July 11, 2012
As the lights went out and all of the chatter drew to a dramatic halt, an immediate chill swept the venue as Kaskade's "Eyes" began to play. That chill came from the goosebump-inducing sound of hundreds of voices singing out in unison. Who says vocals take away from an EDM song?
Adorned in a united sea of neon, tu-tu’s, bandanas and glow accessories, party-goers flocked to the Fillmore on Wednesday night to see Kaskade. The latest stop on the Freaks of Nature tour brought high-octane energy and stellar visuals making the performance a total experience, not just a show.
From that first moment on, Kaskade had the crowd eating out of his proverbial hand. Majestic LED visuals illuminated behind him, creating what I can only describe as an etheric experience. As a host of giant white balloons glided across the sea of raised hands, schizophrenic lasers pulsated through to the back wall of the venue. Huge cannons blasted white confetti out into the masses in heaps. While it was beautiful to watch, I can’t say I envy that clean-up crew.
For roughly an hour and 15 minutes, Kaskade took those in attendance on a journey where his song selection was emotive and energetic, melodic and serene. The music brought out so many heart-felt emotions unrivaled by any other set I've heard this year.
By the end of the night, the entire crowd was all in a sweaty group hug singing to each other. I don’t think there was one person in the establishment that didn’t have a grin on their face the entire evening.
It was clear to see, and hear, why Kaskade was voted the number one DJ in the U.S. last year. Also, after seeing the scale of production that went into this tour, a lot of other EDM artists are going to have to step up their game. Now, after we wipe sweat from our eyes, and look for the people we came with... where’s the after party at?