If you were lucky enough to be in LA this past weekend, you might have gotten the chance to catch Nero at The Music Box last Thursday or Friday night for an EPIC bass-filled evening. In case you missed it, Wantickets was there and here’s how it all went down…
First up was Alvin Risk, whose recent remixes (i.e. Kaskade’s Eyes and an appearance on the Kill the Noise EP) have gained him a lot of well-deserved attention. I instantly recognized the name, but never having seen him live, I had no idea what to expect. Suffice it to say I was BLOWN AWAY by his set…Not only did he play a masterful set filled with a unique mix of SERIOUSLY HEAVY dubstep seemingly infused with bits of electro and moombahton, but he played with SO much energy, which set a super positive and playful vibe in the room resulting in an amped up, head-banging and floor-shaking crowd. The short clip below will do a better job at showing you what I’m talking about…
Alvin Risk is doing a great job at creating his own sound while purveying the positive energy that dance music is all about. Expect huge things from this guy in the near future!
Next up was 2/3 of the trio from Brooklyn known as Savoy. I had heard that Savoy knows how to put on a show, and their set did not disappoint. They started out huge with some electro house (which was the perfect opportunity to give our heads a break from banging the SH*T out of them during Alvin Risk’s set), and the floor-stomping ensued. They opened with techno anthem Kernkraft 400 aka Zombie Nation, and although Thursday night’s 18+ stature resulted in a younger crowd, everyone still chanted along to the classic and Savoy had caught everyone’s attention. They followed with a great dub/electro set with big tunes like Swanky Tunes & R3hab’s Sending My Love, Bingo Players’s Cry Just a Little and We No Speak Americano.
Finally, around 12:30am, it was time for some Nero!!! Although only half of the dubstep/dnb producer duo–Joe Ray–was present for the DJ set, I definitely didn’t feel shortchanged whatsoever as his set was even better than I imagined! You know when you go to see one of your favorite artists/bands live but you leave feeling totally unsatisfied because one or worse—-tons of your favorite songs from them didn’t get played? Yea well, that definitely didn’t happen Thursday night, as this epic set—which opened with a retro-sounding buildup with the violins and synths to the first drop of massive track Doomsday—was filled with every huge Nero song/remix including My Eyes, Crush On You, Me & You, Guilt, Innocence and Promises along with popular fresh tunes like Skrillex’s Levels remix, Flux Pavillion & Doctor P’s Superbad and Knife Party’s Destroy Them With Lazers. He ended his set with System of a Down’s classic Chop Suey, which had the audience (myself included) going nuts—jumping around and screaming every word.
Overall, the sold-out show was choc-full of incredible talent, insane energy and enough BASS to get me through the end of the year. Kudos to Bassrush and Insomniac for putting on the event, and to The Music Box, with their supreme sound system and awesome set-up featuring the perfect mix of intimacy, yet enough room to go NUTS…which was fully taken advantage of by this lucky crowd.
Check out some pics (above) and a video playlist of concert highlights (from all three acts) below!