Last Night: Skrillex At Verizon Wireless Theater
See pics from the official Skrillex afterparty at Rich's.
Photos by Matthew Keever
Skrillex, 12th Planet, Foreign Beggars
Verizon Wireless Theater
September 29, 2011
Dubstep is to music what the Oakland Raiders are to the NFL. It's as if a gigantic group of people got together and, as a whole, screamed, "Forget your system, your norms and your traditions. We'll do things our own way, thank you."
Last night, at a jam-packed Verizon Wireless Theater, Skrillex put on quite the hard-hitting, bass-dropping performance, complete with as intricate of a light show as we've ever seen at a concert and a motion-tracking, pixilated animation of the star of the evening that slightly resembled the bad guy from Ferngully.
They should just be honest and call this musical genre "Primal." If someone were to take a video of the crowd from the stage and slow it down, it would make a perfect music video to the Pixies' "Where Is My Mind."
And they didn't look very warm.
Being that we still haven't quite pegged this genre, we talked to a few fans about why they were draw to the music.
One young man we spoke with told us that he thinks dubstep is the current generation's music.
"You know how, in the '60s and '70s, people weren't making rock and roll to make money, they were making it to make good music? That's what I think dubstep is today," he said. He then went on to talk about mainstream music and how it's shoved down our throats on the radio, saying, "That stuff just doesn't appeal to me, man. But dubstep is real."
As valid and well-thought-out a point as we've ever heard at a concert.
Dubstep artists are more akin to DJs than anything, we were also told. They play and remix one another's tracks, and it's all about keeping the crowd going for as long as possible.