The man who “ruined” Dubstep, or so they say, made his way to Chicago to perform at Enclave a few weeks ago and we had the opportunity to catch up with him before his set. We’re talking about none other than Borgore of course. The Israeli producer has made quite a name for himself within the EDM community this last year and he’s only going to get bigger thanks to his unforgiving sounds infused with his Hip-Hop influences including Waka Flocka. Watch as he talks a new stage setup he’s introducing at EDC Vegas this weekend, the album he’s currently working on, and much more.
I woke up from a much needed ten-hour sleep to find myself feeling surprisingly well. Today was the third and final day of the festival, and I was ready to get going. We decided to leave a little later today and took the 2 PM. The train wasn’t nearly as crowded as Saturday, but I wasn’t worried; I knew it would still be busy. We strolled right through check-in this time around, with no wait. It looked like we were the early arrivers but I was wrong. The place was packed already, possibly even more so than Saturday.
We immediately danced on over to the cicruitGROUNDS tent, which today was hosted by JACKED. Bobby Burns had already begun spinnin’ his tracks, and the tent was packed. I had never seen him before but you could instantly tell that his style and mannerisms were similar to Afrojack’s, since they’ve spent a lot of time together producing their signature track “Ghettoblaster”. His 90-minute set started off the day with a bang, and it was only about to get better.
Hit the break for the rest of Day 3!
Saturday began with waking up early and and getting a backpack full of festival essentials including a towel, extra t-shirt and a handful of other things. Arriving at Penn Station on Saturday was unlike I’ve ever seen it before, there were more people there than a season opener for a Jets or Giants game. It was packed full of fellow ravers, guys decked out in neon clothing, sunglasses, and catchy t-shirts while the girls appeared to be wearing as little clothing as possible, mostly bathing suit tops and booty shorts, which i always entertaining. Once the track was announced, the rush to the train was like a stampede of people swarming into BestBuy on Black Friday; the madness was insane.
Once all the seats were taken, the isles began to fill in until there was no more room. After a 30-minute ride to the stadium, everyone ran off of the train like it was on fire. We ran up to the entrance only to be greeted by a sea of people already waiting in line. You could feel the bass from each one of the four stages, pounding the parking lot concrete, where the majority of the festival took place. The rumble sounded like it was an earthquake, but it’s NY and we don’t get earthquakes, except for the one last summer. The line to enter only took about 20 minutes, but felt like hours. Once we passed through the security, we were free to run within the confines of the stadium and its parking lots. The smiles on people’s faces are unforgettable; it was a surreal feeling walking into the heart of the festival; something I’ll never forget.
We began our day meeting up with friends at the “Snoopy Statue”, which is MetLife’s mascot. It was a great central meeting point, located in between the parking lot and MetLife Stadium. It was also one of the only places you had cell phone service, so finding people proved almost impossible anywhere else.
After taking two trains and a bus from New York City, I finally arrived at MetLife Stadium to what looked like a rather small gathering. After quickly going through check-in and security, I was released onto the festival grounds which was absolutely massive. The layout of the grounds quickly brought me back to when Electric Daisy Carnival was located in Los Angeles: the multiple stages located outside the stadium with one enormous stage located on the actual field! The event organizers, Insomniac and Pacha, had expected almost 100,000 fans in attendance over three days but they had anticipated Friday being on the lighter side due to the way tickets were sold this year. I decided to quickly canvas the ground to do a quick comparison to both Los Angeles and Las Vegas and what I saw was satisfying: there would be pyrotechnics, hundreds of costumed theatrical performers, interactive art installations, carnival rides, special effects galore and of course, world-class talent! At this point, I realized that once again Insomniac has cloned one of North America’s best music festivals and delivered it to the Northeast!
We at IMF recently had the opportunity to work with the beautiful and talented Hattie Watson. We were invited by one of the most talented photographers we have the pleasure in knowing, Isaac Joel Torres. Isaac has a truly unique vision when it comes to who he shoots and what the final outcome should be. We decided to get some thoughts from the visionary himself. Hit the jump to see how it all came together…
Last Saturday Above & Beyond made their way across the Atlantic for the second portion of their Group Therapy North America Tour, stopping through Chicago to perform at the Congress Theater alongside Matt Zo and Cosmic Gate. After DJ Magazine named them “a genuine phenomenon… the biggest electronic DJing and production collective the UK has ever produced”, I had to go see what their live show was all about. Being a fan of their work and their TATW series, I was excited for what I was about to witness firsthand.
We hit Congress Theater just before 11 which made for perfect timing because Mat Zo opened (who I wanted to see but missed sadly), Above & Beyond took the stage at 11, and Cosmic Gate was the closer. After getting through security, we made our way inside to see Mat Zo finishing up his set. I will say this, if you don’t know who Mat Zo is and have never listening to his music, do so. He’s making some serious headway in the EDM industry and he’s one of my “must-watch” artists of 2012.
The lights went dim, the crowd screamed, and Above & Beyond made their way to the DJ booth, hands raised in the air as they waved to the crowd. It was only Tony and Jono though which left me wondering where Paavo was. Regardless, the show started and the crowd proceeded to dance for another two straight hours. The production of their show was an intricate part of their whole set. While it wasn’t the best light show I’ve ever seen, it took a minimalist approach but still left me saying “whoa”. Their backdrop displayed positive messages like “remember to fall in love” while including motion graphics of a globe of the world and an astronaut floating through space to their records like “Sun & Moon” and the club mix of “On My Way To Heaven”.
After their set, Tony made his way to the front row to greet fans and sign a few autographs – something we don’t see very often from the artists who come through Chicago. I think it adds a nice little touch and since Trance is all about love and caring for one another, it was a perfect cap to their set. All in all, amazing show, amazing music, and I will definitely be seeing Above & Beyond again when I have the opportunity. I recommend you do the same. You can check out the rest of their North American tour dates after the jump and enjoy the visuals above!
This past Saturday we had the amazing opportunity to hit up Studio Paris here in Chicago to catch a special intimate set from Joel, aka. Deadmau5. For those of you who may not be familiar with Studio Paris, it’s a very small venue (I use that term loosely) that gets some pretty big names throughout the year. Tiesto played Friday night so needless to say, it was quite a big weekend for the club. Audrey Napoleon was set to open for Deadmau5 from 9:30-12:30, but when we made it to Studio Paris around 11 she wasn’t on much to our dismay. She’s going to be someone you’ll want to be paying attention to this year, mark our words.
As 12:30 approached, Deadmau5 hopped up on stage in a black leather jacket sans any Puma like he typically does, but a shirt that read 9:30. The jacket came off, he downed a corona, and the night began. He played a great mix of old and new including his new record “The Veldt” which we heard two separate versions of – the original and one I had never heard yet. As he slipped into some serious Dub, Joel jumped around on stage getting the crown hyped and then he dropped Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name” and I thought Studio Paris was going to burn to the ground. Everyone had such a high level of energy and it was amazing to see the crowd react to him playing that record.
Fans were also blessed with a little surprise when the Studio Paris staff hit their roof and hoisted down the carbon fiber Deadmau5 head to Joel as he was playing. Once he got it unhooked, the head went on and everyone started screaming. Definitely one of the highlights of the night. It’s cool seeing him unhooked, but when he rocks the mau5 head it brings a certain aura to the environment that isn’t matched with a lot of other producers/DJs. The night quickly approached 3am and everyone knew he would be exiting soon. He threw back on his leather jacket, waved to everyone, and promptly hopped off stage. Fans clapped and rejoiced at what they just witnessed, and we followed suit. An absolutely amazing night that I will never forget. Thanks to Deadmau5, John Ochoa, MSO, and Studio Paris! Hit the jump to check out some photos we snapped and head over to our Facebook page to see the full-res versions!
This past Saturday our schedule was packed with shows to attend (not that it’s a bad thing). We hit Enclave to see BT lay down some new material before heading over to The Mid to see what was a ridiculous performance from none other than Dutch producer Sander Van Doorn. The place was packed, everyone was dancing, and Sander had a smile on his face with his hand in the air for a good few hours. I’ve never had the opportunity to see Sander, but after the buzz of his set at Ultra, I knew I had to go see him. Thanks to our friends at React Presents, we were able to snap a few pics from the rowdy evening. Hit the jump to see Sander in all his glory.