Decadence 2015 was one of the best New Year’s runs Colorado has ever seen. With a super stacked lineup, an unmatched production standard, and those perfect Colorado vibes this state has to offer, the heart of Denver rang in 2016 the right way. Citizens of Decadence travelled from far and wide to celebrate together for two magical nights.
December 30th was the ultimate in bass music. With Bassnectar, Salva, and Figure all on the schedule for Day 1, it was well worth it to make it down to the Convention Center a day early for this New Year’s festival. UZ and Figure opened up the night at the Spaceport stage, blasting us off with some heavy wubs to start off the night. Meanwhile, JackLNDN kicked it off right at the City Hall stage with his signature unique house sound. Just the right mix of catchy riffs and deep house vibes, the entire crowd was getting down to the London sound. A sea of lights beaming from the stage, it was a beautiful, surreal experience.
Next, Salva took over City Hall. Salva brought some hip hop swagger with some heavy dubs, trapping hard for the night. Shortly, Skrillex and Diplo threw down their summer anthems at Spaceport vis-à-vis Jack Ü with no lack of showmanship. Sonny and Diplo both glided to and from the front of the stage, hyping up enthusiastic fans. The energy was absolutely off the radar for this set, smoke billowing from jets on the stage while powerful visuals danced on the screens around the venue.
The Floozies brought the funk, per usual, but with a heavy grimy twist this time. Matt and Mark blew it up, playing classic favorites such as “Sunroof Cadillac,” and some new filth that had the whole crowd getting wayyyy the funk down. Heads, legs, arms, and limbs were flying every which way as everyone boogied to the infectious funk. One of the most Flooz-tastic Floozies set to date.
Next, Bassnectar brought the heat. Revving up for his 360 set in Birmingham, Alabama, his set at Decadence did not disappoint. A veteran to Decadence and a returning Colorado centerpiece, Lorin Ashton knows how to pump up a Colorado crowd. He kicked off the set with “Zogdilla,” “Thursty,” and “Science Fiction.” The crowd was going absolutely nuts. Sensing the crowd’s energy, Bassnectar dropped his remix of James Brown’s “I Feel Good,” into “Live and Direct,” into his remix of Paper Diamond’s “They Can’t Tell Me Nothing.” The entire Convention Center reverberated, voices in unison belting, “I’m’a do me, and you should do YOU!”
“Jah No Partial” mixed it up with some reggae vibes, then Bassnectar whipped us right back up to the ultimate limit with “Noise.” He also threw down some favorites such as “Infinite” and “Basshead,” and closed his set off impeccably with “Speaker Box” and “Ace of Spades.” A flawless set, the only way this performance could have been better would be if the acoustics were improved inside the venue. Bassnectar left the crowd speechless, elated, and even in tears. A resounding approval, many fans left saying it was their favorite set they had ever seen.
Finally, Gramatik closed off the night. There must have been something in the air that night, because nearly every artist that played on night one of Decadence straight murked their performance. Gramatik was no exception, with Denis per usual and Andrew Block on guitar. The 30th proved to be a heavier set than Gramatik usually throws down, but the crowd was loving every minute of it. Playing some of his old bangers, like classics from the #Digitalfreedom album, he demonstrated his progression as a producer from front to back. He also dropped some of his newer stuff off of The Age of Reason, even throwing down some brand new unreleased goodness for us, as well as some remixed Snails. The new track had some trip-hop vibes thrown in there, with his signature vocals and those trademark guitar riffs that just tug at your heartstrings. It was a banger unlike anything we’ve heard from Gramatik before, and everyone was eating it up. Gramatik’s style will never get old, but it is refreshing to see the G-man switching it up. This song was perfect for the atmosphere of Decadence, and all of the citizens of City of Decadence were ecstatic to get down with it.
Gramatik brought the night to an end just perfectly. As everyone gathered up their crew for the long trek home, a connection was made between every attendee inside the Convention Center. Complete strangers smiled and thanked each other with warm wishes for the journey home, in preparation to do it all over again the next day.
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Article by Hanna Danecker
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