Skrillex and DieselboyPosted by Brady McGarry
Skrillex (Photo by Brady McGarry)
While Skrillex provided the hype, it was experience that trumped youth late Friday eve. Drum’n bass champion Dieselboy methodically and expertly destroyed the King Cat Theater.
Amidst a clamoring stage, Dieselboy played to a packed house. He spun a wide range of songs, mixing dubstep, hard house, and even played a local track by Demo, “Overdose.” His set was seamless and showcased his expertise in crowd-slaying. His stage presence and calm nature was impressive. Dieselboy didn’t miss a beat, hammering home his signature drum n bass loops amidst a modernized set list laying a strong foundation for the act to follow.
The scene was packed, chaotic, and young. KAOS Theory, the production company that put the show on, had sold many hundreds of tickets at $40 each. The show was in large part popular because of one artist, Skrillex (See preview for show, here). Twenty-three year old Sonny John Moore aka Skrillex has stormed the gates of dubstep and electro. He has released two EPs in the last year, and also managed to get signed by Deadmau5‘s label, Mau5trap. Part of the reason Skrillex has been propelled to such popularity is because of dubstep’s ever growing allure to new markets. Dubstep has the chance to make electronic music mainstream, something that the rest of the world has been waiting to happen in the United States for many years.
Skrillex played all of his big hits, including “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” “All I Ask,” and “My Name is Skrillex.” While a crowd favorite, he also played a Lady Gaga remix and some other mainstream Dubstep remixes. He made numerous mixing mistakes while performing, but no one seemed to notice, or much less care–they loved him so much. He was the reason they all shelled out $40 just to get in. With bass thumping through the crowd’s heads, everyone got what they wanted: an intense dubstep thrashing.
Dieselboy – Live in Seattle 01/21/11
Skrillex – My Name is Skrillex (Live 01/21/11)