My exact Facebook comment to my friend’s check-in at Echostage, “TJR! Holy mother of…” I later found out TJR saw that and it put me over the moon.
Last night was one of the best EDM shows I’ve ever been to, and I’m still smiling from it. Never has Echostage put a better opening act, that could absolutely SMASH any hopes of Knife Party being able to top it.
Quite often, I comment to people about how I’m so over DJs mixing other people’s music. HOWEVER, there was something so infectious about TJR’s mixes, combined with his use of graphics, his energy, the lights/lasers/smoke, and the crowd’s response, that all of us were on a euphoric high for close to two hours (and we wished he could have kept going). There wasn’t a moment when I wasn’t dancing, cheering, jumping up and down, and grinning from ear-to-ear.
Then came Knife Party…
Last year, I heard their laser show was ridiculous, couple that with great hit after hit that they turn out, and I had to see this for myself. It wasn’t a bad show but it didn’t wow me either (see TJR for more on why I think I might have had way lofty expectations).
The first issue was the time it took to recalibrate the soundboard and set up. I’ve never seen a pause in between performances like that at a club. It was definitely too much down time. The second came down to it being a completely different style of music, so it was hard to shift into that mode of hardcore EDM. As for their light show, they mostly did away with lasers, in favor of strobe lights, which if you’re sensitive to that, don’t go. Even for me it was a lot.
They did, however, play some of my favorite hits, which you can watch below.
All-in-all, if these two acts come to your hometown, definitely grab tickets. It’s completely worth it! The rest of the videos can be found here.
And oh yeah, shout out to TJR for favoriting my tweet 😉