There are very few things in D.C. that excite me more than going to a good concert, to see my favorite artists perform. Music has always been one of my favorite “hobbies”, in that I love the stimulation that comes with it – the emotional and physical journey that not only evokes certain feelings, but also keeps me moving.
I’ve had some incredible experiences, from seeing Justin Timberlake float right over me on that insane moving stage; to being in the DJ booth, dancing in front of throngs of people; to being up-close-and-personal on the stage. No matter which way I’ve been able to experience the music, it’s always a rush. Of course, it’s not just about the venue, as it’s also about the artist’s energy and level of interaction with their fans that matter. As hand-in-hand as that may seem, it’s actually difficult to experience all three, unless you’re in a more intimate venue (or having paid a lot of money to get it). On Memorial Day, I experienced all three at one of the best shows I’ve ever been to, and I’m still raving about it.
First, if you have never been to Soundcheck and love EDM, you NEED to go. That venue is one of my favorites – it’s close by and all tickets are priced the same (unless you get a table). It also only holds 300 people, so it’s a very intimate venue and because it’s General Admission, you have a VERY GOOD chance of being as close to the DJ as you can get. Second, it brings in some of the world’s biggest names, including Steve Aoki. That’s right… Steve Aoki played for all 300 of us yesterday, complete with cake.
Although my location during the two-hour show varied (I was right in front of him when he started and I moved way back when the cake throwing started), the experience I had was completely unparalleled. Not only did he play new songs no one in the world had heard yet, he climbed on the booth, high-fived people, took selfies with people’s phones, danced, and got people so hyped that almost anyone would consider it a blessing to be covered in white frosting by the end of the show.
I recorded 12 different videos, all of which can be found here. I’ve included just a couple of them below, including the cake throwing!