conspiracy pt.2 (An ep that is a personal favorite of mine). This set the tone for the rest of their show. They came directly at the crowd with aggressive, dark, twitchy industrial electro that whipped us into a frenzy. I know I still am not recovered from their set.
Just as abruptly as I left Moombah-land, I was ripped out of the dark synth universe of Dirty Current and relocated to a distant Bass-filled galaxy where Carma & Attak rule the floor with clean bass & experimental synth. I began to traverse this new plane of existence, but found I was ill prepared to deal with the monumental bass being dropped from their death star-esq rig. I tried to elicit the help of some friendly furry ewok looking creatures walking around, but they were too captivated by the rhythms flowing from the speakers to be of any assistance. Instead of resisting the “force” of Carma & Attak, I embraced the dark side and let them level me with their set. They did not disappoint. The full frontal assault was immensely effective and left resistance futile. I gave my body over to the bass and let it pummel me. The highlight of their set for me was when they dropped a The Sticky Bandit’s rework of Laidback Luke’s huge hit “Time Bomb”. I featured this track in my LeBOOM! track highlights post, and you can listen to it and other tracks mentioned in that post HERE. The tracks placement in the set showed a subtle, nuanced understanding of live DJ’ing that I really appreciate. I know I will be coming back again to see these two spin.
Just when I thought Carma & Attak’s hold on me was too hard to break, I was catapulted back to earth and taken to a dark, foggy dungeon where two sets of soft red eyes hypnotized me into a catatonic state. I stared intently into their eyes and was taken away from a world of social convention and rules to a place where radical freedom was possible. Yet, I did not go to this world alone. We all collective went into roeVy’s world together. Why go alone. Their visual display caution us against the threat of such individualism. “Trust Each Other, or Die Alone”. With such messages resonating to the core of our understanding of being human, we all took the ride together. If for just a transitory moment, this hypnotic state made me view life through a clearer lens. Just as the visual display showed flames overtaking screens of pure static, I felt the fierceness of my mind overtaking the pure static vision of goals, boundaries, fears, and worries to open up the possibilities of other modes of thought. I gave way to the pulsing rhythm and for a moment left that old world behind and entered a state of bliss. The highlight of the show for me was when they dropped their track “Raum”. Aided by my mental transformation, Raum hit harder then it ever had live and catapulted the entire crowd into utter ANARCHY. It was again another testament to the manifest power of roeVy to form groups of people into one assembled community.In fact, the entire show was a testament to the power of our Local Columbus electronic music scene to be radically inclusive and form diverse strands of music and people together into one community devoted to the beat!
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