So as I sit here and attempt to recover from what was one of the most ridiculous concert experiences in my life, I figured it’d be cool to share my experiences from the second day of Electric Zoo with you all. With an incredible amount happening in just one day, it is hard for me to cover all of the experience in one post. So with that said, I broke it down into my top 3 favorite acts from the day. Let’s get started…
As you may or may not know, I am not the biggest dubstep fan in the world. I do respect creativity, though, and one of the very few dubstep artists that still holds true to what the genre once was in its early days is Rusko. He is still widely considered to be one of the pioneers of the genre, and takes it to a new level every time he releases new material. He played in the largest tent at the festival, which was packed full to the brim with Zoo’ers. As hot as it was during the day, it was nice to escape the heat and get drenched with water from the staff, who were equipped with ridiculous car-wash-like water guns attached to powerful hoses. That made it essentially become one hell of a steam room in there, which was wild. In terms of the music, Rusko played everything that his fans wanted to hear, from old material to new material. This included “Woo Boost,” “Skanker,” “Da Cali Anthem,” and a whole lot more. At the end of the set, everyone was on a whole different level of intensity.
2. Bingo Players
The Bingo Players set was definitely one of the highlights of my day. Going into Electric Zoo, they were one of the acts that I told myself that I needed to see, and for good reason. They played just as the crowd was growing and filling up the venue nicely. These guys are under rated producers and DJs that have no problem with getting a crowd to its full energy potential, fast. Once Firebeatz & Schella’s “Dear New York” and their own production, “Rattle,” hit the sound system, all hell broke loose. Seeing them during the daytime was great, but having their set at night would have been even better, even if it was on a smaller stage. That did not stop them from bringing their A-game, though. “Cry (Just A Little)” was another highlight of the set, because that is simply one of my favorite EDM tracks of all time. Be sure to give their set a listen and download below, because it will make for a great party wherever you are.
There aren’t a whole lot of words that can describe what went on during Axwell’s performance. I haven’t been to too many house concerts, but I know for a fact that this was a ridiculous, once in a lifetime set from 1/3 of Swedish House Mafia. I’ve always been a fan of the trio’s music, and was bummed when I heard that they were splitting. This is why I told myself that Saturday was definitely the day to go to the festival, because I only had my choice of one day. In terms of the music that Axwell played during the set, you couldn’t have asked for more. He nailed every single track that the crowd wanted to hear, plus more. With “Don’t You Worry Child” being released by Swedish House Mafia only a couple weeks ago, I’d say that hearing it smack dab in the middle of his set was one of my personal highlights of the entire day. The energy of the entire crowd singing along to John Martin’s vocals is one of the more amazing things that I’ve seen at a show, which I will always remember. Other highlights of the set included opening the set with “Greyhound,” the combination of Chris Martin’s “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” acappella singing with Axwell’s remix of Michael Calfan’s “Resurrection,” and closing out the night with Knife Party’s “Save The World” remix. Axwell is the truth as a DJ, and there is no doubt about it. Check out his set down below if you doubt how spectacular it was.
If you’d like to hear more sets from the entire weekend, you can check out this SoundCloud page. Electric Zoo is a one of a kind concert experience, and I very much look forward to attending in 2013. Hope you enjoyed reading and hope to see you there next year…