Half So Not
As many of you know, Sydney, Australia natives Flume and Emoh make up the hyped up duo, What So Not. Originally being Flume’s side project, What So Not has clearly taken off considering the fact that they’ve been booked at a countless amount of festivals this year including Lightning in a Bottle, EDC Las Vegas, Electric Forest, and HARD Summer in Los Angeles as well as opening for Bassnectar at his annual Red Rocks Show. The goal behind their music production/DJing is to create beats that kind of go against big EDM hits, and that’s exactly what they have done for themselves. They went into this project with one thing in mind; to create music that would literally be fun. No fist pumping, no jumping up and down, but fun. Their songs clearly have a feeling of groove-based house, and if you’ve ever seen one of WSN’s sets, you know that everyone moves in a very happy and energetic manner. There’s something about their music that brings everyone together. Everyone dances with each other, everyone is smiling, and the energy just radiates through the crowd. It truly is a beautiful thing, and I highly encourage seeing What So Not live.
However… don’t get too excited about Flume being half of WSN. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a musical genius and works amazingly well with Emoh, but he never performs alongside Emoh. I remember the first time seeing WSN, I was at Snowball Music Festival in Denver, CO and I literally raced to the tent see “them” perform. Especially because of the fact that I knew Flume was part of WSN. To my dismay, Flume was nowhere to be found. It was understandable since Flume was on tour, and Coachella was coming up too. Nevertheless, Emoh played an awesome set. Everyone was saying that maybe next time Flume would be up there with Emoh, and I obviously had high hopes that it would happen. Then, in May, I was fortunate enough to attend Lightning in a Bottle in Bradley, CA. The lineup was amazing, and What So Not was scheduled to play one of the last sets of the night on the very last day. I literally could not contain my excitement on that Sunday evening- I knew all of their songs by this point in time, and I was hoping they would drop Flume’s “Tennis Court” remix (let alone Flume actually being there). At 11 PM, everyone gathered to the Bamboo Stage for WSN’s hyped up set. Emoh came out, but no Flume. Hah. Awkward because it was kind of obvious that people were waiting for Flume to appear. I also kept hearing from various sources that these no-show incidents were happening at even bigger festivals, like EDC Las Vegas and Electric Forest. That honestly surprised me since those are two of the biggest festivals of the year.
Anyway, Emoh played one of the most epic sets I have ever heard in my entire life… He opened with the RL Grime collaboration “Tell Me”, and dropped “Touched” as well as Flume’s “Tennis Court” remix in the middle of the set (everyone went absolutely nuts). He closed off his set with “Jaguar”, What So Not’s most popular song to date. I can’t even begin to describe the energy flowing through the entire crowd. I was in the very back standing on a picnic table dancing with complete strangers, and had the best time of my life. Yeah, I guess it’s a bummer that Flume hasn’t been touring with Emoh, but at the end of the day Emoh is amazing at what he does. Even though Flume isn’t there, WSN still achieves their goal of making everyone dance, and creating this magical and fun environment. I guess you’ll just have to see Flume and WSN separately, but who would have a problem with that? Exactly, no one.
Article by Annapurna Kreaden
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