Another year of ringing in a New Year with the multitudes of underdressed, ecstatic individuals pouring through the floodgates of Denver’s massive Convention Center. Names like Bassnectar and Gramatik headed the lineup along with the standout talent of Spaces Jesus, TroyBoi, Tchami and many others that were less than stellar.
Consider Louis the Child for instance, they are your classic case of an ‘advanced hypeman’. Through the course of their set, the audience witnessed uncountable times where the boys (yes, boys) were dancing on top the booth during the drops of the songs they were supposedly “mixing”. The transitions were nearly non-existent, not to mention the lack of originality that they clearly put minimal thought into. The duo’s song choice was as predictable as your city’s favorite Pop Radio station. We pay money to watch DJ’s create a magical unique experience before our eyes, but with Louis the Child, there was definitely not magic.
Don’t worry, we got what we came for and we came for the good guys. The up and coming, the fathers, grandfathers, if you will, of the electronic music scene. These are the names we brave the bathroom lines and the massive crowds for, all for the payoff of creating an everlasting memory of just one night. Walking through those doors, knowing you’re about to see some incredible humans make incredible music, the feeling of natural euphoria floods through every pore? That’s why we do it.
We all know why most of us gathered there that night. To see the master of bass, Lorin Ashton, the man behind Bassnectar. Between heavy drops and a quick thank you to one of his favorite city’s, Denver, he threw out some hard and heavy bangers to truly excite us all for the coming new year. Shake out the memories that are haunting you from 2017 to the heavy slather of bass in your face. As the first hour came to a close, after opening with Zodgilla, and throwing down some new and some old goodies , including Chromatek, Pineapple, Thursty, a new favorite Slather (holy smokes it’s good live) and slowing it to a trance, throwing it back to the Vava Voom days with Nothing Has Been Broken. Heart’s skipped beats when we thought it may just be over already, but Lo had something saved in his back pocket for us. Our bodies began to buzz to the likes of Didgeridoo, Blitzkreig Pop. Energies were at the ultimate high, and we came back to the reason why we truly were all there. To feel the buzz that only live music can give you and to get back to our happy places before the daunting new year rolled over and said hello. Never better time to be at a bass-heavy show than when you need some regeneration.
Once the music stops, there’s a scurrying of exhausted bass-heads towards the water fountains. Truthfully, how anyone can follow up Bassnectar is beyond me, and that is truly passion aside. Just the level of noise would exhaust any mind. I stood in a newly acclaimed plot of floor space, wide enough to spread my pashmina and get any extra wiggles out.
Gramatik rang true to himself, not having seen a set of his since the infamous ‘Blizmatik’ in 2015 at Red Rocks I was pleasantly content that within the first 10 minutes he gave us Grizmatik and a nice handful of other good sounds. By the strike of about 1:15 I was content with my evening and ready to face the night.
Back to the bitter cold air and uber searches we went, to spread the cheer and smiles we had found behind those doors. After-party’s commenced and we all realized it wasn’t even New Year’s eve yet. What a beautiful thing to realize there was a whole other day for more music?
Written By Jenna Gutierrez
Photos By Madi Lawton