Earlier this week I entered a competition, and surprisingly – I won. The prize was a double-pass to a secret show Skrillex was playing in Sydney.
I don’t even really like Skrillex, but I rationalised my entry with the fact that a significant portion of the crowd wouldn’t remember anything from their drug-fueled night. I felt bad making assumptions like that, but after arriving I realised that for the most part, I was right.
My friend and I got there with about 5 minutes to spare (no, thank you Sydney trains!), got our tickets, and went out to wait along the wharf. A ferry pulled up and a group of us got on board. Amidst overhearing debates on the optimal timing for drug consumption, we realised we were more than likely heading out to Cockatoo Island. Cool cool cool.
We got there at about 4, and there was already some guy on stage “droppin’ da bass”. I’m not sure who he was but I didn’t like his stuff very much. He played for quite a while, and then some other guy came on, and he played for quite a while too. And I’m not trying to be disrespectful, I have no idea how these people make their music – to me it’s just someone with a MacBook who turns some dials occasionally, and I have no idea what those dials do – but the bottom line is, it just didn’t sound that brilliant.
Consequently, my friend and I spent our time sitting outside watching drunks try to open portaloos instead.
It all felt a bit like “Lost” – trapped on an island with a bunch of weird things going on, and we knew many would be leaving with numerous plot holes.
I think it was the third guy who came on who really started to get the crowd going though. I feel bad ’cause I don’t know his name, and for the most part, he was quite good. He really got into his set and was jumping around, and he played that song about blocking someone on Facebook, which everyone loved (“FACEBOOK? I USE THAT SITE! MAN, THIS DJ IS SO RELEVANT”). It looked like he kept telling people side of stage that he wanted to play for one more song, but then he had to leave when something happened and the sound cut out. Bit awkward.
After that, Skrillex took to the stage with some other guy. I didn’t know who he was. The guy in front of me told me it was Flux Pavilion, and I was cool with that. But I kinda wanted to see Sonny Moore do his own thing up there, ya know? It looked a bit strange seeing them swapping spots all the time, but I guess it was a pretty unique set at least.
I’m not a huge fan, but it was fun. It was infectious to see everyone up the front going crazy, and the production was great. The screen behind Skrillyflux lit up with all sorts of cool visuals, and even though I don’t know what they were doing on stage, damn did they look cool. I mean I know that has shit all to do with the actual music, and very little to do with performance, but Skrillex looked so at home behind his set up, and he worked the crowd really well – not that he had to try hard.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, if you’re a Skrillex fan and you get a buzz off of dancing to that stuff and going crazy, then chances are you’ll love his show. If you aren’t a fan, then you might be surprised at just what you get out of it. But for what it’s worth it was very cool, and definitely something worth experiencing – if only to see what it’s like.
Nice work, Skrillex. Nice work.
Ps. When I hear “Feel So Close” remixed (badly, too) like 3 times over the one night, its time to find some new songs to work with guys, okay? Okay, cool.