This previous weekend, Insomniac Occasions welcomed bass followers again to Northern California for the second consecutive presentation of its genre-blending Audiotistic Music Pageant.
The competition was beforehand held yearly in Southern California. However following its 2011 ultimate displaying in San Bernardino, it took an sudden six-year hiatus earlier than returning in 2017 for its first look on the Shoreline Amphitheatre grounds in Mountain View.
Held exterior of the amphitheater itself, Audiotistic in its present kind touts two elaborate stages, generally known as Frequency 1.1 and a couple of.2, and this yr’s lineup introduced a few of the largest names in bass music to the Bay, permitting the occasion to increase to 2 days of music for the primary time.
The straightforward format of the competition grounds made leaping between units remarkably simple, so I additionally popped over for some deep home classes from duo Phantoms, in addition to French producers Dombresky and Shiba San.
Lil Wayne occupied the day’s main hip-hop spot. Although simply 30 minutes in size, the Younger Cash rapper delivered a high-energy set that labored as a unbelievable transition into the later headlining acts.
On the principle stage, Robby Hauldren and Freddy Kennett of Louis The Child had been as funky as ever within the first prime-time spot of the weekend. Having seen them thrice within the final yr, I’m all the time impressed by their capability to maintain reveals recent and blend tracks in methods I’ve by no means heard.
Recent off the discharge of their newest single The City that includes Quinn XCII, the Chicago duo settled the vibe simply sufficient to maintain the group bouncing, whereas leaving sufficient within the tank for the spectacle of Porter Robinson’s Virtual Self reside expertise.
Debuted in November’s self-titled EP, Robinson’s techno-heavy Digital Self alter ego has fascinated followers and critics alike. Now the fashion steeped in his reflection on digital environments and online game aesthetics of the early 2000s has taken bodily kind within the extremely advanced reside efficiency, match with unmatched lighting and stage manufacturing, in addition to the 25-year-old’s now signature anime-dominated digital manufacturing.
Robinson not too long ago launched North American dates for the Virtual Self tour with West Coast dates to return. That is one present I extremely advocate for these on the lookout for an digital music expertise like no different.
Later, New York’s Sajeeb Saha, higher generally known as Jai Wolf, was beautiful. His usually downtempo fashion didn’t look like it could mesh properly on this lineup initially, however he threw down bangers of his personal with out dropping contact of his private sound. I solely want this set might have been slated for a later time. The visible elements would have been dazzling with the darkness of night time.
Rising rappers Famous Dex and Rich The Kid shared time because the day’s main hip-hop sights, together with Lil Skies on Frequency 2.2 later within the night time. Ripping by their respective hit singles, the spotlight for these two definitely got here within the ultimate moments of Wealthy The Child’s ultimate monitor, Plug Walk, when he ran off stage and set off for a lap by the group.
The second I had been ready for all weekend got here with the opening bass hits from rising digital celebrity Rezz.
The 23-year-old born Isabelle Rezazadeh has frequently jumped up the must-see record within the digital scene over current years, growing a loyal fan base generally known as the Cult of Rezz.
Her mesmerizing visible aesthetics accompany the ultra-unique soundscapes she saturates with as a lot bass every other artist, however with plain management, menace, and nice minimalism—like getting down in essentially the most enjoyable horror store conceivable.
Closing out the principle stage was the 20-year veteran and absolute legend, Kaskade, and coming off a stretch of reveals throughout Europe, he was amped to be again within the states and so near San Francisco, the place he lived early in his profession.
Readily asserting his eager for town’s Hispanic delicacies and bouncing by hit after hit, the DJ-Producer born Ryan Raddon dominated the stage with as sturdy of a headlining efficiency as I’ve seen this yr.
Wrapping up the primary Gud Vibrations competition stage on Frequency 2.2 was the facility collab of Los Angeles artists NGHTMRE and Slander. And the entice icons dropped a set each bit deserving of its title.
Audiotistic permits Northern California digital music lovers the possibility to return collectively and share their ardour for all issues bass like no different remaining festivals within the area.
From the convenience of entry and mobility all through the weekend to the beautiful stage constructions and artwork shows across the competition grounds, this occasion was way more than a completely stacked lineup.
If issues progress as they’ve, the Audiotistic model could be on its approach to turning into a Bay Space namesake.
Cowl Picture courtesy of Jake West for Insomniac Occasions.